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Nanotech "Jackets" to Keep Vaccines From Spoiling Off-Grid

Vaccines need to be chilled to work. Student start-up Nanoly is developing nanotechnology to preserve them in communities without electricity.


Every year, 2.1 million people die from vaccine-preventable disease—and it’s no mystery why a good number go without the immunizations that could save lives. Many live off-grid without electricity—and no refrigerators to keep vaccines cold in clinics. Without being chilled between 35-45 degrees Fahrenheit (2-8 degrees Celsius), vaccines spoil and become inactive.

For want of temperature control, people are put at risk of disease and death.

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Infographic: The Benefits of (a Couple) Beers

To inform your St. Patty's Day drinking, here's an infographic about the health benefits of raising a glass.

In light of all the drinking you may or may not be doing today, the design firm Belancio shows some of the benefits of moderate drinking with this infographic.

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Feast Your Eyes: Drinking Around the World

A new World Health Organization report shows who's drinking what, where—and how it's killing them.


The Economist has created this chart from the World Health Organization's newly published Global Status Report on Alcohol and Health 2011.

World consumption in 2005 averaged out at the equivalent of 12.95 pints of pure alcohol per person aged 15 years or older, according to the report, which also noted "marked increases" in consumption in Africa and South-East Asia between 2001-2005. Most astonishingly, nearly 30 percent of all alcohol consumed each year is moonshine or home-brewed liquor.

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