This 20-cent, hand-powered centrifuge is set to revolutionize off-grid healthcare

September 7, 2017 by  
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Centrifuges separate blood components to make pathogens easier to detect – and they’re essential to diagnosing and treating diseases like Malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis . However centrifuges need electricity to work – therefore, in remote areas without electricity, a common centrifuge is worthless. Enter the Paperfuge – an ingenious human-powered centrifuge made from 20 cents of paper, twine and plastic. The low-cost device can separate plasma from a blood sample in 990 seconds without electricity – and it could save millions of lives around the world every year. Manu Prakash is an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford who specializes in low-cost diagnostic tools for underserved regions. He was inspired to create the Paperfuge after a trip to Uganda where he saw a very expensive centrifuge being used as a doorstop because there was no electricity to power it. The moment inspired Prakash to find a way to convert human energy into spinning force using the low-tech spinning toys of yesteryear such as yo-yos, tops, and whirligigs. Related: 5 brilliant designs that will change the world in 2017 “There are more than a billion people around the world who have no infrastructure, no roads, no electricity. I realized that if we wanted to solve a critical problem like malaria diagnosis, we needed to design a human-powered centrifuge that costs less than a cup of coffee,” said Prakash. Working with a team of Stanford bioengineers and undergraduate engineering students from MIT, Prakash created the Paperfuge out of 20 cents of paper, twine, and plastic. Don’t be fooled by its simple appearance: the human-powered centrifuge can spin at 125,000 rpm, exerting centrifugal forces of 30,000 Gs, “To the best of my knowledge, it’s the fastest spinning object driven by human power,” said Prakash. The device aids in rapid, precise diagnoses, which result in more effective treatments for people living in areas where infectious diseases are common. The Paperfuge was recently honored with the world’s biggest design prize – the 2017 INDEX: Award . + Paperfuge + INDEX: AWARD 2017

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Amip Shah on the triple-bottom-line case for IoT

September 30, 2016 by  
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The Internet of Things (IoT) has changed the way we connect and interact with the world, from wellness and health monitoring to smart utility meters, integrated logistics, and self-driving cars. What is the potential impact beyond “things” — on our workforce, our communities and the way in which we work? Hewlett Packard Labs has been asking these questions. Learn how they are harnessing IoT innovations to drive solutions that work for both people and the planet. 

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Vibram reveals world’s first wrap-around outsole with the Furoshiki sneaker

September 5, 2015 by  
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Vibram has never been afraid to try something different – hello, Five Fingers – and their latest shoe veers from the norm with the world’s first wrap-around outsole. No laces, no struggling to find the right fit, the Furoshiki wraps around your foot and fastens with Velcro straps. The ingenious design is made to fit anyone with maximum comfort and ease. READ MORE >

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ENTER TO WIN a Hushamok baby hammock worth $599

September 5, 2015 by  
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When it’s time to tuck the baby to sleep, there’s nothing more soothing than the slow sway of a swing. Unlike those garish battery powered chair swings, the gorgeous Okoa Hammock by Hushamok is sleek and stylish, and made from organic materials with no plastics, toxic flame retardants or batteries. You can enter to win one of your own, worth $599, to help give you and your baby the best night’s rest. ENTER TO WIN >

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WWF, Nestle, Coca-Cola, Others Form Bioplastic Feedstock Alliance

December 11, 2013 by  
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Top consumer brands join with the World Wildlife Fund to encourage the development of plant-based plastics.

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First and Only Compostable Fruit Label Hits Store Shelves

December 11, 2013 by  
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Take a second look at that sticker on your fruit. There’s a chance it’s compostable or water-soluble, thanks to two innovative label makers.

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Can You Influence What’s on Walmart’s Shelves?

July 5, 2013 by  
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Love that new shirt you bought that’s made from water bottles? Won’t stop telling your friends they really need those recycled glass tumblers? Now’s your chance to share your favorite recycled product with the world and, perhaps,…

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Inhabitat is Now on Google+!

May 31, 2013 by  
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Hey, Inhabireaders! We’ve just launched our Google+ page and we’re hoping that you’ll join us in sharing the latest and greatest in green design and technology with the world. We’ll be posting our favorite Inhabitat stories  here throughout the day, in addition to other breaking news and cool stuff we find across the web and through our readers (that’s you). Join in on the action and follow us here ! FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE+ HERE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: g+ inhabitat , google plus , google+ inhabitat , inhabitat , inhabitat google plus , inhabitat on google plus        

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Mushroom Tiny House is the World’s First Home Built from Fungi

May 31, 2013 by  
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You might think that mushroom houses only existed in Smurfland, but a real-life ‘shroom shack is being grown right now in Green Island, NY. To be fair, the Mushroom Tiny House won’t be made completely of fungi (a wooden frame supports the structure) but the insulation and ceiling tiles will all use Ecovative’s unique mycelium technology. Click here to see more pics of the Mushroom Tiny House in progress. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: eco design , ecovative , green design , mushroom bricks , mushroom building materials , mushroom home , mushroom house , mushroom roots , mushroom tiny house , mycelium , sustainable design , World’s First House Made of Mushrooms        

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AfroReggae Uses Pee to Power its Sound System at Carnival

May 31, 2013 by  
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Since public urination seems to be a widespread problem at Carnival in Rio de Janeiro, two organizations have banded together to turn that pee into power . The Electric Pee project, by AfroReggae and JWT Brazil, will place urinals around the city for festival goers to use. As the pee flows into the receptacles, it is converted into energy that is then stored in a battery, which powers AfroReggae’s Carnival truck. Read the rest of AfroReggae Uses Pee to Power its Sound System at Carnival Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: afroreggae , eco design , electro urinal , green design , JWT Brazil , Pee Power , Rio de Janeiro Carnival , sustainable design        

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