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Substandard Chinese Drinking Straws Are A Potential Health Hazard

Is this the last straw? Substandard drinking straws making up 80 percent of the straws sold in Shanghai can cause a host of harmful health issues when the toxic chemicals used in their manufacture leach out into hot drinks.

From STEM To STEAM, Cloud Filmmaker Joined British Airways' Innovators In The Clouds

Traveling with top-flight innovators is a heady experience under normal circumstances. However, when you conduct a think-tank 30,000 feet above terra firma, it's a whole new ballgame. Such was the case when award-winning filmmaker and founder of the Webbie Awards, Tiffany Shlain took to the creative skies with 130 techie-elite from the Silicon Valley. In fact, there was so much to absorb, it will take her a couple of months to document her experience on film.

Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl Combats Dinner-For-One Blues

There’s not much that’s lonelier than having a bowlful of tasty noodles and no one to share them with. The Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl allows you to slurp away while also staying in contact with your nearest and dearest.

Japanese Sailor School Swimsuit Adds Class To Any Beach

The Sailor School Swimsuit from Japan's SchoolFiction turns any summertime siesta into an amusing expose of anime expression... not that there's anything wrong with that.

The Evolution of Function to Form

Everything is created for a purpose, regardless of whether that purpose is useful or pointless. But when 100 or 1000 identical things come together, they bring about a new purpose no one had ever imagined, and art emerges. English artist Laurence Poole understands and manipulates the evolution of everyday things into art that intrigues and inspires.

Headless Animal Stools Add Body(s) To Any Home Décor Scheme

Sure “Headless Animal Stools” would make a great band name but they make even greater ottomans and end tables, assuming your idea of room décor is more than a little weird.

Give Fashionable Fabric Fan Dust Covers A Whirl!

If your freestanding electric fan blows accumulated dust around the room every time it's turned on, a fashionable fabric dust cover will keep the fan clean while adding some designer dash to your room decor.

Japanese Fast-Food Chain Serves Up Surf & Turf On A Bun

Cheeseburger or Shrimp Burger, which one should I get? Why not both! The “Shrimp Exquisite Twin Burger” from Japanese fast-food restaurant chain Lotteria aims to satisfy those who long for the surf but also love the turf.

Mao Cerveza! China's 8 Coolest Beers

China is the world's largest beer market with over 500 breweries straining to slake the thirst of a billion potential imbibers. With production surpassing the 50 billion liter per year mark in 2011 – double that of the USA – one might expect at least a little variety among the flood. We're glad to state that this is indeed so, and our countdown of China's 8 coolest beers proves it.

Doritos Puts On A Japanese Accent With Sesame Oil Seaweed Flavor Corn Chips

Frito Lay Japan and Kadoya Sesame Mills team up to bring you Doritos Sesame Oil Seaweed, a very different take on the classic corn chips usually flavored with chili, cheese or both. Take 'em while you can, though, as this limited edition flavor is only available through the end of August.

Instant DIY Videos: Latest Social Media Craze For Those Who Oughta Be In Pictures

It's becoming evident in social media circles, the written word (or even 140 characters) is just not enough. And although it's been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, to get really social these days, users just wanna be in (moving) pictures. The success of YouTube alone is testament to this growing trend.

Crochet the Change You Want to See in the World

Pulling the strings of New York artist Olek will only give you more questions to answer. Her crochet-based installments and art are riddles wrapped in a mystery inside....well, yarn. She tries to untie the knots of society and unwind her own self-expression as an artist by weaving her journey into her work.

Print A Lighter Aircraft Bracket, Win $8,000 Via GE Jet Engine Bracket Challenge

An aircraft engine’s brackets need to be strong and firm, but due to the heavy metal materials commonly used to make these parts, they are a bit on the bulky side. GE is looking for 3D printing wizards to solve this problem, while offering big bucks for big ideas.

Suit Of Inverted Puppies Puts Dogs Into Your Style

Think fashion has gone to the dogs? You are correct sir! This outrageous outfit on sale at the Laforet Harajuku Department Store and Museum in Tokyo, Japan, adds a diagonal row of upside-down puppies to a snazzy black pinstriped suit.

Safety Nets Keep Pedestrians Covered When Beijing Manholes Aren't

Dropping out of sight through an open manhole might be funny in cartoons but in real life, not so much. China's capital city of Beijing is testing out a possible solution, installing safety nets under 1,000 manhole covers along with a reflective pylon that pops up if the cover is removed.

How Many Pandas & Innovators Does It Take To Fill A British Airways' Plane

'Pandas' and 'Innovators' were British Airways' only passengers this week on a couple of their historic flights. In two unprecedented promotions, giant pandas boarded one flight on Tuesday, June 11th to announce BA's first new route to China since it launched flights to Shanghai in 2005. The very next day, 100 innovators took part in the airlines' "UnGrounded" initiative, enlishted as a think tank hackathon team.

USB Silent Desktop Fan Blows Cool, Looks Even Cooler

This USB silent desktop fan from U-Like didn't come from the future or a 1950s sci-fi flick, it just looks that way. Designed to stand without a stand, so to speak, the fan rests on its side – any side – and quietly directs air upwards where it's most wanted.

Design Spacecraft For NASA Using Legos, Win The “Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth Competition!”

 Lego and NASA has teamed up in the hopes that fans of the popular building toys will construct an amazing spacecraft that would suit one of NASA’s upcoming missions. Impress the judges and you’ll win plenty of cool Lego prizes!

Colorful Plastic Umbrella Hangers Make Your Parasol Stand Up & Stand Out

These small, strong and colorful Umbrella Hangers from Japan's Mabuworld have no moving parts but perform more than one function: they hang your umbrella virtually anywhere while marking it as your property.

8 Unlikely Chinese Celebrity Brand Ambassadors

China presents a lucrative opportunity for celebrities overexposed to jaded First World markets and authorized or not, all sorts of Chinese businesses are choosing their faces to promote their brands.