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Magic Spiker Slip-On Soles Give Black Ice a Black Eye

I see your snowshoes and I raise you: Ice Shoes! Actually these Magic Spiker winter soles stretch over almost any shoe, turning the most mundane loafers into ice-gripping, non-slipping, cold-weather warriors. Pretty slick, huh?

iPhone Geiger Counter Calls Out Concealed Radioactivity

The Geiger Fukushima iPhone was designed to be cheap yet effective in exposing radiation hotspots. It accomplishes these goals by working with the owner's iPhone and a dedicated app, thus reducing duplication of components. Bonus: it's made in Japan's hard-hit Fukushima prefecture!

The Space Raincoat Keeps You Dry, Makes You Look Fat

Marlon Brando may have been The Wild One but who says you can't be The Weird One? Certainly not Taiwan's Feng Yu Development Co., designers and manufacturers of the one and only Space Raincoat.

Recolo Time Lapse Digital Recorder Camera Speeds Up Your Life

Lights, camera, inaction! If you're one of those people who enjoys watching the grass grow, you've got entirely too much time on your hands... or, you've got the Recolo Interval Recorder from Japan's Compact Impact.

Tsunami Survival Capsules Offer Hope for Japan's Next Great Wave

Ready for the next tsunami? Then you've really got balls: enhanced fiberglass “Noah” capsule balls, to be exact. Japan's Cosmo Power designed these bright yellow survival spheres so users can escape onrushing floods and ride the relentless quake-spawned tidal waves to rescue.

New Japanese Smartphone Case Doubles as Radiation Monitor

Japan's largest mobile phone service provider, NTT DoCoMo, has produced a prototype cellphone case that adds a radiation detecting function to your smartphone.

Tiger Woods Takes On Japan's Best Female Golfers in 9-Hole Charity Event

Tiger Woods, American professional golfer and reluctant celebrity, is taking his talents to Japan! The former World No. 1 and Japan's top 3 female pro golfers are set to tee off this November 1st in “Challenge! Tiger Woods”, a 9-hole charity event to benefit Japanese earthquake and tsunami relief.

Cool Cat Hoodie is a Back to School Faux Paws

Wanna be the teacher's pet? Then make a feline beeline for the Hachiware Cat Parka from Japan. Available in black or gray with a rose-red zipper "tongue", this cool cat hoodie is absolutely purr-fect for students looking to show some style before school's out and it's time to join the rat race.

Thick Fake iPhone 4 is China's Coolest Smartphone Fan

If you thought iPhones and smartphones were getting thinner with every new release, think again: the White “iPhone 4″ Air Cooler from M.I.C Gadget bucks the trend by evoking the original thick brick cell phones. It's also very cool... for a non-phone iPhone 4 fan.

Graffiti Umbrella by Liu Hsiang-Ling is Write as Rain

The Rain Brush Umbrella designed by Liu Hsiang-Ling points the way to sustainable, renewable, temporary urban graffiti: write what you like but come rain or shine, your message will vanish.

Panoramic, Igloo-Like Tents: Kinda Cool, Kinda Weird, Kinda Ridiculous

An odd solution for tent camping that provides seamlessly integrated shelter.

Sbyke--Easier To Ride Than To Say

The Sbyke takes elements from a few everyday devices and combines them into a new, innovative ride.

Big Game Hunters Set Their Sights on China's Wildlife

International trophy hunters have formally applied to stalk Tibetan Gazelles and Himalayan Blue Sheep native to China's mountainous Qinghai province. If approved, it would be the first time in 5 years that sportsmen would be allowed to lock, load, and let the lead fly on Chinese soil.

Candy Candles from Japan Make a Nice 'Light' Snack

It's a candle, it's a candy, it's... Candy Candles, candles that look like candies! These wacky waxy wick'd wonders are sealed in clear cellophane wrappers just like hard candies and are small enough to fit in your pocket, purse or backpack.

Animal Footprint Beach Sandals Make Walkers Paws

These stealthy beach sandals from Kiko-Kids have really got sole: animal footprint soles to be exact. Now your kid can make tracks to the beach right through your living room and blame it on the family cat, monkey, owl, gecko or dinosaur.

Deep Frying Aims To Make The Kool-Aid Man A Little Rounder

On a day-to-day basis I try to avoid deep fried foods (for obvious artery-clogging type reasons), but if I came across fried Kool-Aid, as is being offered at the San Diego, Calif., County Fair, I think that my curiosity would get the better of me.

Rifle Umbrella Keeps You Dry, Could Trigger Panic

Stop or I'll bumbershoot! The Rifle Umbrella from Brando.com may not be the most well-thought-out gadget but at least it'll keep you dry when sudden storms strike.

Bottle Cap Lamp is Ideal for Light Drinkers

The battery-powered Bottle Cap Lamp from Japan's Ideaco turns most any water or drink bottle into an eerily attractive lamp. Hmm, wonder if it'll turn a bottle of Budweiser into a Bud Light?

Helter Shelter: A Cheap Portable House made from Packing Materials

The problem of temporarily housing refugees from natural disasters is being addressed by students from Nanjing Forestry University in Nanjing, China, who have created a cheap, lightweight house made from common packing materials.

New Melanoma Drugs Have Unprecedented Success Rates

The type of skin cancer known as melanoma has historically been one of the deadliest forms of cancer.  Though a few drugs have helped extend the 5 and 10 year survival periods, news of two particular drugs presented at yesterday's annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology  have sparked some real hope for the future.