Design for Health

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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New ‘Chemputer’ Could 3D-Print Any Type of Drug!

New ‘Chemputer’ Could 3D-Print Any Type of Drug!

At TEDGlobal last month, Lee Cronin, a chemist at the University of Glasgow, described an ambitious idea to create a 3D printer that, instead of printing objects, prints molecules. Cronin believes that

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Slimy Seaweed Bacteria Works Better than Toothpaste to Keep Your Teeth Pearly White

Slimy Seaweed Bacteria Works Better than Toothpaste to Keep Your Teeth Pearly White

Seaweed photo from Shutterstock Most people enjoy minty fresh toothpaste - but would you ever consider starting your day with a mouthful of seaweed? In a new study scientists at Newcastle University

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The Asthma Wellness Kit by Cenk Aytekin Makes Exercising Easier for Asthmatics

The Asthma Wellness Kit by Cenk Aytekin Makes Exercising Easier for Asthmatics

Did you know that almost 30% of the worlds population is currently suffering from asthma? Since the 1970s, the number of people with asthma has steadily increased, and it is estimated that by 2019 a

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MIT’s New Glucose Fuel Cell is Powered by the Human Body

MIT’s New Glucose Fuel Cell is Powered by the Human Body

A team of engineers from MIT has developed a new glucose fuel cell that runs on the same sugar that powers the human body. The team believes that the device will be able to "drive highly efficient brain

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Tinabonbina’s Postcard Greeting Cards Raise Funds for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

Tinabonbina’s Postcard Greeting Cards Raise Funds for the Fight Against Breast Cancer

While email definitely dominates our lines of communication, we bet you'd be hard-pressed to find a person who doesn't still enjoy receiving an old-school greeting via snail mail. Family-run Tinabonbina

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The Living Building Challenge Wins the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

The Living Building Challenge Wins the 2012 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Living Building Challenge founder Jason McLennan What if every single act of design and construction made the world a better place? It seems a far cry from our current situation, right? Lofty thought

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Joggobot is a Flying Robotic Companion That Keeps Pace With Runners

Joggobot is a Flying Robotic Companion That Keeps Pace With Runners

For those of you that enjoy running but sometimes require a little bit of encouragement, The Exertion Games Lab at RMIT University in Melbourne has developed a drone called Joggobot. The autonomous

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US Doctors Use Tiny Snakebots In Surgical Procedures

US Doctors Use Tiny Snakebots In Surgical Procedures

Doctors from New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center are using tiny, tool-laden snakebots in surgical procedures in order to help identify diseases and perform operations.

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Stanford University Develops a Solar-Powered Bionic Eye!

Stanford University Develops a Solar-Powered Bionic Eye!

Solar technology could have a role in reversing blindness in the near future. Stanford University researchers have invented goggles that can send information to chips - which behave like solar cells -

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Study Suggests That Sunscreen Could Cause Skin Cancer

Study Suggests That Sunscreen Could Cause Skin Cancer

Sunscreen photo from Shutterstock Our doctors tell us to slather on sunscreen to prevent skin cancer - but what can we do if our sunblock of choice actually increases the risk of cancer? A team of

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Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Hikaru Imamura’s ‘Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery’ Kit Delivers Warmth and Food to Earthquake Victims

Thinking beyond creating something flashy or fashionable, Japanese designer Hikaru Imamura designed the Heat Rescue Disaster Recovery; an emergency kit packed with essentials for earthquake

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Burn Calories and Charge Your Laptop While Working on the WeBike

Burn Calories and Charge Your Laptop While Working on the WeBike

Photo: Gizmag We're huge fans of stand-working here at Inhabitat, so when we spotted this cool work pod that channels the power of pedaling, we were immediately enamored. The WeBike is a

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Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

Arceas is a Green Wall that Doubles as an Exercise Machine!

When exercise time rolls around, there are two discreet handle bars at the top of the Arceas, and another two at the base. These provide great resistant training whether standing or seated. Also, a nifty

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Navy Laboratory Develops Firefighting Robots With Creepy Faces

Navy Laboratory Develops Firefighting Robots With Creepy Faces

Meet Lucas and Octavia, the Navy's latest prototype damage control autonomous robots, who are designed to one day work side by side with naval personnel and Marines to combat fires within the tight

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Lipstick Contains the Same Red Bugs That Are in Starbucks Drinks

Lipstick Contains the Same Red Bugs That Are in Starbucks Drinks

Think that crushed red bugs are only used to color Starbucks drinks? Guess again. Cochineal extract is also used widely in cosmetics, namely your lipstick. Aside from the cringe- factor, the dye is known

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Cambridge Engineers Use LEGO Bricks to Grow Synthetic Bone

Cambridge Engineers Use LEGO Bricks to Grow Synthetic Bone

Designers everywhere continue to wow us with LEGO creations like robotic arms and fully functional printers, and now a group of engineers is even working on using the bright stacking blocks to grow

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Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself

Scientists Create Artificial Plastic Skin That Bleeds And Heals Itself

For years, scientists have been working to develop artificial skin for wounded patients and bio-medical research. Now a team from the University of Southern Mississippi has taken the effort one step

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Smile Squared Launches Its Buy-One Give-One Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Smile Squared Launches Its Buy-One Give-One Eco-Friendly Bamboo Toothbrush

Smile Squared has launched a cool new program that gives an environmentally-friendly toothbrush to a child in need in a developing country for each one sold. Because dental care is an important part

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Even Tiny Doses of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Like BPA Can Cause Big Health Problems

Even Tiny Doses of Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals Like BPA Can Cause Big Health Problems

We've known for decades that exposure to certain hormone-disrupting chemicals are dangerous to humans and other creatures, and that they can cause cancer, infertility, obesity and other diseases. But some

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Folded oPAD Paper Sensor Detects HIV and Malaria for Less Than 10 Cents

Folded oPAD Paper Sensor Detects HIV and Malaria for Less Than 10 Cents

Detecting diseases such as HIV and malaria in third-world countries is often a costly process, but that might soon change because a team from the University of Texas at Austin has designed

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Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

In order to make wheelchairs more accessible to people in developing countries, two designers are revamping common plastic chairs with a little bit of creative common sense. By affixing the widely

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New Infographic Shows the Human Cost of Apple’s iPhone

New Infographic Shows the Human Cost of Apple’s iPhone

It is hard to imagine, but most workers at the Foxconn factories have never seen a working iPhone. They toil day after day for low wages and for long hours to complete one small task that assists in

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