Relakkuma Embraces Solar Power

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 3, 2009 in Hobbies and Collections

Relakkuma Onsen Solar Mascot

At the recent Toy Fair in New York I was almost depressed at the sheer number of green themed toys that seemed to be destined for landfills. The trouble with most of these toys is that they were plain old plush dolls with some connection to an endangered animal — which on the surface isn’t bad but doesn’t really engage your imagination on any level. That’s why I’m drawn to this Japanese toy which is based on the popular bear mascot Relakkuma: This novelty item features Relakkuma (also known as Relaxuma) and his honey-colored friend Korilakkuma are enjoying the soothing effects of a faux hot tub. When you place the toy in sunlight their wobble as if they’re relaxing in the faux water. You can pre-order the Relakkuma Onsen Solar Mascot from National Console Support.

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Solar Sails: From Science Fiction to Reality in 20 Years

Posted by Michael Pinto on Nov 10, 2008 in Science

Chinese Cargo Ships Will Have Solar Sails

I just spotted the following news item which seemed very oddly familiar to me:

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