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Our 2017 Annual Letter | Bill Gates

Our 2017 Annual Letter

Our 2017 annual letter is addressed to our dear friend Warren Buffett, who in 2006 donated the bulk of his fortune to our foundation to fight disease and reduce inequity. A few months ago, Warren asked us to reflect on what impact his gift has had on the world. It’s a story about the stunning gains the poorest people in …

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Microbiology expert highlights importance of developing rapid diagnostic tests to combat drug resistance

Microbiology expert highlights importance of developing rapid diagnostic tests to combat drug resistance

Developing new ways to quickly diagnose illnesses in farm animals – allowing vets to administer effective, targeted treatment – could play a key role in helping to tackle the growing threat of antibiotic resistance, according to a Kingston University microbiology expert. Professor Mark Fielder said that scaling back the widespread use of antibiotics was vital if attempts to combat the …

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Solar Purification Could Provide Clean Water in Rural India

Solar Purification Could Provide Clean Water in Rural India

Rural India could soon have accessible, clean drinking water for the first time ever thanks to a new solar technology. Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have designed a water purification system that harnesses the sun’s energy to decontaminate polluted water. According to UNICEF, millions of people in India die every year from diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia related to …

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A Global Network of Volunteers Makes 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands for Kids

A Global Network of Volunteers Makes 3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands for Kids

In 2011, engineer Ivan Owen created a giant mechanical puppet hand as part of his costume for a steampunk convention in Seattle, Wash. Five years later, through a string of improbable digital age connections, Owen’s initial idea has grown into the the open-source e-NABLE Community, volunteer army with nearly 10,000 participants in 40 countries, bringing 3D-printed prosthetic hands to kids …

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Solar cell maker takes first step into water technology

Solar cell maker takes first step into water technology

  Dubai: Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, the largest developer of solar cells in the GCC, announced on Sunday its first foray in to water services, such as desalination and wastewater treatment, with the establishment of Almar Water Solutions. Capitalising on growing concerns over water scarcity, particularly in the Gulf region, the company is seeking to diversify itself further in to …

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Robots: The Future of Weed Control

Robots: The Future of Weed Control

A proof-of-concept test showed eyeSpot may be able to lower herbicide use by more than 90%. Automation is coming to nearly every imaginable industry, and agriculture is not immune. The latest proof? A new research project is trying to prove that robots could destroy weeds better than a farmer […] Learn More: www.agweb.com

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Solar irrigation cuts drought risk and emissions for melon growers

Solar irrigation cuts drought risk and emissions for melon growers

In the scorching sun, Alphonce Abok keeps an eye on his fields of watermelons growing near the banks of the Sondu River, one of the major channels feeding into Lake Victoria. The equipment, from Futurepump, which imports irrigation kits from India, draws energy from an 80-watt solar panel mounted on a metal frame. The solar power then drives a motor …

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Pay-As-You-Go Solar Model Brings Security to Small Kenyan Communities

A solar project being spearheaded by SunTransfer is changing lives in Kenya.the company has installed over 3,000 solar panels to individual rural homes and five to dispensaries. The Germany-based solar company has brought solar energy to more than 500 homes since it started in 2014. SunTransfer’s related companies for distribution and/or assembling, like the one in African, are in Kenya and …

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