Making the case for going big, James Nardella, who serves as a principal at the Skoll Foundation, brought together panelists at the Global Health & Innovation conference to talk about one of the Audacious Project’s big ideas.

For many of the 2-5 million amputees worldwide, prosthetic limbs are but an expensive and inaccessible dream. 21-year-old Sudanese engineering student Ashraf Mizo wants to change that.   Mizo has created simple, inexpensive prosthetics using 3-D printing technology and…

More than 100,000 children in Kenya have had vision screenings via a mobile phone app called Peek. Drones controlled by tablets have helped researchers investigate the spread of malaria in Malaysian Borneo. In Cambodia, voice mails have encouraged women to use contraception…

Researchers at CU Boulder have found that sealing off whole hospital wings and adjusting the ventilation systems could dramatically increase a facility’s ability to contain and treat large numbers of patients with airborne illnesses.   The new study, published in the…

 

 

Health insurance startup Oscar retained most of its 54,000 New York City members last year even as it halved its provider network. The tactic: Use big data to curate a better experience, despite fewer choices.   Oscar combed insurance claims and held physician focus groups…

Meet another engineer who’s innovating to improve global health: Richard Fletcher, director of the Mobile Technology Group at MIT D-Lab, uses smartphones and connected devices to address health problems from diabetes to addiction. He’s developed wearable sensors for…

San Francisco-based nonprofit Watsi uses crowdfunding to help poor individuals in countries like Haiti get needed medical care. In a Mosaic feature, author Andrew Hankinson traveled to Haiti to explore the ethical tension that comes with individualizing charity and…

Artificial intelligence could one day destroy humanity unless we tame it, according to billionaire space entrepreneur Elon Musk. Taking a deep dive into Musk’s AI concerns, journalist Maureen Dowd relates how he began publicly sounding the alarm in 2014, calling AI “…