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Water Filter Brings Health to Millions


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are some inventions that help improve the lives of some people, and then there are the inventions-sometimes the simplest kind-that revolutionize the lives of billions of people. Abul Hussam's water filter, for instance, is providing clean water for entire countries of people suffering from arsenic poisoning, a toxic chemical in dirty water.

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A Stroke of Genius Helps Stroke Victims


Teenagers both internationally and domestically are discovering the rewards of expanding their knowledge and imagining up tools and devices the world has yet to discover. Programs like like InvenTeams by MIT help to give them a shot at innovator stardom, and also provide them the opportunity to make the world a better place to be. read more »

Japan's Internet Cafés House the Homeless



With affordable housing in Tokyo nearly nonexistent, both the desperate and the destitute have discovered a viable alternative to cramped apartments and capsule hotels: full featured Internet cafés!
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Suspicions Surround Water-Fueled Car and The Death of its Inventor


 

 

 

 

 

A man from Columbus, Ohio spent more than 20 years tinkering with an idea scorned by professionals: a car that uses water for fuel. After making progress, and declining billion-dollar offers for giving up, the eccentric inventor died after a celebratory sip of cranberry juice with two investors who haven't been heard from since. Here's his story... read more »

Plane Can Fly Inches Over Water


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This ultra-low-flying plane uses a special lift technique known as "wing-in-ground" (WIG) to reduce drag. More than an impressive feat of engineering, these planes are also faster and more efficient than their counterparts in the clouds. read more »

Japan's Used Panty Vending Machines: Fact or Fiction?



Vending machines stocked with used schoolgirl panties may be one of the most oft-quoted Japanese urban legends, but do they actually exist? Is there any truth behind the lurid rumors? The answer may surprise, even shock you!
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ABC's American Inventor - Episode 5 Season 2 Live Blog and Show Recap


American Inventor Show Recap

Welcome back to the blog after a rerun week of ABC's American Inventor. Tonight we are back live and, after rousing rounds in Los Angelese, San Francisco, New York and Chicago, we continue tonight's search for the next greatest invention in Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida. read more »

Ten Ways The Japanese Do It Worse



Japan and the Japanese do so many things well, it's easy to overlook where they trail the pack. From saving the whales to reaching for the stars, Japan falls miserably short - and that's just the tip of the rice-berg. Come explore the dark side of Japan, where the rising sun never shines!
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New Antibiotics Fight Cancer Without Hair Loss


Researchers from Japan have discovered an antibiotic that could enable cancer patients to keep up to 70% of their hair while undergoing chemotherapy. read more »

Japan's New Toilets Wash, Dry... and Fly!



Those amazing Japanese "washlets" pretty much do it all, from raising their lids in greeting as you enter the bathroom to washing and drying you off when you're done. Seems like Japanese toilets can do everything but fly... well guess again!
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New Packaging Keeps Pre-Cut Vegetables Fresh for Weeks


In an effort to keep minimally processed vegetables fresher for longer, companies are collaborating in a new project to design super fresh packaging. Among the preservation techniques is one that many three-year-olds are sure to enjoy: edible packaging. read more »

Japan's N700 Bullet Train: Same Speed, Less Energy


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Japan's new N700 model Bullet Train is a kinder, gentler choo-choo... kinder on the environment and gentler on its passengers.
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Titanic in Denver - Inventive Marketing


To promote the much anticipated Titanic Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, life preservers were placed on the statues in the and around the city of Denver, Colorado. read more »

BIG Trouble: Sumo Outsources for Survival


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There are few things that are as essentially Japanese as sumo wrestling, which is why the need to pad thinning ranks with foreign sumo wrestlers is a bone in the throats of Japan's cultural traditionalists. read more »

Graffiti Research Lab: Using A Projector to Take Over The World


The science here is an extremely bright laser, a laptop, a digital camera and a (quite expensive) projector. But these indie techs have their own agendas, and most of it is illegal... read more »

Solar-Powered Water Heater Made of Beer Bottles


 

 

 

 

 

 

Who needs photovoltaic cells when you have 66 beer bottles to capture the sun's rays? Ma Yanjun, a farmer from China, designed this simple technology, which works surprisingly well. read more »

Tokyo Bottled Tap Water Sold to Suspecting Consumers!


Tokyo Bottled Tap WaterTokyo Bottled Tap Water If you or I bottled tap water and started selling it on the street for a buck a pop, that would be a crime. When the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Bureau of Waterworks does it, it's called a public awareness campaign.
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Cell Phone Recycling Drop-Boxes a Golden Opportunity


There's gold in them thar cells! Japanese telecom giant NTT recovered 320 pounds of pure gold from junked cell phones in 2005 and hopes that making recycling easier will increase the glittering haul. read more »

Sexy "Pink Real Estate Funds" are Viagra(TM) for Japan's Love Hotels



Japanese love hotels enjoy 200% occupancy rates, but crushing mortgages suck up renovation cash needed to attract carnal clientele. Enter "pink real estate funds", white knights who know that when it comes to sex, there's never "no vacancy".
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Liquid Telescopes Expand Ability to See Deep Space


In this long-term project, researchers have made another optics discovery that could eventually open the doors to objects far beyond what we currently see. read more »