Design for Health

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand Can Now Tie Shoelaces, Peel Vegetables and Even Touch Type

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand Can Now Tie Shoelaces, Peel Vegetables and Even Touch Type

An upgrade to the high-tech BeBionic3 prosthetic hand is enabling one man to perform incredibly sophisticated operations such as dealing cards, tying his own shoelaces and touch typing on a computer

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Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Study Finds that Nanoparticles Loaded with Bee Venom Can Kill HIV

Photo via Shutterstock A cure for HIV has eluded scientists since the virus was first discovered in the early 1980s, but researchers at Washington University believe that bee venom could provide a

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Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant

Man Has 75 Percent of His Skull Replaced with a 3D-Printed Implant

Feel like you have lost your head? No problem, simply print yourself another. An unnamed man from the US was able to do just that, courtesy of Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) in Connecticut. He had his

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Cornell Scientists Create Functional, Lifelike Ear Using 3D-Printing and Living Cell Injections

Cornell Scientists Create Functional, Lifelike Ear Using 3D-Printing and Living Cell Injections

Cornell bioengineers have combined 3-D printing with injectable gel molds to create an artificial ear that looks and functions like a real human ear. The new bioengineering method offers a more

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Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive

Michael Moss Investigates How Junk Food is Engineered to Be Addictive

When we consider the field of engineering, the images that come to mind run the gamut from airplanes to bridges to 3D printers. Yet we rarely think about how the processed food we consume has been

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Cohen Van Balen Heals People Using Old Dogs and Transgenic Sheep

Cohen Van Balen Heals People Using Old Dogs and Transgenic Sheep

London-based studio Cohen Van Balen works synchronizing design and biotechnology. Their new and unconventional project sees animals as life support ‘devices’ for human patients suffering from renal

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Teenage Scientists Working on Turning Mosquitos Into ‘Flying Syringes’ to Deliver Vaccines

Teenage Scientists Working on Turning Mosquitos Into ‘Flying Syringes’ to Deliver Vaccines

A team of teenagers interested in biotechnology is working on turning mosquitos into “flying syringes” to deliver vaccines to humans. The students are working in part with Provita

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FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

FDA Approves World’s First Bionic Eye: The Second Sight Argus II

The FDA just gave official approval to the world's first bionic eye! Developed by Second Sight Medical Products, the Argus II is a bionic eye that bypasses damaged rods and cones in the retina. A

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Buy a Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush and Smiles for the People Will Donate One to Someone in Need

Buy a Biodegradable Bamboo Toothbrush and Smiles for the People Will Donate One to Someone in Need

A new dental startup called Smiles for the People offers beautiful biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes - and for each one you buy, they will donate a toothbrush to someone in need! Their mission is to sell

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Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Matt Damon Boycotts the Toilet to Raise Awareness For Clean Water

Actor and co-founder of water.org Matt Damon won't let a good opportunity to raise awareness of clean water down the tubes. To draw attention to the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to proper

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Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration

Painless Sugar-Covered Vaccine Bandaid Could Replace Needles, Doesn’t Need Refrigeration

King's College London has wonderful news for anyone who is frightened of needles. Scientists at the university have developed a disc covered with a painless microneedle array made of sugar that dissolves

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Mr. Ghost Will Detect Any EM Radiation Being Given Off By Your Gadgets

Mr. Ghost Will Detect Any EM Radiation Being Given Off By Your Gadgets

Curious about the amount of EMF your electronics give off? Concerned about overexposure? Or maybe you're just interested in ghost encounters? Check out Mr. Ghost, a new device that helps you figure out

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17-Year-Old Creates a 3D-Printed Robotic Prosthetic Arm for $250

17-Year-Old Creates a 3D-Printed Robotic Prosthetic Arm for $250

Easton LaChappelle shows off an earlier version of his robotic arm [via Popular Science] Combining a Nintendo Power Glove with 3D-printed parts, 17-year-old Easton LaChappelle has designed an

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Scientists Successfully 3D Print Embryonic Stem Cells For the First Time

Scientists Successfully 3D Print Embryonic Stem Cells For the First Time

As much fun as 3D printing can be (printed mini figurines and lampshades anyone?), it's also a world-changing technology with the potential to save lives. Scientists at Heriot-Watt University in

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PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

PureMadi Uses Ceramics and Nanoparticle Technology to Purify Water in Developing Nations

In developing nations, access to clean water is a major humanitarian issue - so much so that numerous non-profits and foundations are dedicated specifically to providing access to basic sanitation.

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3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

3D Printers Could Some Day Feed Astronauts in Space

Like a scene out of Star Trek, imagine one day being able to create an entire meal with the push of a button. For astronauts headed to Mars, 3D printers could potentially be their mechanical chefs, thanks

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Two Makers Create a $150 Open-Source 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand for a Five Year-Old Boy

Two Makers Create a $150 Open-Source 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hand for a Five Year-Old Boy

Two men living on opposite sides of the planet have teamed up to design and build a 3D-printed prosthetic hand for a five-year old named Liam, who was born with no fingers on his right hand. By combining

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Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Matt Hope’s ‘Breathing Bike’ Creates Clean Air in Polluted Beijing as it Rides

Riding a bicycle is normally a healthy alternative to driving a gas-guzzling vehicle. But in places like Beijing where air pollution is hitting record levels, keeping yourself separated from the deadly

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Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Cal Poly Project Produces Energy and Purifies Water Using Algae and Human Waste

Photo via Shutterstock The Keystone XL pipeline has some big competition, and it is coming from a number of very small challengers. Scientists at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA are working under a

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Argo Unveils Improved ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 Exoskeleton That Enables Paraplegics to Walk Again

Argo Unveils Improved ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 Exoskeleton That Enables Paraplegics to Walk Again

Argo Medical Technologies just unveiled a new generation of the ReWalk exoskeleton, a device that enables people with spinal cord injuries to sit, stand and walk. The ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0 is a

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Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

Organovo’s Bioprinter Technology Could Lead to 3D Printed Human Organs

Organovo Holdings, a San Diego, CA-based manufacturer of 3-dimensional human tissues, recently announced a partnership with 3D-software company Autodesk Inc. to develop the first 3D design software for

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New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

New Research Shows that Graphene Oxide Can Easily Clean Toxins from Radioactive Water

Photo via Shutterstock When it comes to cleaning up radioactive materials after a spill, scientists need to get pretty creative. From robots to bacteria, anything that will remove dangerous radiation

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The ZoneGuard is a Disaster Radio From Eton That Keeps You Informed of Emergencies

The ZoneGuard is a Disaster Radio From Eton That Keeps You Informed of Emergencies

When an emergency strikes and the lights go out, it's essential to have access to a reliable off-grid source of news. At CES 2013 Eton just unveiled their new ZoneGuard weather radios, which are equipped

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Bandu: A Stress-Detecting Wristwatch To Help You Slow Down, Chill Out

Bandu: A Stress-Detecting Wristwatch To Help You Slow Down, Chill Out

It can be hard to know exactly when and how to chill out when you're becoming agitated and stressed, but Boston-based health device company Neumitra has developed a device that just might help you out.

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The “Nature Trail” Is an LED Wallpaper Designed to Calm Children On Their Way to Surgery

The “Nature Trail” Is an LED Wallpaper Designed to Calm Children On Their Way to Surgery

No adult enjoys a visit to the hospital, so imagine the fear that must grip a child when they need to go into surgery. To help calm children on their way into the operating room, Jason Bruges

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Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Christmas Trees Could Be Used To Help Sterilize Medical Devices

Photo via Shutterstock As holiday decorations are being packed up and New Years resolutions are being scribbled down, millions of Christmas trees across the country are headed to the landfill or the

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Autodesk and Organovo Team Up to 3D Print Living Human Tissue

Autodesk and Organovo Team Up to 3D Print Living Human Tissue

3D printers can fabricate everything from cars to bald eagle beaks, and soon they may even be able to print organs and limbs. Biological printer manufacturer Organovo has teamed up with CAD software

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Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

Ingenious 14 Year-Old Invents Solar-Powered Water Purification System for the Developing World

When most of us were teenagers, we were more worried about an embarrassing outbreak of acne or who to ask to homecoming than the challenges of developing nations. After witnessing children in India

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MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

MIT Scientists Develop Stronger Adhesives and Less Painful Needles Based on Porcupine Quills

Porcupine quills might seem more hurtful than helpful - but researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital are examining the structure of the spines for use in the medical field. For the first

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