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Flower-Friendly Faucet Freelances as a Vase


I'm not altogether certain of how this slick faucet-come-vase entitled Flowater works on a technical level, but I'll bet it's not something you'll be finding at your local hardware store anytime soon. read more »

Japanese Satellite to Provide Hyper-speed Wireless Internet Service



Japan's KIZUNA satellite, successfully launched from the Tanegashima Island Space Centre on a domestically developed, Mitsubishi H-2A rocket will introduce a new era of hyper-speed data communications across Asia. How fast is hyper-speed? Try 1.2 Gbps... the "G" stands for Giga (billion).
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Green Air Travel with Reaction Engines's A2


Air Travel has become increasingly popular and increasingly annoying. Long waits, tight quarters and that 1 guy that always snores. Anyway, another downfall of today's air travel is the massive amount of Carbon expelled into the atmosphere everyday. A new kind of jet designed by Reaction Engine may change all of that. read more »

SAVA-O 13-week-old Embryo Ventriloquist's Dummy



"SAVA-O, a ventriloquist's dummy with the face of a 13-week old embryo"... is how Japanese novelty goods manufacturer Meiwa Denki describes this very unique item. One can only ask, "Why??", but words alone cannot convey the depth of my bewilderment. I bet it sells like hotcakes!
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The Future of Warships


The UXV CombatantThe UXV Combatant

The oceans of the world can be just as dangerous as the frontline. The need for new technology is apparent and the US has just the ticket. Check out these warships of the future and vote for you favorite. read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards



The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuing in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year! read more »

THE 11 Best Toys of 2008: Toy Industry Awards

The toy industry held its 105th annual Toy Fair this week in New York City. At the opening ceremonies, The Toy Industry Association (TIA) announced the winners of 2008's, T.O.T.Y's, Toy Of The Year awards. Like the Oscars, the T.O.T.Y's are awarded to toys debuting in the prior year. Twelve T.O.T.Y.'s were awarded in eleven categories, like Best Outdoor Toy, Best Educational Toy, Game of the Year, Most Innovative Toy, Best Boy Toy, and of course, the Best Toy Of The Year!


A Satellite Shoot-Up


USS Shiloh: SM-3 Missile TestUSS Shiloh: SM-3 Missile Test

One of biggest stories in the news over the past week or so has been how to deal with a satellite on a collision couse with Earth. The final decision was to try and blast it right out of the sky. But, how does one go about shooting a 5000lb satellite that's miles above the surface of the earth?

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Stocks & Blondes... Japanese Women Style Their Hair to Suit the Times



A Japanese cosmetics company has noted a curious trend: the nation's women appear to choose their hairstyles based on the current economic outlook: going long in good times and cutting short when things turn bad. It would seem somewhat silly... if it weren't so accurate!
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Japan-Korea Undersea Tunnel May Join Old Rivals



Inspired by the success, both economic and political, of the Channel Tunnel linking Great Britain and France since 1994, a special exploratory commission formed by Japan's government is looking at a similar scheme to connect Japan and South Korea.
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What Will the World Look Like in 2100?


Here's a look back at the top engineering achievements of the 20th century, and the biggest engineering challenges of the 21st. read more »

"Air Sketch" Your Scribbles Into Furniture with FRONT Design


Are you an artist that would just love to see your ideas pop off the page and come to life in the third dimension? The four members of Swedish design company FRONT might be able to help you out, especially in the realm of furniture design. read more »

RoboPorter Robot Baggage Carts Lighten Travelers' Loads



Are robots taking over Japan? "RoboPorter", currently being tested for a few hours each day at Kita Kyushu airport in southwestern Japan, is just the latest computerized contraption designed to do the types of menial jobs Japan's humans don't want to do.
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The Bravit Candle Spreads Like Wildfire


From a thin sheet of paraffin wax and a winding cotton wick the Bravit candle is born. Designed by German-born and Eindhoven-trained Christophe van Bömmel, the Bravit is sure to provide you with at least a few hours of entertaining candlelight, as you watch several flames pop up and disappear, then reemerge as they follow their predestined paths. read more »

Highest Ranking Concept Cars of 2008


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So far we have seen some amazing concept cars from both NAIAS and Chicago. As always, we have to sit around and talk about which ones we would love (or hate) to see put into production. Here are the 8 that got the most kudos.

The TV Easel: An Artful Way to Display Your Television


Apparently, the number of TVs in an American home has now surpassed the number of the home's inhabitants, with the average adult spending five hours in front of the TV daily. So it makes sense to have plenty of options when it comes to where to put these fundamental household items. Hanging them on the wall can prove to be a major decorating inconvenience, and housing them in some huge entertainment system isn't always the best option, either. The simple, mobile TV Easel may hold the answer. read more »

Kit Kat Lucky Little Tastefully Updates the Fortune Cookie



Japan's Kit Kat chocolate bars are legendary for their seemingly endless variety of flavors, sizes and formats. How does one top that kind of success? By turning an ephemeral snack into an online game that keeps your interest - long after the candy is gone!
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Unexpected and Romantic: Hot Middle Eastern Valentine’s Getaways


This Valentine's Day, while others are surprising their lovers with routine island getaways, or for a lucky few, trips to romantic, and increasingly expensive Europe, wouldn't it be nice to rekindle your flame with a trip to an exotic destination?

The Nile (from WikiMedia)The Nile (from WikiMedia)


These vacation spots, some undiscovered by Americans, and others now on the beaten path, but no less intriguing, are guaranteed to make anyone other beg for more. read more »

Coil Up With the Spiral Lamp by 101 Design


101 Design is a Korean studio that has recently been making the designer circuit in Asia with their unique take on contemporary lighting and furniture. read more »

The ABCs of Contemporary Seating


Half C, Multi C, One C? No, I'm not talking about the latest in the world of vitamins -- I'm talking about the latest in the world of modern seating, fresh out of Sweden. Berhin Studios is redefining some ideas about contemporary seating in practical ways that in no way compromise their decorative appeal. read more »