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Burial Space Running Out: Could Promession be the Right Option?

I first wrote about biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak and her cryogenic technology with dead bodies in October of 2007. She was 8th and favorite on my list of eco-friendly burial options. Nearly 2 years later her freeze-dry technology is placed top of the list as a possible eco-burial option for East Lothian. 

Reducing Carbon Footprints, LED Luminaires Glow At Awards

Light Emitting Diodes have their own competitions now that they are the "hottest" way to present lighting design. The Strategies in Light conference announced the winners of the LED Next Generation Luminaires™ competition this week in Santa Clara, CA.

Jones® GABA Has Every Intention Of Blowing Your Mind

You know Jones Soda, the pure cane juice soda? Well, get ready for Jones GABA, the drink that intends to blow your mind!

When Gloomy Bear Meets Hello Kitty, There Will Be Blood

Gloomy Bear meets Hello Kitty... or is that Gloomy Bear EATS Hello Kitty? If this violent and disturbing character combo is any indication, the backlash against Japan's culture of cuteness may have begun.

Need Some Help Haunting Homes?: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6776687 is what is known as a Haunting Aid, and it is one of those ideas that makes one wonder exactly how much those people down at the patent office really drink every day. Glowing eyes via an LED is hardly another world or even another invention. Read on anyway and ignore that chill that just passed over your right shoulder.

Does Big Foot Have a Foothold in Siberia?

For some hunters in Tashtagol, a small mining town in the Siberian region of Kemerovo, located on the Kondoma River, some strange things are going on concerning furry humanoid creatures that have been spotted on several occasions. Read on for more information, but…don’t forget to keep your camera close at hand.

Bizarre 'Sand Puppies' Could Be Next Japanese Character Sensation

Naked mole rats dig deep into Japanese hearts... in a GOOD way. What were you thinking? The so-called "sand puppies" at Tokyo's Ueno Zoological Gardens just might be the next cute character sensation, and the Zoo is helping things right along by selling plush toy versions of the bizarre, bucktoothed rodents.

10 Best Hamburger Fantasies Become A Reality

Sushi is so 2006 and bacon is totally 2008, but what random food fad is on the cool horizon this year? Burgers. Why burgers? They’re as all-American as you can get –even more American than apple pie and baseball, which are really just variations of German and British inventions respectively.

 

In honor of this great American feat of food engineering, I bring you the must-have burger gizmos of the upcoming year.

 


Renewable Energy From Artificial Trees: SolarBotanic's Fascinating Designs

Using wind and solar energy, SolarBotanic's plan for individual homes and energy grids may end up costing users 50 percent less than current solar systems. And, as SolarBotanic is quick to point out, its plan is far better looking than photovoltaic panels or wind turbines.

City Night Lights Create Day Lights In Window Shades

Finish interior designer Elina Aalto has created a novel window shade that comes in cities, instead of colors!

Google Earth: Atlantis Still Lost Among New Finds

There is some embarrassment and quite a bit of denial surrounding the claim that the Google Earth mapping tool was used to discover a grid of streets in the ocean that were thought to be the lost city of Atlantis. Google Earth has had some amazing results and the entire Google search system has come further than even its creators could ever have predicted. Still, read on for more details, which confirm that the lost city of Atlantis is, alas, still lost.

OLED Television Wallpaper Gives You a Room With a View

Future homes may not have televisions or room lighting, at least not as we know them. Research by Toshiba using OLED paper and nanotechnology may make tomorrow's wallpaper a glowing, interactive wonder.

99designs®: The Crowdsourcing Spot For Graphic Designers

Leading a growing trend on the Internet for groupsourcing, the group 99designs® has set up a very popular spot for SMB's (small to medium businesses) and graphic designers to come together on projects. The idea is very simple: the business sets up a "contest" through 99designs and graphic artists from anywhere in the world can compete to win the contest. There are hundreds of contests going on at a time.

2009’s Most Fashionable Vending Machines: Shoe Dispensing Hits UK Streets & Nightclubs

After a long night of dancing and partying at the hottest nightclubs, especially if you like to let loose Studio 54 style, there's nothing worse than having to walk home in the high-fashion heels or stilettos that you started the evening with. Fashionable and convenient vending machines popping up all across the UK to give club goers (and those suffering from other emergency shoe dilemmas) the convenience of comfortable shoe dispensing when they need it most.


Giga Pudding, the Family-sized Dessert for Really Big Families

Pudding on the Ritz? The Sahara of desserts? Pudding-zilla? Giga Pudding from Japan's Takara Tomy is the sumo-sized snack that will soon leave you as big & jiggly as IT is!

Inspired By Ferns: Eric Vergne's Dystopian Farm

Global food prices have surged 75 percent since the year 2000 because of the over-foresting, over-cultivating, and global warming affecting soil conditions in farming regions throughout the world. It's very promising then that there are forward looking architects like Eric Vergne whose entry in Evolo's 2009 Skyscraper Competition is something to be seriously considered -- so seriously, that Evolo has awarded his "Dystopian Farm," third place in the competition.

Siberian UFO Sighted: Many Photos Taken

It’s getting more and more uncomfortable for those who don’t believe in ufos to deny their existence. Whatever they are or aren’t, many residents of Chita, Russia, a city with a population of about 300,000 in south-eastern Siberia, reported seeing an enormous UFO zooming across their city and disappearing into a very perplexed horizon.

Arsenic: Is This Ancient Poison a Modern Remedy?

News sources in Hong Kong have released information concerning the success of some leukemia patients that have been treated with a combination of arsenic and vitamin A. How far has this poison dating back to an 8th century A.D Arab alchemist named Jabir really come? Read on for some startling details.

Urawaza: Time Tested Tips for Troubled Times

Urawaza is Japanese for "clever lifestyle tips and tricks", and that's what this colorfully covered book by Lisa Katayama delivers in spades. What's more, the current financial crisis has made Urawaza's blend of folk wisdom and cheap fixes all that much more helpful.

Twitter vs. Facebook - Battle of the Social Goliaths

How social are these mega social networks? Well social enough for Facebook to have courted Twitter most recently...to only be rebuffed as a lustful suitor too eager to get to third base before the first pitch was thrown. Back in fall of 2008, Facebook offered Twitter $500 million in stock to wed and bed her.