Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires

November 26, 2015 by  
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Dealing with a house fire is a nightmare scenario no matter where you live — but in the slums of South Africa, crowded conditions and open fires used for cooking can be a recipe for disaster. On New Year’s Day, 2013 , three fires ripped through Cape Town’s largest slum, Khayelitsha, displacing over 5,000 people. In the aftermath, a group of South African students came together to design an alert system that could stop future slum fires from raging out of control. Read the rest of Low-tech alarm protects South African slums from devastating fires

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Mumbai Building Collapse Kills 6, Dozens Feared Trapped or Dead

September 27, 2013 by  
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Video Still via BBC Six people have been killed, and dozens are feared trapped or dead due to a building collapse early Friday morning in Mumbai, India . The reportedly overcrowded five-story building is the fifth structure to collapse in the region this year, as a dilapidated housing stock coupled with rapid expansion and poor construction standards leaves the city prone to disaster. Read the rest of Mumbai Building Collapse Kills 6, Dozens Feared Trapped or Dead Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building collapse , building regulations , building standards , construction standards , dangerous building , India , Mumbai , overcrowding , poor construction , slums        

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Amputee Walks With World’s First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg in Chicago

September 27, 2013 by  
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After losing his lower leg in a motorcycle accident four years ago, 32-year-old Zac Vawter has undergone experimental surgery to become the recipient of the world’s first thought-controlled bionic leg. Developed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), the groundbreaking bionic limb decodes neural signals from redirected nerves in Vawter’s upper leg to enable him to have improved, intuitive control over his movement. Read the rest of Amputee Walks With World’s First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg in Chicago Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bionic leg , Design for Health , lost limb , lower leg amputee , northwestern , prosthetic leg , rehabilitiation institute of chicago , robotic leg , targeted muscle reinnervation surgery , zac vawter        

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Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda

June 12, 2013 by  
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One of the biggest culprits of disease and death in slum areas around the world is the lack of sanitary toilets . There are several places in Uganda’s capital Kampala where, on average, 1000 people have to share the same toilet and where urine and excrement are dumped directly onto the streets or into open sewers. Appalled at these conditions, Design without Borders (DwB) decided to intervene and came up with a holistic solution to the problem. Sarah Kell and her DwB team designed a unisex Ecological Urinal that collects urine, stores it in a sanitary way, and turns it into high quality fertilizer. They partnered with local plastics producer Crestanks and Sustainable Sanitation Design (SuSan Design) to produce their design. Read the rest of Design without Borders Creates a Unisex Ecological Urinal for the Slums of Uganda Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: collecting urine , crestanks , Design Without Borders , INDEX Awards 2013 , lack of sanitary toilets , sanitation issues in kampala , sanitation issues in slums , sanitation issues in uganda , sarah kell , selling urine for fertilizer , slums of kampala , storing urine , susan design , sustainable sanitation design , turing urine into fertilizer , unisex urinal        

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Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad

June 12, 2013 by  
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Who hasn’t experienced the frustration of picking a piece of fruit out of a bowl only to toss it out because it’s covered in a nasty layer of mold? Student designer Jagjit Chodha hopes to put an end to wasted fruit with a new bowl that can actually alert you that your fruit is going bad before it starts to happen. Read the rest of Brilliant Mold-Detecting Fruit Bowl Alerts You to Rotting Fruit Before it Goes Bad Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bowl monitors rotting fruits , Brunel University , Brunel University London , food innovations , food testing , food waste , Jagjit Chodha , Made in Brunel , Made In Brunel Design and Engineering Show , Molding Fruit Alert , produce waste , reducing food waste , reducing produce waste        

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Extraordinary ‘Bamboo Stalactites’ Sprout Mushrooms in Liter of Light’s Shanghai Biennale Pavilion!

October 23, 2012 by  
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