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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.

Pepsi Caribbean Gold: A Cooler Summer Kola, Mon!

Pepsi Japan has just released Pepsi Caribbean Gold, the perfect drink (next to rum) to enjoy while watching 'Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'. Look past the rather ganja-esque name and you'll find a cool & fruity concoction that channels the flavor of exotic White Sapote.

China Balks at Requiring Graphic Health Warning Labels on Cigarette Packs

Cigarette packs bearing graphic health warning labels are an increasingly common sight around the world... though not in mainland China. Now health advocacy groups and even the UN are asking why China continues to huff, puff and hold its breath about applying these visually shocking smoking deterrent labels.

Solar Cookers Save Power in Lhasa, Tibet's 'Solar City'

Cheap and effective solar power is hot, especially in Lhasa, Tibet, where clear air and up to 3,000 hours of sunlight annually conspire to create the perfect environment for homegrown solar cookers and water purifiers.

Robotic Therapy Seal Comforts Japanese Earthquake Survivors

Paro, the therapeutic robot seal designed to soothe anxiety and relieve stress in the fashion of a living therapy dog, has been drafted for a new mission: comforting victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Shared Island between China and Russia to Become Eco-Tourist Zone

The recent agreement between China and Russia officially demarcating their 2,670-mile (4,300 km) long shared border was highlighted by an environmentally-friendly bonus: the disputed island of Heixiazi will now be shared by the two neighboring nations and jointly developed as an eco-tourism travel destination.

Burger King Japan Serves Up Mini Burgers with Spam

And now for something completely different: Spam burgers! Burger King Japan's latest fast food selection slips a sizzling slab of Spam into one of their new BK Bites burger pairs. The horror... actually, the Hormel.

Hello Kitty & Shokotan Cell Phone Charms: A 'Dream Collaboration'?

Japanese otaku idol, singer and comedienne Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan) is teaming up with icon of cuteness Hello Kitty in a new line of netsuke cell phone charms. Has a “dream collaboration finally become reality,” or is the nightmare of celebrity = commodity about to begin?

3-D Printing - Bringing Digital Fabrication Into Every Home

The coming democratization of the 3-D printer promises to turn every home into a self-manufactured, manufacturing facility, fabricating your food and furniture, your footwear and your fake limbs. There are even plans for a printer that can print itself.

Internet of Things Exceeds The Internet of People [Infographic]

While we were asleep at the switch learning to "plus one" on Google, the Internet of Things (IOT) just exceeded the number of people that reside on the planet. Beyond just smartphones and tablets, that number of "things" that connect to the Internet will only continue to scale as the growing number of connected gizmos, appliances - and even cows - are coded and catalogued to send messages to the Web.

Is Tulalip Microsoft's Seward Folly?

When a god-forsaken parcel of frozen tundra was put up for sale by the Russians back in the mid-1800s, many saw the $7.2 million dollar acquisition as a frivolous venture that would reap no rewards for the U.S. History indicated otherwise. The same might be said about Microsoft and the recently leaked news of its covert social network under development.

Libya Protesters Speak Out & Sign Off... in Chinese

Call it a sign of the times: Anti-Gaddafi Libyan protesters are now flashing banners written in Chinese to get their message directly to China's TV-watchers without the 'benefit' of slanted commentary.

Geothermal Power Gets Hot as Japan's Nuclear Plants are No Longer Cool

Old & busted: Japan's nuclear plants. New hotness: geothermal power plants! Proponents of sustainable, non-polluting geothermal energy see an opportunity to grab their place in the sun as Japan deals with fallout (so to speak) from the nuclear crisis centered on the Fukushima Daiiichi Nuclear Power Plant.