Design for Health

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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The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

The Biomimicry Manual: What can the Sea Snake Teach Us About Viagra, Boat Hulls and Desalination?

Let's say you decided to live in the ocean. Can you imagine the challenges you would face? Lot's of land animals have done exactly that, though the transition from land to sea happens gradually through

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Amputee Walks With World’s First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg in Chicago

Amputee Walks With World’s First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg in Chicago

After losing his lower leg in a motorcycle accident four years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has undergone experimental surgery to become the recipient of the world's first thought-controlled bionic leg.

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New Cooker Reduces Smoke by 80% and Safeguards Himalayan Glaciers

New Cooker Reduces Smoke by 80% and Safeguards Himalayan Glaciers

Cooking stoves used in many developing countries produce black smoke, which is a serious health hazard that disproportionately affects women and a major contributor to global warming. As a response to

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New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

New Water Filter Can Detect Deadly E.Coli Within a Matter of Minutes Instead of Hours

When scientists test a water supply for deadly pathogens like E.coli bacteria, every second counts. A team of engineers at the University of Alberta have developed a new filter that can detect E.coli in a

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Scientists Discover Blueprint for World’s First Universal Flu Vaccine

Scientists Discover Blueprint for World’s First Universal Flu Vaccine

Image © Shutterstock One of the major challenges in fighting influenza worldwide is how rapidly the virus evolves -- new strains of the disease emerge every year, rendering older vaccines ineffective.

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Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men,

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New Life-Saving First Aid Kit Looks Like it was Designed by Apple

New Life-Saving First Aid Kit Looks Like it was Designed by Apple

Designed for his final thesis project, Campean’s new packaging is emblazoned with an orange cross with the European emergency number 112 inscribed in the lower right corner. Seeking to reduce clutter,

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Meat Leads to 23,000 Deaths Each Year

Image via Shutterstock According to a new report released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Monday, antibiotic resistance in factory meat production contributes to nearly 23,000

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Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

Infographic: How Climate Change Will Affect Your Health

There's a long list of things that will suffer because of extreme climate change - but did you know that your health is one of them? Beyond the extreme environmental ramifications, climate change is set

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The OrCam is a “Google Glass”- Like Device That Aids the Visually Impaired

The OrCam is a “Google Glass”- Like Device That Aids the Visually Impaired

Thanks to a company based in Israel, the visually impaired now have a means to become more independent. The OrCam is a device that can be mounted on a pair of glasses and point out objects, people, or

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Anti-Aging Secrets Discovered in Yeast Could be the Key to Eternal Youth

Anti-Aging Secrets Discovered in Yeast Could be the Key to Eternal Youth

Yeast photo from Shutterstock Who knew the secret to eternal youth could have been hiding in bread-rising yeast all this time? A team of researchers from Japan and New Zealand has found a way to double

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Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Plant-Based Egg Substitute Backed by Bill Gates Goes on Sale at Whole Foods

Tech giants Peter Thiel and Bill Gates introduced a revolutionary new product to the public this week, and it had nothing to do with computers or software. Beyond Eggs from Hampton Creek Foods is a

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Color-Changing Syringes Can Save the Lives of Millions

Color-Changing Syringes Can Save the Lives of Millions

A new color-changing syringe could save millions of lives worldwide by providing a visual indication to warn patients of prior use. The aptly labeled "LIFESAVER" syringe uses "smart ink" to turn an

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10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

10 Brilliant Green ‘Designs to Improve Life’ Shortlisted for the 2013 INDEX: Award!

Lepsis Terrarium Grows Edible Grasshopers As the world's population expands and resources for producing food become scarce, the World Health Organization thinks that we could all do with more insects

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can the Tree Shrew Teach Us About Addiction?

In our newest series, The Biomimicry Manual, we are thinking about design in a different way and asking ourselves "How would nature do it?". Nature's designs are tried and true, and there are a number of

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