Mobile cooler designed by 22-year-old Will Broadway could save 1.5 million lives

September 9, 2016 by  
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Transporting vaccines in developing countries can be precarious. Highly sensitive to temperature, vaccines can be damaged if they freeze or even if the car transporting them gets stuck in traffic. Loughborough University industrial design graduate Will Broadway utilized his final year at the university to devise Isobar , a mobile vaccine cooler which could potentially save 1.5 million lives. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR-6BlB7G1Q Isobar heats water and ammonia to generate ammonia vapors, which are released into the main chamber to maintain a temperature of two to eight degrees Celsius (around 35 to 46.4 degrees Fahrenheit) to keep vaccines stable. Broadway designed an insulated backpack that can transport the Isobar easily. He created two methods of recharging the device as well, through propane or through electricity. He specifically designed the Isobar to be small so it could also be carried conveniently via the device’s handle. Related: This solar-powered device keeps fruits and veggies fresh without a fridge Broadway drew inspiration from travels in Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and China. He also counts Albert Einstein as an influence. In the 1920’s, Einstein designed a device that provided refrigeration without electricity. The device worked through a chemical process that just needed a heat source. Broadway’s Isobar won him a national James Dyson Award . Broadway’s goal is not to profit from Isobar, but to get it to the people who desperately need vaccines. He told BBC Newsbeat, “Medical products have such a big markup that it’s unreasonable for people around the world to purchase these items. If it is the best thing available, then it should be out there saving lives…I wanted to make something for people who have next to nothing. It should be a basic human right, in my opinion, to have a vaccination.” Next up: production. Broadway intends to develop the device for widespread use, and thinks they could also be used to transport organ transplants or blood donations. He said there even could be an application for commercial cooling. + Isobar Via BBC Newsbeat and The Guardian Images via screenshot

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Arkansas university students designed this prefab cantilevering home for $136 per square foot

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The modules were stacked perpendicular to one another, with the lower volume housing the kitchen, living and dining room and a small WC nestled under the stairs. A lightweight steel truss that run along the longer side of the module allow the projecting elements of the top volume. The entire house cost $136,000 to construct – $136 per square foot. Related: Blu Homes launches 16 new prefab home designs, including new tiny homes “By rotating the modules perpendicular to each other, three exterior spaces are created — two porches covered by the cantilevers and a roof deck above the kitchen on top of the lower module,” said the team. + Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design Via Dezeen

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Tenth of world’s wilderness destroyed in last 20 years, study finds

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A tenth of the world’s wilderness has been lost since the early 1990s and if trends continue there could be no wilderness left on the planet by 2100, according to new study published in the journal Current Biology. The researchers found that an area twice the size of Alaska and half the size of the Amazon — 3.3 million square kilometres — has been destroyed by human activities such as large-scale land conversion, industrial activity and infrastructure development. That equals to approximately 9.6 percent of the world’s wilderness. The most losses have occurred in South America (29.6 percent loss) and Africa (14 percent loss). The researchers discovered that 30.1 million square kilometres (23.2 percent of the world’s terrestrial areas) now remains as wilderness.

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