TIFI WIN: GiraDora Creates a Hands-Free Clothes Washer From Water Coolers

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This may come as a shock a lot of people who live in the "first" world, but millions upon millions of people don't have access to washing machines, and still have to wash their clothes by hand.

Doing this makes the washer vulnerable to numerous health conditions such as bacterial infection or repetitive stress injuries. The makers of the GiraDora washer intend to change that.

The washer looks almost like a repurposed water cooler, fitted with a pump on the bottom portion so that users may put their clothes in the washer, sit on top of it, and pump it with their feet. Just further prove that sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones.

TIFI WIN: Astronauts Fix a Critical Power Unit on the International Space Station With a Toothbrush

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Move over, duct tape, because it's toothbrush's time to shine! Astronauts Sunita Williams and Akihiko Hoshide were having a trouble getting a bolt repaired on the Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) of the International Space Station during an 8-hour spacewalk on August 30.

The MBSU is part of the station's framework designed to control the movement of external stowage platforms which house spare parts and equipment. Frustrated with the unit's lack of cooperation, the astronauts turned to a rather unconventional set of tools. As Space.com describes:

"One was a modified toothbrush that was used to lubricate the inside of the bolt's housing after debris and metal shavings from inside had been removed. Another improvised instrument included a cleaning tool that had been made from wires that were bent back to form a brush, explained Keith Johnson, lead spacewalk director at the Johnson Space Center."

Just goes to show you that sometimes the best fix is the simplest! Occam's Toothbrush, anyone?

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