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Wingless Ladybugs Promise Lasting Pest Control

Ladybug Ladybug fly away home, your house is on fire and your children will burn... Sorry kiddies, Japanese researchers from Nagoya University have produced "wingless" ladybird beetles that stay on (or near) the plants they're supposed to protect.

Enliven Your Interiors with 'Clouds' Textile Tiles

From Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec comes a bold new concept in textile design, entitled 'Clouds'. 

With 250 Million Users, This Is Not Your Son's Facebook Anymore!

Working its way to 1 Billion users, Facebook just reached the one quarter billion mark (250 Million), only three months after reaching its last milestone of 200 million in April. So with such exponential growth, why is there so much talk about people leaving this social network?

Is The Smintair Smoker's International Airways Good For Business But Bad For Health?

As the world is discriminating against smokers, there's a whole world of possibilities for those looking to make services a little more accessible to those that can't seem to detach themselves from their cancer sticks for long enough to do anything.


Chinese Netizen Arrested, Sends SOS on Twitter

Many of you are likely familiar with the case of the American student from Berkley back in April of 2008 who when he was taken into custody by Egyptian police managed to send out a short tweet via SMS saying "Arrested." Subsequently his embassy and the press were notified and he was eventually released (see CNN story) thanks to his twitter distress call.

Yesterday in China there was a very similar situation, where blogger Peter Guo, who goes by the twitter handles amoiist, sent out the following plea for help:

Robot Layoffs Essential During Recessionary Times

What are the robots supposed to do when they are out of work?  They can't get unemployment.  Most likely, they won't even get to Twitter their friends or check out porn sites, like humans often do when they're laid off. 

Past and Present Collide with 'Dear Diary 1.0'

Design graduate Marlies Romberg merges the past with the tools of today in 'Dear DIary 1.0', an old-fashioned writing desk that has an embedded computer and keyboard within it.

The 10 Most Wanted ... Summer Beers

It's definitely summer, which fulfills practically everyone's requirement for a nice cold beer. The neatest thing about beer is that there are so many varieties and so many breweries, you can't ever get bored drinking it. This summer I turned to the 10 most wanted summer brews for inspiration....

Tweeting 'The French Revolution" via la Network de Sociale

On le 14 Juillet in year 2009, the people of Paris stormed Twitter accounts everywhere with tweets of "Happy Bastille Day" in hopes of leading down a path that would eventually welcome all Frenchman into the elite circle of the Twitterati.

Palmer Johnson Calls In Rolls-Royce to Help Design New World Yacht

Yachts are all about luxury, providing all the creature comforts of home while also offering breathtaking views and unsurpassed freedom. Knowing this, it should come as no surprise that when designing what could be the most impressive Yacht ever built, Palmer Johnson called in Roll-Royce to help bring the final design together.

Riding the Wave: Fluxus Light Installation

Fresh from heavyweight desinger Karim Rashid and his collaborator Michela Vianello, this wild Murano glass and light installation entitled 'Fluxus' might wash over you in a wave.

Bizarre Tanuki Heart Charm Shares The Love, Saves The Planet

The "Tanukin Heart" charm combines the traditional good luck aura of a raccoon dog's scrotum with the timeless symbol of love, the heart.

Top Ten Hotel Brands A Tweet Above The Rest

Hotels are utilizing the social media channel of Twitter to reinforce their brand image and to communicate directly with their guests. Apart from having a face to face contact with one's customer, no other medium has allowed hotel companies a better one-on-one conduit. While each hotel chain interacts differently with their following, here are the TOP TEN I think are doing the best job in providing customer service, building brand loyalty and engaging their followers with suite tweets.

"Speeches of Barack Obama" Book & CD Helps Japanese Learn English

"The Speeches of Barack Obama", a book and CD combo released last November in Japan, sold over 400,000 copies in just a couple of months. Students, homemakers, even Buddhist monks have all been polishing up their English skills by listening to the 44th president wax poetic on the political stage.

China creates the iPhone Nano [pics]

Here's yet another Chinese 'Shanzhai' creation for you viewing pleasure. This time it's the much anticipated iPhone Nano, the device that the world seems to think Apple will inevitably produce. Nevermind that it doesn't exist yet, that's no reason to refrain from copying it. The folks down in Shenzhen are getting into this knock-off market early by trying to envision what an Apple iPhone Nano might look like, and then copying that vision.