Design for Health

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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Scientists Create Brain Cells from Human Urine

Scientists Create Brain Cells from Human Urine

Urine is pretty amazing stuff: It can power everything from personal generators to plasma thrusters in space. But the power of pee isn't limited to generating energy; new research proves that we can

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Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Scientists Usher in a New Age for Augmented Reality With LCD Displays for Contact Lenses

Soon, you may literally be staring into the future of augmented reality. Researchers from imec and The Centre of Microsystems Technology (CMST) at Ghent University in Belgium have developed a spherical,

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Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief

Berkey Water Filters Provide Clean, Fresh Drinking Water At Home and In Disaster Relief

With bottled water and potable tap water both so readily available in developed countries, it's easy to take clean drinking water for granted. But when natural disasters strike, one of the first things to

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Bogobrush: A Biodegradable Buy-One-Give-One Toothbrush That Will Make More Than One Person Smile

Bogobrush: A Biodegradable Buy-One-Give-One Toothbrush That Will Make More Than One Person Smile

Meet Bogobrush, the beautiful, 100% biodegradable, buy-one-give-one toothbrush. Bogobrush is teaming up with oral health organizations across the country to help those in need; for each Bogobrush

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The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

The BeBionic3 Prosthetic Hand is Powerful Enough to Hold 99 Pounds and Sensitive Enough to Use a Pen

Welcome to the 21st century where the phones are smart, the computers are tiny, and the limbs are bionic. RSL Steeper's new bebionic3 hand is the newest incarnation of the company's prosthetic. Capable

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Amputee Uses Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg to Climb Chicago’s Willis Tower

Amputee Uses Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg to Climb Chicago’s Willis Tower

Climbing 103 flights of stairs without collapse is a noteworthy achievement for any human being, but when said human only has one leg, it's nothing short of miraculous. Thirty-one year-old Zac Vawter lost

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Healthy Home Chicago: Inhabitat Gets a First Look Inside Amazing Green Chicago Home

Healthy Home Chicago: Inhabitat Gets a First Look Inside Amazing Green Chicago Home

This masterpiece home began as a plea from a young couple fed up with not being able to find a healthy home where they could raise their daughter, and soon expected second baby. For those not familiar

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Bruce Munro to Turn a UK Hill Into a Giant Glowing Breast to Raise Awareness for Cancer

Bruce Munro to Turn a UK Hill Into a Giant Glowing Breast to Raise Awareness for Cancer

If you want to raise awareness for breast cancer, there may be no better way to shine a little light on the subject than to build a 12-foot-tall glowing nipple at the top of a 228 meter hill. Staying true

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DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Developing a 3D Printer for Vaccines

DNA Pioneer Craig Venter Developing a 3D Printer for Vaccines

Photo via Shutterstock Geneticist J. Craig Venter told attendees at the recent Wired Health Conference in New York City that his scientific team is working on what he calls “a 3D printer for DNA, a

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New Biocompatible Electronic Devices Would Dissolve in the Body After Use

New Biocompatible Electronic Devices Would Dissolve in the Body After Use

A collaboration between scientists at Tufts School of Engineering at the University of Illinois has led to the creation of tiny, fully biocompatible electronic devices that, once they have functioned for

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The Treadwall M4 is a Vertical Treadmill for Rock Climbers!

The Treadwall M4 is a Vertical Treadmill for Rock Climbers!

It is all uphill from here with Brewers Ledge Inc.'s Treadwall M4 - a vertical treadmill for rock climbers! The climbing area stands at about 10'x 4', and can be adjusted from +5 to -20 degrees to

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The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

The Online CARMA Database Monitors CO2 Emissions for the World’s 60,000 Power Plants

Climate change is a world-wide problem, spanning nations, time zones and environments. Challenges of such a massive scale demand a powerful and comprehensive means through which to observe, collect, and

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Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums

Rural Studio’s Lions Park Playscape in Alabama is Made from 2,000 Recycled Steel Drums

The playscape is the fifth phase of Auburn University Rural Studio's effort to revitalize and redevelop Lions Park in Greensboro. The colorful, labyrinthine structure is filled with sound tubes and

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3 Tips for Reducing the Negative Effects of Sound Pollution at Home

3 Tips for Reducing the Negative Effects of Sound Pollution at Home

Image: Bedroom in Modern City via Shutterstock Noise pollution, or sound pollution as it is often called, is a major factor in causing increased stress levels which can lead to health issues. For some

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17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

17-Year Old Builds a Heart Monitor from a Simple Cell Phone

Hand holding smartphone and heart monitor images via Shutterstock While some teens are twiddling their thumbs away on their phone, checking out Facebook, other teens like 17-year old Catherine Wong are

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Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

Arizona State Students Develop Low-Cost Biosensor to Detect Contaminated Drinking Water

In the developing world, disease caused by poor sanitation is the second largest cause of death in children under five years old, and according to the World Health Organization, 1.5 million lives are

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DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

DryBath: Waterless Bath in a Bottle Tackles Hygiene and Water Shortage Problems for Poor Populations

South African entrepreneurial firm Headboy Industries has developed a germicidal gel product called DryBath that is formulated as a solution to the dual problems of hygiene and water scarcity faced by

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Claire Lomas Becomes the First Person to Take a ReWalk Bionic Exoskeleton Home for Daily Use

Claire Lomas Becomes the First Person to Take a ReWalk Bionic Exoskeleton Home for Daily Use

The ReWalk is a revolutionary exoskeleton that enables paraplegics to stand, walk, and even climb stairs. Designed by Argo Medical Technologies, the bionic suit enhances simple body movements in order to

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Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Australian Research Group Announces First Implantation of a Bionic Eye

Bionic Vision Australia, a government-funded research consortium in Carlton, Victoria, announced Thursday that it has successfully implanted and tested an early prototype bionic eye. Dr. Penny Allen, a

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6th Graders Invent Smart Milk Pitcher that Detects Spoilage

6th Graders Invent Smart Milk Pitcher that Detects Spoilage

Across the globe, nearly 40% of all food produced is lost to waste and spoilage.  Now, thanks to a group of ingenious elementary school students, at least one item in the fridge can let us know when it's

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Scientists Crack Code That Would Allow Bionic Eyes to Send Signals to the Brain

Scientists Crack Code That Would Allow Bionic Eyes to Send Signals to the Brain

Two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have 'cracked' a mouse's retina's neural code and they believe that this information could be used to create a prosthetic device to restore sight to blind

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Corten-Clad Casa La Baronia Resists the Pacific Ocean’s Corrosive Power in Chile

Corten-Clad Casa La Baronia Resists the Pacific Ocean’s Corrosive Power in Chile

The designers were limited by a tight budget and a very specific design brief when commissioned to build this striking seaside home, so they kept their material choices simple. A bolted timber box wrapped

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Korean Scientists Have Made Artificial Skin From ‘Nanohair’ Fibers

Korean Scientists Have Made Artificial Skin From ‘Nanohair’ Fibers

A team of South Korean researchers have created a synthetic equivalent to human skin that is able to detect pressure as well as stresses and forces being applied to it, such as pinching. This artificial

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Br+a+ce’s Mobile Farm Stand Is Designed to Bring Fresh Food to Boston’s Mattapan Neighborhood

Br+a+ce’s Mobile Farm Stand Is Designed to Bring Fresh Food to Boston’s Mattapan Neighborhood

Br+a+ce’s pedal-powered Mobile Farm Stand has been designed to bring fresh food to neighborhoods with inadequate access to fruit and vegetable providers. Curiously described as a

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