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London's Iconic Red Double-Decker Buses to be Made in China

There's no better way to see the sights of London than from the open top of a red double-decker bus, no matter that the bus in question is made in China. A landmark deal signed by Britain's Big Bus Tours sightseeing company will see 34 shiny new Chinese-made buses hit the streets of swingin' London just in time for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games.

Polar Bear & Penguin Ice Cube Cups Raise Environmental Awareness While Cooling Your Drink

Global warming poses grave consequences for polar bears and penguins. Raise awareness of their plight while you raise your glass... cleverly chilled with global warming warning ice cubes from cups conceived by Japan's Atsuhiro Hayashi.

Video Game Therapy For 'Lazy Eye' Gets Cooperation From Kids

Until now, a condition known as 'lazy eye,' or amblyopia, was considered virtually un-reparable after the age of 10.  But Dr. Somen Ghosh has used an ingenious and no doubt, immensely fun, treatment for lazy eye - video games - and it has shown promise in his test groups.

 


Classy or Crass? China Cranks Out Steve Jobs Memorial iPhone and iPad Covers

Was it a crass way to commemorate a class act or a stroke of entrepreneurial genius anticipating huge public demand? Within mere hours of Apple founder and tech icon Steve Jobs passing away, memorial iPhone and iPad covers were flooding out of Chinese factories and onto retail store shelves.

Scratch Music From The World's Best Scratchers: Cats

Leave it to Suck UK to advance the cause of scratch music by creating the ultimate scratcher for the ultimate cool cat. Here's DJ Fellix with the latest in scratch technology - the Cat Scratch deck.

 


China's Gift-Givers Prefer Prepaid Vouchers Over Gift Cards

With gift cards coming under increased governmental scrutiny, prepaid gift vouchers have emerged as a favorite way to give gifts in China. They make perfect sense, too: why buy a heavy box of perishable mooncakes when you can give a gift voucher that's just as valuable?

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.

Chinese Demonstrators Support 'Occupy Wall Street' Protesters

Call it “Occupy Great Wall Street”: Hundreds of Chinese citizens recently held a rally in the city of Zhengzhou, ostensibly to support the ongoing and growing Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States.

Let Your iPhone Shine with The Swarovski Ball Earphone Jack Accessory

Bored with your plain-jane iPhone, smartphone, iPod or MP3 player? Check out the Swarovski Ball Earphone Jack Accessory. Plug in any one of the 15 different crystal colors and you'll be shouting “iBling, therefore iAm!”

Which Kids Are Most Likely To Be Teased By Their Peers?

Kids with any trait that's not the norm often get teased or mocked by other children.  It's an unfortunate fact of life.  But a new study conducted by psychologists at Kansas State University had some surprising results regarding which children are most likely to be chided by their peers.

 


Beijing to Build 42,000 Electric Car Charging Posts Within 5 Years

Chaaarge it!! Beijing is becoming China's “Electric City”, at least where drivers are concerned. An ambitious plan to set up 42,000 new electric car charging posts by 2015 intends to match the current number of gas stations in China's bustling capitol.

Real Estate Spam Drives Chinese to the Nuthouse & the Outhouse

A real estate bubble? In my China? It's more likely than you think, and real estate agents are feeling the heat. Overbuilt condo communities, housing estates and planned cities remain vacant as China's consumers keep a tight hold on their wallets while a slowing economy has got spenders spooked. The solution? Spam, spam and more spam!

Obama Fried Chicken, You're Gonna Get Served!

Why call on a mere Kentucky Colonel when you can chow down on chicken cooked by the Commander In Chief? Obama Fried Chicken was set up to serve students from nearby Beijing Aerospace City College campus... unless KFC China's lawyers "serve" the store's owners first.

USB to AC Wall Outlet Adapters Tap the Grid, Not Your Laptop

Eneplug USB-to-AC wall outlet adapters from Green House of Japan let any plug provide power to your electronic lifestyle devices. Anything from iPhones and iPods to MP3 players and even your USB Eyelash Curler can get hooked to the grid, so forget about flipping your laptop's lid!

Apple Co-founder Steve Jobs Mourned by China's New Tech Generation

Steve Jobs, Apple's co-founder and visionary former CEO, was tremendously admired and respected by China's newly wealthy, entrepreneurial, tech-savvy generation. In the wake of his sudden passing, a number of instant memorials paying homage to Jobs have sprung up at Apple's flagship Chinese stores.