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I never really learned how to cook. I’m finally learning my way around the kitchen, though, thanks to Robert Hand:
Four billion people are at risk from mosquito-borne diseases. We can get that number down to zero if we invest in new tools — like a set of techniques for genetically modifying mosquitoes — to complement the ones we already have.
I learned a lot from Washington State Teacher of the Year @_MrHand about creating a classroom where kids want to be (and he taught me how to make BBQ chicken).
Melinda and I are big fans of @DonorsChoose, and we were thrilled to learn that @wkamaubell is, too. Today, when you support teachers as they prepare to go back to school, your donation will get a 50% boost from our foundation:
When teachers have the right tools, there’s no telling where it will take them. Today, when you give to @DonorsChoose, @gatesfoundation will boost your donation by 50%. I hope you’ll join us in supporting teachers.
Being poor isn’t cheap. It’s hundreds of times more expensive to use charging stations than it is to charge a phone at home. That’s just one of the hidden costs of unreliable electricity:
Whenever I want to understand something better, I pick up a book. Here are some of the best ones I’ve read so far this year: #BookLoversDay
There is no question that reliable electricity unlocks a better life for people. But can we power the world without contributing to climate change? I think we can:
Think back to the last time you experienced a power outage. If you live in New York, you don’t have to think that far back! Now imagine what it would be like not to have access to electricity at all. Nearly one billion people face that reality every day.
Five years ago, India was declared polio-free. This incredible milestone was made possible by the health workers, governments, partners, and donors who didn’t rest until every child was reached. I can’t wait to see what India achieves next.
What if we really are all in this together? In this fascinating book, @NAChristakis explains why and how humans evolved to work together:
10 breakthrough technologies that could help us feed the world and fight climate change at the same time.
It's hard to overstate how important finding a better diagnostic is for fighting #Alzheimers. That’s why I’m investing in new ideas for easier and more accurate diagnosis of the disease.
If you read one article about climate change this week, check out this one from @voxdotcom. Government support for energy R&D is one of the best opportunities to fight climate change.
Are our similarities powerful enough to overcome our differences? “Blueprint” is an optimistic (and terrific) book that explores why humans have evolved to work together and cooperate.
I usually wait until the end of the year to share good news that you might have missed, but I couldn’t resist sharing this list from @PositiveNewsUK (check out #14!). Which story has inspired you the most so far this year?
Can you imagine an aircraft engine in your car? The @ARPAE Summit is one of the coolest places to learn about new energy tech. The @btenergy team came back with lots of new ideas and insights from this year’s event.
The people who will suffer most from climate change are the ones least responsible for it. Here’s how we can help them:
This is something I would have loved as a kid: @MicrosoftStore is hosting a series of free Camp Know Where events across the country. If your kids love science (and @Stranger_Things), I encourage you to check them out.…
What political and economic changes are needed to address climate change? If you’re between 16 and 25 years old, share your idea with @TheEconomist. I look forward to reading the winning entry! #OpenFuture
Last year @GatesUS invested $92 million in networks of schools that are working together to improve student outcomes. Here’s an update on the progress we’ve made in the first year of the program – and what’s next:
I recently wrote about how people with tech skills can find fascinating problems to work on in global health and development. I was excited to come across this @techreview article about African machine learning researchers who are already doing just that.
“Fathers who help unlock their daughter’s potential, standing up for their rights and raising them to believe they have them, bring prosperity and happiness to their entire families.” I recommend reading this essay from @ZiauddinY about @Malala. #MalalaDay
Nearly one billion malaria cases have been prevented since 2000, but infection rates have plateaued or even increased in some areas. @axios explains how we can #StepUptheFight and end the disease for good.
An Ethiopian would have to live for 240 years to equal the carbon footprint of an American. And yet, people in sub-Saharan Africa will face the worst effects of climate change. I’m inspired by a research center called @CIMMYT that is trying to help:
Can we feed 10 billion people? I’m optimistic that we can if we invest in research that will help poor farmers adapt to climate change.
Nuclear power is the second-largest source of low-carbon electricity in the world — but its growth is slowing down. This important @IEA report outlines how countries can support existing reactors and advance nuclear innovation.
I wish I had understood much earlier in my career what true inequity looks like and how to fight it. That’s why I’m inspired by the story of William Wu, an engineer who started using his tech skills to fight inequity much sooner than I did:
This is the teletype that brought Paul Allen and me together. And I’m so glad that it did. Paul was one of the most thoughtful, brilliant, and curious people I’ve ever met:
More people are getting their electricity from renewable sources that ever before. Here’s how we can build on the progress we’ve made:
Today’s commitment by @theresa_may to #StepUpTheFight against AIDS, TB and malaria will help save millions of lives. @GlobalFund is one of the best investments the world can make in the years ahead:
My friendship with Paul Allen changed my life. I loved sharing some of my favorite stories about him (and a few old photos!) at the Forbes Philanthropy Summit yesterday:
Few inventions have changed our lives as much as the battery. I’m excited that more inventors and investors are being attracted to the quest to build a better one.
It’s great to see such early support from Japan in re-committing to the @GlobalFund. The support of @AbeShinzo and the Japanese people will help the world #StepUpTheFight against AIDS, TB, and malaria.…
I’m excited about the progress we’re making toward understanding Alzheimer’s. For the first time, @MIT researchers have completed an analysis of the genes that are expressed in individual brain cells of Alzheimer’s patients.
I love talking about toilets. @NatGeo recently wrote about two that I think could change the world.
I’m excited to see such incredible leadership from @EmmanuelMacron and the people of France towards @GlobalFund. If more countries #StepUpTheFight against AIDS, TB, and malaria, we can save 16 million lives.…
I learned what’s possible in agriculture from studying a remarkable scientist named Norman Borlaug. If you’re curious about Borlaug and his breakthroughs, I recommend this article and a book called “The Man Who Fed the World.”
If you have the willingness to learn about a problem and the talent to help solve it, you can make a remarkable difference in the world. Just ask former NASA engineer William Wu:
I encourage software developers, inventors, and scientists to consider how they can use their skills to fight inequity.
When @goodreads asked me to share my top summer reading recommendations, it was hard to narrow down the list.…
Fighting disease is like fighting fire. It’s not enough to put out most of it — you have to get it all. @Rotary’s generous pledge to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative will help us extinguish this terrible disease for good.…
The fight against malaria is one of the greatest success stories in global health — but progress has slowed in recent years. To regain momentum, we must work together to combat drug and insecticide resistance.
I was moved by this story: Bob’s daughter has Down syndrome, which puts her at a higher risk for dementia. Motivated by her condition and his love of science, he volunteered for an #Alzheimers clinical trial.
Our foundation’s Day of Caring is one of my dad’s favorite days of the year. I know he can’t wait to hear what our employees learn from our partners this year.
I’m always amazed by the disconnect between what we see in the news and the reality of the world around us. As my late friend Hans Rosling would say, we must fight the fear instinct that distorts our perspective:
Thank you for being a friend, Warren: #BestFriendsDay
I’m thrilled about the elimination of malaria from Algeria and Argentina. This news gives me hope that we’ll one day get rid of the disease forever.
David Letterman’s newest season of #MyNextGuest has a lot of fascinating guests, but there’s one clear standout for me. Check out @melindagates's terrific interview on @netflix:
Patience: it's a valuable skill for investing and for training new employees at Dairy Queen.
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