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Crazy Creative Korea's Appetite for the Huge




In Korea, food is not only for eating, but for supersized artistic expression as well. read more »

Do Boomerangs Work in Space? Ask a Japanese Astronaut!



Japanese astronaut Takeo Doi will be bringing an Australian icon - the boomerang - up to the International Space Station this coming March. Down under is about to meet the wild blue yonder!
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1,000 Genomes Project will Explore Genetic Roots


A new international research collaboration has recently announced an ambitious project: mapping the complete genomes of 1,000 individuals from different parts of the world. The new map of the human genome will contain the most detailed data yet on DNA variations, increasing our understanding of genetic roots and diseases. read more »

All Tied Up: Supernatural Puts A Twist Into Modern Wallpaper


Supernatural began back in 2004 as a computer graphics collaborative and has since taken flight into realms including design, technology, fine art projects and beyond. read more »

New Diamond-Cut Designed Nokia Prism 7900 Cell Phone


The Nokia Prism 7900 is a cell phone that is more than just a phone - it's a work of art! This glamorous cell phone with diamond-cut designs and crystal center key was created by Nokia in collaboration with the French creative designer Frederique Daubal. read more »

New Stylus Digital Cameras From Olympus are Extremely Durable


Olympus is set to release 2 new waterproof compact digital cameras from their popular Stylus line of compacts. The 2 new models are called the Stylus 1030 SW and the Stylus 850 SW, and they are built to be durable and waterproof (the "SW" stands for "shockproof" and "waterproof"). read more »

Taiwan Shrinks Technology with Noahpad


While there are plenty of laptops out there for the choosing, Taiwan recently decided it would be a good idea to give both Asian and overseas consumers one more (tiny) option. read more »

Audi: A Super-Clean Super Car


When you say "super car," the first things that come to mind are usually either "speed" or "expensive." With the introduction of Audi's R8 TDI, that may change to "clean" and "fuel efficient." read more »

A Universe of Man-Made Islands Coming to Dubai?


The proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World IslandsThe proposed Universe Islands, depicted just under The World Islands

Sunday, on the heels of the completion of a massive project, property development company, Nakheel, unveiled another Dubai mega-project. If given the go ahead, The Universe Islands would add more than 7,500 acres worth of man-made islands to an already crowded coastline. read more »

Say It Like You Feel With Interactive Message Tape


 

The delicate balance between negative and positive space can say a lot, especially when using these crafty alphanumeric display and analog dot tapes. rAndom International has teamed up with SuckUK to produce and distribute this tenacious collection for all your interactive labeling needs. read more »

Rice Ethanol Replaces Oil, Saves Farm Jobs



Street-racing slang often refers to tuned Japanese sports cars as "ricers", but a new project to create ethanol fuel from non-food rice may just succeed in extending the term to include ALL cars driven in Japan.
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The World's First Ever Cell Phone with 5-inch Fold-Out Display


A Dutch Company by the name of Polymer Vision is set to release the world's first cell phone that features a fold-out display for viewing email, podcasts, text documents, news, and blogs. This device, called the "Readius", is the size of a typical cell phone and has a large 5-inch screen that folds out from the body of the phone. read more »

Can We Just Hide Our CO2?


Although discovering green methods for generating power is a worldwide priority, many people are worried that these cures won't come soon enough. To try to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the meantime, some countries are looking at ways to hide our enormous CO2 footprint by burying the gas deep in the earth. read more »

What's the Future of Dining? Top 10 Picks for the "Dining in 2015" Competition


The results of the "Dining in 2015" contest hosted by designboom are in and my, oh my, are there some fascinating finds. Over four thousand aspiring designers from ninety-eight countries participated, and I must say we humans really are a creative bunch, especially when it comes to food and the partaking thereof. But don't let me convince you -- check out these noteworthy picks for yourself. read more »

Toyota Hybrid Race Car to Compete at 2010 Le Mans



The historic "24 Hours of Le Mans" is one of the world's most challenging auto races, and Toyota has never won it. Now they're charging - literally - back to Le Mans with an impressive hybrid racer... and the plan this time is to win!
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iriver W7 Portable Media Player Doubles as a Navigation System


The iriver W7 isn't your average MP3 player. Yeah, it plays music, video, games, displays photos, among other things, but it also doubles as a fully functional navigation system for your car. There's no other media player like it on the market. read more »

Cheap GadgetsThat Prevent The High Costs of a DUI


For those people who have been unlucky enough to experience the high costs of a DUI or DWI conviction, you know the extremely high costs associated with drunk driving which include DUI defense attorney fees, court costs, cost of treatment classes, higher auto insurance, not to mention injury or death in some cases. There are some simple, inexpensive gadgets out there that can help to prevent you from getting behind the wheel when you've had a few too many. read more »

Sparkler Lamp Lights Up Your Night


Contemporary lamp or some kind of high-tech medical instrument? This wall-mounted lighting device is so futuristic looking it could easily pass for a tool of much more importance. read more »

Philips Marathon Vacuum Cleaner Really Sucks! (In a Good Way of Course)


Philips is trying to clean house in the vacuum cleaner market with their new Marathon bagless cylinder vacuum cleaner. For those people who have always wanted a Dyson vacuum cleaner but couldn't afford the high price tag, this may be the cleaner for you, because it costs about $150 less than comparable Dysons. read more »

Paper Airplane Set to Soar from Space Station



Fed up with folding tiny paper cranes, a team from Japan's Tokyo University has crafted the highest of flyers: a paper plane that will be launched from the International Space Station and then descend to earth... eventually... hopefully...
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