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China's National Space Program Copies Star Trek Logo

To give them full credit, I shouldn't say that China's National Space Administration ripped off a Star Trek logo. They actually ripped off two Star Trek logos. Check it out:

 


Moss Can Be Used As 'Surrogate Mother' To Human Genes

Moss, that dark green, short, furry plant that seems to grow spontaneously in dark, moist spaces, has unexpectedly shown up as a kind of surrogate mother to human genes, able to read human genes and manufacture the proteins encoded on them!  This finding, made by  Martin Fussenegger, Professor of Chemical and Bioengineering at ETH Zurich and others at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau, is a 450 million year old reversal of fortune!

Pit Start Self Service Garage Offers Full Auto Shop to London Area

One of the most common reasons people are unable to work on their own vehicles is a lack of space. While the problem can manifest itself in several ways (too much stuff in the garage, live in an apartment, and so on) the heart of the issue is still a lack of available space. Pit Start may provide a new solution to this problem, at least for the people living in or around London.

Kneeling Bench Keeps Toilet Splashes (and Pride) to a Minimum

Urine trouble now... Responding to complaints from homemakers about messes made by micturating males, Japanese bathroom engineers have brought their toilet talents to bear on the problem and have come up with a solution that will bring proud men everywhere to their knees.

3 Totally Green Hemp Dog Beds For The Green Dog, Of Course

The cool eco-beds for dogs are made of hemp shells and filled with tiny resilient fibers made from recycled plastic water bottles, or other recycled materials. The combination of these materials make these beds breathable, comfy, washable, quick drying and, of course, green.

Embark On A Rare Culinary Adventure With Edible And Have Unusual Foods Delivered To Your Door

Want to take a walk on the wild side and add a little bit of adventure into your diet? Edible, a UK based company specializes in the acquisition and shipment of unusual food from around the world that will really spice up your meals.


BMW Expands on the Project I Line-Up: Hints at Production

BMW has been making quite a bit of noise about their new Project I program, with rumors of such vehicles as the Z2 and new Megacity concept spreading like wildfire. While BMW can "neither confirm nor deny" many of these rumors, they can keep pushing out new concepts that fall under Project I. Most recently, that German automaker has taken a lineup of small 2, 3 or 4 wheeled city vehicles into consideration.

Heart-Shaped Watermelons Show How Love Grows

The heart-shaped watermelons grown by Japanese farmer Hiroichi Kimura and his wife are more than just a labor of love, they are products of the Kimura's passion for farming - and each other.

Lotus Working On Advanced Noise Cancellation System for New Vehicles

Ever since the first electric hybrids were on the road, many people have been questioning how safe they really are. These worries are not about the crash test reliability, but rather the lack of noise the vehicles make when cruising down the road. While several aftermarket companies have presented solutions, Lotus Engineering is no working on a system that provides the necessary engine noise to the outside, while also reducing noise in the cabin.

GO2 Will Harness Power from Passengers Dancing: Redefine Alternative Energy

Alternative energy is a term that has been used quite a bit in the past year or two. The real challenge comes in trying to define exactly what alternative energy really is. Thankfully a new concept boat called the GO2 has given us an interesting and extreme definition for the all too common phrase.

Chinese Chess Is Finally Accessible To Blind And Visually Impaired Persons

Chinese chess (Xiangqi) is centuries old; some historians date the game back to 400 BC. All this time, blind and other visually disabled persons have been unable to play one of China's most popular games.  But last year, design professor Michael Siu, of Hong Kong Polytechnical University (PolyU), created a Chinese chess set  for blind persons and others with varying levels of visual impairments. The set  has opened up a new sport to millions of vision impaired persons that allows them to be included in a very popular national game.

 

Eight Surgical Masks to Survive Swine Flu in Style

Got your mask on? Due to the deadly Swine Flu outbreak people in Mexico are wearing surgical masks like they're going out of style - except they're not, just the opposite in fact. Here are the top ten weirdest variations on Japan's (and now the world's) most healthy fashion accessory, the personal surgical mask.

Want to Increase Your Fuel Economy? Try Buying A GPS

In car navigation has very quickly become one of the most relied on pieces of gadgetry inside the vehicle and with good reason. No longer having to print out directions from the computer or rely on memory alone to get from point A to point B is a huge benefit. Coupled with live traffic updates and road work conditions, GPS units have become a very useful device. They may be even more useful thanks to a recent study done by a research firm called NuStats that points to an decrease in the amount of money spent on fuel by GPS owners.

Innovative Electricity Generator is Powered by Prayer

Buddhist prayer wheels are a common site in China, Tibet, Nepal and India. Spun hundreds of times daily by passersby, you might think that some wise guy would wire them to generate and store electric power - and, wise guy Taikkun Li has done exactly that.

High Fashion Octopus Dress: Unique Clothing For Women Who Never Have Enough Hands

High fashion doesn't always appeal to the masses, but fashion that hits the international runways often finds itself a major topic of conversation. Memorable, modern and mystic, the Octopus Dress finally gives women the opportunity to live out their fantasies; while most girls dreamed of being the Little Mermaid, there are some fashion lovers out there who had darker tastes and lusted after Ursula.