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Big Brother Amps It Up in China


This is being considered the world’s biggest attempt to align computer technology and police forces together to nab criminals who have fallen through the cracks and have yet to meet the consequence for their crimes. read more »

Tokyo's Mayonnaise Restaurant Charges To Hold Personalized Bottles of Mayonnaise



Hold the mayo? Never at Tokyo's Mayonnaise Kitchen, where the topping takes top billing and the king of condiments is rich, calorie-laden mayonnaise!
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Goodbye Afro Ken, Hello Kitty!


Love it or hate it, the Japan's Hello Kitty has become a global icon. Why has Hello Kitty succeeded while more appealing and refreshing characters like Afro Ken have failed? And who or what is "Afro Ken" anyway? read more »

South Korea Enjoys a Cup of Genius with Microsoft


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


With participants coming from approximately 59 different countries, the Imagine Cup was an array of diversity as much as it was a unified setting for the growth of technology. read more »

New JASDF Stealth Fighter Jet to be "Made In Japan"



Return of the "Zero"? Shut out of the bidding for America's high tech F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, Japan's military planners are considering a home-grown solution to the problem of replacing the nation's fleet of aging jet fighters.
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The Ethical Robot: Korea Teaches Manners and Boundaries to Our Engineered Friends




If you think about an episode of the Jetsons when you think about the future, chances are your predictions may be right on. This is especially true in the nation of Korea, where South Korea specifically has made it a goal to have a robot in every home by the year 2013. read more »

Shochu Liquor Residue Recycled into Potent Ethanol Fuel



Who says alcohol and driving don't mix? A new cooperative venture between five Japanese shochu liquor producers is yielding ethanol fuel and livestock feed from waste that was previously dumped in the ocean.
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Japan Beats the Heat with Champagne Snow Cones



Sweltering through a typical Japanese summer is no fun, and the summer of 2007 is proving to be hotter than most. The trendy, well-off crowd in Tokyo is chilling out with Champagne Kakigori, a cooling concoction which features sparkling bubbly over shaved ice!
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Sweet & Sexy Leah Dizon: The First "Planet Idol"?



Leah Dizon breaks the mold of so-called Japanese Idols: she's multi-talented, multi-ethnic and has universal appeal that makes a mockery of national borders. Signed by toy maker Bandai to represent their new clothing line, the 20-year old singer, model and TV star is poised for mega-stardom. Today Japan, tomorrow the world!
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Japan Screams for Jellyfish Ice Cream



Plagued by an invasion of gooey, slimy 440 pound jellyfish that are clogging fishing nets, eating valuable fish and putting the sting on profits, Japan's fisherman are turning to unusual solutions to cope with the slimy pests - such as turning them into ice cream.
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$100 Laptop In Children's Hands by October


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's water-resistant, solar-powered, energy-efficient and kid-friendly-the One Laptop Per Child project may finally be turning into reality. read more »

Flashy Furniture Changes Color To Match Your Mood



Feeling blue? Seeing red? Fuwapica interactive furniture from Osaka University's Mongoose Studio reflects your emotional state by changing its color to suit your mood.
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Tiny Cell Phone Strap Plant needs neither Food nor Water



The Super Bio-Tech Mobile Plant Cell Phone Strap from Japan's Strapya World lets you take your own tiny, living plant wherever you take your phone - without ever worrying about feeding or watering!
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Japanese Toilets



When it comes to toilets, Japan has dealt itself a royal flush! From basic, no nonsense squat toilets to high tech marvels seemingly designed for a mission to Mars, Japan's toilets take care of everybody's business like nobody's business.
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The IDEA 2007 Best Designs For Boomers, Seniors, And Disabled Persons


One Touch™ Can OpenerOne Touch™ Can Opener This year's International Design Excellent Awards (IDEA), published in the July 20, 2007 edition of Business Week, have been awarded to 81 product designs. Some of the top awardees were clearly designed with boomers, seniors, and disabled persons in mind. The One-Touch™ Can Opener was originally designed for seniors, but this Gold Medal winner from Hong Kong is in demand by all age groups. Tell you why.... Press the shiny green button and this gizmo walks around the can by itself!
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Japan's TV Samurai Dramas Stand the Test of Time



As television continues to lose both audience and relevance in a society increasingly fascinated with online and wireless media offerings, Japan's classic "Samurai Dramas" buck the trend by providing exciting and engrossing entertainment the old fashioned way.
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Korean Smart Cards Will Keep People Safe From the Smartest of Criminals


Invented by e-Smart Technologies, which is based in Busan, Korea, the Super Smart Card is a payment and security card unlike any other. Also known as the Biometric Verification Security System, the Super Smart Card works as a matching system for identification. read more »

Cedarville University Wins Solar Splash 2007!


When I first read about the solar energy boat race, Solar Splash, I was immediately intrigued. Though I don't like open waters; therefore, will not get on a boat, the combination of solar energy and cleaner transportation in competition has had me tempted to face my fears and give these solar powered boats a try. I think it's an innovative idea with wonderful educational opportunities and a great start to the building and using of non-polluting, fuel-free vehicles (land, water and air) of the future. read more »

Water Filter Brings Health to Millions


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some inventions that help improve the lives of some people, and then there are the inventions-sometimes the simplest kind-that revolutionize the lives of billions of people. Abul Hussam's water filter, for instance, is providing clean water for entire countries of people suffering from arsenic poisoning, a toxic chemical in dirty water.

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A Stroke of Genius Helps Stroke Victims


Teenagers both internationally and domestically are discovering the rewards of expanding their knowledge and imagining up tools and devices the world has yet to discover. Programs like like InvenTeams by MIT help to give them a shot at innovator stardom, and also provide them the opportunity to make the world a better place to be. read more »