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10 Gigantic Solar-Powered Projects


 

Solar cell efficiencies are improving, and a number of solar-powered projects are popping up around the world. Here are a few highlights, including single buildings and large solar plants. Hopefully, their successors will be even bigger and better... read more »

Japan Tobacco's Cheerfully Chiding 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 2



How many ways can Japan's smokers be told to be considerate and well-mannered while puffing away? Seventy-three, it seems. We covered the first 10 in the series last month; here are numbers 11 through 20.
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Chicago Auto Show Highlights Part 1


YES! The new RoadsterYES! The new Roadster

Yesterday morning, the Chicago International Auto Show opened its doors for the Media to begin coverage. It will open to the public on the 8th of February. If you plan on going, here are some of the highlights from the car realm you may want to check out. read more »

Flying High: Ikarus Wax Lamp Melts Over Time


The Ikarus lamp was one of the highlights of the IMM Cologne Show last month. Designed by Aylin Kayser and Christian Metzner of Germany, this oddball creation is a wax lamp which gradually melts over the course of a month, completely changing shape and morphing into what resembles some kind of jellyfish or other sea creature. read more »

The Ultimate Full-Service Gas Station: Robots


Next time you pull up to your local gas station, you may be greeted with a pleasant surprise at the pump. No, not a 50% discount on fuel, but a new form of full service straight from the Netherlands. And this one won't complain if you forget to tip. read more »

Win Big With Scratch Off Wallpaper by Linda Florence


London designer Linda Florence has stepped the idea of basic wallpaper up several notches by adding a compelling interactive element: scratch off the silvery top layer to reveal the brightly colored pattern beneath. read more »

True Blue Roses to be Sold First in Japan



Blue roses have long been one of the greatest goals of gardeners. Now a group of plant geneticists sponsored by Japan's Suntory Ltd has perfected the process of creating blue roses to the point where they can be sold to the public.
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Time Keeps on Ticking Into the Future With the Tik Tak Clock


If you're looking for a wall clock to give you the precise time at any given moment, and you're not digging the analog varieties, then the Tik Tak wall clock by Dutch designers Mirian Van Der Lubbe and Niels Van Eijk is for you. read more »

7 Unique Valentine's Day Gadgets for that “Geeky” Someone


Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and now is the time to start scrambling to get that unique gift for that special someone. Don't settle for roses and candy this year, check out some of these unique alternative that offer a new "gadget-twist". read more »

Philadelphia International Auto Show Preview


The Philadelphia International Auto Show kicks off today bringing both foreign and domestic as well as a few exotics. Here is just a brief overview of what's already there, going to be there and what you can do while you're there. read more »

A Pocket Full of Posies: 10 Cool Vases to Get You Ready for Valentine's Day


 

That time of the year has arrived yet again - time to bust out the chocolates and sentiments of undying emotion, along with the bouquets. I do love me some flowers (you can save the maudlin displays, however). They seem particularly special in winter, when they are so incongruent with the snow and bitter weather outside. These vases will help make your posies all the more special, and may inspire you to keep a fresh supply of flowers coming well past Valentine's Day. read more »

Nuvifone Puts Garmin into the Cell Phone Market


Garmin is one of the top 3 portable GPS manufacturers in the world (TomTom and Magellan are the other two), and they now want to take-on the cell phone market with their new Garmin Nuvifone. Garmin hopes the Nuvifone will help catapult them into the hugely popular smart phone market in 2008. read more »

Stay Toasty With Marco Dessi's Twisted Radiator


As most of us can attest, it's still winter and in most parts of the northern hemisphere it's appropriately chilly outside, despite the threat of global warming. If you are hoping to stay toasty this season without compromising your artistic sensibilities, then this wall radiator by Austrian designer Marco Dessi might be right up your alley. read more »

5 Most Significant Production Debuts from NAIAS


550 Horsepower Caddy........Oh yes.550 Horsepower Caddy........Oh yes.

Every Auto Show across the world has some kind of significance when it comes to new cars, whether it's a newly designed exotic or a new Hybrid. At NAIAS, there were numerous displays, but 5 were chosen as the most significant, and each for a different reason.

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Bad Break-up? Japanese Company Gives You Time Off to Shop!



Valentine's Day can be 24 hours of misery for those going through a break-up with their loved one. How nice, then, that one Japanese company offers heartbroken employees paid time off to nurse their wounds while browsing the shops!
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Top Production Cars from Detroit for 2008


Once again, an auto show comes to a close and it's time to look back and choose the best and worst. Here are the top picks for production cars from the North American International Auto Show. read more »

Lighting to Inspire Poetry: Celine Wright


Parisian designer Celine Wright bridges nature and function in her stunning and sensual lighting creations. read more »

BeHive: New Ideas in Group Seating


Like finding refuge in a desert oasis, the BeHive's mission is to reproduce the luxurious feeling of lounging at a tea house somewhere in a faraway land, where everyone is focused on the sharing of good conversation and the main priority is relaxing. read more »

'Nose Celebrity' Tissues for High Status Sneezers



When is a tissue too good to be used as a tissue? When it's 'Nose Celebrity', a premium tissue paper from Japan that's nothing to sneeze at and something to honk about!
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Sony Ericsson W890i Cell Phone Walkman is Coming Soon


Sony is set to release the Ericsson W890i cell phone which happens to double as a Sony Walkman music player. This phone also features a FM radio, which can both be listened to over the built-in speaker or with the matching pair of included earphones. Sony hopes that the smooth curves and good functionality of the W890i will make it a hit for 2008. read more »