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0 News hole: Microsoft man takes over Mali and hardly anybody cares

As some of you more astute international news observers may have noted, the usually stable West African nation of Mali recently experienced a military coup with arrests of politicians continuing. And as Columbia University’s Gregory Mann has noted, hardly anybody in the news media is reporting on this. So Mann…

0 Women’s issues dominate at the UW’s Global Social Enterprise Competition

Every year, the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business holds its Global Social Enterprise Competition aimed at inspiring young entrepreneurs to find business solutions for the problems of poor countries. Last year’s winners were focused on finding a better toilet, an MIT business venture called Sanergy that has since…

0 Microsoft wants to engineer bugs to become disease fighting nanobots

Todd Bishop at TechFlash has discovered that Microsoft is into global health, in a weird way. As Todd reports, Microsoft has applied for a patent for “Adapting Parasites to Combat Disease.” The patent application has this goofy stickman drawing (below) that, so far as I can tell, doesn’t really explain…