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Yokohama wants to put spoilers on your tire to maximize efficiency

Years of supercomputer-aided simulation yields big benefits for the Japanese tire giant.

By October 19, 2015


Mazda ditches the top (and plenty of weight) on two new MX-5 SEMA concepts

A focus on lightweight construction results in two concepts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas -- the MX-5 Spyder and the MX-5 Speedster -- that are much lighter than the standard model.

By November 3, 2015


Yokohama misfires tweet about North Korea missile launch

With a tweet composed and ready in case of a strike, the city mistakenly sent it out to nearly 42,000 followers.

By April 10, 2013


Meet the robot actor starring in a play inspired by Kafka

Up-and-coming android performer Repliee S1 stars alongside well-known French actors in a piece based on Franz Kafka's absurdist classic "The Metamorphosis."

By October 22, 2014


Giant, fire-breathing animatronic dragon storms the Bastille (well, Nantes)

La Machine's latest animatronic puppet is a giant, walking, fire-breathing dragon that took to the street of Nantes, France for a spectacular test debut.

By September 2, 2014


E-paper Rorschach wristwatch will have you seeing spots

Visiting Tokyoflash Japan, maker of puzzling wristwatches, was nothing like we expected. Crave gets some hands-on time with the company's first electronic-paper watch.

By December 9, 2013


Are super-compact EVs the ride of the future?

Japanese automakers continue to experiment with super-small one- or two-seat electric vehicles. But does anyone want to ride these carts?

By November 22, 2013


Nissan Leaf lights up Yokohama Tower

The "Eiffel Tower" of Yokohama will be lit for a week-long celebration via batteries in Nissan's electric car.

By November 3, 2011


Strap an iPhone to your head for a window into your mind

Neurocam is an iPhone and EEG headband that automatically records footage of things that interest you. Advertisers would love everyone to wear it.

By October 29, 2013


Blind spot: How a hoax about eye licking went global

Media finds weird news impossible to resist, even when it sounds too silly to be true. But it can fool people especially easily when coming from a place like Japan, birthplace of wacky trends.

By August 8, 2013