Author: Elise Phillips Margulis

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Elise Phillips Margulis

Elise Phillips Margulis is a contributing writer for FIDO Friendly magazine and has been published in Way Cool Dogs, The Mighty, NJ Next, and Superfood Box. She’s obsessed with animal welfare, environment protection, and equality. Elise lives with her adorable & precocious 10-year-old son, her husband, their gorgeous canine, and their elegant feline. She's also a card-carrying member of Chocoholics Anonymous.

3D Printed Human Skin Could Help End Animal Testing

3D printers are doing amazing things. They’re creating “mini body organs,” producing prosthetics, building houses and printing human skin. This groundbreaking technology, specifically in creating mini body organs and human skin, is making huge strides in the effort to abolish laboratory animal testing. Carolina Catarino, a Brazilian scientist whose trials utilize 3D printed skin to advance cruelty-free research, just won the 2017 Lush Prize awarded for innovations in the fight against animal testing. While earning a Biomedical Engineering degree, Catarino had an internship at L’Oreal in Paris, where she worked with lab grown skin. Traditional animal tests begin with a piece of...

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A Wearable Tech Miracle For the Legally Blind

Legally blind people can now see with the help of electronic glasses invented by eSight. The wearable technology behind the glasses is a high-definition, high-speed camera. Innovative algorithms sharpen the video and display it on screens directly in front of the user’s eyes. The glasses feature Bioptic Tilt which helps the glasses adjust automatically to the wearer’s movement, protecting them from nausea. This is a crucial leap forward from similar technologies which have tended to leave wearers feeling queasy and affected their balance. For Conrad Lewis, the founder of eSight, the project is close to the heart. Lewis grew up...

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Check Out the World’s Newest Affordable 3D Printed House

Nikita Chen-yun-tai describes himself as “a man with a mania for automation.” His latest invention, created with San Francisco startup Apis Cor, is a mobile 3D printer that builds entire homes from scratch. Chen-yun-tai’s objective is to provide worldwide access to better housing. The 400-square-foot houses generated by his 3D printer are eco-friendly, efficient, and reliable, designed to last for 175 years. They cost just over $10,000. The affordable housing movement is taking off, and 3D printed houses are more affordable than most. They save money by reducing the costs of hiring construction workers and cleaning up debris, and remove the...

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How a New, Biodegradable Water Filter Can Help Our Plastic Bottle Crisis

You’ve seen the photos — water bottles and other plastics bobbing around in the ocean, or washed up in piles on the shore. Our plastic is killing birds and fish that mistake it for food and eat it, or become hopelessly entangled in trash. A new, biodegradable water filter can replace those plastic water bottles, helping reduce plastic waste and pollution. According to Magnus Jern of TAPP Water, only 10 percent of the 250 billion plastic water bottles used globally are recycled. The other 90 percent wind up in nature or in landfills, where they break down into micro plastics and...

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The Research is In: Processed And Red Meats Are Served Up With Carcinogens

Beyond animal suffering and destruction of the environment, here’s one more reason to put down that hot dog: cancer risk. In 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) — the cancer agency of the World Health Organization — classified processed meat as a carcinogen. It also regards red meat as a possible carcinogen. Processed meats include hot dogs, ham, bacon, sausage, and certain deli meats. Processed means the meat has been treated for flavoring or preservation by smoking, curing, salting, or fermenting. Beef, goat, pork, and lamb are all considered red meat. Twenty-two experts in ten countries...

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