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Monitor Your Power Usage on your Monitor With Sassor's ELP Lite

Japanese homeowners can keep tabs on their domestic power consumption this summer with the “ELP Lite” Energy Literacy Platform device from Sassor. The compact hardware/software combo sends realtime energy use data to be displayed on a website or a handy iPhone app.

Superman's Cane Is Here In The Form Of 'The Aid'

If Superman were ever permitted to have major surgery or to get old (heavens forbid), he would definitely own The Aid, by Lithuanian designer Egle Ugintaite.  The neatest part about this walking cane is that it looks super futuristic, but it is achievable.  The Aid recently won Fujitsu's grand prize design award for 2011, themed  "A Life With Future Computing," designs for 2020.

Virtual DVD Dinner Dates Satisfy Japan's Lonely, Hungry Geeks

Loneliness and shyness seem to be serious issues for many Japanese guys, but fear not: a series of 3 self-help DVDs is here to save the day. Microwave up a frozen Swanson entree, pull up a ratty sofa and pop in a disc, hungry Otaku, your virtual dinner dream date awaits!

Part Boat, Part Car, All Awesome: The HydroCar

The Dobbertin HydroCar is one of the coolest boat-cars/car-boats we've ever seen. But it still isn't quite greater than the sum of its parts.

Social Media Finds "F Word" Acceptable For Songs & Graphic Novel

From George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television," and Harry Nilsson's "You're Breaking My Heart" back in the 70's, it's taken almost 40 years for one of the most taboo of curse words to make it into every day discourse via social media channels such as YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

New Zealand Prisons Ban Cigarettes, Substitute... Carrots?

Cigarettes, at least through lore, have been regarded as the one luxury of prison life.  Depicted in film, those long drags looked so satisfying when taken by a man behind iron bars.  Prisoners would beg their visitors, not for mama's homemade meatloaf, but for cigarettes.  Cigarettes were money in prison; they could be traded for favors or possessions of other prisoners....

 

Cancer Drug Shows Promise For Inherited Form Of Dementia

Scientists from the Center for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that the drug SAHA shows promise as a potential therapy for familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD).  As yet, there is no treatment for the neurological disease, the second most common non-elderly dementia.

 

Gardening For Depression: Doctor's Prescription Needed

Britain's National Health Service (NHS) has been developing some novel strategies for its 62 million health care recipients.  One of the latest and most intriguing is in a trial phase now: treating clinical depression with gardening classes at a local nursery. The NHS will pay for an 8-week course of instruction, if you have a prescription from your GP (general practitioner).

Slap Chop Chopper Hits Japan, Vince & Graty Not Included

Slap Chop, the handy-dandy food chopper frenetically promoted in TV infomercials by now-disgraced pitchman Vince Offer, has arrived in Japan with neither Vince or Graty in tow. How do you like his nuts now?

China Bans Use of Bisphenol A (BPA) in Baby Bottles

Mere weeks after China's Ministry of Health announced a prohibition on the use of Bisphenol-A (BPA) in infant food containers was being considered, the Chinese government has followed up by banning the controversial plastic additive outright in new production of infant feeding bottles.

Honda Chopper Motorcycle Concept Sparked by Star Wars

“Sparked” as in electricity, that is, which provides the motive power for the futuristic Honda Chopper concept motorcycle inspired by Star Wars, Big Trak, and your fave mean manga machines.

Dog Whisperers Are Out, Dog Listeners Are In

There are two hot trends in dog training today that are both called Dog Listening.  But one has to do with humans who listen to dogs and the other is about dogs who listen to humans.  According to each of these dogmas, training is required.

Zuckerberg Kills Those Who Do Not Follow, Including The Virtual

Since lobsters, goats and pigs have not fallen in line with homosapiens by joining the world's most ubiquitous social network, Mark Zuckerberg has decided to put a target on their backs. However, instead of becoming a serial killer just for sport, he's made a vow - this year - to only eat what he kills.

Social Media Meets Shangri-La: Tibet Tops One Million Internet Users

Online on top of the world! Nearly half of Tibet's population has come to embrace the Internet as an ideal way to find information, exchange ideas, play games and “yak” with far-away friends.

Open iPhone or MP3 Player Earphone Jack? Plugy Plugs It!

Plugy's are irresistible little earphone jack accessories that add a dash of Japanese “kawaii” cuteness to iPhones, iPods, MP3 music players or most any mobile electronic device.

Peach Aviation to Take a Bite Out of the High Cost of Flying

Peach Aviation Ltd., Japan's first budget airline, is set to begin limited operations early next year. The new cost-cutting carrier will offer bargain-hunting travelers “surprisingly’’ low fares but the question remains, will penny-pinching fliers bite?

Turkey Tail Mushroom HALTS Prostate Cancer: China & Japan Used It For Centuries

For centuries, a truly 'magic' mushroom has been used in China and Japan to cure or assist the cure of cancers!  This magic mushroom is the Trametes versicolor (or Coriolus versicolor) commonly known as the turkey tail mushroom because of its layered, feathered appearance.  Finally, in 2011, traditional western medicine has learned about the extract from this beautiful mushroom and observed it stop the development of prostate cancer in mice.

 

iPhone Dock Fan Keeps You Cool While You Call

The iPhone Dock Fan for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch is this summer's must-have i-accessory for fanboys & fangirls worldwide. Phoning without it just wouldn't be cool.

Apple's iPhone 5 Rumored to Have Curved Cover Glass

Apple iPhone fans are all aflutter about the upcoming iPhone 5, with one of the most persistent rumors stating the next-gen smartphone will have a curved cover glass. Apple's reported purchase of up to 300 glass cutting machines just adds fuel to the fire.

Will 'Beating The Blues' Reduce The Risk Of Heart Disease?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., and depression is a risk factor for heart disease, including heart attacks and strokes.  A psychology professor at Indiana University has just won a $110,000 grant from the American Heart Association to see whether early treatment of depression before heart disease is evident will reduce the likelihood of future heart disease.  The study will use a British treatment program called Beating The Blues.