Science

In Short: An eco-friendly cooking fuel made in Uganda, self-service kiosks for healthcare

Eco-Fuel Africa

Enjoy these fascinating reads from across the internet:

  • A great profile on TED Fellow Sanga Moses, who quit his job as an accountant in Uganda and set out to develop an eco-friendly cooking fuel. Why? So that girls in his country — for example, his young sister — wouldn’t have to spend all their time collecting wood and could attend school. [NY Times]
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  • The theory that hosting the Olympics boosts a country’s economy and creates an extended tourism boom … shot down. [The Daily Beast]
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  • Self-service kiosks, like the ones that print your boarding pass at the airport and that let you check yourself out at the grocery store, may soon be coming to the realm of healthcare. [NPR]
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  • Check out the newly released Sandbox Playbook, a publication that captures the big ideas and spirit of the 200 under-30 attendees of the Sandbox Global Summit in Lisbon, Portugal. [Sandbox]
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  • Last week, “Avatar” fans got a peek at James Cameron’s personal Pandora, a 2500-acre homestead on Lake Pounoi in New Zealand, where the director is working on the highly-anticipated sequels to his hit movie. [NY Times] But since the next installment won’t be out until 2015, why not watch Cameron’s talk from TED2010 on his childhood fascination with the fantastic.
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  • Could human beings have a ‘sister species?’ By studying the DNA of hunter-gatherers in Cameroon and Tanzania, scientists believe they have found an unexpectedly forked branch in the human family tree. [Science News] Learn more about early humans by watching Louise Leakey’s TEDTalk, “Digging for humanity’s origins.”