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little bit of media attention, but deserves more: A cheap drug, called Ivermectin (or brand name Mectizan), that Merck originally made for dogs may become a useful new weapon against one of the world’s biggest killers, malaria.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