Philanthropy

Fund Risky Ideas

Many foundations have distinct programs for funding risky ideas (Gates "Grand Challenges", RWJF "Pioneer Portfolio). The Energy Department has established a new office - Arpa-e - to fund "long shot bets". http://bit.ly/2dYhVO

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Male Circumcision to Prevent AIDS Transmission

Studies in AIDS-prevalent regions of Africa show a 60% reduction in transmission from woman to man after circumcision. Gates Foundation: http://bit.ly/8T7Gcq

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Spend-down Foundations

The Gates Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and other foundations have announced plans to spend-down their endowments to zero. This greatly increases annual spending and gives the programs a sense of timing and urgency.

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Make Condoms More Pleasurable

A Gates Foundation Grand Challenge seeks ideas for making condoms more pleasurable. If men wore condoms more, HIV and pregnancy rates would plummet. NY Times http://nyti.ms/14TAzmv

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Grand Challenges in Global Health Competition

Ongoing Gates Foundation program funding big, innovative ideas in global health. See http://www.grandchallenges.org

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Education

Take Bill Gates' Favorite Online Courses

Bill Gates lists outstanding courses in science, economics and history from MIT, The Teaching Company, and others. http://bit.ly/8bwwjb

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Technology

Bill Gates Note to Kids: Hack Biology

Bill Gates says that if he were a kid today, he'd be learning everything he could about biology, a field with the possibilities offered by computers 30 years ago. Wired article http://bit.ly/9WjjRN

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Solar-powered Toilet

A CalTech-designed solar toilet generates hydrogen and electricity. Winner, Gates Foundation "reinventing the toilet" competition. http://bit.ly/NiyJBm

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Toilet Produces Biological Charcoal

A toilet designed by Loughborough University produces biological charcoal. Winning design in Gates Foundation reinventing the toilet competition. http://bit.ly/NiyJBm

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Core State Education Standards

48 states are cooperating on draft standards for English and mathematics to facilitate testing and metrics. Via Gates Foundation http://bit.ly/9qSt4d

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Provide Fiber-Optic Lines to "Anchor Institutions"

A Gates Foundation study finds that providing fiber optic lines to 123,000 hospitals, public libraries, schools and community colleges would cost about $10 billion. http://ow.ly/tFh9

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Read A Variety of Unbiased News Sources

Bill Gates on the magazines, newspapers and online resources he uses to get news. http://bit.ly/7OXm7R

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