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A New Town in the Sky for London

London is booming- so much in fact that estimates show the city will need to provide enough housing for almost 100,000 people every year up to 2016. Rather than grow out, architects have come up with a radical idea- grow up.

Company Offers Voices from Beyond the Grave

Graveyards are not what they used to be. The Japanese company Ishinokoe, or "voice of stone," recently announced that it would begin offering tombstones that have a Design QR code, which basically looks like a barcode. When a graveside visitor take a photo of the image with their cell phone, he or she is granted access to a mobile site on the Internet that includes photos, a family history and more.

Thai Food Stand Owner Roasts Chicken Using Solar Powered Oven

A roadside food stand owner from Thailand has come up with a bright idea: roasting chicken using only the free power of natural sunlight. If mass-produced, his invention could save energy and reduce costs for millions of food preparers in the third world.

Geisha Makeup Makes a Comeback with Natural Kyobeni Rouge

Traditional Japanese makeup as used by high ranking Geisha girls over the centuries is making a comeback, albeit at a steep price. The cost may be worth it though, for nothing quite matches the natural beauty and vivid intensity of classic Kyobeni Rouge.

Milan Design Week: Spotlight on Nendo

Tokyo-based designer Nendo has been all the buzz in the design world as of late, stepping up to the plate in a big way for the likes of giants Lexus and Issey Miyake. What follows is three of his latest creations.

Flip Flop Doormat from Havaianas

Introducing the limited edition doormat with a pair of exclusive Havaianas. The idea suggests that one can just pop out from the house, sticking flip-flops on when you pass by the door.

Solar Powered Jacket Recharges Your Gadgets

9×5.5 cm silicon-based polycrystalline solar modules are integrated into the jacket's collar. These are capable of converting 1 watt of sunlight to energy that can be used to recharge a MP3 player or a mobile.

Smart Goggles Are No Longer Science Fiction

Smart Goggles can find your keys, connect a name and a face, and remember things you don't even know that you know.

The End Of The Internet: Switching to IPv6

A meeting in China this month discusses IPv6, a new version of the entire Internet. Experts say the world is already running out of enough available web addresses.

Cool GameBoy Boots

Combining the love of 1970s platforms with the still popular GameBoy handheld by sticking the two of them together are these super cool GameBoy Boots.

Seating for Squares: The Box Bench

Not necessarily inviting unless you like testing your balance, the Box bench nonetheless offers some cutting-edge design and uncomplicated style.

The World’s Most Green City?

Before you go patting yourself on the back for recycling your water bottle yesterday or turning the tap off while you brush your teeth, consider what life will be like in the eco-city of Dongtan. The city won't have a landfill. Why would they need one since they don't plan to have any garbage?

Super Sexy Bikini Pants Combine Low-cut Jeans with a String Bikini

These outrageously revealing bikini pants from Sanna's Brazil Fashion, a Japanese clothing company, blur the line between blue jeans and a string bikini. And you know what? I'm all right with that!

Officially Official News About the Subaru-Toyota Sports Car

Over the last few weeks, a substantial amount of media attention has been directed to the joint Subaru-Toyota sports car. What is getting even more attention is the news that the result could be a light rear-wheel drive performance coupe priced at less the $20,000.

Enhance Your Flower Power With the Antibodi Chair

The Italian-made Antibodi Chair created by Patricia Urquiola is a blossoming interior design statement. If you're digging springtime but its still a little too cold to fully enjoy the outdoors, this chair will give you a taste of what's to come with its very organic, budding design.

Go Green When You Go... With the Toto Hybrid Toilet

Going green these days means going all the way - to the bathroom, where the new, environmentally friendly Toto Neorest AH type hybrid toilet awaits nature's call.

Scented Pencils from Pentel Relax, Refresh and Recharge

Aromatherapy and nanotechnology are combined to create Pentel's award-winning Ain Supplio scented pencils. As you write, specially selected oils waft through the air to relax, refresh and recharge.

Milan Design Week: Spotlight on Vahakn Matossian

Twenty-two year-old Vahakn Matossian is exhibiting with designersblock during Milan Design Week taking place this month. He is showing three of his latest works: Microscopy, Boomboy and Crucifix.

The World's Tallest Building Keeps Growing

These amazing photos look like the view from an airplane, but they were actually taken from inside the world's tallest building.

Video Game Championships Come to China in 2009

The site for the 2009 World Cyber Games video game tournament has been announced. It's a first-ever for China.