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Environmental Twist Plastic Bottle Saves Space, Reduces Waste

I LOHAS, Coca Cola Japan's entry in the bottled water sweepstakes, is going green... with a twist. Once you've drained the bottle just give it a twist - and help save up to 40 percent in disposable volume.

Unpack Your BING Before You Travel

Bing Travel aims to dramatically reduce the amount of time consumers spend searching for travel information by presenting comprehensive results in one place, and to help consumers make more informed decisions. According to a recent survey by Bing Travel, more than fifty percent of  potential travelers search three or more sites before booking their flight and hotel arrangements. By aggregating Expedia, Cheap Tickets, Cheapoair, Priceline and Booking Buddy on the Bing Travel site, travelers can not only search for flights and hotels but book without ever leaving the search engine.

Breakthrough Research: Chinese Convert Pig Cells Into Embryonic Stem Cells

The first successful conversion of pig cells into universally usable stem cells took place at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology under the direction of Dr. Lei Xiao.  Dr. Xiao's team extracted the cells from a pig's ear and bone marrow, and found the right chemical cocktail to reprogram the cells into the three layers of cell types that make up embryonic stem cells.

Flu Masks Lined With Ostrich Antibodies Fly Off Shelves

Japanese by the thousands are flocking to a new type of surgical face mask lined with ostrich antibodies. The flightless birds have a robust immune system and the new Ostrich Pharma influenza preventing masks claim to fight four kinds of flu virus.

Feeling Dirty? Check Out Posh Wash’s Shower Village

Pop-up buildings and businesses come in all forms; we've seen nightclubs, coat checks, and restaurants; but just in time for summer festival season, there's another new trend arising in the pop-up shower. In an environment where everyone's feeling dirty, one company, Posh Wash Showers has even taken the pop-up shower concept to the next level with Shower Village designed for clean living.


Newest Japanese Weight Loss Craze: The Morning Banana Diet

The latest diet trend in Japan these days is the so-called Morning Banana Diet. Thanks to a posting at Mixi, the country's leading social networking site, the fruity weight loss fad has boosted banana imports and garnered a "bunch" of testimonials. 

Healthcare Recruitment Company Promises Large Salaries and Luxurious Lifestyles

Since there is an overwhelming stigma that doctors are so devoted to their work to a degree that they forfeit all other aspects of life (whether true or not in every case), one medical recruitment company in New Zealand hopes to break the mould by placing doctors in high-paying jobs that still allow them to have active social and family lives. Sound too good to be true? Perhaps, but read on, because they claim that even when working in the healthcare industry, it's possible to have it all!


Scary USB Shuriken Saves Data the Ninja Way

Yet another weird USB flash drive has made the scene, albeit quietly, like a ninja. The Shuriken USB drive makes it's "point" by saving your data as stealthily and scarily as possible.

Live Like A Rock Star At London’s Rock ‘N Roll Theme Hotel

Want accommodations that make you feel like a rock star? Visit the Pavilion Fashion Rock ‘N Roll Hotel in London. A little hotel with a very big, glamorous and entertaining theme that will make you feel like a rock star in your own, even if you've never set foot on stage. Read on, but don't be disappointed, groupies are not included.

All In The Name Of Security: The 'Killer Chip' Invention

You thought you'd take a trip abroad to see some relatives in Bizwackistan. Upon your arrival, Bizwackian inspectors implant a tracking device in your arm to "make sure you don't overstay your welcome." What they don't tell you is that if you miss your flight out of the country, be you ill or otherwise indisposed, you will die.

Knuckle Cracking Simulator Relieves Pressure Points, Drives Mom Nuts

Funny how something that provides so much pleasure to one can cause so much annoyance to another... such is the case with cracking your knuckles. The Yubi-Poki virtual knuckle cracker will keep on cracking even after you've run out of knuckles.

Innovative Car Insurance Company Onna-Onna Alerts Drivers To Bad Weather

Putting a twist on car insurance is Dutch insurance company for women, Onna-Onna. Not only can they help people recover financially from car accidents or other related incidents, they also alert people when it's unsafe to be on the road; decreasing their chances of having an accident.


China Re-invents the Bicycle Wheel

Move over Japan. China's making huge strides in the field of weird and wacky. Check out this crazy bicycle with a pentagonal wheel on the the front and a triangular one on the back. It was developed by Chinese inventor Guan Baihua who believes that people will want to ride the bike because it requires more effort than a conventional bike, and thus provides a greater workout for the rider.

Toms Shoes: Buy One, Get One For A Charitable Cause

Toms Shoes may sound like your neighborhood shoe store, but it's one fashionable company that's anything but run of the mill. Not only does carry a wide variety of fashion-forward shoes that would meet the style needs of even the most discerning fashionista, but it offers a 2-for-1 deal like no other that helps support a charitable cause.

"Magical" Russian Steel Could Re-define Global Construction Standards

Could the steel industry go the way of the Dodo?  A new compound developed in Russia may just signal a new wave in the structural support of large construction projects...