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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.

Can Viewing Cherry Blossoms Turn You On?

An intriguing article in Japan's MSN Sankei News speculates the reason people feel great beneath Japan's famous flowering Cherry trees is due not so much to the sights, but the scents - specifically, pheromones.

Braille Cell Phone Gives Good Vibrations to Blind & Deaf Callers

A new type of Braille cell phone will make it possible for those who are vision and hearing impaired to hold conversations and even send & receive text messages via mobile phone.

Expand Your World With Molo Design

The increase in environmentally-friendly consumerism has fostered the rise of green interiors and award-winning, Vancouver-based Molo Design is leading the pack with their striking line of expandable furniture.

Meet Hatch-chan, Japan's First Blogging Cat

A black & white cat named Hatch-chan has become a minor celebrity in Japan thanks to his popular blog. Yes, blog. Deal with it, LOLcats!

Biofuel From A Termite's Butt?

Termites... these ground-dwelling insect pests cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year to wooden structures by eating them. Now scientists are closer to understanding how termites convert wood into energy - true biofuel - and how we humans might do the same; cleanly, "greenly" and economically.

Studio Nommo Rocks the House with Their Ultra-Funky Wallpaper

I am totally impressed by these unique and ballsy wallpapers that are very boldly and unapologetically just what they are. Whoever can seamlessly work these into their décor is definitely a master of interiors, in my book.

Mini-House Addition Won't Upset Your Landlord

Designed by the German team at Convertible City, Rucksack House is a quick and easy way to expand your apartment size without the hassle of moving. This walk-in cube functions as an additional room, hanging from the façade of your current residence via steel cables anchored to the roof.

Manga Comic Explains The War On Terror in Anime Style

"Afuganisu-tan" is a Japanese manga (comic) that seeks to explain the sociopolitical situation in Afghanistan and The War On Terror in a very unique and unusual way - with cute anime characters representing the countries.

Knit One, Pearl Two - The Lampshade that Knits Itself

Nadine Sterk, the designer of this Sleeping Beauty lampshade, is a graduate of Design Academy Eindhoven, currently displaying this piece as part of an alumni exhibit at the Design Huis. According to Stark, this is "a lamp that develops like a living organism," slowly growing its lampshade at the rate of three rotations per hour.

An East Coast School In Central China: The University Of Massachusetts Moves Into Asia

Are you a University of Massachusetts alumnus? A current student? You might not be alone in the world soon. The school is working out a deal to bring online classes to China.

Nightmare Playgrounds Equal Family Fun?

There is no question that kids love playgrounds – but unfortunately some adults have lost sight of what truly has “kid appeal”, as these terrifying playgrounds around the world prove!

Dislike Burial and Cremation? Try Resomation!

If you are planning on dying - and let's face it, we all are - you might be trying to answer the following question: Burial or cremation? Well, now there is a third option - resomation.

McDonalds Japan Bucks Fast Food Trends With Big Fat Burgers

You'd expect McDonalds Japan to be ahead of the game when it comes to providing healthy, calorie-conscious meals to a nation that boasts the world's longest average lifespan. Well, expect to be disappointed... BIG time!

Sabdes Superyacht : Luxurious and Eco-Friendly

In the world of Yachts usually, the bigger the better. Sabdes new 50m Superyacht breaks through that stereotype and sets the bar even higher by putting the environment first.

 


New Bizarre Beauty Trend: Placenta Drinks and Supplements

A range of drinks, jellies and supplements with placenta as their main ingredient is helping Japanese women preserve their youth and beauty. Bonus - they have a delicate Peach flavor and boast Zero calories. Yum!

Mazda-2 : World Car of the Year

For the past 4 years, a panel of almost 50 automotive journalists get together and choose the best overall car form around the world. For 2008, their choice was the Mazda-2. What was their reasoning?

False Teeth Collection Boxes Recover & Recycle for Charity

A somewhat unusual recycling initiative will see false teeth collection boxes set up at nine different locations in the southern Japanese city of Fukuoka. About 80% of the surprisingly large proceeds are being donated to charity.