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Moctar Dembele from Burkina Faso, and Gerard Niyondiko from Burundi, have invented a soap that repels mosquitos!  Their invention, titled "Fasoaop" is made from shea butter, lemongrass oil, and other secret ingredients.

"After using the soap, it leaves on the skin a scent that repels mosquitoes," said Niyondiko. "In addition, waste water products contain substances that prevent the development of mosquito larvae, because the sanitation problem in Africa is one of the causes of mosquito vectors of malaria."

Malaria is an essential issue to tackle.  In 2010, there were 660,000 malaria deaths, 90% of which occurred in Africa.  Most of the affected individuals cannot afford medicines and anti-mosquito creams.

"So we thought of a repellent and larvicidal mosquito soap which will be accessible and affordable to the majority of the population, seeing that soap is a commodity product and especially not going to add other additional costs to the population," says Niyondiko.

Their invention earned them the $25,000 grand prize in the Global Social Venture Competition (GSVC).  This competition, created by Berkeley MBA students, is designed to help entrepreneurs from around the world create ideas with a positive impact.  Niyondiko and Dembele came ahead of 650 other competitors from over 40 countries.  This is the first time that an African has win the competition.

"It is a feeling of joy and pride for us and for Africa in general," said Niyondiko. "It also shows that in Africa we are not back(ward) and that Africa's problems can be solved by Africans themselves."

And that's what's good,

Jon

References: http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/10/world/africa/students-invent-soap-malaria-fasoap/index.html?sr=fb071013soaphelpmalaria6p

Published in Health

It’s always interesting to see what professional athletes do with their lives after their careers have ended.  What happened to those players that had so much potential coming out of high school or college, but just didn’t pan out in the pros. 

 

Jonathan Bender had franchise player written all over him coming out of high school when he was drafted 5th overall in the 1999 NBA draft.  Like many athletes though, injuries derailed him from living up to his potential as an NBA player. 

 

Bender’s knees failed him as a player, but ever since he retired he has been making strides with a device meant to strengthen the knees.  He wanted to make a device that acted as an external hamstring which could exercise the hips, and quad without putting pressure on the knees.  When Bender would rehab his knees, he would often ask the trainers and Doctors on the staff many questions.  

 

“I watched and learned from what they did and what they said about things like injuries and muscle structure,” Bender said. “I soaked it all in.” 

 

Using the device he created, Bender strengthened his legs, and actually got another shot at the NBA!  He was picked up by the NY Knicks in 2010 and Knicks Doctors said at the time Bender had the strongest lower extremities on the team.  Jonathan Bender’s device is called the JB Intensive Trainer.  You can check out the device at http://jbintensive.com/.

 

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The JB Intensive Trainer in action! - Image Credit: jbintensive.com

 

 

Have a great day, and let the good news be yours,

Jeremy

Published in Sports
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