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99 Percenters Will "Occupy Earth" To Prove The 1 Percent Wrong

Awakened like a sleeping giant, the 99 Percenters were first motivated by the Arab Spring - but now have orchestrated a movement that has taken on a whole life of their own. Commencing with a make-shift tent city constructed overnight in downtown Manhattan four weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street has caught not only America's zeitgeist but one that is cyberventilating across the globe as well.

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.

Wasabi Smoke Alarm Wins 2011 Ig Nobel Prize

A Japanese research team has been awarded the 2011 Ig Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their patented invention, the Wasabi Smoke Alarm. As previously reported at InventorSpot in March of 2008, the silent alarm releases a mist of pungent wasabi oil that will wake up those with hearing disabilities in case of fire or a related emergency.

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.

China's First Flying Drone Has Got its Robotic Eye on You

Watch out for the F50, China's first flying robotic drone. Small as a pizza pan and equipped with an HD video camera, you can be sure it'll be watching you!

Ghost Of Guy Fawkes Evoked To Destroy Facebook?

While the blogoshere is cyberventilating once again about the imminent demise of Facebook (anybody remember the "We're Quitting Facebook Day" scheduled for May 31, 2010?), the ghost of Guy Fawkes has been evoked to stir the conspiracy pot. Five hundred years to the day, the Hacker activist group known as Anonymous is claiming they will coincide their destruction of Facebook with Fawkes attempt to blow up the House of Parliament on November 5, 1605.

China's Experimental Fast Reactor Plugs Into the National Power Grid

The China Experimental Fast Reactor, or CEFR for short, has begun pumping power into China's national electric grid. By greatly increasing fuel efficiency and minimizing the discharge of long-lasting toxic waste, the CEFR pioneers the new direction nuclear power plants must take in a world where nuclear power is coming under increasing scrutiny.

Teachers Expel School Intruder with Two-Pronged 'Man-Catcher'

Japanese teachers recently subdued and immobilized a knife-wielding intruder using a variation of the traditional, two-pronged Sasumata. The incident highlights this ancient fighting weapon in its modern iteration as a non-violent, noninvasive, “Man-Catcher” school safety device.

Presidential Social Media, Not Stymied By WeinerGate!

Back in February, when Mia Cambronero was stepping down from her post as Social Networks Manager for President Obama, the open position and job description sought job candidates that were "passionate about engaging millions of Americans in advancing President Obama's agenda and changing the country." And going into the 2012 elections, our "social media" head of state is not going to shy away from social media like so many other politicians who fear from the backlash of Representative Weiner's "below the belt" sharing.

Medical Identity Thieves Meet New Detective: The Palm Reader

According the the National Survey on Medical Identity Theft, about 1.4 million Americans were victims of medical identity theft in 2009.  Almost half of these victims did not learn of the theft until one or more years after their medical records were taken over and 'blended' with the thief's.  The time it takes to discover medical identity theft is one reason why this crime is on the rise; it's easier to get away with.

 


Japanese Army Rolls Out Floating Orb Robot That Shoots Pics – For Now

Remote-control Predator drones operated by the U.S. Air Force may not be old & busted but Japan's army just rolled out some awesome new hotness: a flying robot orb ready for recon or defcon!

EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle Gives You a Boost in the Boondocks

So you want to drive an EV (electric vehicle) but worry about being stranded when the power runs out... it's a valid concern that puts off many potential EV buyers. Now a pilot project from Nissan and the JAF (Japanese Auto Federation) is addressing the issue by testing an EV Roadside Assistance Charger Vehicle.

Card Reader Frog Gobbles Up MicroSD & SD Cards, Won't Give You Warts

The model 303-F "Yomikaeru" microSD & SD Card Reader Frog from Japan Trust Technology (JTT) is one electronic data reading device that isn't afraid to toad the line.

Shorter Hop - Qantas Gets You Through The Airport Fast

Qantas are letting you check in and board with just your Frequent Flyer card.

If You Could Talk To Walls - Your Body As An Antenna

Your body is an antenna, and Microsoft Research have worked out a way for you to use it.

Fashionable Protection With 'Pound It' Handbags

Chain handle bags are back in fashion, but the old Coco Chanel chain handle bag has taken on new twists in Mary Kolber and Courtney Theese's industrial design project, titled Pound It.  The Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seniors just may have a career ahead of them with their sexy, fashionable handbags that pack a whack and a mean arm or neck burn.

 

One Study About TASER® Safety Puts 50 Others In Perspective

Supposedly scientific studies on the safety of TASER weapons have been conducted for most of the decade, but now a team of cardiologists at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) have assessed some 50 of them to see how 'scientific' they were.

China's V750 Pilotless Helicopter is One Cool Terminator Eggbeater

The first successful test flight of China's innovative new V750 pilotless helicopter has Terminator fans' hearts aflutter. How long until Predator drones and V750 choppers duke it out high over Central Asia?

Facebook.cn Forges Past Firewall To Access China's Ad Dollars & World Domination?

A lot has been written about Facebook's potential expansion on the international digital horizon. To date, being blocked in China by the Great Firewall is not where Mr. Zuckerberg would like to remain. There's over 1.3 billion citizens that reside in this authoritarian state where over a third are active netizens. As these numbers correlate to potential new ad revenue dollars, Facebook.cn could scale exponentially with the right deal. World domination - on the other hand -might be the ultimate goal.

Part Of The Process - Participatory Budgeting And You

People all over the world are deciding how their tax dollars are spent. Why aren't you?