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Caltech Re-inventing the Toilet

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.15.2016 | Business
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Cody Finke User Interface designed by Anastasia Hanan Our world, from our cars to our phones now communicates and the Internet of Th...

What's Working: Empowering Diverse Students in Washington State Charter Schools

Allan Golston | Posted 02.29.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

Instead of dreading Mondays, students at Summit Sierra High School in Seattle actually complained about taking two weeks off for winter break--they mi...

Two Superpowers We Wish We Had

Bill Gates | Posted 02.25.2016 | Impact
Bill Gates

For billions of families around the world, the challenges of energy and time are very different from ours -- and these challenges have a huge impact on their ability to realize their potential.

Raise.me -- Too Good to Be True? A Few Questions

Steve Nelson | Posted 02.23.2016 | Education
Steve Nelson

Raise.me is an organization that purports to provide wonderful scholarship opportunities to high school students, particularly those who are less privileged. Too good to be true? Probably. Misleading? Perhaps.

Malaria War: Let's Not Turn the Biggest Success into a Devastating Failure

Mikkel Vestergaard | Posted 02.17.2016 | Impact
Mikkel Vestergaard

At the end of December, with the wrap-up of the UN Millennium Development Goals, the global health community collectively patted ourselves on the back for reducing malaria-related deaths by 60 percent, saving 6.2 million lives and reducing new cases by 37 percent since 2000.

What Sunglasses in New York and Vaccines Have in Common

Kiron Chandy | Posted 02.15.2016 | Science
Kiron Chandy

The effectiveness of vaccines in a population operates just like donning sunglasses in New York. A certain percentage of the population must be wearing them for celebrities to be safe from their adoring fans. In the same way, a certain percentage of the population must be vaccinated for us to be safe from adoring germs.

We're Falling Behind on Family Planning: 5 Ways To Get Us Back On Track

Melinda Gates | Posted 02.04.2016 | Impact
Melinda Gates

While progress is possible, it is not inevitable. If we're going to keep the promise we made in 2012, it's time to step up and get to work.

What's Working: Collaboration & Personalized Learning in the Classroom

Allan Golston | Posted 01.27.2016 | Education
Allan Golston

In 2013, I began experimenting with what's called a personalized model: Instead of receiving instruction solely through traditional lessons, students work independently, in small groups, or with me, either one on one or in small groups for their lessons.

Melinda Gates Wishes Donald Trump Would Stop Peddling Garbage Science On Vaccines

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson | Posted 01.21.2016 | Politics

Philanthropist Melinda Gates blasted Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump this week for his assertions that childhood vaccinations can le...

How on Earth Can a Remote Ethiopian Health Post Function without Electricity?

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 01.10.2016 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

Ethiopia's leadership deserves credit for recognizing the importance of serving all their communities, regardless of geographic challenges, and for continuing to innovate and experiment with new ways to improve health outcomes for every child, everywhere.

At The End Of Your Uber Ride, You Can Donate To Fight HIV/AIDS

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 12.01.2015 | Good News

Uber hopes to make a global impact with just the touch of a button. For Tuesday's World AIDS Day, Uber teamed up with the international fundraising or...

My Giving Story

Sue Desmond-Hellmann | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Generosity isn't just about money; it comes in all shapes and sizes.

World Pneumonia Day 2015: Stronger Than Ever, 6 Years In

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

After six years -- and dozens of media conferences, celebrity endorsements, and marches on parliaments around the world -- thousands of people have joined the fight.

Help Women and Climate: Unite to Prevent Unintended Pregnancies Worldwide

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 10.24.2015 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

A population explosion, a drought, and a draining aquifer. Add uncaring leadership, and this is the tragedy of Syria, from which refugees flee into a reluctant Europe, the latest example of how ever more people and extreme weather are creating resource conflicts and refugees worldwide.

Watch Polio Disappear From 125 Countries

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 10.24.2015 | Impact

Saturday marks World Polio Day and health advocates have good reason to celebrate considering that cases have decreased by more than 99 percent in les...

Focus Forward: Ushering in a New Era of Equitable, Quality Care for Women and Children

Mariam Claeson | Posted 10.19.2015 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

Impressive gains have been made in maternal and child health over the last decade. Thanks to the tireless efforts and cooperation among policymakers, ...

My 10 Cent Request to the 'SUPER GIRLS' of Davos

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 01.18.2016 | Impact
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

October11 was the International Day of the Girl, sadly more than a billion girls and young women had nothing to celebrate. They have not been invited to share the wealth of opportunities that all human beings deserve.

In the Aftermath of a Tragedy, Hope Survives in These Young Girls

Ketaki Desai | Posted 10.12.2015 | World
Ketaki Desai

When I first met Bibhuti, I realized within minutes that his passion for educating and mentoring girls in some of the most impoverished parts of Nepal came from something far deeper than just giving back to his home country.

Arne Duncan's Legacy: Growing Influence of a Network of Private Actors on Public Education

The Conversation US | Posted 10.08.2015 | Education
The Conversation US

Arne Duncan did not invent political networks. And yet, to use a term of education professors Janelle Scott and Catherine DiMartino, he has acted as a "gatekeeper" by bringing a private network to the fore in education, and further opening public education to privatized influences.

Tackling the Resistance to Paid Leave

Shifra Bronznick | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Shifra Bronznick

Many CEOs haven't considered paid leave because they assume it would add cost to an already stretched budget. But in more than 80% of the cases, when employees of an organization are on leave, they are not replaced. Instead, their work is divided among colleagues, deferred, or front-loaded. There is little additional cost to the employer.

Can You Beat Bill Gates's Score On This Quiz?

The Huffington Post | Krithika Varagur | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact

This quiz originally appeared on GatesNotes.com. The U.N. aims end poverty by 2030, and the roadmap to get there includes adhering to this set of glob...

How Can Hispanics Get Ahead in Higher Education?

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.07.2016 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

If we are going to prepare our students for the global marketplace, we must address the challenges minority students face, find ways to keep them in high school, and then support their transition to higher education--whether traditional four year college or vocational training.

The Time Has Come to Scrap FAFSA

Bob Hildreth | Posted 09.04.2016 | College
Bob Hildreth

Much of the concern about the FAFSA is about just how long and complicated it is. There are 108 questions, many of which have little or no impact on student aid eligibility but which are difficult to understand and to answer.

Giving Newborns the Best Start in Life Involves Breastfeeding

Mariam Claeson | Posted 08.06.2016 | Impact
Mariam Claeson

We know breast milk is the best source of nutrition for all newborns, regardless of where they live. While global breastfeeding rates are lower than they should be, and have remained stubbornly flat, some countries--particularly in Latin America--have instituted progressive policies to support mothers, leading to higher breastfeeding rates.

How to Kick Polio: My Stroll with Kelechi Uhegwu

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 07.21.2016 | Black Voices
Ebenezar Wikina

World Polio Day is slated for October 24th but I think this stroll cannot wait till then. Kelechi was diagnosed with polio when she was just over 1 year old, and three decades after that diagnosis she tells me how she's been able to surmount the challenges life has brought her way.