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Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Powered Volkswagen Golf Hits Showfloors

Back in December, the folks at Volkswagen unveiled the new Golf BiFuel mkVI. The VW can run on either traditional petroleum or Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and has just now entered the German Automakers lineup.

Social Networks Pin Winner At Cannes Film Festival

Voodoo twittering? The Cannes 2009 Competition drew more than 193,000 views in 9 days in May. An innovative American filmmaker took home the top prize in the annual Online Short Film Competition run by the National Film Board of Canada in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival. And YouTube and Twitter were largely responsible for selecting the winner!

Samurai Armor Underwear Induces Hot Pants In 'History Girls'

Make love not war? Why not do both - while wearing your samurai underwear! These elaborate and expensive briefs feature the logos and styles of Japanese most formidable warlords of the Warring Era, and are a big hit amongst modern ladies!

'The Idea of a Tree': Solar-Powered Furniture Making Machine

For DMY Berlin Design Festival 09, Viennese designers Mishcer'Traxler showed off their amazing furniture-making machine that runs on solar power.  Sounds crazy? Read on for the details.

Japanese Game Company Gives Productive Workers Big Baby Bonuses

Making babies for fun and profit? We all know about the former but now Japanese game company Koei Tecmo is doling out the dollars for "productive" employees - whether they're good workers or not.

Two Italian Exotics Planning Hybrid Vehicles in the Near Future

Ferrari and Lamborghini. Together, these two companies have more than 100 years of experience building some of the fastest and most exciting vehicles ever driven on public roads. Now, both of the Italian based performance gurus are planning to offer vehicles that appease both the automotive enthusiast and the environmentalist.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun Scores Social Media Goal, Tweets Soccer Play By Play

On the go and eager to know the score in that crucial soccer clash? Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper has the answer: tweeting the play by play to fan followers via their new Twitter account!

USB Cigarette Could Be Habit Forming, Humor Inducing

The e-cigarette from Thanko plugs into your computer's USB port and offers puffers a genuine smoking experience... without all the nicotine, tar, ashes, smell and, er, smoke.

China's 'Green Dam' Censorship Software Looks Pretty Damn Lame

The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece earlier this week entitled 'China Squeezes PC Makers' where they outlined the Chinese governments' recent requirement that PC makers to ship their machines with internet filtering software. The Green Dam software is intended to filter out explicit language and pornographic images, but early user reports indicate that this software might not be as slick as many might have expected.

Where Water Is Scarce, You Can Drink The Air!

In desert climates where the ground may be too dry for even a cactus to survive, researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology (IGB) and their colleagues at Logos Innovationen have created a method for getting drinkable water from... the air!

Sushi Look Adds Taste to Issey Miyake's 'Pleats Please' Clothing Line

Issey Miyake's "Pleats Please" designer clothing line is being presented in a most tasteful manner - by dressing up the fabrics to look like sumptuous sushi!

Office Paper Recycling Machine Turns Trash Into Toilet Paper

What's an eco-friendly way to recycle used office paper and botched photocopies? Here we might mulch it to be used in farming. In Japan they're turning it into toilet paper.

Call Goes Out to Boost Used Mobile Phone Collection

Cellular phones are gold mines, even when they're no longer wanted. Problem is, as phones get better people are more reluctant to get rid of them. A new campaign by the Japanese government seeks to reverse this disturbing trend and boost mobile phone recycling.

Google Maps Shows Massive Pyramids... in China?

China has a lot of secrets that it sweeps under the national rug, but here is one of the most unusual ones. According to World Mysteries, the existence of these pyramids had been rumored for years with one of the most intriguing reports coming from an American pilot half a century ago.

Starbucks Japan Shakes Up Summer With Coffee Jelly Frappuccino

Coffee Jelly Frappuccino is coming back on the menu at Starbucks Japan, just in time for another hot, humid Tokyo summer! Starbucks bills this cool, caffeinated treat as "Coffee To Eat", but doing so through a straw really, er, sucks.