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LG 2010 Competition For The Best Design Of The Future Mobile Phone

Wouldn't you love to be the designer of the future mobile phone - one so revolutionary that the competition trips over each other getting out copies of it?  Well, for the third year, LG Mobile Phones is giving you a chance.  So, start imagining!

Golf Course + Safari Park = 'Lion Woods'

Forget Tiger Woods, here's 'Lion Woods'. A Japanese golf course happens to be located immediately adjacent to a popular safari park. Golfers are advised to stay out of the rough... and I ain't lion.

Researchers Test Freezing Of Breast Cancer Tumors

A small but promising study was conducted by Peter J. Littrup, M.D. and his team at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI, in which 13 women with breast cancer were treated with a minimally invasive technique - image guided cryotherapy, the freezing to death of tumor cells.

Solar Roadways Prototype Built and Could Win an Award

Last year, in September, I wrote an article about Solar Roadways and their $100,000 grant, by the Department of Transportation, to build a solar powered road prototype. They did exactly what they set out to do and they built a prototype. Now they are finalist for an award.

Colorful Pocket Ashtray Snuffs Your Ciggies

Smokers will love the stylish, functional, portable Mistletoe Pocket Ashtray that keeps used cigarette filters out of sight and scent. Non-smokers will love it for the same reason.

Ingenious 'Flow' Lighting For The Third World By Igendesign

... Flow and other self-maintaining public lighting are low cost, low maintenance, and low footprint solutions to the reduction of overload on municipal electric grids.  Besides... Flow is elegant in form, function, and beauty.

PayPal vs Square Are Bumping & Beaming Money Via iPhones

Whether you've been a loyal PayPal user for the last 10+ years or are willing to put your trust in the hands of one of the Twitter co-founders, you may be one of the early pioneers to use iPhones as the new form of currency. Bumping and beaming financial transactions via smartphones may be the missing link to a time when there will no longer be a need for actual money to exchange hands.

Conan O'Brien & Team Coco 'Tweets For Seats'

What does an ex-late night talk show host do after Jay Leno kicks him to the curb. In the case of Conan O'Brien, he picks himself up, dusts himself off and hits the tweets running.

An HIV Vaccine Made From Bananas?

Researchers at the University of Michigan (U-M) Medical School have discovered a set of proteins in bananas that may finally slow the spread of HIV.   They are lectins, sugar-binding proteins that can identify a foreign invader and attach themselves to it, blocking its entrance into the body.

Going Somewhere? You May Want To Take This Backpack & Suitcase Furniture With You

.... Though others have designed furniture in suitcase form, perhaps the Quinze & Milan sofa design for backpack company, Eastpak, is the only sofa, so far, that unmistakeably draws its inspiration from a backpack. 

Artist's Pet Urns Are Her "Happy Urns"

Artist Alyson Whitney creates ceramic urns for pets that reflect the joy that pets experience while they're alive as well as the joy they give us humans.  Her brightly colored palette, painting her unique urn designs with three or four layers of rich paint, are her signature marks.

Moms' Alzheimer's Poses Higher Dementia Risks For Their Children

Researchers at NYU's Langone Medical Center used positron emission tomography (PET) with Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB), a new fluorescent dye that highlights amyloid plaques during a PET scan used to study the brains of 42 healthy persons.  Fourteen of this study's 42 volunteers had no family history of Alzheimer's disease, 14 had fathers who were diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and 14 volunteers had mothers with the disease.

Twitter's Down? Where's The Fail Whale When You Need Him?

There was something comforting about the appearance of the Fail Whale. His emergence from the depths of the Twitterstream meant that Twitter's usage was growing faster than it's server capabilities - but not to worry...because help was on its way. However, today that slumbering leviathan was disturbingly MIA?

Will The Bubbly Social Network Give Voice To Twitter?

Can a new social network site succeed that's basically an amplified version of Twitter while choosing not to launch in North America and Europe? Well, Bubbly is the new shiny thing literally bubbling over in Bollywood, and we're not talking about hookahs!

The 'Wipe Shirt' Keeps Eyeglasses And Shirts Clean

The "Wipe Shirt" - say that carefully - combines a stylish white dress shirt with a microfiber pad. Both your eyeglasses and your shirts will stay cleaner though wearing it may cause you to look geekier.

The Samurai Maid Cafe... Stop In For A Slice!

Maid cafes? Tokyo's full of 'em. Samurai cafes? Seen it on TV. Wouldn't it be cool if there was a Samurai Maid Cafe? Yes it would... and yes there is!

Hello Kitty Tartan Celebrates Cute Icon's 35th Birthday

Hello Kitty is 35 and brand owner Sanrio is celebrating the event with the introduction of an official Hello Kitty Tartan - and of course, a line of goods decked out in eye-watering pink plaid.

Cellphone Sensor Tells Your Boss If You're Working Or Goofing Off

Every slacker employee's worst nightmare is about to be brought to life, thanks to the research arm of Japan's second largest telecom company. Is goofing off on the job doomed to become a thing of the past?

10 Iconic Designs From Ron Arad's "Restless" London Retrospective

.... Arad is afraid of nothing; no medium, no size, no notion that is unconventional.  He experiments.  He plays... and you get to relive his pleasure through his work.  Restless is a 30-year retrospective of Arad's greatness... and he is still young.

Flower Resurrection Service Delivers Zombie Orchids

Japanese orchid grower Matsumura Yoran has hit on a way to bring flowers back to life. Beginning this April you can order your franken-flowers, which will soothe your soul without eating your brain.

Is USA Today's 'Social Media Lounge' A Little Late To The Party?

With legacy newspapers falling by the wayside and CNN worried that Facebook and Twitter might be stealing its thunder, is it any wonder that USA Today would want to rethink how to interact in the Web 2.0 environment? The old slogan if you can't beat 'em join 'em couldn't be any more apropos as traditional media outlets either mimic or recreate best practices found in the social media space. But in either event, is USA Today doing too little too late?

Milk Cream Snack Cakes Look Like Cute Cows

Please DO have a cow - though the bold bovine pattern on every Fuwamaki Milk snack cake makes them almost too cute to eat.

Junaio's App Moves Indoors To Put The AR In ScavengAR Hunt @SXSW

Developer Metaio just released Junaio 2.0, an updated version of their augmented reality browser with the most cutting-edge features available today. Strategically planned to debut at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference(SXSW) March 10, 2020 in Austin, TX, the Metaio team have integrated the app into a special event titled "ScavengAR" that will provide conferees with an opportunity to experience the capabilities of the application first-hand.

Chandelier Expresses Delight And Confusion: The Chandelirium

Talk about design that's expressive, the Chandelirium, by lighting and furniture sculptor Aaron R. Thomas and multi-media artist Anne-Louise Ewen, far surpasses the category's qualifications.  The chandelier looks like it was woven by a colony of totally delirious birds during mating season.

'Tweet Defense' Calculates Twitter Stats For Game App Advantage

For members of the Twitterati who have been accumulating Twitter followers just for 'bragging rights,' now you may have a legitimate reason to do so. Here's a mobile game application that actually analyzes your Twitter stats  - number of followers and tweets - and then awards you bonuses based on its calculations. It's the next evolution in game apps where developers  are experimenting with pulling data from Web 2.0 services and social networks and integrating them into virtual games.