TAG: Safety

Flat-Folding Bike Helmet Protects Skull, Saves Space

Flat-Folding Bike Helmet Protects Skull, Saves Space

Many of us grew up riding our bikes without wearing helmets, and most of us survived it just fine. That didn’t mean that riding without a helmet is safe, it just means that helmets (and their usage) wasn’t really on the radar for recreational cyclists back then. However, wearing a bicycle helmet can protect the brain of a rider in the event of an accident, and because accidents, by their very nature, are unpredictable, it’s probably best for both the recreational rider and the daily bike commuter to wear one all of the time. One drawback to wearing a helmet,… read more

Building Cities Underground

Low Line Park NYC

For the longest time, the architectural rush was to build higher and higher into the sky, and though that’s still the majority of where the market is going, constructing cities, parks, shopping malls, stadiums, and other projects are beginning to look to the ground for direction. If you think about it, the prospect of creating a dwelling underground makes great sense, especially from an ecological standpoint. The ground is a natural insulator, which means heating and cooling costs can be kept to an absolute minimum. Also, anything created underground is safe from the aboveground elements and natural disasters. Of course… read more

Cat Toys That Don’t Cost The Earth

Recycled Cat Toys

Pet owners spend a small fortune on toys for their pets each year, buying manufactured playthings that are surrounded in packaging and often shipped overseas, contributing to global warming and other environmental problems. A more environmentally friendly option is to give discarded household objects a second life as cat toys. The Humane Society of the United States  recommends the following items as safe and fun for cats: plastic shower curtain rings, ping pong balls, plastic practice golf balls (the kind with holes), paper bags (without handles), empty cardboard toilet paper or paper towel tubes, and cardboard boxes with doors and… read more

Germ-Zapping Robot Keeps Hospitals Safe

Keeping hospitals safe

Since its introduction, Mark Stibich’s disinfecting robot  has been earning comparisons to R2-D2, to which it vaguely resembles. But that wouldn’t be doing the wheel-clad bot justice. These robots, which are appropriately given names like “Violet” and “Ray”, keep hospitals safe from microscopic minions by smiting them with ultra-violet rays. Robots are operated  with the use of a remote. Upon command, UV light,  which is created as electricity is run through xenon gas, flashes for 5 to 10 minutes as the robot rotates it’s “head” to scan the room. The robots can effectively wipe out hospital-acquired infections, the leading cause… read more

Is Your Baby As Safe As You’d Like?

Keeping Baby Safe

Although we no longer have to worry about lead exposure and poisoning from pencils, there are still measures that have to be taken to decrease your child’s exposure to toxins and other harmful substances. Hot tap water, for instance, tends to loosen all the grime in the faucet and carry them into your cup. Yet many people either fill their baby’s bottles with hot tap water or microwave cold tap water. The latter increases your infant’s radiation exposure among other things. To be safe of both, fill your baby’s bottle with cold or room temperature water that has been boiled… read more

How Toxic is Sunscreen?

Health warnings of sunscreen

On March 5, a study conducted by Australia’s National Measurement Institute was released by Friends of the Earth U.S. and Australia. The study measured the levels of titanium dioxide, a potentially toxic yet common ingredient, in sunscreen and other cosmetics. After evaluating eight products of major cosmetic brands, six were found to contain titanium dioxide. Specifically anatase titanium dioxide, a chemical that Italian scientists have warned as being “capable of destroying virtually any organic matter”, and nano anatase titanium dioxide. Results found that Nivea Kids Swim and Play Sunscreen, L’Oreal Infallable Advanced Never Fail Make-up, CoverGirl NatureLuxe Liquid Silk Foundation,… read more

Is Our Water Safe?

Keystone - Cutting Corners

The Keystone XL pipeline has been moving forward without hindrance, although President Obama did place a delay on the proposal. However, it appears as though it will be approved, and will be installed, pumping oil across the country. One area the pipeline would traverse is the Ogallala/High Plains aquifer, which is one of the nation’s most important sources of drinking and irrigation water. It would make sense to ensure that if there were to be an unfortunate and disastrous leak or spill, an incredibly important water source would not be damaged or destroyed. However, sense did not prevail in the… read more

Recycled Water Debate

Recycled water

Water is a commodity necessary to sustain life on earth. Without it the world would come to an abrupt dead halt, which is why considerable efforts are invested into water conservation methods because it has become common knowledge that fresh water is a depleting resource in many territories worldwide. Recycled water is one of most controversial topics in environmental law and policy formulation, as it is also a viable alternative to mitigating fresh water consumption. There is often resistance towards integrating recycled water into drinking water. Recently, the people of Ethekwini (otherwise known as Durban) in South Africa are one… read more