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That’s a Wrap – 7 Funky Gift Wraps That Think Outside the Box


Gift wrap can be so pedestrian, especially this time of year. Red, green, gold and white are such tired choices in an endless sea of gift wrap options. So why not break out of the box and try something new? And don't fool yourself - presentation matters! So here are a few of my top picks for some of the coolest gift wrap around. If you don't impress them with the gift, you can at least dazzle and distract them with the packaging, right? read more »

Award-Winning Pencil Bench by Boex Blends Art, Office Supplies and Function


UK-based Boex 3D Creative Solutions designed this award-winning bench based off a single conversation about incorporating an everyday office item into a functional piece of furniture. All it took was a little bit of creative brainstorming, and voilà -- the Pencil Bench was born! read more »

Top Ten Strange Santas from Japan



Santa Claus is a recent feature of Christmas in Japan and sometimes a few details get lost in translation. Sometimes a LOT does, as our Top Ten Strange Santas from Japan so graphically illustrate!
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Skype Offers New High Quality Video as a Free Download


For anyone who has ever made video calls over the Internet, with a company such as Skype, you've no doubt gotten frustrated with the choppy 15 fps (frames per second) video that looks a lot like somebody doing the robot with a strobe light Background. Skype has found a solution to this problem with their latest version, Skype 3.6, which offers High Quality (HQ) video with 640 x 480 VGA-quality video at 30 fps. This is almost like viewing the video call in DVD quality. The best part is that the Skype download is free. Check out the difference in picture quality... read more »

ETree Floor Lamp is Way Cooler Than Traditional Christmas Trees


‘Tis the season for decorating the home with a tree of one kind or another, so why not ditch the traditional Balsam Fir and go with something a bit more modern? Forget the pine tree and instead surprise your family and friends by bringing home this extraordinary new ETree floor lamp...
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A New form of Traction Control from Michelin


Michelin is known for producing some of the best tires on the road. They are also responsible for some of the most innovative advances in traction technology. Now, they decided to expand their horizons into another rubber-based area...shoes. read more »

The Fine Art of Drinkable Art


Artist Hannes Broecker's installation of colorful blocks of drinkable art opened in Dresden, Germany earlier this week, enticing gallery attendees to partake of the fine art of drinking, alongside the mighty fine art itself. read more »

The Future of Autopsies Goes "Virtual" With CT Machines



Recent findings at the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) show that "Virtual Autopsies" may replace traditional autopsies in certain accidental death cases in the U.S. This technology is not new, but it hasn't been used for autopsies in the United States yet. CT scans give a nice detailed 3-D image that some doctor's believe will replace the need for the traditional autopsy that involves invasive cutting. Check out these images...
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Hulger Low-Energy Light Bulbs Bring Funky Home


Light bulbs are just so blasé. There really is nothing remotely exciting about a bare bulb. In fact, a bare light bulb in the collective consciousness often evokes images of starving artists and stark urbanscapes, often replete with scuttling rats and dripping water of some kind. Not the homiest scene, by far. So, how does one go about transforming those negative associations? read more »

Cyber University First to Offer College Courses via Cell Phone



Is Japan's futuristic cell phone culture too cool for school? Not according to Softbank, a Japanese cell phone service provider who just began offering college courses on the company's cell phones.
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Plant-Based Filter Looks Cool and Cleans Air


French designer Mathieu Lehanneur and Harvard professor David Edwards have teamed up to bring us one step closer to cleaner air with their Bel-Air plant-based filter. This so-called "domestic spacecraft " utilizes the natural recycling qualities of the plant kingdom to absorb toxic compounds in the air, emitted by common household items. read more »

One Amazing Packaging Idea from Siemens


Siemens is preparing a paper-thin electronic-display technology that could replace the everyday labels on disposable packaging. read more »

French Decanters Make Wine a Centerpiece


Don't know what to do with all that wine you've been saving for some long-awaited special occasion? Why not break out some of those vintage reds and allow them to adorn your home in these limited edition wine decanters designed by French sculptor Etienne Meneau? read more »

Great Invention Idea? Toilet Headrest Steadies You in Your Hour of Need


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Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »

Speeders Beware of the Charger


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For quite a while, the Ford Crown Victoria has had a firm grip on the Law Enforcement car of choice. Chevrolet has also gotten a handful of bids with the Impala. Now, they have some competition from the Chrysler corp, and the challenger is a Charger, no pun intended.

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Top Digg Contributor's are Frustrated: Is Mixx the Answer?


Digg is an online technology community who counts on the user's of the community to vote on their favorite technology news stories rather than editors. Digg has been online since 2000, and they are currently one of the top websites in the World. According to the Alexa traffic rankings, Digg is currently ranked as the 117th most trafficked website in the World (24th in the U.S. alone). Lately though, some of Digg's top contributors are becoming fed-up with Digg's community policies saying that they are unfair, and even saying that the Digg community is driven by possible conspiracies that involve burying certain stories or topics within the site. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Treatment for Male Impotence Found in Your Pantry


My mother always says the way to a man's heart is through his stomach. Well, I don't know about all that, but thanks to Mr. Hirsch I do know the way to my heart is through my man's stomach! United States patent 5,885,614 was issued on March 23, 2000 to Mr. Hirsch for the "Use of Odorants to Treat Male Impotence." That's right, the scents of the season are what really get a guy going! What can I say? ‘Tis really is the season to be jolly! read more »

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 »

13 Ads That Really Stick - Smartest Ways to Use Stickers


Curious as to what really sticks in advertising? Ads don't need to be as enormous as billboards or as prominent as the back cover of a magazine, they can simply be stuck in places where you are sure to reach your target market. read more »