Design for Health

Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

Catch the Premiere of IF YOU BUILD IT in NYC This Week!

We're excited to announce that IF YOU BUILD IT, a documentary starring Inhabitat’s former managing editor Emily Pilloton, will be premiering this week in New York City. The film follows Emily and her

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Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Revolutionary WaterWheel Helps Women Transport Water More Efficiently in India

Water, hygiene, and transportation are constant challenges for developing nations like India, and women often shoulder the burden of collecting water for their families. In order to make this chore less

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Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Edible Electronics Made from Cuttlefish Ink Could Help Spawn a New Age of Medical Devices

Watch any nature special or visit an aquarium, and chances are you will be amazed by the intelligence, adaptability, and beauty of the cuttlefish. Part of the class Cephalopoda, these amazing molluscs are

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Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Finnish Company to Begin Testing HIV Vaccine on Patients This Year

Syringe photo via Shutterstock FIT Biotech, a medical technology company based in Finland, plans to begin testing an HIV vaccine on human subjects sometime after the spring of 2014. Hundreds of

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Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

Harm Rensink Unveils an Ethereal Nomadic Sand Bath for Wellness

The Nomadic Sand Bath, Rensink's latest work, was unveiled during the last Dutch Design Week. It naturally follows his previous installation, a pop-up inflatable spa that we spotted last year at the grand

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The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

The Empowerment Plan Provides Detroit’s Homeless with Warm Coats That Double as Sleeping Bags

They say that if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day, but if you teach a man to fish, he'll eat for a lifetime - and social entrepreneur Veronika Scott is proving that the old adage rings just as

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Organovo Announces Plans to Create World’s First 3D-Printed Human Liver in 2014

Organovo Announces Plans to Create World’s First 3D-Printed Human Liver in 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for medical technology, as researchers just announced that they are close to creating the world's first 3D printed organ. San Diego-based biotech firm Organovo plans to use

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Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

Top 6 Exercise and Standing Desks to Get You in Shape While You Work

Sit to Walkstation To really beat that lethargic feeling at work, the Walkstation from Steelcase is an exercise desk that elegantly combines a treadmill with a workstation. These units are pretty pricey

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World’s First Fully Artificial, Self-Regulating Heart Beats Just Like a Real One

World’s First Fully Artificial, Self-Regulating Heart Beats Just Like a Real One

Renowned French surgeon Alain Carpentier successfully transplanted what he calls the "world's first fully artificial, self-regulating heart" into a 75-year old man on Wednesday. This extraordinary

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Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

Jet-Propelled Micro Engines Scrub Even the Nastiest Wastewater

It's not easy to break down compounds such as mineral oils, paints, and organic solvents in wastewater, but a group from Germany believe they have found a way. To remove these tricky materials from the

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DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

DIY: Homemade Bath and Body Products to Gift or Make for Yourself

There are few sensations quite as glorious as sinking into a hot bath on a chilly winter's night, and if that bath happens to be scented with wonderful salts and oils, that can rival a spa experience for

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World’s First 3D-Printed Retinal Cells Could Help Cure Blindness

World’s First 3D-Printed Retinal Cells Could Help Cure Blindness

In a breakthrough for the effort to cure blindness, researchers at the University of Cambridge have used an inkjet printer to print living retinal cells for the first time. The cells could be built up

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World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

World’s First Cancer Treating Nanorobot Unveiled in South Korea

Photo © Shutterstock A group of South Korean scientists have developed a microscopic robot that can both detect and treat cancer. The nanorobot is powered by a special, genetically-modified bacteria

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Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

Dengue Fever Threatens the 2014 World Cup in Brazil

When teams from around the world battle it out on the field for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil, spectators and athletes alike will also have to contend with the specter of dengue fever. The most severe

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Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

Construction Specialties is Our Pick for ‘Best Green Booth Design’ at Greenbuild 2013

One of the great ironies of Greenbuild is the disconnect between the myriad of “green” products and the anything-but-green booths in which companies show their wares. In relief to the candy-colored

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100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

100% Chemical-Free Sprayer Kills the Most Common Pathogens Using Only Water

This amazing Eco3Spray handheld sprayer from Franke turns ordinary tap water into ozone, enabling it to kill common nasties like E. coli, salmonella, staph aureus, and pneumonia without using any

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Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Graphene Condom of the Future will be Super-Pleasurable

Believe it or not, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is working on making sex more pleasurable. The Gates have already given out $1 million in research grants to condom developers who are working to

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Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Pilus Energy Uses Bacterial Robots to Turn Sewage into Electricity, Water, and Biogas

Image of woman sitting on a toilet via Shutterstock Across the globe, access to clean water and renewable sources of energy are in constant demand and we have curated a slew of interesting solutions.

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The World’s First Bionic Eye Implant Hits US Market Next Month

The World’s First Bionic Eye Implant Hits US Market Next Month

The world's first bionic eye is set to hit the US market next month! The Argus II is a retinal implant that helps restore vision to patients blinded by a degenerative eye disease. The FDA officially

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Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

Ergonomically-Correct ‘Wellbeing Toilet’ Helps You Poop the Right Way

The toilet, ubiquitous as it is, hasn't changed much in design or function since indoor plumbing became a thing. In honor of World Toilet Day, plumbing and drain specialists Dyno-Rod decided to change

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Study Warns Your Feminine Products May be Trying to Kill You

Study Warns Your Feminine Products May be Trying to Kill You

Clearly, the last thing a woman wants to worry about when taking care of her most sensitive parts is whether or not her health products are dangerous. A recent report by the Women's Voices for the Earth

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Bionic Titan Arm Wins 2013 James Dyson Award

Bionic Titan Arm Wins 2013 James Dyson Award

The Titan Arm is a bionic exoskeleton that helps people recovering from an injury or stroke regain their upper-body strength. It augments the user’s arm strength by 18 kg to reduce fatigue and rebuild

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“DIY Cyborg” Biohacks His Arm With the Circadia 1.0 Implant

“DIY Cyborg” Biohacks His Arm With the Circadia 1.0 Implant

Move over Darwin - evolution doesn't stand a chance against this DIY Cyborg. American biohacker Tim Cannon has implanted the Circadia 1.0--a computer chip about the size of a pack of cards--under his skin

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Romanian Scientists Make Artificial Blood from Sea Worms

Romanian Scientists Make Artificial Blood from Sea Worms

Image via Shutterstock Scientists in Romania have developed artificial blood made from water, salt and protein that could one day be used in humans. Made from the protein hemerythrin extracted from sea

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Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Green Sweetwater Spectrum Housing Helps Adults with Autism Gain Independence

Sweetwater Spectrum is a new housing development designed expressly for autistic adults as a safe home that can offer them a purpose and develop more independence. The 2.8 acre site is just a few blocks

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Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives

Low-Cost 3D-Printed Dextrus Hand Could Transform Amputees’ Lives

British inventor and robotocist Joel Gibbard has created a durable 3D-printed hand that not only boasts an impressive range of motion, but it can also be created for a fraction of the cost of conventional

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WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

WADI: Solar-Powered Water Disinfecting Device Could Save 400,000 Lives a Year

Water is life - without a source of clean water for drinking and cooking, humans become very sick and often die. In wealthy countries, clean drinking water is taken for granted. In developing countries,

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Richest Man in Africa to Build a 1,000 Bed Hospital in Nigeria

Richest Man in Africa to Build a 1,000 Bed Hospital in Nigeria

Aliko Dangote is not only a cement tycoon, a billionaire, and the the richest man in Africa, he is also a philanthropist who plans to spend some of his money constructing a new 1,000-bed hospital in

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The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

The Biomimicry Manual: How Does Mother Nature Clean House?

In my last column for The Biomimicry Manual, I mentioned the way the sea snake keeps herself clean of barnacles and algae by shedding her skin. Keeping surfaces clean is a huge challenge and a big

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The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can We Learn About Resilience, Weight Loss, and Kidney Disease from the Grizzly Bear?

I'm off to the wilds of Montana this week, doing some in-person, up-close biomimicry research, and I've got my fingers crossed I'll see a grizzly bear. But you know, over there, not over here. With five

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