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Winklevii Bust A Nut While Crackin' Joke About Arch Nemesis Zuckerberg

The not-so-dynamic duo who continually fall short in bringing down the one man who stood between them and a billion dollar social network are seeking alternate means for remuneration. That's right, the Winklevoss twins have taken to the TV airwaves to zing their arch nemesis Mark Zuckerberg in a Roll Global commercial for pistachios.

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.

Get Smartphone: China's Counterfeiters Create an Adidas Handset

The Adidas S-808 Sneaker Flip Phone is a triumph of cellphone styling seemingly inspired by Maxwell Smart, Agent 86. Adidas, however, is less than impressed considering the Germany-based sports apparel manufacturer doesn't actually make mobile phones. Sorry about that, Chief.

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.

Flag Stickers for Galaxy Phones Show Off Your Home (Button)

Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners, raise the flag when you lift your phone! 'Touch Me!' Button Stickers from Japan's Strapya World allow patriotic Galaxy S and S-II owners to customize their Android handsets' Home buttons to show off their national flag.

Coffee May Wig You Out Or Save You From Depression

Coffee seems to be the new miracle drug. A minimum of 4 cups of coffee has been shown to be effective in reducing risk of diabetes, skin cancers, and strokes (in women), among the other powers it possesses.  Now, the Harvard School of Public Health has explored the effects of the magic 4+ cups on depression among women... men have not been studied yet.

Apple 'iFoot' Shoes from China are a Logo No-No

Apple makes sneakers? Who knew? Not I, not you, and definitely not Apple Inc., holders of the logo's copyright. Not that this matters to dozens of online shoe sellers in China who've slapped the tech giant's familiar fruit on their footwear.

Flip.to Identifies Net Promoters & Streamlines Reviews On Hotel Websites

While hundreds of CRM metric systems have evolved over the years, guests have been inundated with hotel survey requests that are lengthy and antiquated. Recently, with the extensive research conducted by loyalty expert Fred Reichheld, it has been found that brands are best served when they distill the whole process down to one simple question: "Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?"

Beijing's Tallest Skyscraper Takes Energy-Saving Technology to New Heights

The 108-story China Zun building will soar 510 meters (1,673 ft) into the sky over Beijing, China, when it's completed in 5 years time. The distinctively shaped, skyline-changing building has been planned from the ground up as an eco-friendly structure featuring the latest energy-saving technology.

Nissin's 'Hybrid Ramen' Fuses Fried & Unfried Noodles

Nissin Foods, Japan's instant ramen powerhouse, has found a solution to noodle-slurpers' most trying conundrum: should ramen noodles be fried or unfried? Actually it's more of a compromise, as Nissin's hard-working ramen engineers have created the world's first Hybrid Ramen.

'Vampire Teeth' Take Japanese Cosmetic Dentistry into the Twilight Zone

The latest cosmetic dentistry trend out of Japan is “Yaeba”: Vampire Teeth. Dental Salon Plaisir, located in Tokyo's upscale Ginza district, specializes in this cosmetic procedure that lengthens, sharpens and enhances one's canines to fang-tastic proportions.

Gamers Build AIDS Molecule That Eluded Scientists For 10 Years

In what is believed to be the first instance of electronic gamers reaching a scientific discovery before trained research scientists, University of Washington (UW) gamers did indeed produce a model of an enzyme in AIDS and other viruses that scientists have been trying to model for more than 10 years. This was not just an academic exercise to test the new UW Fold-it game; discovery of the AIDS molecule in question opens the door to a whole new line of retroviral drugs.

 

Taking The Bull By The Horns, "Occupy Wall Street" Posters Motivate Campers

On September 17th, a protest organized by several activist group will take Wall Street by storm to protest opposition to the use of corporate money in politics. Groups such as Anonymous, Adbusters, US Day of Rage are collaborating their efforts to promote a peaceful protest to attract on upwards of 20,000 to turn downtown Manhattan into a campground.

Harvard Nutritionists Develop Their Own Plate For Healthy Eating

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) revamped its healthy eating recommendations a few months ago with a new visual - an icon called 'MyPlate,' replacing the former healthy foods pyramid icon.  The Nutrition Source at the Harvard School of Public Health thinks the government's plate lacks a good bit of guidance as to which specific foods should be eaten - after all MyPlate offers no guidance.