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Bistro In Vitro serves up lab-grown meat
Virtual restaurant Bistro In Vitro serves up lab-grown flesh dishes in order to investigate the future of the meat industry.
Love and electricity in "Plug & Play" game
Michael Frei’s award-winning bizarre short animation “Plug & Play” is now an interactive game.
Haldane Martin’s zingy interior for new medical innovation hub
Cape Town designer Haldane Martin creates the interior for the new Innovation Hub at Groote Schuur Hospital.
Hyko the polar bear will be your energy conscience
The colour-changing Hyko Bear turns environmental awareness into a playful game for the family.
Trailer: Shubhankar Ray on how brands can survive in the 21st century
Content is king but no one explains why quite like Shubhankar Ray, who re-engineered the brands of Camper, Levis and G-Star.
From tree to book to tree
This book can be planted when you finish reading it and it will grow back into a tree.
Zakifo Muzik Festival hits Durban like a tropical storm
Zakifo Muzik Festival makes its debut in Durban with an eclectic lineup connecting Africa with the Indian Ocean islands, Europe, India, Australia and beyond...
What betting patterns tell us about the news
UK-based website Betwire discovers the news in the fluctuations of online betting markets and the infographics they generate.
Nic Fiddian Green’s lifelong homage to the horse
Britain’s best-known equestrian artist, Nic Fiddian Green, will be “in studio” during an exhibition of his work in London.
Nivea has created a doll that suffers from sunburn
In order to help teach kids about the importance of wearing sunscreen, Nivea has created this doll that turns red without protection.
How the bindi is saving lives in India
Iodine deficiency is one of India’s most dangerous nutritional problems, but this life-saving bindi may change that.
The African mud house goes modern
Senegalese architects Atelier Koé imagines a new design for rural Ghanaian mud houses to combat the negative associations that surround traditional buildings.
The MOTI rules out all excuses for bad habits
The MOTI is a personable smart accessory that helps you train yourself into good habits.
Thula Sindi: Understanding the dynamics of being an emerging fashion designer
Thula Sindi believes designers have to make themselves indispensible to customers by making truly wearable clothes.
Bureo turn old fishing nets into skateboards
The team behind Bureo skateboards is working with fishing communities to upcycle discarded nets.
New York City’s pulse beats at 100 stories above the ground
Jake Barton’s design studio Local Projects launches a new interactive story-telling experience at the top of the One World Trade Centre.
Dutch students upcycle old KLM interior into new products
Students for the Design Academy Eindhoven turn discarded material from the KLM cabins into inventive new travel items.
A cross-continental architecture studio with solutions for Harare’s informal traders
The architects behind Studio [D] Tale propose a set of innovative designs to improve life for informal traders in African cities.
A cell phone designed to be used as little as possible
The Lightphone is a thoughtfully designed phone that allows you to be more connected to the moment.
Surfers become citizen scientists with the Smartphin
The Smartphin enables surfers to collect vital information about the changing condition of the oceans in the hostile near-shore zone.
Ballo's local labour of love
At least 25 processes go into creating each pair of Ballo's wooden sunglasses, all carried out by hand or hand-operated machines in Woodstock, Cape Town.
In the desert everything burns
Nearly 10 000 part-time pyromaniacs watched great wooden structures blaze at Afrikaburn, Africa’s regional Burning Man festival.
The first solar-powered flight around the world
Two intrepid pilots are halfway through a round-the-world trip in a lightweight aeroplane powered only by the sun.
Carrying the can for African design
Young graphic designer Ofentse Letebele tells us what inspired his winning design for the inaugural BOS Ice Tea Design-A-Can competition.
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