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The Future of Broadband: Where It's Headed and The Changes That Are About to Come

Numerous studies have already been conducted to confirm the obvious: the future of mobile Internet lies with 4G and users will continue to sign up for the service in the years to come, which will push mobile data demand higher than it has ever been.

Diving Helps Keep Pigs Healthy, Makes Bacon Tastier

It's raining swine, hallelujah! A Chinese pig-farmer's porkers perform daily dives from a 10-foot tall platform because, according to the farmer, the exercise results in healthier pigs that grow faster and taste better.

Bizarre Burger-Eating Doll Will Supersize Your Nightmares

The “X-Ray MC Super Sized in Humberger, Devil version” clown doll from Japan's Secret Base store looks like Ronald McDonald... if the fast-food mascot was reimagined by Tim Burton. The extremely disturbing, evilly-grinning doll features transparent skin exposing a pair of undigested burgers and a garish green glow-in-the-dark skeleton.

Chinese Hospital Nurses Respond to Emergencies on Scooters & Bikes

Race ya to the patient! China's MCH Institute has issued nurses in its neonatal department three kick scooters and five bicycles, because real emergencies demand a wheelie fast response. It works, too: in real-world testing the “assisted” nurses arrived an average 7 seconds faster.

Bizarre By Design: The Top 10 Weirdest Japanese Buildings

Japan may be the place where conformity is king but their architects never saw the memo. These 10 weird, wild and even wooly Japanese buildings take the concept of multistory strangeness to a higher level, albeit one that the elevator will still stop at.

Top Four Cases to Jazz Up Your iPhone and Show Off Your Personality

Apple has sold over 108 million units since the first iPhone was released in 2007, and they're still going strong. Naturally, that means there are millions of people all over the world who have the exact same phone as you do. But while the actual phone might be the same, they don't have to look the same, given the wide selection of iPhone cases available.

Restored Fresco Curry: A Tasteful Tribute to a Terrible Touch-Up

Japanese artist, blogger and curry cook Takeda Take has taken the disastrously (but hilariously) botched restoration of the Spanish fresco “Ecco Homo” to a new, delicious level.

Hello Kitty Bathroom Tissue Really Makes Scents

Hello Kitty doesn't just look cute, Sanrio's most popular character EVAR now enchants our olfactory bulbs with the sweet scent of strawberry or melon! And what better place for Japan's queen of cute to emanate these awesome aromas then your bathroom?

Burger King Japan's “BK Pumpkin” Burger is a Happy Halloween Meal

Burger King Japan is rolling out the limited edition, sliced squash embellished “BK Pumpkin” Whopper on October 26th, just in time for Halloween. Two slices of fried pumpkin not enough for you? Drop an extra 100 yen on the “Pumpkin Bomb”, a BK Pumpkin with 10 (count 'em, 10!) pumpkin slices.

Field Of Bad Dreams: 13 Bizarre & Creepy Japanese Scarecrows

Scarecrows are supposed to be scary... to crows. Japanese farmers take the age-old crop protecting concept to a whole, new, terrifying level with scarecrows so weird and disturbing they freak out anyone or any bird who sees them.

“Thunder God Vine” Shows Promising Results Against Pancreatic Cancer

“Thunder God Vine”, a staple of traditional Chinese medicine, has proven to be remarkably effective in destroying pancreatic cancer tumors in lab mice. Researchers at the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center state the next step is beginning clinical trials of the drug involving human pancreatic cancer patients.

3D Printed Resin Clock Radio Features Retro Nixie Tube Display

Japanese designer electronics manufacturer Inter-Culture has introduced a trio of retrofuturistic nylon resin clock radios that combine cutting-edge 3D printing technology with the warm Cold War-era glow of high-voltage Nixie tubes.

Attention Economy: Driver Behind Twitter's Acquisition of Video Firm Vine?

Remember the political rebuff “it’s the economy, stupid!” first coined by James Carville as a campaign strategy for Bill Clinton to use in his successful 1992 presidential campaign against incumbent president George H.W. Bush. Well, it's probably more applicable today then it was then, as evidenced by the vitriol spewing all over the current contentious presidential election campaigns.

“Wall Story” Removable Silhouette Stickers Turn On Your Light Switch

“Wall Story” removable wall stickers add personality to outlet cover plates, light switch covers and more. They stick without using permanent adhesives and peel right off when you're moving or redecorating.

Scientific First: Turtles That Pee From Their Mouths

Biologists from the University of Singapore have discovered that a certain Chinese soft-shelled turtle, well-adapted to living at the bottom of brackish (salty) muddy swamps, coming to the surface to breathe the air, would immerse their heads in puddles when their swamps dry up.  To you and I, such an observation might not cause even the slightest curiosity, but to Y. K. Ip and his team, it was curiosity that led them to discover a truly unique animal - a turtle that pees through its mouth.

BOSS's Drive Shot Canned Coffee Contains 120% Caffeine

Stay awake like a boss with Drive Shot, the new 120% caffeinated canned coffee from Japan's BOSS. Designed for commercial commuters and others who drive for a living, Drive Shot comes in specially ribbed red 200ml cans featuring an old-school caffeine meter... whatever that is.

Students Make Transportation Energy Efficient In Viet Nam

Many international universities are fostering students' natural curiosity and ingenuity to create new products to help their fellow citizens. Such is the case at HCM City University of Transport where, as the name implies, Vietnamese students focus on developing new, efficient forms of transportation. Recently, they revealed prototypes of the students' solar-run scooter and a new battery-operated wheelchair that can be produced at a much lower cost that those produced in western countries.

 

Researchers Develop Injection To Dissolve Body Fat At Site

Are you still hoping for a pill that will instantly get rid of your spare tire, the fat under your arms, or your oversized thighs? This is not about a pill, but an injection scientists are working on, and it doesn't work instantly, but it does seem to work  - at least on preliminary tests in mice.

Tibet Spring Bottled Water: Status Symbol or Slippery Slope?

From the “roof of the world” to the roof of your mouth, China's Tibet 5100 Water Resources Holdings Ltd. will never Everest in its quest to be the world's most desired luxury bottled water. The climb to watery wealth has a downside, however, and those who can least afford this premium product could end up paying the most.

Wearable Tail Reads Your Brainwaves, Wags to Match Your Mood

Neurowear, the creators of those bizarre Necomimi cat ears, have taken the field of brainwave actuated mood indicators to a new, lower level with "Shippo", the world's first mind-controlled wearable tail!