Doctors Could 3D Print Their Own Tools For a Fraction of the Cost

The cost of the instruments needed to run a hospital or a lab is often exorbitant—but what if doctors and scientists could simply print their own tools from an open library of designs? That's what a paper published today suggests. » 9/17/14 6:25pm 9/17/14 6:25pm

These giant pipes help keep an entire city safe

You may think this is some real life level of Mario Bros. Or that it's an organ pipe made for a robot giant but it's actually one of the pump stations that keep beautiful New Orleans safe from flooding. It sucks in water from one side and spits it out on the other. » 7/15/14 9:20pm 7/15/14 9:20pm

A Glowing Pump That Lets Drivers Know You're Doing Roadside Repairs

There's a reason that Topeak's MiniRocket iGlow bike bump won a 2013 Red Dot Design Award: the transparent barrel encases a internal optical fiber that turns a small red LED into a brilliantly-visible glowing safety strip. And at just 67 grams, it adds minimal weight to your bike's frame, so it's easy to always keep… » 6/21/13 5:31pm 6/21/13 5:31pm

Why Diet When You Can Pump Junk Food Out of Your Stomach?

Losing weight is tough. You've got to eat healthier, start exercising, and just stop being such a lazy, horrible slob in general. That is unless you get a pump that literally sucks food out of your stomach and replaces it with water after the fact. Talk about enabling. » 1/11/13 1:40pm 1/11/13 1:40pm

This Simple Gas Pump Nozzle Screen Could Save Millions of Liters of…

Spilling gas on your shoes after you fill your car seems like just a small annoyance. But it happens to everyone, and apparently all that wasted fuel adds up to about half a billion liters of fuel lost every year. An epidemic this simple mesh cap promises to solve. » 6/06/12 5:00pm 6/06/12 5:00pm

Dress Your Lady in Tubes and Neon Water

You could describe Charlie Bucket's Fluid Dress as "flowing," but not in the usual sense—it's a garment made from six hundred feet of knitted tubing, pumped with neon water that dances in a beautiful ballet. It's kinda unbelievable. » 11/17/10 8:40am 11/17/10 8:40am

Parasite

Nothing says "asshole" quite like this parasitic bike "emergency pump" from Instructables user Aleksi. Need some air? The local public parking lot is your oyster. [Lifehacker's Evil Week via Inhabitat via MAKE via Boing Boing] » 11/14/10 4:00pm 11/14/10 4:00pm

Hurricane Disasters To Be Avoided With Bill Gates' Ocean Pumps

Bill Gates, since leaving the helm of Microsoft, has been busy plowing his money into well-deserved environmental issues such as the artificial clouds project, and ocean pumps which could (almost) halt hurricanes in their tracks. » 6/11/10 4:00pm 6/11/10 4:00pm

World's Biggest Water Pump Under Construction In New Orleans, Would've…

The Army Corps of Engineers has broken ground on a serious construction project: a 150,000-gallon-per-second, $500m pumping station charged with keeping the city of New Orleans a little, uh, dryer than it has been in the last few years. » 8/18/09 6:20pm 8/18/09 6:20pm

Playpumps Trick Kids Into Doing Manual Labor for Fun

The Playpump looks like a piece of playground equipment, but it's really a disguised pump for getting water out of the ground. As kids play on it, water is pumped to a nearby tank. » 1/30/09 10:40am 1/30/09 10:40am