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THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards



The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuing in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year! read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards

The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuting in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year!


A Satellite Shoot-Up


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One of biggest stories in the news over the past week or so has been how to deal with a satellite on a collision couse with Earth. The final decision was to try and blast it right out of the sky. But, how does one go about shooting a 5000lb satellite that's miles above the surface of the earth?

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Stocks & Blondes... Japanese Women Style Their Hair to Suit the Times



A Japanese cosmetics company has noted a curious trend: the nation's women appear to choose their hairstyles based on the current economic outlook: going long in good times and cutting short when things turn bad. It would seem somewhat silly... if it weren't so accurate!
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Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel May Join Old Rivals



Inspired by the success, both economic and political, of the Channel Tunnel linking Great Britain and France since 1994, a special exploratory commission formed by Japan's government is looking at a similar scheme to connect Japan and South Korea.
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What Will the World Look Like in 2100?


Here's a look back at the top engineering achievements of the 20th century, and the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st. read more »

"Air Sketch" Your Scribbles Into Furniture with FRONT Design


Are you an artist that would just love to see your ideas pop off the page and come to life in the third dimension? The four members of Swedish design company FRONT might be able to help you out, especially in the realm of furniture design. read more »

RoboPorter Robot Baggage Carts Lighten Travelers' Loads



Are robots taking over Japan? "RoboPorter", currently being tested for a few hours each day at Kita Kyushu airport in southwestern Japan, is just the latest computerized contraption designed to do the types of menial jobs Japan's humans don't want to do.
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The Bravit Candle Spreads Like Wildfire


From a thin sheet of paraffin wax and a winding cotton wick the Bravit candle is born. Designed by German-born and Eindhoven-trained Christophe van Bömmel, the Bravit is sure to provide you with at least a few hours of entertaining candlelight, as you watch several flames pop up and disappear, then reemerge as they follow their predestined paths. read more »

Highest Ranking Concept Cars of 2008


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So far we have seen some amazing concept cars from both NAIAS and Chicago. As always, we have to sit around and talk about which ones we would love (or hate) to see put into production. Here are the 8 that got the most kudos.

The TV Easel: An Artful Way to Display Your Television


Apparently, the number of TVs in an American home has now surpassed the number of the home's inhabitants, with the average adult spending five hours in front of the TV daily. So it makes sense to have plenty of options when it comes to where to put these fundamental household items. Hanging them on the wall can prove to be a major decorating inconvenience, and housing them in some huge entertainment system isn't always the best option, either. The simple, mobile TV Easel may hold the answer. read more »

Kit Kat Lucky Little Tastefully Updates the Fortune Cookie



Japan's Kit Kat chocolate bars are legendary for their seemingly endless variety of flavors, sizes and formats. How does one top that kind of success? By turning an ephemeral snack into an online game that keeps your interest - long after the candy is gone!
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Unexpected and Romantic: Hot Middle Eastern Valentine’s Getaways


This Valentine's Day, while others are surprising their lovers with routine island getaways, or for a lucky few, trips to romantic, and increasingly expensive Europe, wouldn't it be nice to rekindle your flame with a trip to an exotic destination?

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These vacation spots, some undiscovered by Americans, and others now on the beaten path, but no less intriguing, are guaranteed to make anyone other beg for more. read more »

Coil Up With the Spiral Lamp by 101 Design


101 Design is a Korean studio that has recently been making the designer circuit in Asia with their unique take on contemporary lighting and furniture. read more »

The ABCs of Contemporary Seating


Half C, Multi C, One C? No, I'm not talking about the latest in the world of vitamins -- I'm talking about the latest in the world of modern seating, fresh out of Sweden. Berhin Studios is redefining some ideas about contemporary seating in practical ways that in no way compromise their decorative appeal. read more »

Space Based Solar Power Lights Up Japan's Energy Future



An ambitious long-term program by JAXA, Japan's space agency, seeks to set up a reliable and environmentally friendly solar energy collection system thousands of miles above the Earth.
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Look at Your Interior and Love It With Mira En Tu Interior Designs


Mira En Tu Interior's vinyl stickers can enliven the "skin" of your walls in one fell swoop, providing some dazzling flavor to otherwise empty space. But beware: these are not for the faint of (decorating) heart. These bold designs make for some very funktified living spaces that you just can't ignore. read more »

Black Garlic Chocolates Add Aroma to Amore



Love is in the air... if you love garlic, that is! "Black Power" Garlic Chocolates, marketed by a Japanese garlic company just in time for Valentine's Day, use only the finest black fermented garlic for a truly scent-sual romantic experience.
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Raise Your Kundalini With the Abyss Lamp


I am a sucker for cool lighting, without a doubt. I just feel that lighting is so important - it sets the mood, adds a certain element, makes a situation more memorable by setting the stage for important events to transpire. So that's why I have to introduce this ridiculously good-looking albeit somewhat unusual lamp available through Kundalini. read more »

Sofa Community: Savvy Seating for the Socially Minded


Czech designer Martin Zampach has come up with a couple of cool modular seating systems based on the idea that face-to-face interaction in this age of electronic communication is becoming somewhat of a rarity. His Sofa Community concept fosters the idea of talking to that person next to you and allows the user endless options for enlarging the social circle. read more »