It may not be an appetizing thought when you’re putting the dinner on – but a new loo turns human waste into fuel. The ‘No Mix Vacuum Toilet’ is an airplane-style vacuum toilet which splits waste into solids and liquids. Liquid waste is processed for chemicals such as phosphorous for fertilizers. Solid waste is processed in a bioreactor to create ‘biogas’ – a methane-rich gas which is, the scientists promise, odorless and safe for cooking.
Canny scientists have invented a new toilet system that can turn human waste into electricity and fertilizers, and reduce water for flushing by up to 90 per cent. Coined the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet, the loo has two chambers that separate the liquid and solid wastes – and uses vacuum suction technology like airplane toilets. Solid waste will be sent to a bioreactor where it will be digested to release bio-gas which contains methane – an odorless gas used to replace natural gas used in stoves for cooking. Flushing liquids in the new toilet would only take only 0.2 liters of water and flushing solids requires one liter, compared to four to six liters in a conventional loo.
According to the inventors, if it is installed in a public restroom and flushed 100 times a day, it will save 160,000 liters in a year – enough to fill a small swimming pool. The No-Mix Vacuum Toilet will divert the liquid waste to a processing facility where components used for fertilizers such as nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium can be recovered.
Exoskeleton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A crushed spine is usually a life sentence of confinement to, at best, a wheelchair–but at least one vet is taking steps to change all that. In fact, Gary Linfoot is making for an inspiring story for Veteran’s Day. Five years ago the Army pilot’s helicopter suffered was brought down by a mechanical failure during Linfoot’s 19th combat tour in Iraq. Linfoot crashed in the deserts of Iraq, and his spine was crushed on impact. He was lucky to survive. Nobody was talking about him ever walking again.
But that’s all changing because of the Ekso Bionics Exoskeleton. Yes, bionics. They’ve come a long way since the television shows of the ’70s and ’80s. Remember how Steve Austin had to be rebuilt via bionics on the television show The Six Million Dollar Man? How about Automan? Yeah, that one wasn’t as popular, but it was this television show about an automatic man that a computer programmer made out of a cop and a hologram. He had a sparkly Fat Elvis suit. No one remembers. That’s why we bring it up.
Paralyzed Army veteran to walk again using exoskeleton | Fox News.
Red meat needed for infants
In a randomized study in Bogota, Columbia has determined that introducing red meat as a supporting supplement is critical to the development of proper amounts of hemoglobin and hematocrit. This is largely due to the type of iron and zinc that is naturally occurring in red meat. This increase was not detected in vitamin supplements or with vegetables that were substituted.
This is an ongoing study series that are being conducted that look at the differences of nutrients depending on the food source they are attached. There are many examples that cards are not cards and the type of food combinations are as important to what you eat as what you eat.
Prosthetic hand mod (Photo credit: atomic-kitteh)
If you did not think 3D printing, adaptive manufacturing, was going to change everything a special effects artist and father is proof that it is going to be incredibly disruptive. A father built a prosthetic hand for his 12-year-old son using a 3-D printer. He was able to build a a $20000 prosthetic hand for around $10 worth of materials.
Paul McCarthy, from Marblehead Massachusetts, made the inexpensive yet functional prosthetic hand for his son Leon, who was born without fingers on one of his hands. The family had been told when Leon was very young that he needed to get used to using his hand without prosthetics and try to acquire a full range of abilities and motion, but a doctor recently said they should start looking at prosthetic options.
3D printing might not be in the mainstream limelight quite yet, but it’s clear that it has a definite future. To date, we’ve seen people design complex objects such as a music record and an exoskeleton, and simple things like a cup, a gear, or practice abstract art. Even in poor countries, provided with important tools, people can build some rather simple, but important objects.
Over at Makezine, Ashley Dara talks about introducing 3D printers to Haiti. Corrupt government aside, some people there are creating rather impressive things, such as the umbilical cord clamp as mentioned in this post’s title. We can easily take something like that for granted over here, but there? Supplies like those are not so prevalent.
Pinning down an effective way to combat the spread of the human immuno-deficiency virus, the viral precursor to AIDS, has long been challenge task for scientists and physicians, because the virus is an elusive one that mutates frequently and, as a result, quickly becomes immune to medication. A team of Drexel University researchers is trying to get one step ahead of the virus with a microbicide they’ve created that can trick HIV into “popping” itself into oblivion.
Providing affordable health care has been a hot-button political issue for decades. Many Americans could not afford costs for regular checkups and other preventive health options because they didn’t have health insurance. The lack of insurance became increasingly critical as uninsured patients jammed emergency rooms and clinics. These facilities absorbed the extra cost of treatment, stretching already-strained budgets and increasing health insurance costs for others. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Small Area Health Insurance Program, 17.2% of Americans did not have health insurance in 2010. That figure was much lower for those younger than age 19 at just 8.45%. Hispanics had the highest percentage of those without health insurance. In 2010, 32.5% of Hispanics did not have health insurance.
A goal of the new health care initiative was to provide affordable health insurance for everyone. When the Affordable Care Act was passed in March 2010, health insurance was to be made available to every American. Provisions of the law will continue to be enacted in the next several years. Where do the uninsured live? Where and how does the government need to focus its marketing efforts for the Affordable Care Act? A goal is to ensure that Americans are fully informed about the provisions of this new law. These changes also provide numerous opportunities for companies in the health care industry.