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China's Experimental Fast Reactor Plugs Into the National Power Grid

The China Experimental Fast Reactor, or CEFR for short, has begun pumping power into China's national electric grid. By greatly increasing fuel efficiency and minimizing the discharge of long-lasting toxic waste, the CEFR pioneers the new direction nuclear power plants must take in a world where nuclear power is coming under increasing scrutiny.

MSN Pet Search Finds Old & New Homes for Shook-Up Pets

Microsoft Japan is extending a helping paw to dogs and cats separated from their owners during and after the Great East Japan Earthquake. The MSN Pet Search website lists images and information on pets rescued after the disaster, with the hope of either reuniting them with their previous owners or finding them homes with new families.

Will Hipsters Can PBR For The 'New' Budweiser?

Bud has fallen 204 slots down to number 220 in consumer loyalty among America's top brands during the last quarter century. But a big new campaign - not a new taste, but some new marketing efforts and a newly designed can geared toward attracting young, but legal-age, drinkers - is underway for Budweiser beer.

 

Chinese Taxi Drivers Strike for Higher Fares, 'Gonna Get Organezized'

“You talkin' to me?” Thousands of taxi drivers in the Chinese city of Hangzhou are about ready to go all Travis Bickle on someone after deciding 10 years without a fare increase was a fair reason to go out on  strike.

Japanese Advertisers Save Electricity & Impress Consumers with 'Powerless Ads'

“Longer, Lower, Wider”, “New & Improved”, “Supersize It!”... in the world of advertising, bigger has always been better. Not any more, as the new Japanese trend towards conservation and frugality changes the country's marketing culture.

U.S. Credit Rating Downgraded AGAIN by Chinese Credit Rating Agency

Dagong Global Credit Rating Co., one of the few large non-US based credit rating agencies, announced it has downgraded the U.S.'s credit rating for the second time in under a year.

Japanese Robot Surfs the Web, Pour Drinks, Asks Whereabouts of Sarah Connor

A new robot developed by researchers at the Tokyo Institute of Technology can learn on its own, browse the Internet, and even pour drinks. "Bartender, I'll have a double shot of 10W30, shaken not stirred!"

China Or Facebook Loser Or Winner In Debt Ceiling Resolution?

During the recent Debt Ceiling debate, U.S. diplomats were vigilant in trying to convince China they had nothing to worry about: the debt ceiling will be raised and America will not default on its foreign-held loans. This should have been reassuring news for the Chinese, which by some estimates hold hundreds of billions, if not trillions in U.S. loans.  But was it, and how could Facebook possibliy fit into this equation?

Foxconn to Phase Out Human Workers, Replace Them With Robots

Foxconn is everyone's favorite iPhone and iPad maker... unless you work there. Faced with a million-strong workforce clamoring for more pay and better working conditions, Foxconn has hit on an ideal solution: phase out whiny, fallible humans and “employ” silent, tireless, obedient robots instead.

Solar Power Blossoming In Japan's Northeast Thanks to PayPal Founder's Donation

A new solar power plant financed by a donation arranged by PayPal founder Elon Musk will bring safe, renewable electricity and hope for the future to a tsunami-ravaged town in northeastern Japan.

Debt Ceiling Debate May Have Been Won Or Lost In Twitterville

In a town of 200 million folks, Twitterville is more than twice the size of Canada and two-thirds the size of the U.S. The difference being, members of the the microblogging site speak their minds daily to a global audience, while American citizens can only grumble amongst a handful of friends and family, at best.

The Fontessa, Gaetano Pesce's Innovative Customizable Shoe

If you're not too skittish to plop down $120 on a pair of shoes these days, then you have to have to plop it down on the Fontessa.  These fashion firsts, designed by Brazilian architect/artist/designer Gaetano Pesce, are right in step with today's customizable products....

 


Chocolate's Answer To Silly Putty: Magic Choc

If you love experimenting with food and you love chocolate, Magic Choc is the most delicious way to satisfy both urges.  It's a molding chocolate that is so forgiving, you can make dozens of models, like you used to do with Silly Putty, until you can't resist gobbling it up!

Had A Nose Job Or Two? You May Have Body Dysmorphic Disorder

Though the findings may be the same for persons who desire tummy tucks or buttocks lifts, researchers from the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium focused their research on people seeking nose jobs, or rhinoplasty. Their findings more than suggest a correlation with an obsessive disorder - body dysmorphic disorder (BDD).

 

China's Xinhua News Agency to Shine Out from Times Square Sign

Call it a sign of the times: China's Xinhua news agency has leased a 60 by 40 ft space at 2 Times Square, the most prominent advertising spot in New York City. Landing the prestigious LED-lit block, called a “spectacular”, signifies China's arrival at the crossroads of the world.