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Maker Faire Africa: A Celebration of African Ingenuity and Innovation

Maker Faire Africa (MFA) will take place at the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Ghana's capital, Accra, on August 13-15, 2009. Its sole purpose is to identify, spur and support local innovation. Read all about this important and glorious event and find out how you can be a part of it.

Plush Ninja Characters Make Silent Killers Cuddly

Plush Ninjas? They're more likely than you think, thanks to Shawn Smith and his creative team at Shawnimals.

Parajet Skycar Gears Up for Production

At the beginning of the year, the Parajet Skycar made a record breaking journey from London, England to Timbuktu in Africa. Since then, Parajet International has been working hard to find another company to help the produce their little piece of automotive goodness. Now, they have finally been able to enlist the help of Rage Motorsports to produce the Skycar and bringing it to the public.

EV Technologies to Produce Recently Unveiled Plug-In Electric Vehicles

A couple of weeks ago at the New York Auto Show, a company based out of Nevada called EV Innovations unveiled two never all electric vehicles they plan on putting into production. The two vehicles are the Wave and the Inizio EVS and were made to appeal to different tastes, with the latter of the pair aiming at the Tesla Roadster.

Spider Computer Mouse Puts Creepiness in the Palm of Your Hand

Being bugged by the office freeloader who can't keep his or her sweaty hands off your computer? Thanko thinks you should use a pest to deter a pest: Spider Mouse and Scorpion Mouse!

Russia Will Now Track its own Nanotechnology

Rusnano (the Russian Corporation of Nanotechnology) and the State Statistics Service are joining forces to help develop a protocol that will track everything produced in Russia that utilizes nanotechnology. Is this a good idea and what can such a system accomplish for Russia?

Chauffeurs For The Barbie In You: Pink Ladies Safe Taxi Service For Women

Women in the UK are attacked on a monthly basis when traveling by licensed taxi service around urban centers and rural settings. Based on these statistics, a female owned UK company that calls themselves the Pink Ladies identified their niche and launched a business that focuses upon the unique transportation needs of women with a specific emphasis on safety.


GM and SAE Team Up to Standardize Electric Vehicle Charging System

If you own a cell phone, or anything that charges from a wall out let for that matter, chances are you have already been through the headache of carrying a hand full of chargers that each work on a single device. Even products made by the same company rarely work on a different model and in some cases, a single year difference can bring an entirely new adapter. Looking at this, General Motors saw a problem coming down the road with our plug in electrics and always trying to find the right adapter for the right vehicle. From this, a new movement to standardize the connections for all new plug-in vehicles has started and, in my opinion, should be forced onto some other markets as well.

Australian Technology Park: Unique Technological Innovation

Australian Technology Park better known as (ATP) to those nearest and dearest, is a unique place focused on fostering the growth of Australian technology businesses. Located about 3 km (a little more than 2 miles) south of the Sydney central business district, the park is spread over 13.9 hectares (more than 34 acres) of land. It offers an environment for the exchange of ideas and networking unlike any other in the world. Read on for some amazing details.

Reality TV Show For Arab Inventors Hits Prime Time On Arab TV: "Stars Of Science"

Filming is almost complete for the new 5-week reality TV show, Stars Of Science, in which 16 inventors from the Arab world will strutt their stuff, competing for best invention and a $300,000 cash prize. Sponsored by the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, the format is not too similar to the American Inventor series, and Simon Cowell does not appear to be involved in this production.

Before And After: 10 Prototype Chair Designs That Made It ...Or Didn't

Even at Milan Design Week '09, there's a place for baring all. Here are 10 chairs that confess their beginnings, present in prototype form, ready to say 100 Hail Mary's or be rewarded with immediate absolution. Prophets and Penitents, aka Confessions of a Chair, is an open exhibit of chair prototypes from designers we know and love.

Funny Fashions: The Beard Cap Modern Balaclava

People who live in colder climates are constantly searching for innovative ways to keep themselves protected from the elements. Enter The Beard Cap, a funny modern take on the balaclava which provides warmth to the face, neck and head all at the same time. Unlike with the balaclava, with the beard cap, you're less likely to be mistaken for a bank robber; or if you do have criminal intentions, it's a humorous way to detract from your fear factor.

Debut In Milan: Formafantasma's Hidden Messages In Its 'Hidden Collection' Designs

....With grace and skill, Trimarchi and Farresin have created an ode to the clock, in this case a rather banal department store clock, the poetry of which is ever so much greater than that of its contents.  And like so many things packaged and shipped today, there are layers of boxes each enveloping the other to protect the box that's holding the box that's holding the clock.  Of course, very soon you have packaging that's more valuable, and even more desirable, than the object of desire itself.

Free Beer? Kirin Free is All Fizz, No Buzz

Free beer? It's more likely than you think... if you're in Japan, at least. That's because Kirin has introduced Free, a de-alcoholized brew with all of the fizz but none of the buzz.

Russian Auto Innovation Eco-Friendly Car Developed

Scientists from St. Petersburg, Russia have developed an ecologically friendly electric car with accumulators, which recharge during nighttime. In daylight hours, solar batteries deliver energy. It is, without a doubt, one very cool number, but don’t trade in your gas-run vehicle just yet.