In a recent editorial in National Geographic, Melinda Gates recommitted to a 2012 goal to increase access to contraception worldwide. She wants to bring family planning services to 100 million more women by 2020.
As we've reported here earlier, Bill Gates has deemed it time for a new toilet.
For the last couple days, teams of engineers and designers from around the world arrived in Seattle to show off their best designs
for the honey bucket of the future, competing against one another to see how they handled solid waste. Don't worry, you guys, it's all soy-based gunk -- it's just supposed to look a lot like poop,
a goal at which it succeeds admirably. Participants in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge
, needed to meet several criteria set by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
, which is throwing its philanthropic weight (read: millions of dollars of cash money grants) behind the project in the hopes of creating a functioning off-the-grid sanitation system for the developing world.
Associate professors at the University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering, Ian Gates and Michael Kallos, won a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations initiative to help them produce electricity, fertilizer, heat, methane gas and purified water from human feces.