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'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 »

Mazda's New Rotary Rocket


Mazda is known for it's very clever use of the rotary engine, especially the RX series. Recently, they decided to add another vehicle to the Rotary family, and it's a love-hate relationship. read more »

Japan's 'Crow' Model Airplane, Flying Since 1891



Airplanes have a long history in Japan, even predating the 1903 first manned flight by the Wright brothers. Over a decade earlier, Japanese aeronautical pioneer Chuhachi Ninomiya first launched his "Crow" unmanned airplane - models of the plane are still available for sale today!
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Zink Inkless Paper - Print Photos Without Using Any Ink!


Full-color pocket-sized printers are now becoming a reality. The reason for this new innovation is that these printers don't use ink or laser technology like most other printers. Instead of ink, these printers use thermal heat to create millions of different colors on a special kind of paper called Zink paper (Zink stands for "zero ink") - these printers are surprisingly inexpensive as well. See the video... read more »

Say You Want a Revolution? The Panorama Sofa Takes You There


Giant "Sit 'N' Spin" for adults? Think again! Rotate at a mature, leisurely pace with the Panorama Sofa by Walking Chair Designs. read more »

Strawberry Flavored Cheetos Seduce Sweet-Loving Snackers



Frito-Lay, makers of Cheetos, Doritos and a variety of other crispy snack foods worldwide, often tailors new products to local tastes. Have they gone too far with their new strawberry flavored Cheetos, just introduced in Japan?
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New Concept Cell Phone is a “Woody”



A new concept cell phone sports sort-of a throw-back design, and it reminds me of the massive "woody" station wagon that we had when I was a kid because of the old-school wood panel trim. This cell phone was created by designer Seungchan Lee, and it does a good job of blending the old with the new. read more »

UK Designer "Reestores" Everyday Waste Into Furniture


UK designer Max McMurdo of Reestore takes everyday objects headed for the landfill and turns them into functional pieces of cool, contemporary furniture and accessories. read more »

New Helmet May Help Treat Alzheimer's Disease By Using Infrared Rays


Researchers now believe that they have found a promising new treatment for Alzheimer's disease, and it comes in the form of a helmet that shoots infrared rays into your head. It sound a little crude, but these researchers say that this treatment has worked on mice to help restore memory and stimulate brain cell growth, and they will now begin testing on humans. read more »

For the Birds: Raumhochrosen Scales Down Historic Architecture


I'm not too sure how the squirrels will feel about this, but certain feathered varieties of local wildlife could now be styling in some well-made birdhouses, modeled after historical architectural homes. read more »

Making the Electric Car Work: Can Israel Succeed?


Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)Renault's, soon to be electric, Megane. (from Channel4.com)

When a country can't buy oil from most of the Middle East, there are a few smart things to do: reduce consumption, buy from somewhere else, or, introduce the most revolutionary electric car infrastructure ever. For Israel, it's doing all three. read more »

First “Hands-On” Reviews of the Apple MacBook Air Laptop


The new ultra-portable Apple MacBook Air was recently introduced at the 2008 MacWorld Expo, and it has not surprisingly created a huge buzz in the notebook computer world. Today, the first hands-on reviews have been released by 3 of the largest news organizations in the world: USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. Here's what they had to say about the MacBook Air... read more »

Japan Jump Starts 2008 With Fashion For Dogs



Even though the Year of the Dog won't actually be coming around again until 2018, in Japan, where there are more dogs than children under the age of 12, it's always the Year of the Dog! So, no surprise that in Tokyo last week there was a New Year Dog Party that lasted two days! And because Japanese people spend more than $10 billion a year on their pets, the world-class designers of canine couture were more than happy to participate. read more »

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 »