We were very successful in these efforts. Kudos to the energy engineer pioneers in the 1970s for helping to alleviate the energy crisis in buildings. But maybe they should’ve consulted some health scientists along the way. The result of sealing up our buildings, as you likely guessed from the car story: a buildup of pollutants indoors. And with it, the birth of a phenomenon known as Sick Building Syndrome. So there you have it—if you don’t feel well in a building, you can thank a set of energy engineers who decided that the best way to tackle the energy crisis was to choke off your air supply. … [Read more...] about We spend 90% of our time inside—why don’t we care that indoor air is so polluted?
Joubert and fellow Journey co-founder (and brother) Malan Joubert say they first reached out to Liberian and Sierra Leonian aid organizations to see if those workers would even want an app to digitize paper health intake forms and send instant crisis updates. When the Jouberts received a “yes” from health workers, they started developing and testing an app in Liberia. At that point, the Journey co-founders reached out to Amazon to see if the retail behemoth could spare some of its unsold stock. … [Read more...] about Can 1,000 Smartphones Make A Difference In The Fight Against Ebola? Or Just Make Us Feel Better?
“This new initiative is a great opportunity to bring more innovation to our shared goal of saving more mothers and babies in the poorest countries,” said Tamar Manuelyan Atinc, World Bank Vice President for Human Development. “Our aim will be to leverage these pilots and take promising innovations to scale in order to make a real difference in poor people’s lives. This requires working in close partnership with governments and national stakeholders.” … [Read more...] about Gates, USAID, World Bank Invest $50 Million to Save At-Risk Mothers
The competition’s winning design, “The Bubble Party,” has the look of a sleek humidifier with copper metal details, but it’s actually a sanitizing bubble machine. It could be a drag to greet guests (whenever that might be) with a bottle of hand sanitizer at the door, but this bubblemaker turns a chore into a playful activity. A guest activates the bubblemaker with a wave of their hand and then catches the bubbles to disinfect without touching a thing. … [Read more...] about 7 weird, wonderful, ingenious ideas for dispensing hand sanitizer
1. Figure Out What’s Really Bothering You If you find yourself muttering phrases like: “He makes me so angry,” or “She drives me nuts,” Davey says it’s time to change your thinking. “Recognize that anger, frustration, or mistrust is your reaction, and that no one has the ability to make you feel something without your consent,” she says. … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Get Along With That Irritating Coworker