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Space Based Solar Power Lights Up Japan's Energy Future



An ambitious long-term program by JAXA, Japan's space agency, seeks to set up a reliable and environmentally friendly solar energy collection system thousands of miles above the Earth.
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Great Invention Idea? Shaming Diet Dolls


Piggy You Diet DollPiggy You Diet Doll

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and that means that once again you are confronted with a holiday that is likely to put a little extra meat on your bones. The irony of all this is that that extra meat on your bones often greatly decreases your chances of being someone's Valentine! So, what will you do if you've resolved not to eat any chocolates this coming Thursday? How about looking to the United States Patent Office for a couple of incentives to help you with your resolve? read more »

Look at Your Interior and Love It With Mira En Tu Interior Designs


Mira En Tu Interior's vinyl stickers can enliven the "skin" of your walls in one fell swoop, providing some dazzling flavor to otherwise empty space. But beware: these are not for the faint of (decorating) heart. These bold designs make for some very funktified living spaces that you just can't ignore. read more »

Raise Your Kundalini With the Abyss Lamp


I am a sucker for cool lighting, without a doubt. I just feel that lighting is so important - it sets the mood, adds a certain element, makes a situation more memorable by setting the stage for important events to transpire. So that's why I have to introduce this ridiculously good-looking albeit somewhat unusual lamp available through Kundalini. read more »

Great Invention Idea? The Most Effective Alarm Clock Ever!


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I've read that some of the most successful inventions are those that respond to an everyday need. If that's the case, then Samuel S. Applegate holds the patent for what could be the most effective alarm clock ever. read more »

Sofa Community: Savvy Seating for the Socially Minded


Czech designer Martin Zampach has come up with a couple of cool modular seating systems based on the idea that face-to-face interaction in this age of electronic communication is becoming somewhat of a rarity. His Sofa Community concept fosters the idea of talking to that person next to you and allows the user endless options for enlarging the social circle. read more »

A Supercar's Kryptonite


The release of the Nissan GT-R brought smiles to quite a few faces across the globe. However, many of them were quickly replaced with looks of confusion and straight-up anger. The new supercar had a few "hidden" drawbacks. read more »

The Youngest Racing League Ever


Discount Supercars?Discount Supercars?

Everyone knows when it comes to car production, the mentality is "Anything you can do, I can do better." But sometimes that kind of competition is taken a little bit too far and the result is something we will classify only as "interesting." read more »

Japan Tobacco's Cheerfully Chiding 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 2



How many ways can Japan's smokers be told to be considerate and well-mannered while puffing away? Seventy-three, it seems. We covered the first 10 in the series last month; here are numbers 11 through 20.
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Chicago Auto Show Highlights Part 1


YES! The new RoadsterYES! The new Roadster

Yesterday morning, the Chicago International Auto Show opened its doors for the Media to begin coverage. It will open to the public on the 8th of February. If you plan on going, here are some of the highlights from the car realm you may want to check out. read more »

Plug Into the Charged World of Electronic Textiles


Petal Pusher is the latest in a series of interactive light and textile installations created by Seattle-based artist Maggie Orth. Touching specific parts of the design vary the light levels accordingly, creating a harmonious symphony of light, pattern and tactile sensation. read more »

Great Invention Idea? A Musical Condom


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In my previous blog, A Big, Long D*ck for Valentine's Day, I alerted you to a patent that could help you realize your manly potential. But I'm here to tell you it's not all fun and games. Today, more than ever, sexual prowess cannot occur free of responsibility. So if you love your partner, or even if you don't and you only love yourself, you owe it to yourself to practice safe sex. That's why today I am providing you with a patent that reconciles safety with fun. read more »

Flying High: Ikarus Wax Lamp Melts Over Time


The Ikarus lamp was one of the highlights of the IMM Cologne Show last month. Designed by Aylin Kayser and Christian Metzner of Germany, this oddball creation is a wax lamp which gradually melts over the course of a month, completely changing shape and morphing into what resembles some kind of jellyfish or other sea creature. read more »

Love is in the Air - 9 Fun Valentine's Ads From Around the World


Many companies around the world are doing all they can to incorporate Valentine's Day into their messaging this time of year. read more »

Win Big With Scratch Off Wallpaper by Linda Florence


London designer Linda Florence has stepped the idea of basic wallpaper up several notches by adding a compelling interactive element: scratch off the silvery top layer to reveal the brightly colored pattern beneath. read more »

True Blue Roses to be Sold First in Japan



Blue roses have long been one of the greatest goals of gardeners. Now a group of plant geneticists sponsored by Japan's Suntory Ltd has perfected the process of creating blue roses to the point where they can be sold to the public.
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Boats of Tomorrow Without the Wait


Boats have come a long way since the simple Native American row-boats. We have seen complicated sailboats, luxurious steamers and the more recent diesel powed cruise-liners. So, what's next for the world of watercraft? How about boats that fly, or boats that sink? read more »

Great Invention Idea? 3 Unusual Ways to Look Your Best


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Although plastic surgery is America's favorite branch of medicine, many of us are still wary of going under the knife for purely vain reasons. As a result, we tend to turn to less trustworthy methods of maintaining our good looks, such as unregulated herbal supplements. That's why the next three patents are of such interest. All promise to deliver some of the benefits of cosmetic surgery without the dangers often associated with surgery. Of course, it's anybody's guess as to whether or not the results are noteworthy, but hey, it's worth a shot. read more »

One Cool Ad Campaign: Shark Week


The Discovery Channel provides factual variety programming focused primarily on the themes of popular science, history, and general knowledge about the world. Thesre are usually showcased as documentaries globally. read more »

Magnetic Cups Make Drinking Fun


The latest from Denver based INV/ALT design is this set of chain link magnetic cups. Perfectly sized for a couple shots of espresso, sake, or a spot of tea, these small ceramic cups come with magnets embedded in either side, so you can hang them off your refrigerator, or link them together to add a fun and functional sculptural element to your kitchen. read more »