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Umbra’s Grip Coasters Help Enforce Coaster Use

Having people over is fun, finding sticky rings and water damage marks on your furniture the next day is not. Fortunately, Umbra has come up with a clever way for you to enforce coaster use without seeming like an anal host.

Lomography's New Petzval Lens

Old is new with Lomography's upcoming Petzval lens, a 19th century lens redesigned for 21st century photographers. Raising $1.3 million dollars through Kickstarter in only 30 days (the goal was $100,000) Lomography promises to deliver an uber slick lens for the retro photography enthusiast.

Nikon Sues Sakar Over iM1836 Android Camera

Nikon is suing Sakar International Inc. over the design of the Polaroid iM1836 camera, an Android-power device that looks like a carbon copy of the Nikon 1 J1.

Ten Terrifying Horror Games To Scare You Witless

There's something invigorating about fear, and there's no better occasion than Halloween. To that end, I've always found horror-themed video games to be scariest; you're naturally more immersed. Why not try one? Submitted for your pleasure, here's a few horror games guaranteed to scare you witless.

Spiders Prompt Recall Of 870,000 Toyota Vehicles

Toyota has announced they're recalling nearly a million 2012 and 2013 model year Avalons, Camrys and Venzas (including hybrids) due to so-called “spider-related problems”. It would seem that owners who ordered WiFi in their cars ended up with web sites of a very different type.

Making a Splash: Spectacular Liquid Drop Art

The rise of digital technology has expanded the range of visual art to unimaginable levels in recent years. Without ultra-sensitive photography, the mind-blowing organic forms of Corrie White's liquid drop art would be impossible. Luckily, the combination of creativity and technology has allowed her to make quite a splash in the art world, and the mesmerizing dance of water and gravity that she is able to capture makes for some truly unforgettable art.

Smencils: Scented Pencil Company That Makes You Smarter

Sniffing  tools that are meant to be used for writing isn't an activity that is generally recommended. In fact, there is a stigma associated with people that enjoy sniffing permanent markers - and let's just say that stigma doesn't reward people for intelligence.  Smencils hopes to change all that by making pencils that are not only cool to sniff, they make you smarter too.

The Tiny Universe of Lori Nix

Architects, designers, and engineers may create the world around us, but it takes an incredibly talented artist to fool a viewer into believing that they are looking at the real world, when they are actually looking at something that could fit inside a shoe box. Lori Nix creates tiny universes that could fit in a suitcase, showing that size really doesn't matter when it comes to modern art.

Beach of the Bizarre: Living Surrealist Sculptures

There's nothing like putting on your Sunday finest, breaking out your cello, and walking into the ocean for an orchestral concert. That might sound strange to you, but for Australian artist Andrew Baines, it sounds like just another day at the office. His living sculptures juxtapose normal people in strange and unexpected settings, usually involving sand, surf, and a healthy touch of Surrealism.

Skolkovo, A New Silicon Valley In The (ex)-Soviet Union?

The Russian government has recently decided to create its own version of Silicon Valley outside the capital city of Moscow. But instead of Apple products, expect to see a different type of innovation emerge from within.

China's First Robot Moon Rover Needs A Name, Wants Your Input

Red rover, red rover, let... what's-it's-name come over! That's right, China's first lunar rover doesn't have a name and the China Academy of Space Technology wants the world's netizens to help fill in the name tag before the groundbreaking Chang'e-3 moon mission gets off the ground.

Could Valve's Steam OS be Just What The Console Industry Needs?

For those of you who've been living under a rock, Valve this week announced the Steam Machine - a video game console which runs entirely on the new Steam OS. That's not even the most interesting part, either - the OS is free.

Folks, this might be just what the console industry needs.

New GPS Tracker Technology Designed For Patrol Cop Cars

StarChase has invented a device to simply mark fleeing vehicles rather than engaging n high liability chases.  It's now possible to tag the offender in front of you and catch them a little bit later.  Read more about this new innovation.

Burn the 'Burbs: The Installation Art of Ian Strange

The suburbs hold a certain amount of nostalgia for many people, but Australian artist Ian Strange has a bizarre relationship with that icon of the middle class - he likes to burn them down. His body of work juxtaposes large-scale installation art, video footage, symbolism, and towering infernos as a means of breaking down the constructions of society, in more ways than one.

Gaming, LoTR and New Media: Interview With Professor Jay Clayton

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to sit down with Jay Clayton - the man behind "Online Games: New Media, Literature, and Narrative; a course taught primarily through Lord of The Rings Online - to talk about his thoughts on video games, literature, and the future of narrative fiction.

Pull Out Your Pocket Protector For Seductively Sexy Pen Art

Juan Francisco Casas is an artist that creates life-like works of art by using just a blue Bic pen.

Poo-pourri Traps Embarrassing Bathroom Odors- No Sh*t!

Poo-pourri stops foul bathroom emissions before they have a chance to permeate their surroundings. Talk about a new idea that’ll really make waves!

10 Fun Ads That Only Foot Lovers Would Love

Marketing firms will stop at nothing to get the attention of consumers. This being the case, it should come as no surprise that they will play with any fetish (within the legal boundaries), no matter how bizarre, to turn heads. Today we'll explore a few ad campaigns that focus on the southernmost parts of our bodies: feet.

The New Perspective: Art is Everywhere

Albert Einstein once said, "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." Turkish artist Sakir Gokcebag tweaks that slightly with his common object art installations, clearly stating that there are two other ways to live your life, as though nothing is art, or as though everything is art. You can probably guess which perspective he holds.

Rolls-Royce Wraith: Rich & Powerful, Just Like Its Owners

One might say the new 2013 Rolls-Royce Wraith is the “sporty” member of the esteemed Rolls-Royce automotive family but to do that would ignore the many superlative technological features of this most enviable ride.