ABC News:”The George W. Bush Presidential Library dedication brought together five living presidents who have been at odds about much of the 43rd president’s foreign policy legacy, particularly the Iraq war. But they all agreed on, and offered effusive praise for, Bush’s work on Africa.”
While Haiti attracted a lot of media attention in 2010 after a massive earthquake devastated the country, most journalists left in the days and weeks following the immediate destruction.
About two years later — when few outlets had much interest in Haiti — Tate Watkins (@tatewatkins) arrived in the country determined to uncover interesting stories about U.S. aid to Haiti and home-grown technology and innovation.
For an often neglected topic, there’s been lots of news about TB lately. And it’s not the good kind.
Today in the New York Times, the American Enterprise Institute scholar Roger Bate highlighted the pervasiveness of fake TB drugs. Bate references findings from a new study published in the International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. The Washington Post got in on the story too.
The Lancet also published a TB study this week showing that an experimental vaccine did not offer more protection than the current TB vaccine used on babies. Just a few of the headlines on this:
So yeah, not a very good week to be in the TB control business.
Bill Gates’ charitable organization, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is investing $370 million in the development of toilets that can improve sanitation around the world.
Gates attended the Reinvent the Toilet fair in Seattle, where he looked at designs that included a toilet that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity, another that turned excrement into charcoal, and a third that used urine for flushing.
A total of 28 designs were shown off at the fair. A $100,000 prize was awarded to a team from the California Institute of Technology. Their design: A solar-powered toilet that generated hydrogen gas and electricity. More.
(Photo: Bill Gates with a researcher from the University of Toronto at the Reinvent the Toilet Fair in Seattle on August 14, 2012. By the Gates Foundation/Flickr.)
I’ve been catching up on episodes of NPR’s fantastic TED Radio Hour show, which includes snippets of TED talks along with interviews and insights from the speakers and other guests.
The most recent episode features thinkers who have given talks under TED’s theme, “Africa: The Next Chapter.” In three segments, host Alison Stewart probes some brilliant African thinkers on their views.
You’ll dig this. Listen to it.
My Storify was picked up by GlobalPost.