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Longtime Enemies Art and Science Unite to Promote Vaccination

Inoculation like you’ve never seen it before.

Alexia Sinclair, Edward Jenner's Smallpox Discovery portrait features Dr. Edward Jenner inoculating James Phipps, the first person to receive the smallpox vaccine. Dr. Jenner’s work in the late 18th century led to the eradication of smallpox in the 1980s. The aristocratic woman in the center represents how smallpox affected all classes of society, and the flowers symbolize the global impact of smallpox.

Louis Pasteur, the father of the germ theory, probably didn’t pick up a paint brush in his spare time. And it’s unlikely Andy Warhol was very concerned about potential bacteria floating in the Campbell’s soup can.

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What's Blocking Progress for the Poor? Here Are Three Myths on Foreign Aid

Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. ...

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Like many international organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation releases an annual letter, authored by Bill and Melinda Gates. Rather than listing the foundation's trials, triumphs, and organizational priorities, this letter, released on January 21st, takes the form of a manifesto. While the goal of the foundation to end extreme poverty across the globe remains, this letter tackles three myths that hinder progress. Simply put: poor countries stay poor, foreign aid is a waste of money, and saving lives in the developing world just creates more need (mouths to feed).

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As of today, India has gone three years without a single case of wild poliovirus, which means it’s now officially “polio-free.” India’s achievement is one of the most impressive accomplishments in global health, ever.

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The Five Best Projects from the Gates Foundation's Education Technology Competition

Here are our five favorite projects from the Gates Foundation's education technology grant competition.

On Tuesday the Gates Foundation announced 19 winners of the second phase of its Next Generation Learning Challenges grant competition. The NGLC's priority is using technology to improve college readiness among low-income students, and what makes these new grantees noteworthy is that they're working on targeting the critical seventh- through ninth-grade years—well before students can either drop out or fall too far behind in higher level math and science. Each project is also aligned with the new Common Core Standards, which are all about developing higher-order thinking skills. While all 19 grantees are noteworthy, here are five that really stand out:

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New Facebook App Seeks to Simplify Financial Aid Process

A new app for the social media giant hopes to make finding scholarships and filling out the FAFSA a lot easier.

Cash-strapped college students will soon have another tool to help them track down financial aid dollars: Facebook. A brand new app set to debut on the social media platform this fall will analyze information on a user's profile page and then present a customized list of grants, scholarships, and other financial aid opportunities. The idea comes from recent University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate Devin Valencia, who President Clinton announced on Monday as the winner of the "Get Schooled College Affordability Challenge."

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