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NAIRIT Announces Top Ten Russian Engineering and Scientific Innovations

The National Association of Innovations and Development of Information Technologies (NAIRIT) held a recent contest, and more than 3,000 applications were received from scientists and engineers all over Russia. Read all about the ten best ideas.

Stranger Than Sushi: The Buzz on Japanese Insect Foods

Insects have enjoyed a place at the Japanese dinner table for many centuries. Well, perhaps "enjoyed" is a word that could better be applied to those eating them - people!

Does Size Really Matter? 6 Ferris Wheels Tell The Story

There's a race on among the world's capital cities. The race is not for the world's cleanest city, or the city with the most oxygen, or even the most expensive city in the world. The race is getting hotter as cities all over the globe vie for the biggest one.


Russian Scientists And a New Generation of Rocket Engines

Enterprise Energomash, the Russian Space Agency, has reported that the development of the rocket engine of a new generation, the RD-191, has been completed. Read on for some fascinating details.

Russian Rocket Blasts Into Space With Two Americans Onboard

The International Space Station was the destination of a Soyuz spacecraft that left Kazakhstan last week with two Americans and one Russian cosmonaut on board. Read all about this exciting and innovative launch.

Environmentally Friendly Toilet Inspired By Japanese Design

Toilets use a lot of water, even low-flow models, but Caroma's sleek new "Profile™ 5 with Integrated Hand Basin" takes green thinking one step further by mounting a sink on top of the tank. Ingenious yes, original no...

Russian Scientists Design New Chemical To Fight Oil Contamination

Oil spills can take months and sometimes even years to clean up and their terrible toll on the environment and marine life can affect the entire food chain of an afflicted area. Read all about this unique substance known as Degroil, which accelerates the decomposition of harmful elements associated with oil spills.

Vice to Business: The ‘Blow Me' Franchise

Despite the overtly sexual connotation of the brand's name, it's not what you think. But do read on, because Blow Me is a company that has found a way to make a profit from one of the other major vices on the planet; excessive alcohol consumption.

Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Awards: 10 Most Brilliant Gadgets Of 2008

Popular Mechanics announced its picks for the 2008 Breakthrough Awards to The 10 Most Brilliant Gadets of the Year. Here's the list of international winners; you may be surprised at the gadgets on the list.

Russia Shows Off Its Newest Supercar

Lada is an automotive manufacturer based out of Russia. Their first vehicle was the Revolution that made its debut at the 2003 Frankfurt Motor Show. For this year's Paris Motor Show, Lada unveiled the third generation Revolution and it has turned more than a few heads.

Russia’s Sausage Creations: All the Art You Can Eat!

Artists are unconventional almost by definition, and often use unexpected materials to convey their creative visions. But for some avant-garde Russian painters, the concept may have been carried just a little bit too far. Enter the world of sausage art. Come and get your red hots!

Sit On It Or Hang It Up, My Deer!

My Deer! A wall scupture you can sit on!

Design Imitates Nature in 'SunShade,' Winner 2008 Dutch Design Week!

Like a flower opening to the sun, Lianne van Genugten's SunShade design opens at daylight and closes at dusk. Its power comes from the sun, like the flower....

The Citroen Hypnos Will Challenge Your Mind

Concept cars are one of the most important aspects of most auto shows. It gives us something to look forward to or sometimes, something to dread. A few days ago at the Paris Auto Show, Citroen unveiled a vehicle that embodies both of those feelings at the same time.

Shinkansen Might Lose Title of Japan's Fastest Train

Thanks to a more comfortable riding environment and increasing availability, railway travel is becoming more popular around the world. The speed at which some of the super trains travel can easily cut the average commute time in half and they are only getting faster. This can be seen by Kawasaki's proposal to build a new super train that will capture Japan's current record.

Start-up Ecovative Design Revolutionizes Insulation

Ecovative Design has come up with a bio-degradeable solution to insulation called Greensulate and recently won $750,000 in an international competition to reduce CO2 with a new product.

Stay Always Hot with the "Pop-Up" Nightclub Concept

What happens when that formerly happening nightclub no longer attracts its elite clientele, or normal club goers like you and I? What if one day West Hollywood is no longer such a popular party destination? What becomes of those businesses?

Healthy French Fries Are Just The Beginning For Actifry

If you love french fries or "chips" as the British call them, but you don't want to wear the grease on your belly or hips, Tefal has the perfect deep fryer for you. It's called the Actifry and it will cook fries for four with only one tablespoon of oil!

Killing Time with the Alarming Gun O'Clock

Shoot, it's time to wake up... Japan's Bandai has a better idea: Wake up, it's time to shoot!

Flatshare Refrigerator Wins 2008 Best iGeneration Design

Out of nine tremendously creative and functional household designs produced by the finalists in the 2008 Electrolux Design Lab competition, one design really stood out in the judges minds: The "Flatshare" Refrigerator, by Austrian design student, Stefan Buchberger, whose inspiration came from sharing a flat, of course.