Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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Thailand has recently gone nuts over my favorite color, and I’m happily packing my bags in hopes I can convince my husband to relocate to the place where pink is all the rage!
Japan is famous for its beautiful ponds stocked with colorful "Koi" carp - a close relative of the common goldfish. Some breeders are now moving beyond Koi to create even more unusual types of goldfish including scaleless, pearlescent varieties! read more »
Nokia has just announced the release of 2 new stereo headsets that will make managing phone calls while listening to music a much more pleasurable experience. Scheduled for a January 2008 release, the Nokia WH-700 and the WH-600 stereo headsets will provide a good sounding, quality option for people with music phones. read more »
We’ve all heard the cliché phrase “beautiful bouncing baby boy” (or girl!), and now a New Zealand couple has devised a way to make babies and young children literally “bounce." read more »
We may be home to such computer giants such as Steve Jobs and Bill Gates, however China is now giving the U.S. a run for their money when it comes to Internet search and usage. read more »
For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »
Hydrogen sulfide makes rotten eggs smell horrible, but the chemical may also be a fountain of youth. Researchers have found that when nematode worms were exposed to an atmosphere containing a small amount of hydrogen sulfide, the worms' lifespan increased significantly. read more »
Japan's Aqua Toto Gifu aquarium has sparked interest worldwide with its E-tree... the "E" standing for Electric Eel! Renewable energy never looked so, er, weird. read more »
A new device may make car chases a thing of the past.
Eureka Aerospace, a company from Pasadena, Calif., had developed a device that shoots a microwave beam at a speeding car, frying its electrical system and stopping the car dead in its tracks. read more »
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! read more »
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 »
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... read more »
"The Cave", a unique combination bookshelf & chair by Japanese furniture designer Sakura Adachi offers booklovers a comfortable, womb-like space in which they can really become one with their reading material. read more »
The Nintendo DS Lite has always been a successful portable gaming device, but it has never been able to do some of the things that the PSP can do. One of the key differences between the PSP and the Nintendo DS Lite is that the PSP is able to play full-length movies. Soon, the Nintendo DS Lite will be able to do the same. read more »
With Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) topping the charts as one of the biggest fears of new parents, the Guardian Sleeper is a welcomed new invention by two mothers looking for a solution. read more »
Need that perfect look for this year’s holiday party? If you live in Hong Kong, getting a truly unique look just got a whole lot easier thanks to Spanish hair artists Sienta La Cabeza read more »
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. read more »
Scientists have designed a vest made of carbon nanotubes that can rebound the force of a bullet, effectively causing the bullet to bounce off without causing a large impact force on the wearer. read more »
Asian innovation when it comes to interior design may not always be a good thing – as one Beijing restaurant recently proved. read more »