Design for Health

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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Man Builds LEGO Computer to Crunch Numbers for Humanity

Man Builds LEGO Computer to Crunch Numbers for Humanity

Schropp's new computer looks a little like the secret nephew of Dark Vader, despite the fact that Schropp is using his home-made machine for good. Grid Computing helps solve a lot of problems for

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Scientists Grow Gelatin Derived from Human Tissue

Scientists Grow Gelatin Derived from Human Tissue

Vegans and vegetarians have been in their kitchen laboratories for years attempting (and sometimes succeeding) to find a suitable substitute for gelatin. Now it seems that a group of scientists just might

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The Pollee Urinal by UiWE: Because Girls Sometimes Need to Pee in Public Too!

The Pollee Urinal by UiWE: Because Girls Sometimes Need to Pee in Public Too!

The Pollee urinal is comprised of four seats surrounding a central core, allowing four ladies to relieve themselves at once. Handy bars have been provided to help women maintain their stability

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking to reinvent the classic commode. Two and a half billion people in the world -- about 40% of the population -- don't have access to a safe and sanitary way

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Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

Factoría Joven surprised adults and kids when it opened its doors in Mérida last March. The old capital of Lusitania, home to a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, now houses one of Spain’s most

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Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Haiti Simbi Hubs by Aditya Aachi Wins 2011 Foster + Partners Prize

Each of the hubs scattered throughout Port-au-Prince have a series of facilities that ensure high sanitation standards even during natural disasters. Each facility provides space for hand and foot

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FDA Unveils “Scary” New Anti-Smoking Packaging for Cigarettes

FDA Unveils “Scary” New Anti-Smoking Packaging for Cigarettes

Take your pick: Would you rather buy something with an image of blackened, rotting lungs or a mother blowing smoke on her baby? If you are one of 50 million Americans who smoke, you will soon be faced

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