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Aluna, Lunar Clock for the Olympics


The power of the sun is amazing, but what about the power of the moon? Can it be harnessed? London-based artist Laura Williams thinks so and has decided to tap into that lunar power. read more »

New Fighter Pilot Helmet Come With X-Ray Vision


Next time you hear of an Alien abduction, it may just be a from someone who encounters a fighter pilot equipped with on of these new futuristic-looking fighter pilot helmets. These new helmets are not only scary looking, but they also have some incredible innovations such as X-ray vision. read more »

Korean Toothpaste Obliterates Slime and Grime with Charcoal


Using charcoal as an innovative form of toothpaste is not a new concept in Asia. However some not so inviting packaging and changing the word charcoal to “charcle” apparently did the job quite well according to recent Korean sales. read more »

New Security Required in the People's Republic of Cycling


Bicycling criminals will have another thing to deal with come December 1st when bike makers in China begin to include serial numbers as an effort to cut down on bike robberies in the country.
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13 Unfortunate Translations That Harmed Brand Reputations


It is important for companies to do adequate preparation and research before introducing a product into the international marketplace. How easily even "experts" can sometimes fall victim when their in-house marketing department is not fully aware of the local culture. Sometimes hiring a professional marketeer in the country is probably the best option. Otherwise, slogal translations might end up being a total fiasco! read more »

Illegal Cell Phone “Jammers” are Dropping Calls Across America


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Have you ever been in a nice quiet public place and all of a sudden you hear someone babbling on a cell phone, and they are practically yelling at the person on the other line and totally disrupting the quiet ambience of the place?

India’s Memo To the World: Stop Trying to Steal Our Traditions!


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From medicinal rituals to modern-day yoga, India is attempting to lock away access to cultures and activities practiced throughout the world, yet no-doubt indigenous to the region. read more »

Peace (Canal) in the Middle East?


Map of Jordan, Israel and Western Syria (from WikiMedia)Map of Jordan, Israel and Western Syria (from WikiMedia)

Though similar efforts in the past have failed, a prominent Israeli, Boaz Wachtel, believes that a so-called ‘Peace Canal' can bring peace to the Middle East. Well to Israel and its neighbors at least. read more »

Crealev Makes Levitation Look Easy


Crealev, short for "Creative Levitation Solutions," hopes to meet all of your levitation needs. This Netherlands-based company seeks to introduce anti-gravity technology into the mainstream for the betterment of humanity's creative projects... read more »

New Water Bottles from Japan Change The Way You See Water



Hyotan Kara Mizu is a new brand of Japanese mineral water that sets itself apart from its many competitors through its appealing packaging. The reuseable bottles come in 20 different colorful pattern designs and the curvaceous, organic shape is meant to resemble a gourd.
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LifeStraw Filters Dirty Water Too


Like the LifeSaver, another innovation can also turn dirty surface water into clean drinking water in a matter of seconds. It is called the LifeStraw and unlike the LifeSaver, the LifeStraw,personal water filtration tool, is a lot cheaper, a lot smaller and easier to take around. It can even be hung around the neck for easy access. read more »

Nissan GT-R Unveiled


Tail End: This is the side you'll see the most.Tail End: This is the side you'll see the most.

Since the first hint of an American production of the Nissan Skyline GT-R, car enthusiasts across the nation have been anxiously waiting to see if the rumors were true.They hype generated from this car comes from the heritage it is expected to live up to. read more »

Revolutionary Refinery Gets More Out of Crude Oil


HS-FCC Test Refinery in Saudi Arabia (from Nippon Oil)HS-FCC Test Refinery in Saudi Arabia (from Nippon Oil)

A newly designed, revolutionary refinery, capable of turning heavy gas-oils into higher value stock, has the go-ahead for an opening date in 2010. read more »

Honda's New WOW


Easy access for pets and people alike.Easy access for pets and people alike.

Everyone knows the family pet is the most spoiled "child" in any household. They get their food served to them at their level, they have their own cushy pillow right by the fireplace and now thanks to Honda, they even have a carseat built specially for them. read more »

Heroes Star Hayden Panettiere's Surfing Stunt Showcases Innocence and Ignorance



"Save the Cheerleader, save the whales"... Hayden Panettiere, the cute young actress who plays the cheerleader in popular American action drama Heroes recently performed another role: bringing attention to a traditional dolphin hunt in Japan.
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Alteil Online Dueling Card Game Explodes with Anime Imagery



Pokemon, Duel Masters and Yu-Gi-Oh pioneered dueling card games in both Japan and the wider world. Alteil takes up where these games leave off, adding exquisite anime style artwork and an online dimension few RPG's can match!
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8 Environmentally Friendly Burial Alternatives.. or 8 Options to the Boring Old Coffin


Today's funeral practices are not environmentally friendly. Between clearing land out to make burial sites, green house gases due to cremation, trees cut down to make caskets and embalming fluid which contains chemicals like formaldehyde, methanol, ethanol and other solvents, death is not as natural as it should be. Funerals are detrimental to the land, water and air. The good news is that green funeral options continue to grow in popularity. Below are some innovative burial alternatives to choose from. read more »

Think Your Tivo Is Cool? Technology From Singapore Puts Tivo to Shame


Singapore has geared up for the ultimate in personal entertainment with WOWtv, a personalized media experience through streaming broadband channels. read more »

More Muslim Competition for Barbie


Salma Doll (from the Salma website)Salma Doll (from the Salma website)In the competitive world market for Barbie-like dolls a new contender has emerged. Salma, from the word ‘peace' in Arabic, is a new Barbie inspired doll that promotes positive Islamic values. The new doll, created by Sukmawati Suryaman, an Indonesian businesswomen, is the latest competition to Mattel's Barbie doll in the Muslim world. read more »

The End of the Naked Cord - Redefining Illumination


In honor of Dutch Design Week I'd like to highlight some of the fresh ideas coming our way from northern Europe, with a special emphasis on those designers who work to make what is traditionally considered unattractive -- like the cords of lamps, for example-- into an integral feature of the design... read more »