Data + Design Project

The Growth of American Food Portions

Wednesday 01.25.2012 , Posted by

It’s no secret that waistlines and food portions have been ballooning across America, the land of the free and home of the artery clogging super-sized value menu. The last few decades have seen a massive shift in the thinking of American consumers, restaurants, fast-food chains and food manufacturers. The emphasis has changed into giving the consumer more food for less money; hasn’t anyone noticed that a small soda has turned into a medium, a medium into a large, and so on? This focus on more for less doesn’t just stop at out-of-home options either: packaged food companies are making portions larger, plates are getting bigger, and we’re so surrounded by this growth that we don’t know how much we really need to eat. [Read more...]

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Fast Food: Advertisements vs. Reality

Friday 01.13.2012 , Posted by

If you ever wanted an in-depth look at false advertising… Dario D’s your guy. He has a really engaging and entertaining way of laying out all the details in the many thoughtful articles and exposés he puts together on his site Alphaila.com… from digging into the reasons he thinks Windows 7 is a failure, to Apple’s problem with spreading Macs and this: his photographic revealing of what you really get inside those cardboard fast food boxes. [Read more...]

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How Tobacco Smokes The World

Friday 12.09.2011 , Posted by

If you think big tobacco companies have been hurt by the virtually indisputable evidence of cigarettes’ negative health effects, think again. Despite selling a product which will eventually kill their customers, tobacco companies still maintain a 26.7% profit margin, 3 times that of Big Oil, and 2 times that of Big Pharmaceutical. With plenty of money to back advertising campaigns, Big Tobacco has raised a brand new generation of smokers. This Infographic from Frugal Dad breaks down the huge numbers behind the “Big Tobacco” brands. [Read more...]

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The UP Wristband Reminds You To Live

Monday 11.21.2011 , Posted by

Now here’s an interesting new gadget: with todays hectic, busy lifestyles, it’s easy to get sucked into an activity and forget about normal life things like moving around or eating regularly. Enter the new UP wristband from Jawbone. The modern, flexible devise wraps around your wrist, linking you to your smart phone via Bluetooth while keeping track of your eating habits, nutrition, sleep patterns and overall well being. It also vibrates to alert you when you haven’t moved around for a while and works as an alarm to monitor your sleep and wake you at the perfect moment in your sleep cycle. Your personal data is graphed on your phone and it offers recommendations about improvements in dietary and fitness routines. You don’t have to take it off in the pool or shower as it’s waterproof. Check out the video below, then jog by jawbone.com for a rundown on the cool $99 dollar device. [Read more...]

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New class of painkillers: Ibuprofen 2.0?

Wednesday 09.28.2011 , Posted by

Scientists thought there was little left to learn about a class of medications that includes ibuprofen, but a recent discovery raises the possibility of a new class of pain relievers. [Read more...]

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Tiny devices in tumors generate oxygen to boost chemo

Thursday 09.01.2011 , Posted by

Micro devices implanted inside tumors to generate oxygen boost the cancer-killing power of radiation and chemotherapy. The technology is designed to treat solid tumors that are hypoxic at the center, meaning the core contains low oxygen levels. [Read more...]

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No veins needed: Chip analyzes blood from pinprick

Wednesday 08.31.2011 , Posted by

The days of the blood sample routine—arm out, make a fist, find a vein, and tap in—may soon be over, thanks to a new analysis method that requires only a pinprick of blood. A relatively new alternative to drawing blood from veins for analysis uses very small blood samples stored as dried blood spots (DBSs). [Read more...]

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It’s electric: Wireless ‘tattoo’ sticks to skin

Monday 08.15.2011 , Posted by

A new wireless electronic tattoo is so flexible and thin it can easily be applied to the skin—and just as easily removed. The system could be used for monitoring heart, muscle, and brain activity. It also could have applications for chemical and biological sensing, wound treatment, and even computer gaming. [Read more...]

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Why popular mammogram tool fails

Wednesday 08.03.2011 , Posted by

A commonly used mammogram diagnostic tool known as CAD does a poor job of identifying breast tumors, a large study finds. Computer-aided detection (CAD) appears to increase a woman’s risk of being called back needlessly for additional testing following mammography, according to an analysis of 1.6 million mammograms in seven states. The findings are the most definitive findings to date on the tool’s effectiveness. [Read more...]

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Virus with sweet tooth makes kids sick

Wednesday 07.20.2011 , Posted by

Scientists at Rice University have defined the structure, down to the atomic level, of a virus that is the second-leading cause of juvenile diarrhea. The findings could lead to the development of medications to block it before it becomes infectious. [Read more...]

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