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Bill and Melinda Gates said software is making school textbooks obsolete, and it could save college students thousands of dollars

Not only is technology making physical textbooks "a thing of the past," Bill and Melinda Gates wrote, but it's making education cheaper, too.
Bill Gates and Melinda Gates, pictured, didn't give up on their ultimate goal.

The Gates Foundation’s initial missteps in eradicating polio hold a powerful lesson about the importance of confronting failure

Bill and Melinda Gates initially failed to stop the spread of polio, so they took a step back and retooled their approach to be more effective.

Melinda Gates reveals a disturbing US trend that will be highlighted in her 2019 annual letter

"Those statistics are incredibly disturbing," Melinda Gates said of the US maternal mortality rate.

MELINDA GATES: We’re getting closer to wiping several deadly diseases off the face of the earth, but we could easily blow it

Melinda Gates says humanity is close to eradicating HIV, polio, tuberculosis, and malaria but could blow it if the wrong decisions are made.
People queue outside a health center as they wait to get treatment for malaria, in San Felix, Venezuela on November 10, 2017.

Mosquito-borne diseases kill millions of people each year. A team of scientists think genetic manipulation could wipe out the worst of them.

Target Malaria plans on releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in Africa, and it is targeting female mosquitoes that transmit malaria.
Synthetic biology company Amyris is charging into health with a focus on fragrances, skincare, and sweetener.

After a kick-start from Bill Gates, a Silicon Valley company aims to be the ‘Intel Inside’ of the $200 billion sweetener and skincare mark...

The synthetic-biology company Amyris aims to be the 'Intel Inside' for a range of products including skincare, its CEO told Business Insider.

The startup behind a tool designed to save you a doctor’s visit has partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates

The Ada Health app lets you type in your symptoms and learn what's ailing you, which could save you a trip to the doctor. The platform is launching a new partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A $1 billion Gates Foundation-backed education initiative failed to help students — here’s how the foundation’s next $450 million pr...

The Gates Foundation spent more than $200 million on a teacher quality initiative, which was found to be ineffective. Now it is trying a new approach: supporting local groups that work directly with teachers. Professors who study education said the new initiative is a step in the right direction.
A family eats 'Fou Fou' Kasava and fish in the West Lake Edward village of Lunyesenge in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The CEO of the Gates Foundation says a wave of progress rippling through China and India could slash poverty in Africa — if women lead the way

The Gates Foundation is out with its second annual Goalkeepers report, a yearly index that keeps tabs on how the UN is doing on its 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The normally optimistic crew at Gates says progress isn't guaranteed.
Refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo cook food in the Kagoma reception centre within the Kyangwali settlement on April 10, 2018 in Kyangwali, Uganda.

The CEO of The Gates Foundation says we’re approaching a dangerous tipping point in global poverty. We still have time to reverse it.

The Gates Foundation is out with its second annual Goalkeepers report, warning that decades of gains in poverty rates around the world could be headed for a downward slide, unless serious investments are made in women's health and nutrition. Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann explains.