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Thanks to Henry Petroski's book, "The Toothpick: Technology and Culture," I've learned that the toothpick has both an illustrious history and some interesting applications. But I wonder what Petroski would say about a group of patents I've termed, "addiction hygiene?"
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Japan is famous for its beautiful ponds stocked with colorful "Koi" carp - a close relative of the common goldfish. Some breeders are now moving beyond Koi to create even more unusual types of goldfish including scaleless, pearlescent varieties! read more »
For years I've been haunted by a musical potty and its innocent reward system. Why is it that adults don't have anything besides toilet paper to remind us how grand it is to take part in adult civilized society? Well, we do now. read more »
Japan's Aqua Toto Gifu aquarium has sparked interest worldwide with its E-tree... the "E" standing for Electric Eel! Renewable energy never looked so, er, weird. read more »
Santa Claus is a recent feature of Christmas in Japan and sometimes a few details get lost in translation. Sometimes a LOT does, as our Top Ten Strange Santas from Japan so graphically illustrate! read more »
"The Cave", a unique combination bookshelf & chair by Japanese furniture designer Sakura Adachi offers booklovers a comfortable, womb-like space in which they can really become one with their reading material. read more »
Is Japan's futuristic cell phone culture too cool for school? Not according to Softbank, a Japanese cell phone service provider who just began offering college courses on the company's cell phones. read more »
Siemens is preparing a paper-thin electronic-display technology that could replace the everyday labels on disposable packaging. read more »
Many of us, no doubt, have found ourselves kneeling down before the porcelain god reflecting on the events that brought us there. read more »
A working motor powered only by laser light has been demonstrated by researchers at the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan. Light-powered motors will work in areas with high magnetic fields unsuitable for conventional motors, such as such as MRI medical scanners. read more »