We’ve had cases of Zika popping up here in the United States already, but not like this.
The Florida Department of Health is “conducting an investigation into a possible non-travel related case of Zika virus in Miami-Dade County,” the department announced in a statement. This would be the first “non-travel” case that we know about.
Zika, if you've not heard, is a virus that can create brain-related birth defects in children still in the womb.
Already, according to the The Daily Beast, the Miami area is the home of 88 cases of travel-based Zika. In the whole U.S., we've seen more than 1,300 Zika cases. But all of these cases came from traveling in a Zika-heavy country. Discuss
OK, yeah, we’re not actually sure what the scientific opposite of a bomb is. But still, go with it:
The startup, Zipline, wants to use drones to deliver medical supplies to Rwanda. They’d be working with UPS and a vaccine distributer called Gavi to deploy, according to Wired, a “fleet of drones” in the impoverished nation. Zipline says its goal is 15 drones making 150 deliveries every day to 21 different locations throughout the western part of Rwanda. The government there recently approved what Wired called “remarkably progressive” guidelines for drone use, and is working with Zipline on the project.
So, of course, we’re still a little skeptical about drones flying our groceries to us and getting in the way of NFL game. And, the prospect of drone military strikes is deeply concerning. But this is very cool—and it could be very important. You can watch Wired’s brief video about Zipline here. Discuss
In 1986, the Guinea Worm, a parasite that can cause painful infections in people, infected 3.5 million people. That same year, Jimmy Carter announced his mission to eradicate the disease. It seems that mission will soon be accomplished. This year, there have only been 22 reported cases of the Guinea Worm, as opposed to 126 cases in 2014. The Carter Center has worked to educate villagers about filtered and chemically treated water, which evidently has proved successful. If the disease is wiped out, it will be only the second human disease to have ever been eradicated. In a statement, the former president said, "As we get closer to zero, each case takes on increasing importance. The Carter Center and our partners are committed to seeing that this horrible parasitic disease never afflicts future generations.” Discuss