Hackers Unite to Build a Better Breast Pump

Inspired by moms’ frustration, MIT hosted a hackathon to create a quieter, comfier, cheaper version of today’s clunky breast pumps.

Even this baby is surprised there's not a better breast pump on the market. Photo by Che-Wei Wang

More than 150 engineers, coders, designers, lactation specialists, maternal and pediatric health specialists, marketing professionals, moms and dads gathered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck!” hackathon last weekend. Organized by the MIT Media Lab, the much-hyped event was meant not only to spark technical innovation in the design of these famously bulky gadgets, but also to facilitate a conversation about breastfeeding itself, something that has become somewhat of a social taboo.

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Human Breast Milk Could Be in Supermarkets by 2014

"It's better for you because it's genetically modified." Say what?


As we told you in March, Chinese scientists have figured out how to genetically modify dairy cows so they can produce human breast milk. Now there's a video explanation, a more definitive marketing plan, and 100 more cows roaming around. These cows were bred by inserting human genes into cloned cow embryos which were then implanted into surrogate cows.

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Pyramids, Plates, and Pagodas: Dietary Guidelines From Around the World

As the USDA updates the food pyramid to match its new Dietary Guidlines, check out what a healthy diet looks like around the world.

Several dietary guidelines graphics were found via the European Food Information Council; the rest came from each country's own government health page. For more food pyramid coverage on GOOD, check out our design competition brief and its winning entries, as well as this proposal for a double pyramid that includes environmental as well as human health.