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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!  

The Effects Of 'Cute' On Human Behavior And Performance

What about looking at this image could possibly affect your subsequent behavior?  If you think this image is cute, look at some similar ones of baby animals; they might have a positive impact on your performance at work today.

Kit Kat & Strawberry McFlurry? Gimme A Break!

The trick to McDonald's Japan's latest sweet treat involves combining Kit Kat chocolate bars, crushed strawberries and luscious soft ice cream to create the sinfully delicious Kit Kat & Strawberry McFlurry! Boo hoo, it's only available through the end of October!

Chinese Starbucks Coffeehouse Serves Lattes of Luxury

Starbucks' success in China owes much to the global coffee company's strategy of harmonizing their stores and menu with local culture and customs. Take the new Starbucks Coffeehouse in Fuzhou, for example, which channels the ambiance of a classic thousand-year-old Song Dynasty garden.

Human Brain Can Control Robot, Even At Great Distances

What was once science fiction is becoming a reality faster than you might have thought thanks to the work of internationally-supported applied presence and applied cognitive neuroscience research.  Just ask Tirosh Shapira who recently, from a laboratory in Israel, commanded a humanoid robot in a French laboratory to walk and pick up objects simply by imagining that he himself was walking and picking up objects.

Bandai's Magic Pets Populate & Personalize Your Water Bottle

Strangers won't mess with one's personal portable potables thanks to Bandai's Magic Pets, plastic critters who “live” in your water bottle, personalizing it and keeping owners entertained all the while.

Calling Out Apple: The iPhone 5 is NOT “The World's Thinnest Smartphone"

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Phil Schiller, Apple's senior VP of worldwide marketing, may have wowed the faithful at the iPhone 5 keynote kickoff on September 12th but not all of the stats the suits were trumpeting stand up to scrutiny.

10 Ig Nobel Prizes For 2012: Recognition Of Funny, Obscure Research

You gotta love the Russian company SKN for converting old Russian ammunitions into diamonds, and didn't you always want to know how many steps you'd have to take to create the inevitable splash of coffee on your carpet?  But the SpeechJammer in 2012?  A machine that delays speech and makes one stutter is decades old, and it actually has the practical application of helping stutterers speak without stuttering.

 

Scores Dye Horribly in Violet Explosion

Purple prose phrased headline aside, a slow leak in a large bag of powdered violet dye brought big trouble to a little Chinese village. The generically dark powder wasn't noticed as it spilled from a truck passing through town but when rain fell, villagers suddenly saw their world through rose-colored glasses.

Houston Zoo First To Successfully Breed Big-Headed Turtles In Captitivity

The Houston Zoo proudly announced the birth of five Madagascan big-headed turtles today, the eighteenth most endangered species of turtle in the world.  It was the first birth for zoos worldwide.

Japanese Gulag For Social Media Activist Michael Q.Todd Spotlights Deportation Practices

His bio reads, "I aim to connect and promote great people who will make a difference by collaborating than individually. . . and my goals are eradication of poverty and a sustainable economy by 2015." One of his fervent passions and ongoing initiatives is to help save the Taiji dolphins from captivity and slaughter. Doesn't sound like a candidate for Japan's harsh immigration-and-detention system, does it? Yet Michael Q. Todd found himself taken into custody in the Shingu Jail on September 16h for a lapsed visa. 

Burger King Japan's “Premium KURO Burger” is Back in Black

Burger King Japan's “Premium KURO Burger” hits the grill on September 28th in celebration of BK's fifth anniversary in Japan. The limited edition black-bunned Whopper features dark ketchup colored and flavored with squid ink.

Jon Stewart vs Bill O'Reilly To Beat The Obama-Romney Debates?

He's done it before. Back in 2010 when the Tea Party Republcans helped overtake the majority in the House of Representatives, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart jumped into the debate ring with his co-faux newscaster collaborator, Stephen Colbert. Touted as the "Rally to Restore Sanity And/Or Fear," the event was well attended in DC. This go-around Stewart has targeted Bill O'Reilly, the Fox News talk-show host to help iron out some of the pressing issues of this year's presidential election campaign.

Social Finance Comes From China To Assist US College Students?

Social media has continued to evolve over the course of the last decade. From social networking to social gaming to social commerce, the common belief is that social will continue to bleed into other categories. Social Finance is SM's latest iteration and there are a number of exciting start-ups trying to attack the trillion-dollar student debt problem in the U.S.

Gulliver's Plate Dish is One Big Lovin' Spoonful

Yo dawg, I herd you like spoons, so Japan's Village Vanguard made a plate like a spoon so you can spoon your eats from a spoon-shaped plate!

Love You LONG Time: China's Nettled Netizens Mock the iPhone 5

Apple's highly-anticipated iPhone 5 is finally here and what do China's fanatical fanboys & gals get after their long wait? A longer iPhone... Really? Less than impressed with this critical post-Jobs product, China's clever, creative and critical netizens have logged into China's social media matrix to call Apple out.