Stanford scientist develop a blood-separating centrifuge out of paper

January 12, 2017 by  
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If you were a kid before the age of smartphones, you probably played with a whirligig at least once. The design for this simple toy, which will spin twine threaded through a button at rapid speeds with only a gentle pull, inspired Stanford University researchers to create a cheap and effective medical tool for countries in need. The “paperfuge” is, quite literally, a centrifuge made out of paper . The human-powered device can separate blood in just 90 seconds and costs only $.20 to make. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPePaKnYh2I There are still many parts of the world without access to the medical technology necessary to properly diagnose and treat disease. Stanford bioengineers hope to change that by providing a cost effective centrifuge to affected regions so medical professionals can detect deadly diseases , such as malaria, HIV, African sleeping sickness and tuberculosis. With the paperfuge, there is no need for electricity, as it is powered by human touch. Related: Shining lasers on human blood could help detect tumors The engineers behind the design say the device can spin at speeds up to 125,000 rpm. The paperfuge can also exert centrifugal forces of 30,000 Gs and separate blood in just a minute and a half. “To the best of my knowledge, it’s the fastest spinning object driven by human power,” said Manu Prakash, a Stanford bioengineering assistant professor. Prakash’s lab is also responsible for creating a “ foldscope ” miscroscopy instrument that costs lest than one dollar to produce and a tiny chemistry kit inspired by children’s music boxes. + Stanford University Via Stanford University Images via Youtube (screenshot)

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Citi Bike Pedal Power to Illuminate 2014 Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball (PHOTOS)

December 30, 2013 by  
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You might recall that this summer, Inhabitat brought up the possibility of using Citi Bikes to generate pedal power , and it looks like the folks behind the blue bikes might have taken notice. Citi Bike is inviting New Yorkers and visitors who are looking to burn off some calories to stop by one of their pedal power stations at Times Square today to help charge up the New Year’s Eve ball for tomorrow night’s celebration. If you’re in the area, don’t forget to stop by today and be a part of this exciting experiment ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative energy , Andrew Brent , Citi Bank , Citi bike , citi bike ball drop , citi bike new years eve , Citi Bike Pedal Power Stations , Citi Bikes Power Times Square Ball , green energy , human powered , janette sadik-khan , kinetic energy , Ned Flint , New Year , new year’s eve in times square , New York New Years Ball Drop , pedal power , Pierce Promotions , Tim Tompkins , times square alliance , Transportation Commissioner , zero-emissions        

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Extravagant Copper Roof Adds a Dramatic Finish to a Georgian Townhouse Renovation in London

December 30, 2013 by  
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China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food

December 30, 2013 by  
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Over 8 million acres of Chinese countryside has been deemed too polluted to grow food . According to the Chinese cabinet, the farm land is too rife with heavy chemicals to support healthy vegetation, and express concern that this and other types of pollution could lead to serious food shortages throughout the country. Read the rest of China Declares 8 Million Acres of Farmland Too Polluted to Grow Food Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable agriculture” , air pollution , china food shortages , China pollution China smog , contaminated farmland China , contaminated land in China , eco design , green design , polluted farm land in China , pollution in China , sustainable design , water pollution        

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Camper Bike: A Pedal-Powered RV For One

October 30, 2013 by  
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The Biomimicry Manual: What can Parasites Teach us About Zombies?

October 30, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Halloween is tomorrow, and this young girl’s fancies are turning to, what else? Zombies ! Yes, we all secretly worry about the coming zombie apocalypse , though not enough to assemble the disaster-preparedness kits that we are actually supposed to have. But zombies aren’t real, right? Aside from The Joker’s laughing gas, mass hypnotism, or watching too much Fox TV, there’s no scientific mechanism for turning people into puppets. Or is there? Let’s find out in today’s special Hallows’ Eve entry of The Biomimicry Manual . Read the rest of The Biomimicry Manual: What can Parasites Teach us About Zombies? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: biomimicry , crazy cat lady , dopamine , halloween , host-parasite manipulation , parasites , schizophrenia , Toxoplasmodia gondii , zombie apocalypse , zombies        

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Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box

October 30, 2013 by  
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Composting toilets present a very green way of disposing and reusing your poop as a natural fertilizer, but they haven’t been widely implemented. Most people don’t want to sit on top of a box of poop or even see it, and they certainly don’t want to touch it . To remedy this coprophobia , an Australian company named Nature Loo came up with a simple design that puts more distance between you and your waste receptacle. Instead of having a compost chamber just beneath your porcelain throne, Nature Loo’s system installs an additional space up to four feet below the bathroom floor. Read the rest of Nature Loo’s Composting Toilet Puts More Distance Between You and Your (Icky) Poo Box Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: box of poop , Compost your poop , composting , composting chamber , composting toilet , DIY , fertilizer , human waste fertilizer , long distance toilet , natural fertilizer , Nature Loo , reusing your poop        

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The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy

August 15, 2012 by  
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Doing laundry can be aggravating enough without having to worry about quarters, hauling heavy loads, and wasting energy.  The Laundry Pod from StoreBound avoids the stress of laundromats by providing a portable, human-powered machine that saves energy, water and money. The device uses a hand crank instead of electricity, requiring only a few minutes of work to wash a load of laundry. Similar to the GiraDora , the Laundry Pod is lightweight, easy to operate, and electricity-free. Read the rest of The Electricity-Free Laundry Pod Washer Cuts Down on Water, Time and Energy Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: giradora , human powered , laundromat , spin dryer , storebound , the laundry pod , washer , water issues

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10 Eco-Friendly Essentials for Back to School

August 15, 2012 by  
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Mack Energy’s Headquarters is a Bold Energy Conserving Oil & Gas Exploration Center

August 15, 2012 by  
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