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Japanese Team Invents Tiny Laser Light Powered Motor



A working motor powered only by laser light has been demonstrated by researchers at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Light-powered motors will work in areas with high magnetic fields unsuitable for conventional motors, such as such as MRI medical scanners.
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Whale Curry Adds Spice to Japan's Traditional, Controversial Dish



Japan's renewed whaling activity has generated loud protests from the world at large. One wonders, just what is done with the meat from hundreds of "scientifically killed" whales? Japanese food company Asian Lunch offers a spicy solution, Whale Curry, though there's something fishy about efforts to curry favor with hungry diners!
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Are Super Trains Here to Rescue Our Futures?


General Atomics: The only MagLev in the USGeneral Atomics: The only MagLev in the US

Highways are becoming more congested by the day, and the skies aren't doing any better. And with pollution posing an additional problem, we are running out of options. Could the newest Steel-Wheel and MagLev trains be the answer? read more »

Scare the Kids This Christmas with Asia’s Oddest Amusement Parks


 

Asian innovation has taken the amusement park industry by storm in recent years, and here are a couple of my personal favorites which have made it on my “Places To See Before I Die” list, because while I am fairly certain about an afterlife, I struggle to grasp the existence of these real world locales. read more »

Used Condom Hair Bands: China Takes Recycling Too Far


American ladies are always on the prowl for fashion deals that will amp their appearance without breaking the bank. The same goes for women living in China, though unfortunately this Asian country has recently taken budget beauty a little too far. read more »

Newspaper Can Make Good Yarn Too


Imagine yourself one relaxing cold winter night in front of the fireplace. Your newspaper logs burn brilliantly in the fire. Your hot cup of organic chocolate coco cools down next to you on your favorite recycled wood end-table as you sit back and crochet your new rug out of newspaper yarn for your bamboo floor. read more »

Tanya Aguiniga's Art Crosses Into Funky


Tanya Aguiniga has some captivating ideas about contemporary furniture and accessory design, ranging from funky to quirky and everything in between. Currently based out of L.A., this young artist grew up crossing the border every day from Tijuana to go to school in San Diego. Her art is a reflection of that cultural line she walked growing up, and reflects the duality inherent within it... read more »

Cute Cleaning Robot Cleans Toilets While Chatting You Up



Cleaning grimy highway rest stops is a job barely fit for humans, but never fear: the disturbingly cute, talking Lady Bird robot will begin scrubbing Japanese public toilets in 2009!
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Lamponi Lamps Give Old Parts New Life


Milan-born designer Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi boldly states, "My lamps are not gadgets." Well, all right. I guess they hover more in the world of fine art, then? At the very least, they walk the line between restored iconic retro pieces and functional light sources, and could certainly be considered masterpieces by some... read more »

Matchlights: A New Twist on Playing With Fire


Now you can play with matches without fear of getting burned. Contemporary lighting concepts seem to know no end in their inherent coolness. I am continually amazed by the novel ideas that are constantly spilling forth from the minds of today's innovative artists. The "Matchlight", designed by Chetan Sorab, is just such a fresh concept in home lighting. read more »

Pimp My Ride Going To The Middle East ?


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Friday, MTV unveiled an Arabic language music video channel. MTV Arabia now provides Arabic music videos, as well as other MTV programs, to Middle Eastern audiences. read more »

Chocolate Bar Stickers Tell You When to Taste


Morinaga, one of Japan's biggest candy & chocolate companies, has come up with an engaging idea to boost the popularity of their premium Dars chocolate: a temperature sensing sticker that indicates when "high quality mouth meltiness" has been achieved.
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Thanksgiving Patents-Part 5: Smelly Gas No More!


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While there are many instances of farting to be found in great literature (James Joyce, St. Augustine, Dante, etc.), the reality of farting in public is much less noble. That's why I'm recommending you do a bit of damage control before any real damage to your modesty or friends has occurred this year. read more »

Your Gas Dollars At Work - The World’s Fastest Executive Jet


Aerion's planned interior.Aerion's planned interior.

Ever wonder where the 90 cents per gallon of gas spent on crude oil goes? Well, besides giant buildings in Kuwait and guaranteed education in Saudi Arabia, some of it goes towards more luxurious objects. Like Ferraris, or penthouse apartments at Time Warner Center, or maybe even a supersonic jet, capable of going 1.6 times the speed of sound. read more »

Bizarre Bondage Kewpie Doll Charm



Japan loves Kewpie Dolls... the baby-faced cutie ranks right up there with Hello Kitty on the "kawaii" scale. Being Japan, however, things start to get weird. How weird? Well, check out the Bondage Kewpie Doll Cellphone Charm, available tied up S&M style in five different shades of rope.
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The Lomme Bed: Adventures in Sleeping


Art? Or furniture? The German designed Lomme bed blurs that distinction, merging technology and sophisticated design to create a unique and enhanced futuristic sleeping environment... read more »

Robot Camel Jockey Wins Invention Prize


A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).A robot camel jockey preps for race (from National Geographic).

A robot camel jockey, invented by the Qatar Scientific Club, won for Best Invention at the First International Exhibition for Inventions. The robot camel jockey, a seemingly odd invention here in the West, is meant to replace child jockeys in the Persian Gulf. read more »

Only in Dubai: A VPN as Illegal as Porn


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On Thursday, the UAE's Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), an organization that regularly bans websites in the Emirates, declared that subscribing to a UK based Virtual Private Network (VPN) is as illegal as ‘smuggled DVDs or pornography.' read more »

Turn Warm Beer to Freezing Cold Beer in Seconds; Without Ice!


A young 22 year old inventor, by the name of Kent Hodgson, has found a way to almost instantly chill a beverage without using any ice. His relatively simple idea uses liquid CO2 to turn a warm beverage into a cold one within seconds. read more »

Japan Turns Roads Into Musical Instruments



From the "only in Japan" file comes the Melody Road, an ingenious project that has transformed stretches of three Japanese highways into mobile music boxes!
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