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It Took Almost A Decade For Social Media To Catch Osama Bin Laden

While three presidents vowed to hunt him down and take his life, it's been almost a full decade since the horrific deaths incurred on American soil at the World Trade Center. At the time, social media and Web 2.0 was only in its infant stages, where over the course of last ten years - blogs, tweets and Facebook status updates have been few and far between regarding the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.

Opening Education's Gates - The Gates Foundation Invests In Innovative Education

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is putting over $20 million into innovative learning tools, including gaming and social networking.

Selling Mud and Calling It Pepper Is Nothing to Sneeze At In China

Shakespeare once wrote, 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.' While appropriate for flowers, the same cannot be said for fake pepper a Chinese vendor made... from mud.

Chinese Restaurant Saves on Staff by Using iPads for Menus

These aren't your father's TV dinners. At one forward-thinking Chinese restaurant in Guangzhou, Apple iPads aren't ON the menu, they ARE the menu!

How Sweet it Isn't: With New 'Pepsi Dry', Bitter is Better

Pepsi Japan is going back to its cola – or maybe that should be 'Kola' – roots with new Pepsi Dry, a no-nonsense 'Bitter Cola' with half the sweetness of regular Pepsi.

Putting Yuppies To Use - Volunteerism For Urban Professionals

Catchafire connects skilled professionals with nonprofits and social enterprises for unique volunteering opportunities.

Fake License Plates Spied on an Army of Chinese Cars

An intrepid Chinese photographer has snapped photos of 8 different cars, all having the same military license plate. It would seem harmony in today's China manifests itself in some very unexpected ways.

Top 10 Hot Mother's Day Gift Ideas from Japan's Rakuten

Rakuten may represent the best and brightest when it comes to Japanese high-tech, online marketing savvy but their Top 10 List of 'Hot Items' for Mothers Day 2011 might leave Mom feeling a bit cold.

Census Results May Prompt Changes in China's One-Child Policy

China's controversial “One-Child” policy has succeeded is putting the brakes on runaway population growth but results of the 2010 census have revealed some worrisome side-effects that don't bode well for the future.

Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets are Cool and Environmentally Friendly

Looking for a cool, low-maintenance pet that costs nothing to feed and just might save the planet? Well step right up, Fridgeezoo Fridge Pets from Japan are just what you've been looking for!

'Virgin Eggs' Boiled in Boys' Urine are a Chinese Springtime Treat

In Dongyang, China, spring is in the air... wait a minute, that's not spring, it's the unmistakable aroma of 'Virgin Eggs'. Sold steaming hot on Dongyang streetcorners, eggs boiled in the urine of young boys are said to be the perfect springtime tonic.

China's First Aircraft Carrier Set to Sail this Summer

China's remarkable rise as an economic colossus has been shadowed by a no less impressive military buildup. A prime example of the latter will shortly be revealed, as China's People's Liberation Army Navy takes Shi Lang, the nation's first aircraft carrier, out for sea trials this summer.

Marriage Going Off the Rails? Try a Subway Wedding!

“Bridal Train”... it's not what it used to be. Eight Chinese couples took the fast track to marital bliss by exchanging wedding vows on the commuter-packed Shenyang subway.

Keep Your Canine In Shape With Exercise Tools From FitPAWS®

....  Just like those for humans, the balls increase stability, core strength, range of motion, flexibility, neuromuscular facilitation, sensory and perceptual stimulation, joint alignment and balance control.

Technology Fights Obesity With An Implant That Controls Hunger: VBLOC™

Some 400 million people worldwide are classified as obese. The manufacturer of the first implant to treat obesity, EnteroMedics, has vowed to install its first VBLOC implant  in an obese person before the end of 2011. It has not yet passed muster in the U.S. but the VBLOC is in  Phase III clinical investigations, so the device has a chance of making it into someone's tummy this year.

 

China's First Space Station is a 2020 Vision

Skylab, Mir, ISS and... 'Heavenly Palace'? China's Manned Space Engineering Office has confirmed longstanding rumors by stating that the nation's first orbiting space station will be completed in the year 2020. The announcement is in keeping with China's firm vision as one of the world's foremost spacefaring nations.

China's First High-altitude Wind Turbine Reaps the Wild Wind

A pilot project centered around China's first high-altitude wind turbine is proving the viability of China's vast highland wind resources as an alternative to coal, oil and nuclear power.

MyBestFit Narrows Choices Before You Hit The Dressing Room

Some clothing items are just tough to fit, especially if you have any body parts that you are not completely happy with (which pretty much everyone does).  MyBestFit is a full body scanner that can tell you the best fitting items from the selections in its database before you ever hit the dressing room.

Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb Dome Makes Google Street View

Nothing interesting on your street? Google begs to differ... if you live on a certain street in Hiroshima, that is. The Japanese city's iconic 'Atomic Dome' is the latest well-known address to make the leap to Google Street View.

Love Meets Money in Wenzhou's Multi-Million Dollar Wedding Motorcade

Forget the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, the REAL car show took place recently on the streets of Wenzhou as over two dozen luxury cars rolled down public thoroughfares in one of the Chinese coastal city's most ostentatious weddings yet.