Grand Challenges Exploration

0 Gates Foundation wants to make safe sex more fun

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation thinks safe sex isn’t as much fun as it should be. At least, that seems to be the gist of one request for a grant application from the world’s largest philanthropy as part of its Grand Challenges Explorations program. One of the goals for this round is to develop a better condom – and by better they basically mean a condom that doesn’t suck.

0 Gates Foundation calls for “wacky” new ways to say that aid works

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation officially calls it the Grand Challenges Exploration program and it was initially launched to fund unorthodox — some might even say ‘wacky’ — scientific research projects aimed at solving problems in global health and development. They’ve funded research projects exploring how to use microwaves…

1 Gates Foundation’s next Grand Challenge: Vaccinating Plants

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has done a lot to boost the science and delivery of vaccines for human health and to assist in the fight against disease. Now, the Seattle philanthropy would like to start vaccinating crop plants to help poor farmers. “Not many people realize it but…

1 Old drug could be a big new deal for fight against malaria

This scientific finding got a little bit of media attention, but deserves more: A cheap drug, called Ivermectin (or brand name Mectizan), that Merck originally made for dogs may become a useful new weapon against one of the world’s biggest killers, malaria. It was discovered many years ago that this…