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Pac-Man Zippo Lighters Put Arcade Fire In Your Pocket

Pac-Man is celebrating its 30th anniversary next year and Japan's Banpresto wants to light a fire under the fanfare - with a new series of Pac-Man themed Zippo lighters!

Nissan Introduces Next Generation of CVT Transmissions

Nissan has been a proponent of the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for quite some time. They have spent substantial amounts of time and money on developing CVTs that are more efficient and provide a better overall driving experience. This is why it comes as no surprise that the next generation CVT has been unveiled by the Japan based country and they are promising a lighter, more efficient gearbox that will still offer an exciting driving experience.

Seiko Earthquake Activated Wall Clock Shines When Shaken

Seiko introduces an attractive wall clock that looks good by day but acts as a life saving night light should an earthquake strike during slumber time.

New Delphi Engine Mounts Mean Less Vibration and a More Enjoyable Driving Experience

Even the most well balanced engines in the world will transmit some vibration to the cabin. This is especially true with high horsepower applications, which will shift more under hard acceleration and gear changes. Delphi, drawing from their suspension technology, has developed a new engine mount that could reduce this vibration, even when holding a 435 horsepower Porsche engine.

Hyundai Launches World's First LPI HEV Into Production

A few months back, Kia unveiled their LPI (Liquid Petroleum Injected) Hybrid Electric Vehicle at the Seoul Motor Show, while others remained occupied with Diesel/Petroleum Electrics. Now, Hyundai has decided to join the LPI race and unleash a new LPI HEV version of the Elantra.

Coolest Bar In Tokyo Serves Beer In Blocks Of Ice

When it comes to beer, the cooler the better - but you'd never have it on the rocks. "Icebar Tokyo" has the answer: frosty cold "In The Rocks" beer mugs carved from blocks of real ice!

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?

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.