Chris Higgins is the author of The Blogger Abides, a book largely based on his experience writing a daily column for mental_floss for the past six years. He also writes for This American Life, The Atlantic, Breakfast on Mars, and The Magazine. You can follow his adventures on chrishiggins.com. (He's also grudgingly present on Google+.)
January 22, 2014 / Chris Higgins
In today's Gates Annual Letter, Bill and Melinda Gates make a convincing argument that, in many ways, the world is better than it has ever been. I agree. Life ain't perfect, but suffering and death are decreasing.
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January 09, 2014 / Chris Higgins
A look at five people living with polio in America and around the world—and why their work to end polio is at a crucial moment.
January 06, 2014 / Chris Higgins
Although the news often focuses on doom and gloom, there is plenty of good news around the world. As we head into 2014, here are 11 reasons to be optimistic.
December 19, 2013 / Chris Higgins
Learn how to get a goat for a family in need, help a U.S. public school teacher, or educate a child overseas. Best of all—you can do it online, right now.
December 13, 2013 / Chris Higgins
In a world where more people have access to a cell phone than a toilet, we have to ask: what are all those phones doing? And are they really making a difference?
"Our desire to bring every good thing to our children is a force for good throughout the world. It’s what propels societies forward." —Melinda Gates
The Global Fund has helped to deliver more than 190 million bed nets to protect families from malaria.
"The world faces a clear choice. If we invest relatively small amounts, many more poor farmers will be able to feed their families." —Bill Gates, 2012 Annual Letter
"When it come to global health, Bill and I are optimists—but we're impatient optimists. Tremendous progress is being made. But there is still so much we're impatient to see done." —Melinda French Gates
In Senegal, 80% of households now have a bed net, helping the number of malaria cases there drop 50% in a single year.
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