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
When U2 releases their first new studio album since 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, there will be at least one song that most of their fans already own.
During a Super Bowl commercial, U2 offered the single “Invisible” for free on iTunes, with Bank of America pledging $1 to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for every download. Read More
The spread of malaria is one of the most significant threats to people—particularly children—in the developing world. Manu Prakash, a Stanford University assistant professor and bioengineer, understood that the ability to properly diagnose the illness with the use of lab-quality imaging equipment is key in distributing the proper treatment and preventing deaths from the disease. With the goal of testing a million people a year, Prakash and his team created the ingenious “Foldscope,” a microscope that’s made almost entirely from folded paper, that costs just 50 cents apiece to make. Because they require no power source and no mechanical elements, the Foldscopes are also incredibly durable. As Prakash explains in this video from Stanford, “One of the things that’s been shown over and over again is, if you put in an infrastructure to fight malaria that’s scalable and sustainable, than you get retraction of malaria in different regions.” Prakash believes that this brilliant new tool could provide just that ... Discuss