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Ultrasonic Sewing: Tech Breakthrough in Garment Industry

A new trend in this industry is the use of ultrasonic ‘sewing' machines which make it possible to stitch a garment together without a trace of needles or thread.


Plants Produce Aspirin to Cope With Stress

Researchers have found that plants stressed out from conditions such as drought may produce an aspirin-like chemical.

Mama Bear in Menopause Animates The Change

Menopause - a delicate issue for many, especially in Japan. In an effort to "humanize" women and The Change, doctor and manga writer Emi Chida has produced a curious comic featuring a menopausal mama mama bear.

First The Knees, Then The Hips, Now Back Replacement? TFAS®!

TFAS®, a new joint procedure that can restore full use of your spine, just as knee and hip replacements can restore the functions of knees and hips, is being tested in the U.S.

New Bacteria Strains Could Be Used to Make Plastic

What if plastic wasn't made from oil or natural gas? What if it was made from Bacteria? Would it be safer for the environment? Would it be safer for us? What if the bacteria were genetically engineered Escherichia coli (E. coli)?

Japan to Draw Up Plans for a Space Elevator

The idea of a space elevator made of ultra-strong carbon nanotubes has been talked about a lot over the past several years, but recently some research groups have begun to investigate the idea as a real possibility. Most recently, scientists from Japan have started an organization called the Japan Space Elevator Association, and they plan to host an international conference in November to draw up a timetable for the machine.


Create Your Own Fireworks With The Bright Star 'Antares'

British lighting design company, Abraxus, has been providing festive commercial lighting for 15 years. Antares, its "star" constellation LED lighting design, is very popular in retail and hospitality settings, but this year, at London's 100% Design, Abraxus has introduced a line of more colorful and user-friendly Antares designs that can be used to create your own fireworks at home.

Blood Drip Phone Strap Charm Displays Your Scarlet Letter

Wear your heart on your sleeve, or just clip a Blood Drip Phone Strap to your cellphone and shout to the world "I'm your type!"

Sweet Smells May Give Sweet Dreams

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to control the types of dreams you have? Well now you may be able to.

Electricity from Trees Could Prevent Forest Fires

MIT researchers are designing a system that uses electricity from trees to recharge batteries and generate power in remote locations. The small amounts of tree-generated electricity could be used to track forest fires and possibly "patrol" borders for smuggled radioactive materials.

Hello Kitty Roomba Robot Sucks Up Dirt, Money

Japan's relentless drive to merge terminal cuteness with ultimate technology has taken a turn for the worse, as illustrated (emphasis on "ill") by the Hello Kitty branded Roomba robot vacuum.

Sarah Palin's Japanese Eyeglasses Spark Fashion Trend

Alaska Governor and GOP vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin has caught the public eye in more ways than one - her stylish, made in Japan eyeglasses have struck a particular chord with middle class, midlife mamas!

Prefer To Work In A Fish Bowl Or A "Jelly Box" Jell-O Mold?

Ever think about what it would be like to see the world from inside a Jell-O mold? Looking like a Jell-O mold, but calling itself the Jelly Box, this new workspace is now on display at the Truman Brewery during London 2008 Design Week. This clever design by architect David Hingamp of the London firm of Archic, has just been named runner up in the 2008 Urbantine Project.

Thirst for Health Perks Up Coca-Cola Japan's 5-Grain Tea

Soft drink companies like Coca-Cola Japan are responding to the buying preferences of an aging population and a general greater focus on health and fitness. The new 5-Grain Tea illustrates the swing from sweet, sugary "junk drinks" to more healthy - but still tasty - tonics.

Oven makes “fried” foods without oil

As delicious as fried food tastes, most people realize that french fries and potato chips are not the healthiest things to eat. Now, food scientists have invented an oven that produces food that looks and tastes fried, but doesn't use the fattening oil that typically gives fried food its taste.

A Doggie 'Who Done It:' CSI To The Rescue

In the central Israeli town of Petah Tikva, just east of Tel-Aviv, dog poop was found lying near the steps of the town's library. CSI was called in, examined the dog poop and interviewed witnesses, but no dogs were seen leaving the scene of the crime.

Hey Dudes! Some Foods Could Be Causing Those Moobs!

Though aging dudes like to hide it, like by never going swimming in public, there's a tendency among many to develop enlarged breasts. Though many men go to extreme measures to reduce moobs, short for man boobs, it has not been clear why they exist. However, yesterday Cambridge Medical Research Council researcher, Dr. Gunter Kuhnle, released the results of his nutritional study on the effects of certain food and drinks on the development of moobs.

What Do You Expect For $499? The "Perfect Petfeeder"

If you're going to open a new business, you might as well have a superb product as your flagship. Pillar Pet Products, Inc. has a pretty spiffy start with its first product, the Perfect Petfeeder. For a $499 introductory price tag, it better live up to its name.

New York City Tap Water - TAP'D NY™ - Now Available In Bottles!

You knew that New York City had the finest water in the world, right? You heard that from a New Yorker. Well, a new company called TAP’D NY™ has recently been formed to exploit that fact and bring that tap water to you… in a bottle. This company has been making a big splash lately, particularly in the press…..


Iraqi Expat Wins British Invention Award: An Inspiring Story

If you like stories of personal struggle that end well, you will like this one. It's about an Iraqi citizen who fled Iraq with his family to avoid the death squads of Saddam Hussein, worked day and night to support himself through the University of Derby in the East Midlands of England, invented a device....