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Solar Powered Autoclave

8 May

Autoclaves work like this.

Students at Rice University have developed a solar powered autoclave– a device that uses pressurized steam to sterilize objects, used by hospitals, tattoo parlors and the like– for use in the developing world. Inhabitat reports here.


Tanzania at 15 M.P.H.

8 May
The author rode a Raleigh "Companion" across Tanzania

The author rode a Raleigh "Companion" across Tanzania

I found this fun article on a guy who rode a tandem bicycle across Tanzania. It’s called “Tanzania at 15 M.P.H.”. It’s a fun read, with a great audio slideshow attached.

Check it out here.

Design for The First World

19 Apr

Core 77 has featured this “Design for the First World” competition on their website. I think it’s brilliant, especially the short competition description:

“Dx1W has pro­claimed 2010 Inter­na­tional Year of the First World in Need, and has defined four main areas to address:

Food Pro­duc­tion and Eat­ing Dis­or­ders, Aging Pop­u­la­tion and Low Birth rate,

Immi­gra­tion and Inte­gra­tion to Soci­ety, Sus­tain­abil­ity and Over consumption.”

Fact is, we’ve got plenty to work on here in the 1st world. It isn’t to say that people here aren’t working on these issues, of course, but it is food for thought.

Check out the Dx1W website here.

Design Thinking is Dead.

12 Apr

We’ve been reading Tim Brown’s Change by Design, which is all about Design Thinking. Now, Brown and his cohort Bruce Nussbaum say Design Thinking is dead!

So what’s next?!

They have some ideas here.

This book is dead.

Shirati, Tanzania

12 Apr

This is a video by SHED, Village Life’s partner organization in Tanzania, about Shirati, the larger town in the region we’ll be visiting in June.