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Meet Bay & Fyfe, Anthill 2012 Cool Company Award Finalist [Micro Business Category]

Awesomely Australian are the words that spring to mind when it comes to qualify the coolness of Bay & Fyfe. The company takes the artwork of Aussie artist Daimon Downey and applies it to lush silk scarves. The result? An artistic statement to wear round your neck that is basically an Australian exclusive. Cool points? Cha-ching!

Making science fiction a reality: a robot that transforms before your eyes [VIDEO]

A Japanese man who likes to build robots as a hobby has created the first, real robot that transforms from a car into walking, shooting robot. Yes, it's real. Well, it's more real than various part of Megan Fox in the second Transformers movie.

Now that’s a boat! [VIDEO]

While I may have Bananarama running through my head at the very name of this boat, it's still one hell of a tub. While sadly...

Got a charity, or know one? You could get a free website – but...

Bloomtools, one of Australia’s most ambitious website design firms, is celebrating its eighth birthday in style by offering a free website to charities throughout Australia and Kiwi-land.The total package is quite worth having, valued at $5850! Word!

A bra that can detect breast cancer [VIDEO]

When breast tissue first begins to mutate, our bodies helpfully build a network of blood vessels to help these 'new cells' grow. This usually occurs in the first three years of cancer cell growth. Tumours are not often detected until after 12 years of cancer cell growth. One bra may be about to change all of that.

Are mobile websites really that important?

There's no question that mobile devices have become a staple in everyday living around the world. Now more than ever it's important that websites be optimized for mobile devices. But, do you really need a website specifically for mobile cusomers?

Why does a $200 million plane have the same bad acoustics as my local...

It's a damn good question. Only one has wooden floors, so that's not it. If you spend any time on aircrafts, or in most coffee shops, you start to wonder about acoustics.

Listen up, it’s the Apple of your ear. How Apple redesigned in-ear headphones [VIDEO]

The much vaunted iPhone 5 has arrived, and as expected, sold out within hours. In all of the hoopla of the iPhone 5 launch, one little accessory didn't get much attention. The iPhone and new iPods come with an entirely new in-ear headphones, or earpods. And, they are a design feat in themselves.

Inventing a better light bulb. An Australian invention that would make Tesla proud [VIDEO]

An Australian startup, LIFX, has created a WiFi enabled, multi-colour, energy efficient LED light bulb. A light bulb that can be controlled to switch on or off, or strobe, or change colour, all from your iPhone or Android.

Freewheeling: a wheelchair that is bound for the ocean [VIDEO]

In 1996 performance artist, Sue Austin found herself wheelchair bound. But, that didn't stopped her from learning to dive. And now she has, with the help of a dedicated team, created a wheelchair that enables her to not only dive but also, seem to dance, underwater.

Building a bike out of cardboard; another impossible dream is now a reality [VIDEO]

Israeli designer, Izhar Gafni cycles as a hobby. While buying parts for his bike, he heard about someone who had built a canoe out of cardboard. At that was it. The idea was in his head. He wanted to build a bike out of cardboard. So, he did.

If you’ve done 10 impossible things this morning … try this invisible bike helmet...

This is one of those things that, when you see it in action, you wonder why someone didn't think of it before. It took the designers seven years to gather data, stage bicycle crashes, examine accident data and obtain feedback from a head trauma specialist. They raised $10 million in venture capital to test, design and perfect their design. But they did the impossible.

Solving everyday problems: when the wind blows, your umbrella turns inside out [VIDEO]

It's winter. It's raining, cold. Then, the wind hits. And your umbrella does that magical thing of turning itself inside out once the wind...

Why you should fail often, in order to succeed sooner [VIDEO]

What do shopping trolleys, Free Willy and the mouse for the Apple Mac have in common? Well, it's the stunning design process that IDEO used to design these, well sort of, every day items. Some people may have a need for an every day killer whale.

Fighting the fear of judgement. How to get back your creative mojo and change...

Remember the time that someone, be it a teacher, friend, classmate, parent or a complete random stranger, shattered your creative confidence. You were told your drawing looked nothing like a castle. Or maybe that your idea would never work. As an entrepreneur, you can face this situation often.

Thinking outside the bouquet: how to use a tulip as a fire extinguisher [VIDEO]

Don't want to have one of those boring, cylindrical extinguishers in your kitchen in case of a fat fire? Well, someone extremely creative had a genius idea. Disguise it as an artificial tulip fridge magnet. Creative, ingenious, and well, very kitsch. Dare I say it? This might be the perfect Mother's Day gift.

99designs launches fancy new Australian site, as DesignCrowd triples revenue

99designs, the world’s largest design marketplace, has gone and got itself a localised website. The announcement comes snapping at the heels of its whopping $35 million first-round capital investment from Accel Partners – the fellas what invested in Facebook, Dropbox and Etsy -- and the launch of local rival DesignCrowd.

Adam Long, 2011 Anthill 30under30 Up-and-Comer

As one of the driving forces behind Engineers Without Borders Australia, a humanitarian assistance organization, Adam Long was well-versed in the art of helping others. Now he's striving to create a new buzz with a crowdsourcing venture that will bring designs to reality and to market.

New Australian T-shirt biz’s grand designs (How to build a tiny global operation. Don’t...

New Australian online t-shirt biz, HelloFresco, wants to trim the tricky business of having to choose your own new clobber. Instead of hitting the shops whenever your clothes fail the sniff test, they’ll send you two new tees each month, because “less choice is fresh choice”. HelloFresco founder and tee-signer (thunk that word-play up all by ourselves, we did.) Jono Chatterton says the website is the end result of five years of designing and printing t-shirts for friends.

Freelancer.com eyes 99design’s crowdsourcing crown… with help from Kanye West?

Outsourcing big kahuna Freelancer.com has finally signaled its intent to muscle in on 99design’s graphic design crowdsourcing turf, stumping up US$20,000 in cash-money for creative types. Has Australia become the new global crowdsourcing hub?

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