Japanese Nose Mask Pit Saves You From Allergies, Talking Normally

Are your allergies so severe that a Claritin has no effect? The Japanese have a solution, and it involves shoving round pieces of plastic up your nose to block out allergens. It may seem unorthodox, but as the lady at the clinic keeps telling me, prevention is much more effective than cures. We'll stick to pills,… » 4/29/08 5:20pm 4/29/08 5:20pm

Robots Sniff Out Pollens So Japanese Don't Have To

Worried about springtime pollen levels, Weathernews, Inc. of Tokyo is sending out an army of robot noses to monitor allergens. Two hundred 12-inch spherical robots are being strung up across Japan, each with monitoring gear that tests levels of airborne cedar and cypress pollen. Every bot hangs outside a volunteer's… » 1/29/08 11:01am 1/29/08 11:01am