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I have been suffering from lower back pain for about 3 years now. I have tried various treatments – conventional and alternative – but I have not experienced any significant improvement. Exposure to blue LED light is supposedly a natural alternative to painkillers, pain gel and heat patches, with anti-inflammatory effects being evident when used over a longer period. I was able to test this effect on my own body with the Philips BlueTouch pain relief patch.

 

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3D Systems will launch a line of custom hand braces in 2013 made from 3D printing.

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Futile Beauty – Design.nl

November 26, 2012

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Fascinated by ‘today’s Haste society’ as he calls it…

 

“Many aspects of modern life are too fast,” states Boutkan. “Because of this a lot of quality is lost. We seem to have set our course towards the horizon and only focus on getting there as fast as possible, without taking time to look at our surroundings.”

This fascination is what led to Intervals, a graduation project inspired by a passage from Joke J. Hermsen’s book Stil de Tijd (Stop the Time): ‘Only in times of rest, the interval between two actions, can we reflect upon ourselves.’ From this, a series of products was designed each with an endlessly repetitive yet conscious function.

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Re-Timer ready to reset sleep

November 26, 2012

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(Medical Xpress)—Today saw the launch of Re-Timer, a wearable green light device invented by Flinders University sleep researchers to reset the body’s internal clock.

 

The portable device, which is worn like a pair of sunglasses and emits a soft green light onto the eyes, will help to counter jet lag, keep shift workers more alert and get teenagers out of bed by advancing or delaying sleeping patterns. Psychologist Professor Leon Lack, the device’s chief inventor, said that the light from Re-Timer stimulates the part of the brain responsible for regulating the 24-hour body clock. The device has been designed with the benefit of 25 years of sleep research at Flinders University.

 

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read in design mind

 

On a recent rainy morning I walked through the front door of a former bank in downtown Brooklyn to find myself in a dusty lobby with cracked windowpanes. An elevator ride took me to another floor where I found cluttered rooms filled with lopsided bookshelves, used beakers, and dirty wine glasses. Finally, I arrived at my destination: a nonprofit organization called Genspace, where an unlikely community of artists and attorneys, high school students and Ph.Ds, venture capitalists, and architects regularly come together to get their hands dirty, literally—experimenting with, say, growing synthetic leather from bacterial cellulose.

That’s what the lively Genspace lab, behind its dingy façade, is all about. “We offer the possibility of getting into science hands-on,” Ellen Jorgensen, a TEDGlobal speaker and co-founder of the organization, told me. “We help people become able to talk more about and understand biology. Potential inventors can learn here.”

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Keith Stuart: As part of its Pain Less exhibition, the museum has commissioned a new game based around pain control.

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A resource for change makers.

 

The Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.

 

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