Bill Gates Is Working Towards A Universal Flu Vaccine - When it comes to charitable work, Bill Gates walks the walk.
The Microsoft founder, through his foundation, is launching a 12-million dollar challenge for research on universal flu vaccines. The billionaire wants the world to be prepared for the next flu pandemic, which many believe isn’t too far in the future.
The foundation Gates and his wife Melinda run is partnering with Google co-founder Larry Page and his wife Lucy to put up the seed money for the challenge. Gates told an audience in Boston on Friday the goal is to encourage bold thinking by the world's best scientists.
The challenge may help more promising get to human testing, which few candidates ever get to.
The announcement comes 100 years after the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 killed 50-million people around the world, including 675-thousand in the U.S. in little over a month.Source: The Verge
Yes, You Can Be Allergic To That Cold Office Air - If you feel terrible when your company’s air conditioner is on, you may allergic to it!
You can be allergic to the cold. If you break out in hives or have other symptoms, it’s a good bet you may have the rare condition cold urticaria. The crazy thing is, the symptoms vary widely, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website. It explains For some people with this condition, swimming in cold water could lead to very low blood pressure, fainting, or shock."
Good news? That reaction to he cold may not be in your head after all! Symptoms may include cold urticaria can also cause symptoms such as an increased allergic reaction as the skin warms, swelling of hands while holding cold objects, headache, fatigue, and swelling of lips from consuming cold food or drink. In severe cases, the allergy can lead to anaphylaxis. Source: Bustle
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Instagram Has Banned Wildlife Selfies
Turns out, there are limits to what kinds of selfies you can share on Instagram. For those who don't know, the site has put the kibosh on selfies taken with wildlife as a way to inform users of the abuse animals may endure when they appear in the pictures.
Users who search for or click on a wildlife hashtag such as #slothselfie will instead be greeted with a message that reads, "Animal abuse and the sale of endangered animals or their parts is not allowed on Instagram. You are searching for a hashtag that may be associated with posts that encourage harmful behavior to animals or the environment."
Source: USA Today
Gun Emoji Switched For Water Pistol
Microsoft, Google and Facebook are joining other platforms in changing the gun emoji to a water pistol. Samsung and Twitter have also changed the image. Apple was the first to make the switch back in 2016.
Microsoft said it was changing the emoji to reflect the company's values and after looking at the feedback it had received. The changes come after mass demonstrations for gun control in the wake of the Parkland, Florida high school massacre in February.
Millennials Choose This Over Money and Success
A new survey has found that millennials have learned from the mistakes of generations before them and place a stronger focus on work-life balance, travel and relationships with friends and family than on traditional markers such as money and career success.
Social researcher Clare Madden told the Daily Telegraph that people in this generation do not consider careers as their reason for being.
“They are a social generation which places a higher value on relationships, experiencing life now and not just saving up to experience life in retirement.”
“Their fundamental approach to life is different to the older generations,” she said.
“The era in which technology provided a lifestyle of convenience and more opportunities than ever before has shaped their outlook.”
According to LinkedIn’s Success Survey, 65 percent of Australians base their idea of success on health and happiness, with over 30 percent saying they believe traditional markers are outdated.
Stef, a Xennial colleague and general wisdom-disher, agrees with this outlook.
“Millennials don’t have to build security like our parents and grandparents did,” she explains, “you can live comfortably without owning your own home and it’s totally acceptable to remain unmarried – we have the freedom so why not indulge it?”