Design for Health

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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Researchers Successfully Create Artificial Blood

Researchers Successfully Create Artificial Blood

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have successfully created artificial, oxygen-carrying red blood cells that they believe could go into human medical trials in as little as two years. The cells

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Fruitwash: Produce Labels That Turn Into Soap to Wash Your Fruits and Veggies

Fruitwash: Produce Labels That Turn Into Soap to Wash Your Fruits and Veggies

We often don't give much thought to the pesky little stickers affixed to our produce, quickly just pulling them off and flicking them from our fingertips into a trashcan. But considering the millions of

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VIDEO: New Pronto Superfast Application Condom Staves Off the Spread of STDs

VIDEO: New Pronto Superfast Application Condom Staves Off the Spread of STDs

Nothing kills the mood more than a condom wrapper that simply.won't.open, but in South Africa, uncooperative condoms can be more than just an inconvenience. With one of the world's highest rates of

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Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

Solar Electric Light Fund Shines a Ray of Hope on Haiti

The Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF) has installed 100 solar-powered street lamps in Haitian refugee camps Pétionville and Caradeux. Almost two years after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked Haiti taking

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Scientists Build Digital Devices Out of Bacteria and DNA

Scientists Build Digital Devices Out of Bacteria and DNA

Scientists at the Imperial College London just announced that they have discovered a way to build digital devices out of bacteria and DNA. The breakthrough could one day create the building blocks needed

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Scientists Teach Monkeys to Control Virtual Arms With Their Minds

Scientists Teach Monkeys to Control Virtual Arms With Their Minds

For paraplegics, one of the most exciting prospects is an exo-skeleton that they would be able to control with their mind. It would allow the paralyzed to not only walk and move on their own accord, but

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Yawkey Center for Cancer Care Uses Sustainable Design to Create a Calm Healing Environment

Yawkey Center for Cancer Care Uses Sustainable Design to Create a Calm Healing Environment

Imagine walking into a light-filled atrium, meeting with your care team in a spacious consultation room, and finding a peaceful moment in a healing garden. This is what a visit to Dana-Farber is like with

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Sydney Home Topped With Twin Lilypads is Steeped in Nature

Sydney Home Topped With Twin Lilypads is Steeped in Nature

The two lilypad portals are freestanding structures placed on either end of the home. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, they also provide support to the remainder of the decidedly minimalist

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Scientists Discover a Passive Virus That Destroys Breast Cancer Cells

Scientists Discover a Passive Virus That Destroys Breast Cancer Cells

Breast cancer affects one in eight women during their lives, and it is the most common cancer experienced by women in the United States. But with a recent discovery made by a team of scientists at the

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The Fit@Work Chair Gets Even the Laziest Desk Body Burning Calories

The Fit@Work Chair Gets Even the Laziest Desk Body Burning Calories

While we are strong advocates of the stand-work method over here at Inhabitat, we do realize that it isn't a practical solution for all workplace environments. But if you're a desk jockey hoping to get a

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Scientists Turn Crocus Flower Chemicals into “Smart Bomb” Cancer Treatment

Scientists Turn Crocus Flower Chemicals into “Smart Bomb” Cancer Treatment

Cancer researchers in the UK have discovered a way to turn colchicine from the crocus flower into a new treatment that acts like a smart bomb to target cancerous tumors. Colchicine is naturally toxic to

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New Terahertz “Invisibility Cloak” Imaging Offers an Alternative to Harmful X-Ray Body Scans

New Terahertz “Invisibility Cloak” Imaging Offers an Alternative to Harmful X-Ray Body Scans

Scientists at Northwestern University have tapped the terahertz frequency range and opened the door to harm-free radiation imaging technology and early-detection cancer screening devices. The technology

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Astronauts Will Grow a Kitchen Garden on Their Future Mission to Mars

Astronauts Will Grow a Kitchen Garden on Their Future Mission to Mars

Mankind's first mission to Mars is tentatively set for 2030, and scientists and engineers are busy working out the details of the unprecedented trip. One big issue revolves around the Mars-bound

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Eat Play Grow: Table Teaches Children to Grow Their Own Food

Eat Play Grow: Table Teaches Children to Grow Their Own Food

If your youngster likes to help out in the kitchen, a fun new work table teaches kids that growing and preparing your own food can be fun and mess-free! Eat Play Grow is the latest design in educational

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Bio-Artist Jae Rhim Lee Invents Flesh-Eating Mushroom Death Suit

Bio-Artist Jae Rhim Lee Invents Flesh-Eating Mushroom Death Suit

After reading this, you may never look at your fungi friends the same again. In the spirit of REALLY thinking ahead, bio-artist Jae Rhim Lee has created a flesh-eating mushroom death suit, which is

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Scientists Develop Bulletproof Skin Using Goat Milk Spider Silk

Scientists Develop Bulletproof Skin Using Goat Milk Spider Silk

We know this sounds insane, but Dutch researchers working with the Forensic Genomics Consortium in the Netherlands claim to have just created bulletproof skin from goat milk. The researchers report that

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An Incredible Crop of Living Green Offices Springs Up in Downtown Denver

An Incredible Crop of Living Green Offices Springs Up in Downtown Denver

The spaces range from an executive office and conference room to a break room and cubicle space complete with filing cabinets. The foliage-covered offices are located in Denver's 16th Street business

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High-Tech Orthopedic Cast Heals Fractures With “Smart” Technology

High-Tech Orthopedic Cast Heals Fractures With “Smart” Technology

If you've broken a bone, apart from a cast covered in Sharpie well-wishes, you know the recovery process is anything but fun. To aid in the healing process, Brazilian designer Pedro Nakazato Andrade

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$1 Pocket-Sized Blood Lab Can Accurately Detect HIV

$1 Pocket-Sized Blood Lab Can Accurately Detect HIV

A credit card-sized plastic chip created by researchers at Columbia University could radically increase the availability of diagnostic tests able to identify HIV and syphillis in the developing world. The

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New Law Makes Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives Mandatory

New Law Makes Insurance Coverage for Contraceptives Mandatory

Starting next year, thanks to a new set of standards issued by the Obama Administration as part of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance providers will be required to cover all government-approved

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New LED Activated Biomaterial Could Replace Need for Facial Reconstructive Surgery

New LED Activated Biomaterial Could Replace Need for Facial Reconstructive Surgery

A revolutionary new biomaterial could one day help people in need of facial reconstruction, without putting them through intensive surgery. The new material is injected under the skin as a liquid,

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Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

Japanese Government Buying Radioactive Meat and Destroying It

The Japanese government discovered this week that 1,256 head of cattle have been fed hay poisoned with the radioactive material cesium. The hay, which was grown in the Fukushima prefecture, was given to

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