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Mazda Planning Direct Injection for Next Generation Rotary Engine

Rotary engines are almost always associated with the name Mazda. For their small size, they can produce quite a bit of power, but at the expense of fuel economy and tailpipe emissions. Mazda, most likely in an effort to reduce the latter two, has been granted a patent for a newly designed rotary engine.

Kurage Fiber Optic Lamp by Sschemata

Japanese Sschemata architecture office has designed the third generation of their fiber optic lamp, the loopy and winding Kurage.

Putting On The Dog With The 10 Hautiest Designer Pet Carriers

I've noticed that when it comes to designer accessories like handbags, fans love to match them with other accessories. So if they buy a Gucci handbag, they'll want a Gucci wallet and key chain... and a Gucci pet carrier too.  Here are 10 of the newest styles of designer pet carriers from the likes of  Louis Vuitton, Juicy, Burberry, Gucci and more...

Remote Control LED Light Bulb Offers 7 Shades of White

"Any color you like, as long as it's white!" No, it's not a bizarro version of Henry Ford, just Sharp's new LED light bulb. Using the included remote control one can dial through 7 different shades of white light - without any white heat.

Laughs Will and Testament: Japan's New Manga Will Kits

Estate planning goes from exhausting to exciting as Kokuyo's manga style will kit explains tough legal issues in classic comic book style.

Kinder, Gentler, Smokier: Japan Tobacco's 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 6

Japan Tobacco's admen likely burned through a lot of the company's main product in conjuring up 73 "Smoking Manners for Adults" ads. Here's part 6; ads 51 through 60.

Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Powered Volkswagen Golf Hits Showfloors

Back in December, the folks at Volkswagen unveiled the new Golf BiFuel mkVI. The VW can run on either traditional petroleum or Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) and has just now entered the German Automakers lineup.

Social Networks Pin Winner At Cannes Film Festival

Voodoo twittering? The Cannes 2009 Competition drew more than 193,000 views in 9 days in May. An innovative American filmmaker took home the top prize in the annual Online Short Film Competition run by the National Film Board of Canada in conjunction with the Cannes Film Festival. And YouTube and Twitter were largely responsible for selecting the winner!

Samurai Armor Underwear Induces Hot Pants In 'History Girls'

Make love not war? Why not do both - while wearing your samurai underwear! These elaborate and expensive briefs feature the logos and styles of Japanese most formidable warlords of the Warring Era, and are a big hit amongst modern ladies!

'The Idea of a Tree': Solar-Powered Furniture Making Machine

For DMY Berlin Design Festival 09, Viennese designers Mishcer'Traxler showed off their amazing furniture-making machine that runs on solar power.  Sounds crazy? Read on for the details.

Japanese Game Company Gives Productive Workers Big Baby Bonuses

Making babies for fun and profit? We all know about the former but now Japanese game company Koei Tecmo is doling out the dollars for "productive" employees - whether they're good workers or not.

Two Italian Exotics Planning Hybrid Vehicles in the Near Future

Ferrari and Lamborghini. Together, these two companies have more than 100 years of experience building some of the fastest and most exciting vehicles ever driven on public roads. Now, both of the Italian based performance gurus are planning to offer vehicles that appease both the automotive enthusiast and the environmentalist.

Japan's Asahi Shimbun Scores Social Media Goal, Tweets Soccer Play By Play

On the go and eager to know the score in that crucial soccer clash? Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper has the answer: tweeting the play by play to fan followers via their new Twitter account!

USB Cigarette Could Be Habit Forming, Humor Inducing

The e-cigarette from Thanko plugs into your computer's USB port and offers puffers a genuine smoking experience... without all the nicotine, tar, ashes, smell and, er, smoke.

China's 'Green Dam' Censorship Software Looks Pretty Damn Lame

The Wall Street Journal wrote a piece earlier this week entitled 'China Squeezes PC Makers' where they outlined the Chinese governments' recent requirement that PC makers to ship their machines with internet filtering software. The Green Dam software is intended to filter out explicit language and pornographic images, but early user reports indicate that this software might not be as slick as many might have expected.