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Tagged.com Is The 3rd Largest Social Network?

While I've been known to have slept under a rock in the past, I thought I was up to speed on all the social networks online today. Not only did Tagged.com slip in under my radar, its Web site boasts being the "3rd largest network in the US" while amassing over 80 million members worldwide.

Japanese Ogori Cafe: Would You Dine Where Every Meal Is A Surprise?

Sometimes when you go to a restaurant, you read through the meal descriptions and it's the luck of the draw as to whether or not it meets your expectations once your food turns up at the table. There's additional adventure involved when eating at a restaurant where you don't speak the language that the menu is written in. But what would you think of eating somewhere that makes sure every meal you have is a complete surprise?


Twitter's FIGS Speaks In Tongues

Hablo Espanol? Parlez-vous Francais? Spriten Ze Deutsche?  "Gazouiller" and "Cinguettare" translates to "Twitter" in French and Italian. But how do you translate English into other languages on the microblogging site?

Antiviral Business Suits Fight H1N1 Swine Flu With Science & Style

Exposure to the H1N1 Swine Flu virus is an extra hazard Japan's frazzled "salarymen" simply do not need. Fear not, honorable office warriors, Haruyama Trading Co. is riding to the rescue with a new line of snazzy looking, flu-fighting business suits!

The 2009 Nobel Prize In Chemistry: Ribosomes Bring Life To DNA

Our DNA would mean very little if it were not for ribosomes, because ribosomes transform DNA into living matter. But scientists did not know exactly how ribosomes function or even what ribosomes look like until the works of Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas A. Steitz, and Ada E. Yonath shared their knowledge of the structure and workings of these life-giving structures. These scientists are the 2009 recipients of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The 2009 Nobel Prize In Physics: Core Developments In Communications Networking

Where would Google, Facebook, and Twitter be today without the inventions of Charles K. Kao, Willard S. Boyle and George E. Smith?  Non-existent.  Likewise, Apple, IBM, and the hundreds of other companies that exploit the inventions of these men might not even be around.  And then there are the many millions of people all over the world that are users of these technologies: we'd still be in the dark ages of communication.

Tweetup In Space, The Final Frontier

Twitter has conquered a lot of international territory around the world, but tweeting into Space is definitely allowing man to go where no man has gone before. Astronauts Nicole Stoff and Jeff Williams who are currently circumnavigating the globe at five miles a second will attend a Tweetup while in space.

Twitter's Landmark Tweet Against Impostors

Twitter's landmark case strikes the first blow at Internet anonymity and identity theft with the issuance of one single tweet. But where is that 140 character message that was responsible for breaking new legal ground? Inquiring minds want to know.

The 2009 Nobel Prize In Physiology Or Medicine: The Protective Role Of Telomeres In Cell Division

The 100th Nobel Prize® ever awarded was given today to scientists Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Carol W. Greider, and Jack W. Szostak for their work in the discovery of "how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase."   They received the 2009 Nobel Prize In Physiology or Medicine.  It was the first time in the Nobel Assembly's history that two women have received the honor at the same time.

LemonAid Beverage Company: Drink For A Great Cause!

Sometimes what makes a company stand out from the crowd is their unique name. LemonAid Beverages simply changes the way the name of a common beverage is written and makes people wonder whether it resulted from an unfortunate clerical issue or something else entirely. Rest assured, the spelling of LemonAid is intentional, and you'll want to read on because this is one business that supports a good cause.


Panda Dung Makes Short Work of Waste

Panda dung is green... who knew? Evidently researchers from Kitasato University in Tokyo did, and now the many hours they spent analyzing the leavings of leaf-eating giant pandas has them smelling like roses. 

Evacuate Your Pets Quickly With The Pre-Packed Pet Emergency Evacuation Jacket

As usual, the jacket's Japanese designers leave nothing out when it comes to pet care, and nothing when it comes to the efficiency of the Emergency Jacket. And, no pun intended, this utilitarian jacket even has quite the fashionable flare!

Decorated Contact Lens Cases Offer a New Vision of Cuteness

Having covered every square inch of their cell phones with faux gems, roses, tiny cakes and Hello Kitty faces, Japan's legions of cute-obsessed girls are moving on to other daily use objects like contact lens cases.

Volkswagen L1 Claims Title of World's Most Fuel Efficient Automobile

Since first being introduced in 2002, the Volkswagen L1 Concept has been dubbed the most fuel efficient automobile in the world. While this is a lofty claim on the part of VW, the evidence to support this title seems to be sufficient.

Jewnail Cosmetics Look Good, Sound Nasty

Jewnail, a range of women's nail care and cosmetic products from Jill&Lovers of Japan, may have an unfortunate name but it's really about fashion, not fascism.