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.
Searching for a solution the world’s sanitation problems, the Gates Foundation recently convened a fair of all the different toilet innovations it's funded. And then it tested them with 50 gallons of fake poop.
As resources become scarce, we’re going to need the valuable minerals and energy that our body discards in the bathroom. But that’s hard to harvest when it all gets mixed up in the toilet. A new design has an elegant(ish) solution.
At the big RIO+20 conference, world leaders will talk about how to solve issues caused by global poverty. But the real solutions lie in the hands of business leaders who can find a way to tap into the enormous market.
Sanergy is a business full of waste. The startup--funded in part by the U.S. government--gives toilets away to business people in the slums, who charge for use. In exchange, Sanergy gets the... leftovers, which they convert into electricity and sell.