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On December tenth, Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan was detained for questioning by the Saudi Interior Ministry. In a case that has invoked international condemnation, possible charges against Farhan have not been elaborated on, except for a brief statement by a Ministry spokesman, stating that, Farhan was detained "for violating rules not related to state security." read more »
More and more people are choosing to "cut the cord" when it comes to their choice of computer mouse. Wireless mice are becoming increasingly standard in the computer world, and for good reason. They are typically easier to use, more convenient, and less of a hassle than the wired variety. They do have one drawback, though - they've always required batteries - until now... read more »
If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.
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A 71-year-old farmer has found a unique solution to Japan's chronic shortage of space: grow 11 different kinds of fruit on a single tree! read more »
There are plenty of mysteries out there for scientists to worry about. Finding the cure for cancer or discovering a way to reverse ozone damage would be a good start. However, over in Russia they are concerned about something else: Saying hello to an alien read more »
If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Nintendo Wii this holiday season, you may have gotten more than just a gaming system. A recent press release has stated that certain gaming consoles, like the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3, are able to act as a stereo receiver to play your online music collection. Find out how... read more »
More than 250,000 people pass through the Stockholm Central Station every day. In the past, the body heat they release has posed problems, requiring open windows to air it out. But soon, the excess heat will be used to provide heating for a new office building nearby. read more »
Baby oh baby, now this is one sweet ride! The name "Combi LX-720" may sound like a new Lexus 4x4 but about all it has in common with the high-end luxocruiser is its 4-wheeled layout... and, luxury. read more »
The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide (300 pages)
David J. Perdue
(No Starch Press)
Lego Mindstorms is one of the latest educational toys aimed at getting kids interested in high-tech subjects the fun way: by building robots. Aimed at kids 10 years old and up, the robotics kit teaches young students about building, programming, and electronics. read more »
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... read more »
Renewafuel, a start-up company from Minnesota, has invented cubes of plant materials that provide twice as much energy as other biomass and about the same amount of energy as coal. Because these "fuel cubes" are made of materials such as switch grass, corn stalks, and wood fibers, they don't contribute to global warming, the company says. read more »
Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! If that weren't enough, the friendly "snowbot" excretes perfectly formed igloo bricks from the snow it takes in - now how cool is that? read more »
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. read more »
Einstein has returned from outer space, according to scientists, and he's taken on the form of the world's first android head with a humanoid body. The synthesis of the two distinct areas of an android robot and bi-ped humanoid robot is the first of its kind, and results in a creepy looking science genius. read more »
Brian Dettmer is a type of book surgeon, slicing through old tomes with knives and surgical tools to transform them into an almost entirely new creation. These volumes are stripped down to reveal a unique interpretation and composition of what laid dormant and concealed within the original structure. read more »
The highly-anticipated successor to the Nokia N95 smart phone may have been spotted in some leaked photos posted at Mobile-Review's forum. This new smart phone is called the Nokia N96, and it looks like it will be available sometime in early 2008. read more »
Pretty much everyone is familiar with the big brown UPS trucks seen across the US. Right now, their delivery season is in full swing as Christmas presents are sent to and from every place imaginable. This year, the United Parcel Service plans on helping the environment as well as helping spread the Holiday Spirit.
One of TIME Magazine's Top 10 Scientific Discoveries of the year is the discovery of kryptonite. But by a strange twist of events, the mineral has been named "jadarite." read more »
The United States was once a promised land for Asian innovative up and comers in the fields of technology and science. However as economic climate changes, more and more of the inventors and great thinkers our nation depend upon are moving back to their roots, or at least figuring out a way to split their interests halfway. read more »
A spokesperson for Iranian company, Iran Khodro, says its "Islamic Car" should be readily available throughout the Middle East, parts of Asia, and Africa, in three years. The car will have options including a compass to find Mecca and a compartment for a Koran. read more »
Today’s winner o a great baby invention is the Podee, the manufacturer of a hands free bottle perfect for babies in two unique ways read more »
By turning light waves into slow-moving sound waves, researchers have developed a new method for storing information inside a fiber optic cable. read more »
DekoChoco, an innovative Japanese company, provides you with the tools to create personalized chocolates featuring your own photo, name and decorative design - right from your home or workplace! read more »
Takara Tomy's "Wonderful Shot" pet camera snaps shots of a dog's or cat's travels from your best friend's point of view. Bow? Wow! read more »