Yasuhito Teshima created White Jewel strawberries four years ago, on his farm in Japan's Saga Prefecture, by cross-breeding different types of strawberries and perfecting his growing technique in order to create a large strawberry with white flesh and skin. One important factor is reducing exposure to sunlight to slow decrease the level of anthocyanin, the natural chemical that gives fruits and vegetables their color. Currently, only 10% of his crop turn out white, with the rest featuring red patches. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Styrofoam is great for many things, including these earthquake-proof homes in Japan. Each piece is glued together to create a dome that weighs around 80kg, and the finished product can be used as permanent residences, guesthouses or even small hotels in rural areas. "The beads in conventional polystyrene are expanded about 50% to 60% the original size of the styrene monomer, causing the absorption of a large amount of oxygen. Japan Dome House has developed a method which only expands the styrene monomers about 20% and minimizes the absorption of oxygen. This makes the material much stronger than conventional foam while keeping its highly insulating qualities," according to RealEstate.co.jp. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
Japan-based Samurai Age may not receive any military contracts, but they do get lots of orders for their handmade samurai armor for cats and dogs. Though the company offers a one-size-fits-all set, pet owners can also place a custom order for that fits like a glove. Want your pet to really stand out? They can also handcraft armor modeled after the legendary Japanese warriors, including the Sengoku hero Sanada Yukimura. Continue reading for more pictures and information, as well as a link to order your own set.
Are you a Star Wars fanatic with $1.4-million to spare? Then this solid 24K gold Darth Vader helmet might be just for you. Japanese jeweler Ginza Tanaka unveiled this golden helmet to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars franchise, and it weighs in at a hefty 33-pounds. Unfortunately, it's not wearable, but on the bright side, this means you'll be able to keep it in pristine condition. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing what if "real people" Chevy commercials were actually real.
The Tetris-inspired "Pod Skyscraper" is not your typical building, as residents can order a ready-to-use modular home created by 3D printers located on the top floor. Once ordered, a crane directly lowers it into place. To ensure that the homes remain organized, an automated system calculates the exact position for each pod, while problem pods are dismantled immediately. Buyers can also choose to combine several pods into one, creating a penthouse suite of sorts. Businesses can also purchase the pods to use as small offices and / or commercial spaces. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video that shows what happens when you add water to a compressed block of soil.
Set to carry passengers in May, the ultra luxurious "Train Suite Shiki-Shima" was created by an automobile designer Ken Kiyoyuki Okuyama who has worked with Ferrari, Maserati, and Porsche. Featuring two-level suites, two panoramic observation cars, split-level dining car, a shared lounge, and seventeen guest suites. Yes, there's also a team of fine dining chefs that are experts in Japanese / French cuisines as well as pastries. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.
Japanese artist "Gaku" is a master of creating miniature sculptures, but with food. He started posting his masterpieces on Instagram approximately 8-months ago, and already has 15,900 followers. These sculptures fall under the Japanese art of "mukimono," which translates to "stripped product". As we all know, these raw foods tend to oxidize quite fast, so Gaku completes his works in just a few hours, and eats them shortly after. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a daredevil skiing with a jetpack at 75mph.
Guinness World Records has recognized Forpheus as the "first robot table tennis tutor". The machine, which holds a ping pong paddle, can not only play against a human, but teach them as well. How? It taps artificial intelligence to determine the ability of its opponent, while using two vision sensors to keep a robotic eye on the ball, as well as a movement sensor that focuses on the human player's movement. Cameras located over the table keep track of the ball's position at a staggering rate of 80-times per second.Continue reading for another video and more information.
Always wanted a McLaren P1 GTR, but only have a 650S? If so, then Liberty Walk has just the body kit for you. Featuring a custom front splitter, extended side skirts, a new rear bumper, forged 3SDM black spoke wheels, and a custom diffuser. Expect to shell out upwards of $30,000 for everything, including a new matching paint job as well as the chrome lipped wheels. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of movie special effects that you won't believe are not computer generated.
Located in Hiroshima, Japan, the House in Tousuienn boasts an open plan design covered in translucent polycarbonate that enables natural light to fill every corner. While not very large, the translucency makes it feels lighter while also allowing sunshine to permeate the interior. It spans three levels built within an area of 740 square foot. Continue reading for more pictures and information.