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Raising safe children in a Digital world Raising safe children in a Digital worldDate: 01/12/2018

Reality check: you are no longer the chief technology officer in your home. That's from the introduction to a new book by ...

The future hates your wallet The future hates your walletDate: 15/11/2015

Phones have already replaced cameras, alarm clocks, and those bulky old CD binders. Is the wallet really next?...

Cars CarsDate: 11/11/2015

The local Motors Strati Roadster is the world's first 3D-Printed vehicle. Somewhat surprisingly, its also a blast to drive...

Listen up - local device taking hearing tests to the masses Listen up - local device taking hearing tests to the massesDate: 08/11/2015

Hearing loss is more common than you might think. An innovative, locally developed device is taking hearing tests to the masses...

Great stuff Great stuffDate: 27/09/2015

Gadgets, apps and the newest gear you'll want to own...

Coolshark - the new way to handle temperature control Coolshark - the new way to handle temperature controlDate: 08/08/2015

One man's collaboration with UCT aims to improve the lot of shack dwellers...

Wheels WheelsDate: 30/05/2015

What in the name of Henry Ford is that? It's the Polaris Slingshot, and it's street-legal...

Wheels - The popular mechanics car awards Wheels - The popular mechanics car awardsDate: 28/03/2015

Every year, our colleagues in the USA sit down to select their favourites from among the year's new sheet metal and rubber...

Ready for Action - Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibition Ready for Action - Africa Aerospace and Defence exhibitionDate: 25/01/2015

Nothing quite beats the acrid smell of burning jet fuel, the whine and whoosh of turbines coming to life and the earth-shaking...

Balancing Act Balancing ActDate: 06/12/2014

The 'Berg's new pumped storage scheme will massively boost SA's peak power. And even the environmental watchdogs are...

New home for the Honey - ingenious SA hive design New home for the Honey - ingenious SA hive designDate: 19/10/2014

Locally developed composite beehive propels beekeeping into the 21st Century.

Activity-tracking fitbands Activity-tracking fitbands Date: 27/09/2014

Activity trackers are the hottest new item in the fitness market. In the absence of a coach or personal trainer providing human...

Running on Empty Running on EmptyDate: 31/05/2014

'Tinkerer' converts his Jeep Grand Cherokee to electric power and reaps the rewards. The commute can be a killer – for your ...

A place in the Sun A place in the SunDate: 15/02/2014

A new solar plant in the arid, sun-blasted Karoo will not only deliver useful energy to the grid, but function as a model of ...

Magnificent obsession - BMW Boxer Twins Magnificent obsession - BMW Boxer TwinsDate: 07/02/2014

On the face of it, there's nothing especially unusual about the life of Freek de Villiers. In the morning, he dons his work ...

Freedom to fly Freedom to flyDate: 24/01/2014

Drones. Love them or hate them, they’re here to stay. Critics fear Big Brother-like control and compromised personal and ...

No Nibbles required.... No Nibbles required....Date: 19/01/2014

New wetsuit design prevents surfers and divers from becoming lunch for sharks ...

Putting the POWER in your hands Putting the POWER in your handsDate: 11/01/2014

DIY is alive and making waves in the home audio universe. Money, the Beatles sang, can't buy love. For everything else, the ...

Face the Music Face the MusicDate: 11/01/2014

Chances are, you have more music than you'll ever listen to: Thousands of tracks (all legally obtained, of course) and days of ...

Getting into hot water Getting into hot waterDate: 05/10/2013

Robust, locally developed Novasun hybrid solar water heating system gets set to shine.

Want to make your own games? Want to make your own games?Date: 07/09/2013

It’s an odd moment when you realise you’re in the company of a man who has hugged ex-LucasArts legend Tim Schafer. One does ...

Fuelling the Revolution Fuelling the RevolutionDate: 29/06/2013

Invention makes problematic waste part of the solution. Convert waste plastics and old tyres into a variety of fuels to power ...

Designer Digits Designer DigitsDate: 13/04/2013

Prosthetic fingers needn't cost an arm and a leg. A long-distance collaboration between two men - one based in the US, the ...

Paddle the Deep Blue Paddle the Deep BlueDate: 06/04/2013

It's a great workout, a healthy dose of fresh air, an opportunity to commune with nature - and cheap by comparison with some ...

Gibbs Quadski Gibbs QuadskiDate: 26/01/2013

An entirely new form of transportation. What travels across land and water with equal aplomb, comes in a choice of five vibrant...

Moving on up - Bike storage gets a lift Moving on up - Bike storage gets a liftDate: 01/01/2013

Cyclists are more challenged than most when it comes to storing their machines. Bulky and often mucky (the bikes, that is, not ...

Robotic Exoskeleton could give new hope to paraplegics Robotic Exoskeleton could give new hope to paraplegicsDate: 27/12/2012

The X1 robotic exoskeleton, the latest robotic space technology derivative of Nasa’s Robonaut 2, may someday help paraplegics ...

Reaching for the stars Reaching for the starsDate: 13/10/2012

Budding rocket scientists have a blast. Space, to borrow a phrase from Star Trek, is the final frontier. However, without ...

Reaching for the skies Reaching for the skiesDate: 11/08/2012

For Goverments wanting to manage their domain, there's nothing quite like an all-seeing eye in the sky to get the job done - ...

Summer fun. Sun's out ... let's play. Summer fun. Sun's out ... let's play.Date: 12/02/2012

Hobie’s legendary catamaran, the Hobie Cat, has been providing adrenaline-induced fun for water junkies for over 40 years. But ...

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