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Palcohol: Powdered Alcohol Revolutionizes The Booze Business

Alcohol comes in many forms - wine, beer, liquor, and so on - all of which share one major characteristic in common. The fact that they are liquid. You can mix them, blend them, and shake them, but their original form still remains true to that descriptor. But, your mind will be blown to hear that alcohol may be liquid-only no longer; at least not if one innovative booze business has its way.

Cat Cafés Finally Coming To The U.S.

We believe cat cafés were originally a Japanese concept; at least the world press has given the Japanese credit for them. According to reports, they are very popular in Tokyo, where a soul can readily get a yen for cat cuddling in the anonymity of the city.  So too, the folks in New York City might want to get a little free love during their coffee or tea breaks, but a tip may be required. Cat cafés will open in the U.S. this year, but the competition for the very first cat café is close...

Heartbleed Seeks Transfusions From Digital Wallets

While the world is just becoming aware of the number of 'digital wallets' in the market today, even the early adopters are hesitant as to which one of the myriad of options to choose one. From PayPal to Google Wallet to Square Wallet to cryptographic currency such as Bitcoins, at this stage of development, the percentage of usage is very low.

Vintage Jukebox Clutch Is Retro-Chic

Marching to the beat of your own drum is a whole lot easier when you can take music with you. These days, portable music players take a minimalist approach, and just don't act like fashion accessories in the ways that they once did. So, it is pretty great that one designer has come up with a quirky yet chic solution to this.

World's Longest Rails Help Make Japan's Trains Quieter

Japan's Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp. has perfected the manufacture and distribution of steel railroad rails 150 meters (492 ft) long. Casting rails well over a football field in length is one thing; shipping them to distant customers is another but NSSMC has got that angle covered too.

Kumming China's Kingdom Of The Dwarves: A Little Person Theme Park

At a time when society as a whole seems to be more focused on embracing vs exploiting the differences between individuals around the world, this business concept comes across as brash and insensitive. However, this controversial theme park has had proven success, and promises that promoting cultural sensitivity and respect is integral to their business model.

Bringing Affordable Light To The Dark Continent

 One of five inventors of the LEDsafari lamp interviewed an African student who was recently trained to build his own LEDsafari.  The student is very enthused about the invention because it is going to bring affordable light to his continent, giving Africans more time in the evening to study, to discuss, to work, to create... It will make them more productive and, thereby, richer.  A simple, cheap, safe, and environmentally clean lamp, this student hopes, will 'light up the Dark Continent.'


Despite Doomed Predictions, Facebook Is Not Dying Out – It Just Has Google-Like Aspirations

Every time Facebook acquires a new app or drops billions of dollars on someone else's work, the internet becomes abuzz with criticisms, claiming that these moves are a harbinger of the end for the billion-dollar company.  However, the cunning Mark Zuckerberg actually has been planning his next move with these new toys all along; something that goes beyond that big blue social giant that propelled him to success.   

The Island Of The Misfit Foods: Catering With Ugly Produce

As a not just self-proclaimed kitchenphobe, culinary businesses aren't among my favorite, unless they're really, really cool. With that disclaimer, the fact that I am really excited about this business has to say something to you about how innovative it is.

Swedish Super Helmet Helps Firefighters See Through Smoke

Developed to aid the brave men and women of our fire department, the C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet harnesses a vast array of technologies to help aid rescuers when combating a blaze -- including augmented reality, noise cancellation, improved communications, and a thermal-optic camera.