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A Digital Drum is bringing computer skills to the youth in rural Uganda
Design without Borders has developed a way to bridge the information gap between urban and rural youth of Uganda.
MOM is designed to save “the lost generation” of refugees
A British student has designed an inflatable incubator specifically to save the lives of premature babies born in refugee camps.
Turn air into water as you ride your bike
A Viennese industrial designer has created a solar-powered device that collects up to 500ml of condensation per hour as you ride your bike.
Kids' wheelchairs become giant paintbrushes
An artist in the US has dedicated his life to creating art tools for children with disabilities.
A rainbow of hope covers a drug infused district
A perilous Mexican town has had a bright makeover, bringing colour to its walls and optimism to its residents.
Look into your reflection and see your heart
This new mirror can reflect the health of your heart; another medical innovation that is being developed for diagnosis at home.
WatchMe changes the face of the Apple watch charger
Paris-based designer Vivien Muller wants you to have as much fun charging your Apple Watch as you do using it.
Photos capture the rapid urbanisation of China
"The Great Leap" by photographer Gabriel Murad captures how China is rapidly increasing its urban sprawl by building on its buildings.
These wearable structures contain living organisms and are designed for life on other planets
Digital morphogenesis Neri Oxman has created a 3D printed wearable structure that hosts growing photosynthetic-organisms.
This house turns inside out in summer
The D*Dynamic shape-shifting house was built using a mathematical puzzle in order to store energy in summer and provide maximum insulation in winter.
Hearing aids are enhanced by wearable technology
Scientists have created hearing aids for the digital age, using wearable technology.
Does this milk smell bad to you?
A lid that changes colour when milk is starting to spoil saves the family member nominated for the “sour milk” smell test.
BreastIT uses a glove and a cellphone app to detect cancer
Three Ugandan IT graduates have developed a cellphone app that can diagnose breast cancer, helping prevent deaths by providing essential early detection.
The Lumos helmet is set to radically change road safety for cyclists
A bicycle helmet with LED brake and indicator lights will make roads much safer for bicycle riders.
How the simple drinks coaster is saving lives
The danger of being hit by a car while walking home at night has been radically reduced with a simple reinvention of a common bar accessory.
Devendra Banhart publishes his artworks in "I Left my Noodle on Ramen Street"
Singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart has made a name for himself through his folksy freewheeling sound, but recently he has also published two art books.
Eduvator is a new crowd-funding platform for educational needs
A new crowd-funding platform is hoping to help a little school in the township of Philippi realise the big dreams of its principal and her pupils.
Kingii is a water-wearable that can save you from drowning
Kingii, a new type of water-safety device for your wrist, doesn't need an app to save your life – it will inflate when you're at risk of drowning.
Art and science collide in "What’s in Your DNA?"
Cancer Research UK teamed up with 21 designers to raise funds for an advanced research facility in the heart of London.
Exhibition "Gare du Nord" offers a new perspective on anatomical theatre
The oddly shaped de Waag building in Amsterdam is host to “Gare du Nord”, a collaboration that connects old and new perceptions of the human body.
How innovation saved a sheep-farming town in Devon
A product designer has saved a sheep-farming community by inventing a brand new material that utilises wool.
FoPo plans to feed the world with old fruit
The FoPo Powdered Food project turns spoilt and unsellable produce into a nutritional powder that could help solve world hunger.
A year in the life of a bench
Hungarian photographer’s “Life of a Bench” series captures the diversity of daily activity centered on a simple wooden structure.
The new shoe from Adidas is rubbish
Adidas have joined the global ocean cleanup drive with their new running shoe made almost entirely from ocean waste.
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