Design for Health

E. Coli Smartphone Scanner Could Prevent Food Poisoning

E. Coli Smartphone Scanner Could Prevent Food Poisoning

Wouldn’t it be great if you could prevent food poisoning before it happened? A new device developed by engineers at UCLA may be the answer. The compact prototype snaps right onto a smartphone,

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Australians Ditching Sunscreen and Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

Australians Ditching Sunscreen and Risking Skin Cancer to Avoid Nanoparticles

Australia reportedly has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, so why are many Aussies opting to ditch their sunscreen? According to a recent study, 17 percent of the respondents

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Twitter Co-Founder Says It’s Unhealthy to Stare at Twitter for Hours

Twitter Co-Founder Says It’s Unhealthy to Stare at Twitter for Hours

Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, ironically told attendees at a conference this week that users should be careful not to spend hours on the social media site because it’s

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Shikun Sun’s DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a Super Smartphone for the Blind

Shikun Sun’s DrawBraille Mobile Phone is a Super Smartphone for the Blind

It seems these days that everyone is glued to their smartphones - and thanks to a new concept design by Shikun Sun, an industrial design student at Sheffield Hallam University in England, the

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Walmart Announces Healthy Food Label and Effort to Reduce Sodium, Fat and Sugar Intake

Walmart Announces Healthy Food Label and Effort to Reduce Sodium, Fat and Sugar Intake

When the world's largest retailer says it is doing something to make people healthier, we listen. Walmart announced this week that they are reducing fat, sugar and sodium in their private-label foods, and

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New Technique Could Allow Lab Mice to be Replaced with Neurons Grown from Human Stem Cells

New Technique Could Allow Lab Mice to be Replaced with Neurons Grown from Human Stem Cells

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has developed a technique that could allow tissue grown from human stem cells to replace lab mice in experiments with Botulinum toxin. The toxin -- which is regarded by

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83-Year-Old Woman Gets the World’s First 3D Printed Replacement Jaw

83-Year-Old Woman Gets the World’s First 3D Printed Replacement Jaw

An 83-year-old woman in Belgium is now the proud owner of what could be possibly the coolest lower jaw in history: a 3D printed titanium mandible replacement. The jaw was implanted successfully a few

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Monsanto Being Sued for Poisoning West Virginia Town with Agent Orange Chemicals

Monsanto Being Sued for Poisoning West Virginia Town with Agent Orange Chemicals

If you don't know who Monsanto is, just ask your stomach - chances are you've consumed quite a lot of their genetically modified produce in your life. The giant agricultural company has long been derided

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Hip Hop-Powered Medical Sensor Monitors Blood Pressure Without Dropping a Beat

Hip Hop-Powered Medical Sensor Monitors Blood Pressure Without Dropping a Beat

Hip Hop is good for the soul - and it could be good for the body too! Researchers at Purdue University recently developed a need breed of implantable sensors that can be powered by the deep frequencies

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US Military Enlists New High Tech Undies to Help Monitor Soldiers’ Vitals

US Military Enlists New High Tech Undies to Help Monitor Soldiers’ Vitals

News that the United States military is adding undies to its arsenal of high-powered gadgets and gizmos may surprise you, but that's exactly what researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research and

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Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

The thoughtfully designed Cradle is a sustainable rocking chair created by a collaborative effort to aid people with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). Developed by Richard Clarkson, Grace

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E. chromi Designer Bacteria Will Color Your Poop According to What Ails You

E. chromi Designer Bacteria Will Color Your Poop According to What Ails You

E. chromi is an experimental collaboration between designers and scientists working in the field of synthetic biology. Royal College of Art graduates’ James King and Daisy Ginsberg, together with

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6 Green Ways to Ward Off the Winter Blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

6 Green Ways to Ward Off the Winter Blues (a.k.a. Seasonal Affective Disorder)

WINDOWHOP It's easy to get depressed when your work schedule has you getting less sun than Edward Cullen (you've got the sickly pallor to match and it's not nearly as sexy on you). If you're lucky

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Top 6 Products For Staying in Shape at Work

Top 6 Products For Staying in Shape at Work

Gamercize PC Sport The Gamercize PC stepper turns your workday into an exercise challenge by disabling your technology unless you are in motion. That's right, the stepper is connected to you keyboard and

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Cuddly Babyloid Robot Comforts Lonely Senior Citizens

Cuddly Babyloid Robot Comforts Lonely Senior Citizens

The Japanese have a knack for inventing robots to replace human interaction - so far we've seen guide dogs, machines to assist elderly peoples’ movement, and even kissing machines. Now, Japanese

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How To Get Healthy and Lose Weight by Going Green!

How To Get Healthy and Lose Weight by Going Green!

Boycott the Car Walking everywhere you need to go, or at least walking to the public transit that will take you everywhere you need to go, is a fantastic way to help yourself and the environment. You can

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Cornell Researchers Find That Lycopene and Grape Seed Extract Could Make Smoking Less Harmful

Cornell Researchers Find That Lycopene and Grape Seed Extract Could Make Smoking Less Harmful

If you know someone whose New Year's resolution is to quit smoking, a new finding may deter them from doing so. A recent study conducted by Cornell University found that lycopene and grape seed extract

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Ekso Bionics’ Robotic Exoskeleton Will Help Paraplegics Walk Again

Ekso Bionics’ Robotic Exoskeleton Will Help Paraplegics Walk Again

We've covered robotic exoskeleton prototypes in the past here on Inhabitat, but Ekso Bionics just announced plans to launch a fully-functioning commercial model! Think about it - within two years, this

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6 Green Ways to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

6 Green Ways to Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

GET A BETTER JOB (or just get a job) Advancing professionally is a goal that many people set for themselves at the beginning of the year but with unemployment so high, even finding a job to begin with

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Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Activists Claim 14,000 US Deaths Linked to Radiation Leaks at Damaged Fukushima Nuclear Reactor in Japan

Within weeks of the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, the EPA reported that radiation levels in their specialized air, water, and milk monitoring systems had slightly

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Teenager Wins Siemens Award for Her Cancer Cell-Killing Nanotech Research

Teenager Wins Siemens Award for Her Cancer Cell-Killing Nanotech Research

Angela Zhang is a real life Doogie Howser - while other high school kids were busy texting and updating their Facebook pages, Zhang has been hard at work doing research to fight cancer. And her

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New Book Explains How Hugging Trees Could Actually Improve Your Health

New Book Explains How Hugging Trees Could Actually Improve Your Health

Have you hugged a tree today? No?! Well, you should, because it just might improve your health - according to a new book published this year, touching trees and being near nature could actually make you

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VIDEO: Researchers Create 3D Printed Bones Suitable for Use in Medical Procedures

VIDEO: Researchers Create 3D Printed Bones Suitable for Use in Medical Procedures

We've shown you 3D printed bone models, 3D printed human veins, and a printer that sprays new skin cells on burn victims - but we have to say this latest advancement is the most impressive use for 3d

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TAY’s Natural Skincare Products are Packaged in Beautiful Bamboo Containers

TAY’s Natural Skincare Products are Packaged in Beautiful Bamboo Containers

If you've been looking for a line of beauty products that's eco both inside and out, then TAY's new 'Clean and Pure' skincare line is a great way to bid adieu to chemical infused, BPA plastic-packaged

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Otherlab Create Lightweight Inflatable Robots That Can Walk on Water

Otherlab Create Lightweight Inflatable Robots That Can Walk on Water

Otherlab is working on a new breed of inflatable robots that cast aside the heavy and expensive metal structures that most robots are based on, bringing down their cost and material use while increasing

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Japanese Company Develops a Robot Guide Dog

Japanese Company Develops a Robot Guide Dog

The Japanese company NSK has developed a guide dog that uses a Microsoft Kinect sensor to visualize the world around it and lead its owner out of danger. The dog glides around on four legs that have

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3D Printed Bones Are Saving a UK Hospital Thousands in Fees

3D Printed Bones Are Saving a UK Hospital Thousands in Fees

A trainee surgeon in the UK has developed a program that will save his hospital thousands of dollars - and potentially many lives as well - by 3D printing bones. Traditionally, bone models were not made

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Chinese Scientists Create Human Blood Protein From Grains of Rice

Chinese Scientists Create Human Blood Protein From Grains of Rice

Researchers in China have found a way to extract an essential human blood protein from grains of rice, and development of the procedure could help with lessening blood shortages around the world. The

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UNICEF Upcycles Oil Drums into Solar-Powered Digital Kiosks for Uganda

UNICEF Upcycles Oil Drums into Solar-Powered Digital Kiosks for Uganda

It is well-documented that improved access to information has the power to transform individuals and communities, so UNICEF contributed funding to bring 100 new computer kiosks powered by the sun to youth

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Warning: Recycling Your Old Receipts Is Contaminating Paper with BPA

Warning: Recycling Your Old Receipts Is Contaminating Paper with BPA

The Inhabitat team is about to do something we'd never thought we'd do. We're going to advise you to stop recycling something that is fully recyclable: thermal cash register receipts. It turns out that

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