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Japan Plans to Replace the Internet



"The Internet is dead, long live the Internet!"... or something like that. The Japanese communications ministry is planning a new and improved post-Internet technology that will make today's spam & hacker infested web a thing of the past. The scary part? "Cooperating with other nations, including the United States, will be an option."
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“Tongue Sucker” Life-Saving Device a Winner


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A first-aid device called the "tongue sucker" recently won first place in the prestigious INDEX award contest. The tongue sucker is used to easily open the airways in the throat of an unconscious person, allowing air to enter the lungs before paramedics arrive.

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Bizarre Beetle Battles Enthrall Onlookers at Tokyo Tourney



Imagine a Sumo match from a science fiction nightmare and you've got Japan's IWBC... sharp thrusting horns, shining jet black carapaces and fiendishly spiky grasping legs - twelve of them - furiously locked into an epic struggle at the recent Insect World Battle Championships!
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Scientists Recreate Out-Of-Body Experiences


Cutting-edge virtual reality has demonstrated that a "multi-sensory" conflict is the underlying mechanism of out-of-body experiences. With this understanding, researchers have succeeded in "tricking" subjects into thinking they are separate from their bodies. read more »

World's Tallest Building to Rise Higher than Mount Fuji



A Japanese construction company's detailed plans for the X-Seed 4000, a city-sized building 2.5 miles high, show that dreams of the future may be closer to reality then you think!
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Google Unveils “Astronomical YouTube” in Sky


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the latest version of Google Earth, Google has recently announced that it will include a new update: Google Sky, an image gallery of the night sky. read more »

Enter Password by Looking


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With EyePassword, a gaze-based interface, users need only to look at the numbers on the keyboard to enter their password. Researchers say that this technique makes it much more difficult for spies to determine passwords from over your shoulder. read more »

In “Urban Farming,” Crops Grow in Skyscrapers


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Scientist Dickson Despommier has designed a scheme to grow crops inside 30-story skyscrapers. This urban farm concept could help feed a rapidly growing population, leave space for forests, and supply potable water for entire cities. read more »

Plasma Gasification Transforms Garbage into Clean Energy


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It sounds too good to be true: a machine that can get rid of almost any kind of waste at a fraction of the cost of today's disposal techniques, eliminate existing landfills, and produce an excess of clean energy to be sold back to the grid. This very realistic process is called plasma gasification. read more »

New Sony Ericsson Phone for Camera Fanatics


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For some people, taking high-quality pictures is the main feature they'd use on their cell phone (after talking, of course). Sony Ericsson's new K770 Cyber-shot phone may offer the best in this category so far. read more »

Big Brother Amps It Up in China


This is being considered the world’s biggest attempt to align computer technology and police forces together to nab criminals who have fallen through the cracks and have yet to meet the consequence for their crimes. read more »

New JASDF Stealth Fighter Jet to be "Made In Japan"



Return of the "Zero"? Shut out of the bidding for America's high tech F-22 Raptor stealth fighter, Japan's military planners are considering a home-grown solution to the problem of replacing the nation's fleet of aging jet fighters.
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Scientists Identify Hormone Responsible for Eating Too Much Cake


 

 

 

 

 

Can you say enough to this cake? If not, you may have a deficiency in a hormone prominent in the reward center of the brain that also controls appetite. read more »

Shochu Liquor Residue Recycled into Potent Ethanol Fuel



Who says alcohol and driving don't mix? A new cooperative venture between five Japanese shochu liquor producers is yielding ethanol fuel and livestock feed from waste that was previously dumped in the ocean.
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Animal Diesel at US Pumps in 2007


ConocoPhillips and Tyson Foods, the two companies partnering in initiative, say fat from pigs, cows, and chickens will offer a cleaner fuel and provide about 3% of ConocoPhillips' diesel requirements. Critics have fears over animal rights, food supply, ethics, and environmental benefits. read more »

Kameraflage Sees More Than Meets The Eye


Kameraflage is a new type of display technology that takes advantage of digital cameras' ability to see a broader spectrum of light than the human eye. Objects, designs, words, and pictures that are invisible in the real world may be viewed with a digital camera equipped with kameraflage. read more »

New Ocean Energy Technology Shows Promise


buoybuoyBy using buoys to capture energy from the ocean's waves, researchers are developing an alternative energy technology that researchers say could provide 10% of the required power for the US. read more »

Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon’s Innovative Charity Site


Have you heard of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon? No? Well, if you haven't, it's a trivia game from the 1990's that works like this: a group of players tries to connect any film actor in history to Kevin Bacon as quickly as possible and in as few links as possible. Kevin Bacon was smart enough to take advantage of this game and use it for his career in commercials, TV show appearance, etc. This year Kevin has gone a degree further and is using the six degrees concept for a greater good. read more »

Saliva Test Detects Cancer Early


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Human Salivary Proteome Project, researchers are developing saliva tests that will take the place of routine blood tests and even do more, such as detect cancer at early stages. The researchers predict that saliva tests will replace needle pricks and detect multiple types of cancer by 2011. read more »

Japan Beats the Heat with Champagne Snow Cones



Sweltering through a typical Japanese summer is no fun, and the summer of 2007 is proving to be hotter than most. The trendy, well-off crowd in Tokyo is chilling out with Champagne Kakigori, a cooling concoction which features sparkling bubbly over shaved ice!
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