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Gates looks to get a rise out of the traditional condom industry

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is offering quite a challenge to brilliant minds everywhere: create a condom that men prefer to use over no condom. 

On Gates' "Impatient Optimists" website for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a blog post describes how condoms are effective at preventing the spread of HIV and unintended pregnancy, but most people don't want to use them. Why? Mainly because it hinders the sexual experience. 

The blog post was written by Papa Salif Sow, a senior program officer in HIV Prevention at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Stephen Ward, a program officer for Discovery & Translational Sciences at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

"It may seem obvious, but the success and impact of any public health tool hinges on that tool being used consistently and correctly by those who need it," said the blog post. "Vaccines sitting on shelves don’t prevent disease.  New tuberculosis drug regimens won’t help if patients stop taking them halfway through the necessary days.  Likewise, the potential value of condoms is limited by inconsistent use."

It mentions that many other HIV preventative and contraceptive methods are in development, such as fast-dissolving vaginal films and combination vaginal rings. However, many of these alternatives are years from hitting store shelves either due to development issues, regulatory approval, etc.

We have a perfectly good solution already available: condoms. But Gates feels it is time to give the condom a much-needed update so that they're used more frequently. 

"What if we could develop a condom that would provide all the benefit of our current versions, without the drawbacks?" said the blog post. "Even better, what if we could develop one that was preferred to no condom?"

 The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is challenging scientists, entrepreneurs, etc. to partake in the Next Generation of Condoms, which is part of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations. 

Gates' Grand Challenges are always looking for an old idea to redesign and make into a more effective product. For example, last August, Gates awarded prizes to three teams at an event in Seattle, Washington called "Reinvent the Toilet Challenge." Scientists, inventors, designers and students enrolled in the challenge were asked that they create a toilet design that strays from the traditional flush toilet. 

If you've got an idea that will encourage "wrapping" it while making men still want to "tap" it, then submit your ideas to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation here.

Source: Impatient Optimists

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RE: How about you start by...
By Solandri on 3/25/2013 5:38:23 PM , Rating: 1
Atheists, on the other hand, are fundamentally aware of the fact that their understanding of the universes is *not* absolutely correct, and is subject to revision at any time when new information is found via the scientific method. Atheism categorically does *not* say that "god can't exist." It says that there is no proof that a god or gods does exist.

No, that's agnosticism.
"Agnosticism is the view that the existence or non-existence of any deity is unknown and possibly unknowable."

Atheism is the belief that there is no god(s).
"Atheism is, in a broad sense, the rejection of belief in the existence of deities. In a narrower sense, atheism is specifically the position that there are no deities. Most inclusively, atheism is simply the absence of belief that any deities exist."

Many (most?) atheists like to use the third definition I've quoted above because it bolsters their numbers. But it mixes up two of the three logically distinct sets so is a poor definition. Belief in a diety (theism), belief that there is no diety (atheism), and uncertainty about a diety (agnosticism).

RE: How about you start by...
By flyingpants1 on 3/31/2013 1:11:11 AM , Rating: 2
Nnnnnnooooo.. that's atheism. You don't get it.

All atheists are also agnostics (open to the belief in god, if there were ever any evidence).

All agnostics are also atheists (lacking a belief in god).

It's not complicated, you just need to think about it for more than 2 minutes at a time.

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