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El ZULO! An Ergonomic Chair Pod For The Power Nap

Just looking at the design for El ZULO, Spanish for "the hideout," makes me sleepy. Instead of putting my head down right here at my desk and catching a few zzz's before my stiff neck and back cry "Oooh, that hurts!," I imagine myself mustering just enough energy to get up, move a few feet away from my desk, and assume a similar, but ergonomic, position in this peaceful, padded, perfectly positioned chair pod for my power nap.

Study Questions Whether or Not We Really Need Sleep

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison are wondering whether sleep is an essential part of life or something that has evolved over time to avoid stress and kill time.

Lighting Is Hotter Than Ever In Interior Design!

Light is in for the upcoming 100% Design Show in London. Light as in lighting, but not necessarily as in lamps. Light for surprise, light for illusion, light for dimension, light for fun, effect, maybe even for utility, as to enable better sight. Whatever light is for, it's in and it's exciting!

Kids Travel Made Easy

You’re traveling through the airport on your latest family vacation, and as usual, your child is trudging along behind you – exhausted and tired. What’s a parent to do?

Man Makes Paris In 15 Years Using Junk

There isn't much too say about this next green innovator, Designer Gerard Brion, except that he is passionate about his artwork. He is very passionate. In fact, with regular household items, some glue and paint Gerard Brion has spent 15 years of his life creating a detailed replica of Paris.

Creating Illusion With Lighting: Kate Wall Lamps

The "Kate" wall lamps are brilliant combinations of utility, fiction, and fascination... like functional trompe l'oeil murals or wall stickers.

Floating Car Parks Planned For Moscow

The Russian capital is besieged with cars and not enough places to park them. Moscow’s river will soon become the site of floating car parks and people and vehicles that may or may not be able to swim. Read on, but bring your life preserver.

9 Racks That Rock By David Byrne

New Yorkers have something to look forward to when they return from summer vacation next week. New bike racks! And nine of them are the designs of Talking Heads founder, pop rocker, lyricist, visual artist, furniture designer - well, modern Renaissance man -- David Byrne!

Russia’s Innovative Hydrogen-Powered Mobile Phone and Laptop Charger

Get a charge out of one of the most interesting innovations in power engineering. It comes straight from Russia and involves the use of hydrogen as a power supply for a cell-phone and laptop charger. Read on for details.

Cervarix Vaccine Comes to Russia: Human Papillomavirus Beware!

Now the famous vaccine known to fight certain types of HPV that cause cervical cancer, is registered in Russia. Read all about Cervarix and its effectiveness against the human papillomavirus.

The Top Ten Strange and Unusual Japanese Chewing Gums



Chews your poison...

Some of the Ten Strange and Unusual Japanese Chewing Gums listed here are actually quite good! As for the others... let's just say that Japanese chewing gum companies produce some VERY strange and unusual types of chewing gum. How strange? Let's find out by getting down to the good, the bad and the sticky! read more »

Russians Create New Rehabilitation Device: Hope For Faster Recovery From Stroke

Russian scientists have created a new device that will allow patients who have lost the ability to walk due to stroke or head injury to recover at a faster rate. Read on for the hopeful details.

Georgian Websites Attacked by Russian Hackers

Despite an ordered halt to hostilities by the President of Russia, attacks on Georgian websites by Russian hackers remain unabated. Will it ever end? Read on for the sad prognosis.

Scent of Skin Cancer Discovered

According to researchers at the Monell Center in Philadelphia, PA, basal cell carcinoma can be identified through odors from the skin.

Is DogPause® The Answer To Some Dog Eating Disorders?

"Wolfing down food" is instinctive to wolves because if they don't eat their prey fast, another animal will. Unfortunately for many domestic dogs, they've inherited that instinct from wolves and wild dogs, but because of the domestic dog's more delicate digestive system, wolfing it down (or "wooffing it down") might end up as dog bulimia.

Retro Wooden Mobile Phone: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

Where has all the wood gone in this cold modern age of steel? When you see a tree, do you secretly yearn for closer contact? Read on then, if you dare.

New Study Shows Diabetes May Be Transmitted From Parents to Children

A new study shows that inheritance may be the cause for the rise in diabetes in the U.S.

No Need To Chop Down the Cherry Tree...Turn It Into Tree Art

Have an unsightly old tree in your backyard? Make a carving out of it! Artist Bruce Hebert creates cool carvings out of trees.

Robots Controlled By Brain Power: Science Fiction or Russian Reality?

More and more, technological innovation has seeped into our past illusions of reality, making the science fiction of yesteryear naïve and passé. Learn more about today’s cybernauts and what they are up to (in your brain) these days.

iPhones in Russia and China: A Trader’s Paradise

In days gone by, American blue jeans were all the coveted rage in Russia, but now Apple’s iPhone has taken over. Read on for details about the iPhone stampede, but… call first.