Insane Crowd Funded Nissan Car Holds BBQ, Karaoke Machine, And Drone

Japanese automakers have been shoving all sorts of devices into vehicles, especially kei cars, for years now. We've seen many a wacky concept come out of design studios, and a surprising number of them have actually made it into production. Well, Nissan may have just taken it to a whole 'nother level with their new… » 2/28/15 7:16pm Saturday 7:16pm

A gun machine that shoots dumplings together would be the greatest thing

The world should put together all their brain power and weapons experts and artillery and dumpling ammo so that we can make this dumpling gun machine happen. Imagine a world where at a push of a button we can shoot out the perfect amount of meat, spice it, wrap it and cook it in less than 2 seconds. » 2/27/15 8:41pm Friday 8:41pm

Japan Is Holding Actual Funerals For Sony's Robotic AIBO Dogs

When a decades old toy breaks down and stops working with no hope of repair, you usually just toss it or find some way to recycle the parts. But what if you're as attached to that toy as you were a pet? In Japan, people are giving Sony's robot AIBO dog actual funerals to say goodbye to their faithful, electronic… » 2/26/15 11:11am Thursday 11:11am

Nobody would have believed this 70 years ago

Looking at this picture it is hard to believe that the United States and Australia were in a bloody no quarter war against Japan only 70 years ago: Spot the Mitsubishi F-2 escorting a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the direct heir of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki. » 2/25/15 1:31am Wednesday 1:31am

Color-Changing Rubber Sheets Show Areas of Extreme Stress When Stretched

Researchers at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science—or NIMS for short—have taken some inspiration from insects like beetles and butterflies to create a stretchable rubber-like material that changes color under stress. As the material is stretched, it moves through a spectrum of shimmering colors that can… » 2/12/15 11:25am 2/12/15 11:25am

When You're Not Cleaning, This Self-Standing Vac Is Also an Air Purifier

What do you do with your vacuum in-between visits from your parents? Does it just sit in a utility closet until you need to do a mad-dash cleaning the day before company arrives? That seems like a waste, and Mitsubishi apparently agrees because the company has created a stick vac that does double-duty as an air… » 2/11/15 9:52am 2/11/15 9:52am

An Ode to the Design Legend Behind the Soy Sauce Bottle and Bullet Train

Odds are good that you're familiar with the work of Kenji Ekuan, even if you don't know his name. Ekuan, who died in Japan yesterday at the age of 85, was the force behind some of the most iconic industrial design of the 20th century—and he said he was inspired to do it after the atomic bomb annihilated his home in… » 2/09/15 12:20pm 2/09/15 12:20pm

You'll Finally Understand Felines With the Meowlingual Cat Translator 

Many years ago the Bowlingual translator promised to finally bridge the communications gap between humans and dogs. But since a wagging tail and shredded toilet paper make it easy to figure out what a dog is thinking, it wasn't exactly a must-have gadget. Cats, on the other hand? That's a different story. » 2/05/15 6:40pm 2/05/15 6:40pm

This is the new menu of the world's best restaurant

Considered by some the best restaurant in the world, Noma has moved temporarily from its Copenhagen, Denmark, home to the Tokyo's Mandarin Oriental, in Japan. From January 9 to February 14, they will serve a new menu based on local products, completely different from its original menu. Check it out: » 1/29/15 12:11am 1/29/15 12:11am

The Eerie Ruins of 11 Abandoned Hotels

Tourism is a funny thing. Sometimes hot spots are hot, prompting opportunistic developers to build. And sometimes they're not. (The outbreak of a civil war is a great way to shut down a tourist destination.) Photographer Dietmar Eckell has spent the past several years visiting the hotels and resorts that got left… » 1/22/15 9:02am 1/22/15 9:02am

It Took 2.1 Years For Fukushima's Radioactive Plume to Reach Us

Cesium 134 and cesium 137: The two isotopes that were released into the Pacific Ocean when an earthquake ruined the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the eastern coast of Japan in 2011. The panic over the leakage was instantaneous in the US—but a new study shows how long it really took. » 1/01/15 5:00pm 1/01/15 5:00pm

Japan's rocket launch site looks like a Bond villain's secret lair

Someone mentioned in Twitter that Japan's Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center looks like the lair of a Bond villain. And indeed it does: Check out the photo I found while searching for information about Hayabusa 2, JAXA's second mission to retrieve asteroid material. » 12/03/14 8:34pm 12/03/14 8:34pm