Design for Health

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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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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