ICRC Seeks Ceasefire to Deliver Aid in Yemen

“We urgently need an immediate halt to the fighting, to allow families in the worst affected areas, such as Aden, to venture out to get food and water, or to seek medical care. For the wounded, their chances of survival depend on action within hours, not days.”

-Robert Mardini, ICRC’s Head of Operations for the Middle East



Guest Post: Late Nights and Your Nonprofit

Philanthropy Communication in a Digital World

By Katie Reynolds

A recent post on Beth’s Blog discusses the most important asset you can protect in your work: your sleep.

Throughout college and into life as an adult we cultivate, either consciously or subconsciously, the mentality that “one hour less of sleep equals one more hour of productivity”. This is especially true in the non-profit sector. We fill our days with meetings, fundraising, advocacy, people–and at the end of the day we find that we only got half of what we wanted to accomplish checked off.

‘But that task list! I have to get all of that stuff done today.’ This thought is then often followed with staying up into the wee hours of the night, sacrificing sleep in hopes that dependence on caffeine the following day will make up for it.

This is a dangerous path to tread down. According to Beth’s Blog, the Sleep Health Index

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Mental Vacay: Stockholm, Sweeden + Vision Zero Lead the Way to Walkable Cities

 Vision Zero

Stockholm’s effort to reduce road deaths to zero by 2020 has become an international model for “walkable cities.”

“Most transpo devotees are familar with Sweden’s incredible success of Vision Zero, a goal to eventually curb road deaths and serious injuries to zero by 2020. Many cities worldwide, especially in the United States, have now adopted various forms of it.”

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How to Art Hack Your City’s Reputation for Gloomy Weather


This street art project in Seattle uses invisible sidewalk ink.

It only appears when there’s rain.



“It’s sort of the ideal Seattle art. It’s going to rain no matter what. Why not do something cool with it?”

Local magician Peregrine Church has created 25 to 30 such “rainworks” around town, with more to come. He hopes the sidewalk messages will bring a little cheer to people who are sick of the blah weather.

To write their messages, Church and his friend Xack Fischer spray a biodegradable, environment-friendly, water-repellant coating onto the sidewalk through a stencil. When it rains, the surrounding concrete gets wet, but the sprayed bit of concrete stays dry.

Inspired? Here’s a two-minute explainer on how to make your own Rainwork.

h/t Citylab, @Tanvim


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Are Magnetic Liquids Key to Making Chemo Suck Just a Little Bit Less?

The Power of Neodymium Magnets

Smart Fluid

How Fluid Mechanics & Plasma Physics May Help Cancer Patients

Ferrofluid is a liquid that reacts to a magnetic field. It’s usually made from a mixture of oil and tiny iron particles. A portmanteau of ferromagnetic and fluid, ferrofluid s a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. It was invented in 1963 by NASA’s Steve Papell as a liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a pump inlet in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field.

In addition to science, technology, and even art applications, ferrofluid is being tested in magnetic drug targeting.

This process would drastically decrease the necessary dose for a treatment down to a level at which there would be no adverse side effects.

Almost all applications in medicine exploit the extreme relative size difference between magnetic nanoparticles and living cells. The applications presented in this section make use of ferrofluids composed of iron oxide nanoparticles and are called SPION, short for superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.

Magnetic Drug Targeting

In this process the drugs would be enclosed by a layer of ferrofluid in some way. The combination would be injected into an area of the patient’s body that required the drug treatment. The drugs would then be held in the desired location by a magnetic field and allowed to act for a time period (approximately 1 hour). The field would then be turned off and the drugs would be allowed to disperse through the body.

This process would drastically decrease the necessary dose for a treatment down to a level at which there would be no adverse side effects once the drug is released from the magnetic field. The motivation behind this type of treatment is for it to be used for drugs with adverse side effects, i.e. chemotherapy.


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#HAPPYPEOPLE National Geographic Kids Picture It All

Kids Find Their #Happy Place

National Geographic Kids is celebrating International Day of Happiness with a photo challenge on its MyShot kids photography community.

Budding photographers are encouraged to take a picture of what makes them happy and tag it #happy.

Pharrell Williams will pick his favorite image and it will be published in a fall issue of National Geographic Kids magazine.

Kids are also encouraged to take a pledge to make the planet happy by visiting the National Geographic Kids Happy Page here.

#HAPPYDAY The Empire Strikes Back

New York City

On behalf of the United Nations Foundation, Pharrell Williams will light the Empire State Building yellow on Friday, March 20, at 2:00 p.m. in a special ceremony honoring the International Day of Happiness.

Joining Pharrell Williams will be Aaron Sherinian from UN Foundation, Kevin Wall and Aaron Grosky from Live Earth, as well as a representative from the United Nations.

The Empire State Building will light up the skies from sunset on March 20 until 2:00 a.m. on March 21 to promote happiness and well-being as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of people across the world.

Emmy Award Winner LeVar Burton Joins AIDS Research Alliance’s Board of Directors

Los Angeles, CA, September 11, 2012 –(PR.com)– AIDS Research Alliance (ARA) today announced that actor/activist LeVar Burton has joined its Board of Directors. As one of seven members of the Board, Burton will play a key role in shaping AIDS Research Alliance’s program and fundraising.

“AIDS Research Alliance is honored to welcome Emmy Award-winning LeVar Burton to its Board of Directors,” said Carolyn Carlburg, CEO of ARA. “Since LeVar became our national spokesperson just over a year ago, his energy, knowledge and commitment have furthered the mission of this organization and cause. We are thrilled that his involvement will now grow.”

AIDS Research Alliance helped to make HIV/AIDS treatable, but 8,000 people still die of AIDS every day, while millions more with HIV may lose a third of their life spans. As an independent research organization, AIDS Research Alliance has moved the science forward, contributing to the approval of half of today’s HIV/AIDS treatments. Now, AIDS Research Alliance is dedicated to finding a cure, and is conducting research on its drug candidate, prostratin. Continue reading Emmy Award Winner LeVar Burton Joins AIDS Research Alliance’s Board of Directors