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Rajib Andeshmand, the grandfather of Afghan invention (see 'Trials of a trailblazer'), gives a presentation in Kabul in 2012. (photo: Alex Macbeth)
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From home made-fridges in Helmand to scrapyard planes in Mazar-e Sharif, Afghanistan remains full of innnovation, despite the lack of resources, support or training for inventors.
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Safety first

Zarwali Khoshnood
A student at Khost Technical Institute has created an electronic door that automatically closes when it detects bullets.
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Made in Mazar

Asghar Noor Mohammad
Mohammad Ferooz, a metalsmith in Mazar-e-Sharif, used old spare parts and scrap metal to build a car. Ferooz hopes to make more cheap and efficient vehicles in the future.
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Plane sailing

Asghar Noor Mohammad and Waheed Orya
The Innovators series resumes with a profile of Samangan mechanic Zabihullah who has made his own plane using scrap metal and a boat engine.
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Child makes digger based on photo

Haqmal Masoodzai
Despite the lack of support for science and innovation in Afghan schools, a young inventor in Logar has created a mini excavator from syringes and plastic pipes based on a photo he saw in class.
نمونه یی از روبات ساخته شده نمونه یی از روبات ساخته شده نمونه یی از روبات ساخته شده
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Afghan era of robotics

Masood Momin
From cheap fridges to drones and orthopedic devices, scientists in Kabul defy funding hurdles and address the country's technological needs. Their latest invention is Smart Tank, a robot created by students from…
Because of the device's suspicious components, buyers had better keep it from view of security forces on the look-out for bombers. Main photo: Mawlawizada with his invention and own vehicle, which he is confident will never leave his possession. (Photos: Rouyee)
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A real shocker for car thieves
7.08.2013  |  Business
All eyes on the screen: local residents watch a Bollywood film in an ice cream parlour in Paktia Province. (Photos: H Masoodzai)
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Breaking the ice
2.07.2013  |  Diary
Inventor Rajab Ali Andishmand in Kabul's Shahr-e Naw Park earlier this month, still intent on destroying his life's work. (Photos: Alizada)
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Bonfire of invention
12.03.2013  |  Diary
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Smashing home the message
12.02.2013  |  Afghan Eye
The nuts and bolts: materials used to make local variants of Afghan Device (Photos: Dr. Ismail Wardak)
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Afghan Device healing bone-by-bone
19.12.2012  |  Business
Inventor Rajab Ali Andishmand's drone - in his living room. (Photos: Massood Momin)
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Trials of a trailblazer
22.11.2012  |  Business
Family business: Rasool's son stands beside parts of a new windpump as they are being welded together (Photos: Rahimi)
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Second wind for farmers
3.07.2012  |  Business
Electronic locksmith Khairkhewa, left, before he graduated last year. (Photos: Private)
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Unlocking a mental revolution
11.06.2012  |  Business
Esmatullah's shop 'Irfan Coolers' is ialmost submerged under stacks of coolers awaiting purchase. (Photos: Omaid)
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Cooling it in Helmand
16.05.2012  |  Business
Zemaray Helalee runs the electricity supply in Nimruz Province. In his spare time he is more focused on the skies above. (Photos: Private)
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Dreams of drones
3.05.2012  |  Society