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Transforming your dirty nappies into valuable, recycled material
Just because they’re disposable doesn’t mean they’re useless.
Student designed device to investigate the Arctic’s underwater environment
The DeepFreezeROV promises to expand our understanding of a world we can’t see.
The ‘dirty’ way Toyota is creating cleaner fuel
Would you drive a car powered by poo?
Disrupting expensive city housing with Big World Homes
Affordable, flat-packed homes that rethink the way people live.
The ‘glow-in-the-dark’, energy-efficient cycle lane
This unique solar-powered bicycle path is guiding Poland’s nighttime cyclists.
The stories clothes can tell
Shwe – The Wearable Library makes it their mission to bring to life the invisible stories behind the garments we wear.
US student designs prosthetic hand-hack to aid one-handed violin player
3D printed prosthetic helps this aspiring violinist reach for her dream.
Heart-monitoring smart watch empowers wearers to live longer lives
The iBeat is a life-saving wearable for every age.
Pauline van Dongen’s latest invention is a shirt designed to correct your posture
Eliminate slouching with this smart addition to your wardrobe.
Levoons: squeezable spoons to make baking a breeze
Dreamfarms’ ingenious measuring spoons take the guess work out of baking.
Control your fear of public speaking with ROC Speak
This computer programme can help develop your communicative skills via your browser.
The handmade rugs celebrating South African and South American culture
The latest project from The Ninevites merges the traditions of two continents, South America and Africa.
Pill Talk – the creative campaign working to transform the way we perceive birth control
Overcoming contraceptive stigmas with US graphic designer Erica Benamy.
Portuguese street artist turns urban trash into colossal animal sculptures
These animal murals are communicating a vital environmental message.
Transforming algae into plastic
This company is turning toxic algae blooms into a valuable resource.
Ugly produce for a better world
That wonky-looking vegetable in your pantry could be the key to solving world-hunger.
Fodder: the pop up dining experience that turns eating into an agricultural act
Can we connect with the animals we consume by being fed their feed?
Generating water out of thin air
This Israeli company is utilising the world’s largest resource of fresh water – the atmosphere.
Irish students develop new water-safety device
See the tragedy-inspired invention shortlisted for the James Dyson Award.
Snapchat enters the wearable tech market with ‘Spectacles’
Can the social media app succeed where giants like Google Glass have failed?
Student-designed bottle cap could save drought-stricken California millions of litres of water
The ‘Cap the Tap’ campaign is a simple way to curtail water wastage from household taps.
Solving the problem of student housing with floating dormitories
See the unconventional, low-cost student residences recently unveiled in Copenhagen.
South African fashion label conceptualises sustainable fabric made from plastic bottles
The Joinery’s latest collection turns discarded plastic into enviable office accessories.
The comic book uncovering new perspectives on heroism and storytelling
The Ordinary Superheroes celebrates the everyday heroes of South Africa's resilient communities.
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