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

Ingenious Teen's Home-Built Backhoe Toy Works Just Like the Real Thing

This video has been around for a few months, but I just came across it and it's astounding. Check out this Brazilian teen's scratch-built model backhoe. Using plastic syringes and silicon tubing, he's created a miniature hydraulic system that functions the same exact way as the mechanism inside a real excavator. This… » 4/12/14 6:00pm 4/12/14 6:00pm

Color-Changing Ink Ensures These Syringes Are Never Re-Used

Vaccines can be a vital way to stop the spread of disease in some parts of the world. But in underdeveloped countries, it turns out that the syringes used for vaccine injections are re-used again and again, which actually results in the spread of other dangerous conditions. To discourage this, Dr. David Swann of… » 9/04/13 9:49am 9/04/13 9:49am

An Eco-Friendly Redesign for the Syringe

If you've ever had a blood test, you might recall how the used syringe gets its own personal waste-sheath, then is thrown in a larger bin. A Cambridge Consultants designer has given the syringe a green makeover, so it becomes its own packaging. » 3/15/11 4:00pm 3/15/11 4:00pm

No Cuteness Can Make Needles Any Less Terrifying

Syrinx is a syringe substitute for kids. The designers think that, by making them look like little animals with needles coming out of their noses, they are making syringes kid-friendly. Because, you know, blood sucking animals are so cute: » 7/23/10 11:00am 7/23/10 11:00am