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Nuclear Waste Disposal System: Great Idea?

Patent# US 6846967 also known as the Nuclear Waste Disposal System entered the world in 2005 and just won’t leave. Perhaps it is waiting for the all clear signal from those controlling the sub-sea volcano which the inventor so stoutly advocates as the way for all nuclear wastes to go. Read on, and…. stand back a bit from the shore.

Will China Lead as White Knight in Troubled World Economy?

World leaders with the largest cash reserves, which include Russia, India, Brazil and China recently met at the Group of 20 Summit and asked China to lead the financial way through the troubled forest of an unstable world economy. Can China assume this role? Read on, but don’t invest yet.

Healthy Snacks Delivered To Your Office For A Grazing Lifestyle

Like cows, nutritional experts urge us humans to graze throughout the day; eating smaller portions of healthy snacks instead of binging during our 3 daily meals. A new company in the UK plays into this trend, by offering consumers a convenient method to snack. I bet their name won't come as a surprise either, accurately describing their nutritional services by calling themselves Graze.

Elder Driver Badges 'Leaf' Japanese Seniors Cold

Anyone driving in Japan will soon notice curious badges on many of the other cars. Both are shaped like stylized leaves, with green & yellow (Wakaba) for first-year new drivers and red & yellow (Koleshiya) for seniors over 75. It's the latter that are ruffling a few feathers. After all, what person of advanced age wants to be likened to a dying leaf?

Year 2036: The World According To Garth

African designers and artists are bringing their own unique talents into international design exhibitions, and the 2008 biennial St. Etienne (France) Design Show was no exception. One of the most interesting exhibits was Garth Walker's, a South African who was asked by the event organizers to create his vision of St. Etienne in 2036.

Russian Pays For Trademark Emoticon: What Will He Buy Next?

Would you buy an emoticon? One Russian businessman did, and he has trademarked that combination of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages and email. The question is… why did he do it? Read on even though the answer still may not be clear.

Single And Lovin' It! Another Coffee Company Establishes A Lifestyle

Coffee lovers are feeling the need to be single... at least at their coffee machines. And there's one company in particular that's driving the the single-cup lifestyle. This company makes an automatic single-cup coffee maker (the "razor") and a patented package for the coffee it brews (the "razor blades").

Marxist Manga Puts the Commie Back in Comics

With capitalism taking it on the chin of late, will communism prove to be fertile fodder for the downtrodden masses? Maybe so - a new, fictionalized manga version of Marx's "Das Kapital" is a hit in Japan today... tomorrow the world!

Sun’s Secrets Explored: New Russian Satellite

A new Russian satellite specifically constructed to observe the sun’s x-ray and gamma radiation will soon be joining two other satellites already in space. Scientists believe this latest technology will reveal a side to the sun they’ve never seen before. Read all about this innovation and this time, you can leave your sun block at home.

Chinese Innovations in Foreign Countries Thwarted by Red Tape

A draft amendment to China’s patent law is hindering the creativity of Chinese inventors living abroad by making it difficult to legalize the idea without much red tape. Read on and… keep your ideas to yourself.

STM32 Microcontroller Wins EDN China 2008 Innovation Award

Electronics Design and Strategy News (EDN) has presented China's 2008 Best Product Award to STM, a global leader in microcontrollers and recognized innovator among semiconductor manufacturers. The STM32 won over many competing products covering a broad range of categories. Read on for details.

Pocket Navigator MW-430: Russia’s Newest Car Navigator

Cars in Russia today are equipped with many different varieties of navigation software to accommodate many different tastes. Now a new model has appeared on the GPS horizon and this Pocket Navigator MW-430 is the first to include a complete software iGO8 with a map Tele-Atlas Russia. Read on for details, even if you are not sure where you are.

Cosmetic Extract from Marine Ooze: Great Idea?

This Process for the Preparation of a Cosmetic Extract from Marine Ooze, which is known to some as Patent# US 6787159, may truly seem like something concocted out of a mad scientist’s laboratory. Read on for more details about the mysterious ooze whose origins may lie far away in that black lagoon of long ago and far away wherein terror dwells.

The Rage: Hibiscus In Your Bubbly

Ah, there's nothing like a Australian-grown wild hibiscus, soaked in sweet syrup and bubbly, to perk up your taste buds. They even reward the hold-your-nose champagne drinkers for sticking it out until the real wine comes along.

This Christmas, Give the Gift of... Snow?

Since 1986, the northern Japanese town of Hayakita has sent over 65,000 snow-filled styrofoam snowmen to those whose winters are without the white stuff.

Langham Hotel International: China’s Hospitality Expansion Project

Langham Hotels International (LHI) refuses to look at the facts concerning the declining occupancy rates in hotels across the Asia-Pacific region. Perhaps they know a secret they won’t tell? Read on and learn more about this hotel chain’s plans to open seven more properties by 2010.

Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock Signals the Stubbornly Sleepy

If you've ever dreamed of being tied to the railroad tracks by some Snidely Whiplash-like ne'er-do-well, then The Railroad Crossing Alarm Clock from Banpresto is NOT for you.

Simulated Wedding Cake: Great Idea?

Patent# US 7021465 concerns the Simulated Wedding Cake, a must have for brides, grooms, best men and ladies in simulated waiting! How one can invent a simulation, which by definition is a copy of something, is a conundrum that does not appear to be addressed in this silly exposé. Read on anyway, and may you and all your wedding guests really eat cake.

Pepperfruits Gum Packs Heat in Every Bite

Snacks are big business in Japan, and not a day goes by without some new gum, candy or other sweet confection hitting store shelves. Pepperfruits, the new gum from Kracie, just might be "crazy" enough to make a lasting impression.

China’s Amazing Economic Growth: From Mao Till Now

Rising from the ashes, like a phoenix from the fires of Mao’s cultural revolution of the 1970s, China has emerged as a mega consumer-oriented nation. This is an amazing trend considering that for 35 years its primary items were limited to cigarettes from Albania! Read on and be amazed at this story of economic growth and development.