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Welcome to designbreak.org a website specifically for collaborating on science, social and engineering projects with a global and humanitarian focus. designbreak.org is run by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, designbreak, which is dedicated to providing the support these projects need to go from internet collaborations, to a real impact on the world. Please see the about page for more information.

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Active Projects

Molecular Assemblers
Molecular Assembly has been the ultimate dream of material scientists, chemists, engineers and biologists alike. The power to construct atom-by-atom...

Molecular Separators
One of the single most important processes that almost all industries rely on is the separation of base materials: Useable petroleum is purified from...

tents for the poor
It was recently brought to my attention that shelter and shade in the developing world are a huge problem. I've been thinking about tents for some...

efficient easy-to-build cookstove using indigenous materials
Charcoal-based cookstoves in less-developed areas, during use by poor people, release substantial soot and smoke, weakening users and neighbors while...

Open University
In recent years it has become increasingly easy to gain access to free university level course curricula, assignments, lecture notes, lecture videos...

International Collaboration Format
The idea of this project is to develop a format for writing a text is such a way that it can be better (more coherent) translated using a translation...

More efficient food preservation method
Although there exist a number of very efficient methods of preserving food such as freezing or canning, it would be very convenient to develop an...

FoodPrint
Once upon a time, humans foraged, hunted, and grew our own food. We have since lost that connection with that which nourishes us. The process that...

Recent Discussion Items and Blog Entries

Molecular Assemblers -- Nano assembly vats
The safety issues practically disappear when you limit your nanobots to remote control and broadcast power in a vat. It also appears easier to design...

tents for the poor -- Portability
In my experience, portability is the major limiting factor in the use of any tent. How much can you carry in your hands or on your back, most of the...

Open University -- science citizen
I have come across a cool project that some of my friends are doing - sciencecitizen.org. Similar to the idea of an open university,...

efficient easy-to-build cookstove using indigenous materials -- Cost points
Hey, this is an interesting idea. I think one of the great benefits of this is it would allow production at the point of need - making it so that...

efficient easy-to-build cookstove using indigenous materials -- Top Lit Up Draft stove design history link
http://lilt.ilstu.edu/psanders/Short%20introduction%20to%20Juntos%2002-9.pdf

More efficient food preservation method -- Could such a food preservation method use methods and materials available to many?
While there are new methods of food preservation, sometime these don't help most people because most people have limited access to the needed...

efficient easy-to-build cookstove using indigenous materials -- Similar existing designs and evaluating organizations
http://www.aprovecho.org/lab/index.php http://www.appropedia.org/SAPL_TLUD_gasifier_stove TLUD: Top Lit Up Draft

designbreak -- Suggestions
I just wanted to know what you are doing right now for your project designbreak? As there is no new message on the site, maybe your project is in...