From new devices that can diagnose diseases in seconds to a full rethinking of the toilet for the developing world, the year saw health advances large and small brought on by the ever-increasing connection between medicine and technology.
After an extensive search, the Gates Foundation has given millions to this futuristic power-generating toilet from Caltech--with the hope that it can be the solution to sanitation problems around the world.
How is it that some very well intentioned nonprofits that do good work will return home after CGI with little more than fond memories, while others will leave with their pockets full to do more good in the world? The best way to answer this question is to tell the story of BRAC.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is teaming up with Beijing to fund a series of revolutionary agricultural and biotech initiatives. China might be using Gates to further its economic imperialism. But maybe that's not such a bad thing.
With the country's banking and financial infrastructure still in tatters, a new mobile service that allows Haitians to make and receive payments via text message is taking off and allowing commerce to flourish.
Malaria drugs are expensive, and the disease is becoming resistant. But nothing can resist microwaves. A new advance might simply explode the parasite inside people's bodies with a low dose of focused rays.