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Japan Tobacco's Delightfully Disturbing 'Smoking Manners for Adults' Ads, Part 1



When a cigarette company decides to release a series of ads about smoking, the results are pretty much as you'd expect. When the cigarette company is Japanese, the ads take on a chilling yet child-like charm. Here are the first ten...
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Japan's First Maid Taxi Service Disabled by Cosplayers



The Maid Taxi was a clever concept - until hordes of "Otaku" descended upon the service, displacing those genuinely disabled people the Maid Taxi's were designed to serve.
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Fighting Prostate Cancer with Fungus


The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)The Lingzhi Mushroom (from WikiMedia)

Researchers at the University of Haifa, in Israel, have found a way to slow the progression of prostate cancer by using molecules derived from the Ganoderma lucidum fungus. read more »

Whose Bright Idea Was That? The New York Times Magazine Ideas of 2007



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They're not the best, not all the most promising .... They're not even the most popular. The ideas are not necessarily good ideas. They are not categorized by science, technology, or other standard classifications -- only alphabetically ordered. But the New York Times Magazine's 7th Annual Year In Ideas has picked 70 ideas just for your interest that have been percolating around the world in 2007. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Robotic Massage Hand


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Have you ever longed for a gentle reassuring touch throughout the day? Would you welcome an occasional touch, rub, or connection to another without all the messy human entanglements that often accompany such a sweet gesture? read more »

Scientists Create Glow-In-The-Dark Cats


They're cute, white, and fluffy - and they glow in the dark when exposed to ultraviolet light. The cats are actually clones. They're also the first cats to be cloned with a manipulated fluorescence protein gene. read more »

Trendy Stun Guns for Women Now Come in Pink



"Taser", the popularly used term for any make of stun gun... it's the new buzzword (pardon the pun) on the news and online. Now stun guns are being marketed to women and the offerings run the gamut from shockingly sexist to insufferably cute.
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Great Invention Idea? Watch That Predicts Your Death


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We know many of the vices we enjoy actually accelerate our journey towards oblivion. Furthermore, not knowing exactly how fast we're going is the cause of some considerable anxiety. And anxiety, as you know, makes the time it takes to reach our final destination go even faster! Still not ready to toss out your cigarettes or stop yelling at your spouse? read more »

AquaMaker Creates Water from Thin Air


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In Israel, where water is scarce, a new device allows people to generate water from air. read more »

Great Invention Idea? Nicotine Based Dental Care


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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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