Design for Health

Man Builds LEGO Computer to Crunch Numbers for Humanity

Man Builds LEGO Computer to Crunch Numbers for Humanity

Schropp's new computer looks a little like the secret nephew of Dark Vader, despite the fact that Schropp is using his home-made machine for good. Grid Computing helps solve a lot of problems for

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Scientists Grow Gelatin Derived from Human Tissue

Scientists Grow Gelatin Derived from Human Tissue

Vegans and vegetarians have been in their kitchen laboratories for years attempting (and sometimes succeeding) to find a suitable substitute for gelatin. Now it seems that a group of scientists just might

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The Pollee Urinal by UiWE: Because Girls Sometimes Need to Pee in Public Too!

The Pollee Urinal by UiWE: Because Girls Sometimes Need to Pee in Public Too!

The Pollee urinal is comprised of four seats surrounding a central core, allowing four ladies to relieve themselves at once. Handy bars have been provided to help women maintain their stability

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking to reinvent the classic commode. Two and a half billion people in the world -- about 40% of the population -- don't have access to a safe and sanitary way

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Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

Factoría Joven surprised adults and kids when it opened its doors in Mérida last March. The old capital of Lusitania, home to a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, now houses one of Spain’s most

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Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Each of the hubs scattered throughout Port-au-Prince have a series of facilities that ensure high sanitation standards even during natural disasters. Each facility provides space for hand and foot

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FDA Unveils “Scary” New Anti-Smoking Packaging for Cigarettes

FDA Unveils “Scary” New Anti-Smoking Packaging for Cigarettes

Take your pick: Would you rather buy something with an image of blackened, rotting lungs or a mother blowing smoke on her baby? If you are one of 50 million Americans who smoke, you will soon be faced

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Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Mobile Eco-Trailer Concept Advocates Change for Chicago

Part of an effort to empower residents in their Chicago neighborhood, long time friends Jeff Munie and Bill Vassilakis conceptualized a mobile, participatory research center that will capture the stories,

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Mogro Mobile Food Truck Fills “Food Deserts” with Healthy Eats

Mogro Mobile Food Truck Fills “Food Deserts” with Healthy Eats

Mogro -- short for mobile grocery -- is on a mission to fill food deserts in New Mexico (and hopefully soon, the rest of the country) with easy access to healthy food. The Mogro concept is simple - there

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Pill That Battles Obesity for Babies Still in Womb Now Available

Pill That Battles Obesity for Babies Still in Womb Now Available

Diet pills aren't just for Hollywood starlets anymore. Apparently babies are jumping on the bandwagon by getting a head start on their slim figures in the WOMB. In an effort to prevent obesity through the

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Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

Designers Use Toyota’s Technologies to Create ‘Ideas for Good’

We really love green cars, but you know what we love even more? Practical green designs that make the world a better place. With the Ideas for Good competition, Toyota has merged the two into one by

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The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

The Top-5 Ways to Protect Yourself from Cellphone Radiation

1. USE AIRPLANE MODE Most people don't know this, but many phones now have a function that allows their cellphones to be used on airplanes. Because airplane mode cuts off all wireless transmissions from

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Deck Out Your Dining Table With Edible Centerpieces from Woolly Pocket

Deck Out Your Dining Table With Edible Centerpieces from Woolly Pocket

We didn't think food could get much fresher than when dishes are garnished with crisp herbs picked from your own garden - until we saw these cute lil' planters from Woolly Pocket. The Dining Society (an

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Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Winnipeg Ice-Skating Shelters Mimic Buffalos Bracing Against The Wind

Ice skaters may soon take refuge from Winnipeg's cold in these awesome plywood shelters designed by Patkau Architects. Siberia is the only city on earth more frigid than Winnipeg, but that is not enough

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Color Changing Fukushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food

Color Changing Fukushima Plates Detect Radiation In Your Food

Imagine sitting down at the dinner table and not knowing if the food in front of you is safe to eat. For many people in Japan that situation is a reality, and while the government has been issuing

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New Cotton Candy-Like Material Heals Difficult to Treat Wounds

New Cotton Candy-Like Material Heals Difficult to Treat Wounds

The Missouri Science and Technology just unveiled a new cotton candy-like material made from glass fibers that is capable of healing difficult to treat wounds. The soft, fluffy substance can be placed

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Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

Students Develop Revolutionary Device That Uses the Sun to Sterilize Medical Instruments

A long standing problem at medical clinics in the developing world, which are far away from power sources, has been how to sterilize medical instruments. Now, engineering students at Rice University have

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New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a tiny sensor -- made from a 12-cent LED light, aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein and a couple of other inexpensive materials -- that

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ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton Gives Paraplegics the Ability to Walk

ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton Gives Paraplegics the Ability to Walk

Amit Goffer, the founder of Argo Medical Technologies, recently unveiled a revolutionary exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. The bionic device, called ReWalk, is a

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Weta Workshop Designs Mermaid Suit for a Double Leg Amputee

Weta Workshop Designs Mermaid Suit for a Double Leg Amputee

Weta Workshop, the special FX house behind the costumes and props in the Lord of the Rings and Chronicles of Narnia films, have given a double leg amputee the ability to swim. Auckland native Nadya Vessey

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Farmers Suing Over Organic Crops Contaminated by Monsanto Seeds

Farmers Suing Over Organic Crops Contaminated by Monsanto Seeds

Biotech giant Monsanto is being preemeptively sued by a group of organic farmers who claim they are going to court to protect themselves from legal action by the corporation. The farmers claim that

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Dime-Sized Cancer Detector Also Recognizes HIV

Dime-Sized Cancer Detector Also Recognizes HIV

Working on top of technology that was developed four years ago at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, researchers have developed a dime-sized instrument that is able to detect

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Researchers Discover that BPA Can Cause Inner Ear Deformities

Researchers Discover that BPA Can Cause Inner Ear Deformities

Researchers in France have released a study showing that Bisphenol A (BPA), the known endocrine disruptor, can cause inner ear deformities in vertebrates that can affect hearing and balance. Previous

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New SIMBAS Blood Analysis Biochip Can Diagnose Diseases In Minutes

New SIMBAS Blood Analysis Biochip Can Diagnose Diseases In Minutes

A team of researchers from three universities have developed a lab-on-a-chip that could revolutionize global health care diagnostics. The Self-powered Integrated Microfluidic Blood Analysis System

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Richard Stark’s Amazing Neptune Fins Help Amputees Swim Again

Richard Stark’s Amazing Neptune Fins Help Amputees Swim Again

Made out of non-toxic silicone, the green parts are soft and pliable, while the stiffer blue parts are made from easily recycled polypropylene. This combination of materials creates a comfortable

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Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

Google Aids in Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami by Designing Person Finder Tool

We're pretty impressed with Google this morning. In the wake of the horrendous earthquake and ensuing tsunami that hit Japan earlier today, the search engine could be sitting around working on their

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The Jani Is a Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin Made From Invasive Water Hyacinth

The Jani Is a Biodegradable Sanitary Napkin Made From Invasive Water Hyacinth

The water hyacinth grows without bounds in Lake Victoria, Kenya. As an invasive plant with an appetite for environmental and economic destruction, the hyacinth has grown so with vigor, that it has even

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Portable Breast Scanner Detects Cancer in Real-Time Without X-Ray Radiation

Portable Breast Scanner Detects Cancer in Real-Time Without X-Ray Radiation

Each year breast cancer claims the lives of 465,000 women around the world -- however this scourge can often be defeated if detected early. To aid in the fight against breast cancer Professor Zhipeng Wu

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Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

Researchers Reveal That Air Pollution Causes More Heart Attacks Than Cocaine

A group of researchers in Belgium have discovered that air pollution causes more heart attacks than cocaine and about the same amount of incidents as other well known causes such as alcohol, coffee and

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Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stretchable Solar Cells Power Ultra-Sensitive Electronic “Super Skin”

Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao has developed a new stretchable, solar-powered "super skin" sensor that is so sensitive it can feel a fly touch down. The flexible electronic material harnesses polymer

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