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A New Tool in Humanitarian Relief: Texting
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Understanding how Ebola is affecting the food supply is far easier when a robot is running the survey. The Atlantic reports.

quotemarksright.jpgPandemics, like war, have a higher cost than their death toll. On top of the 5,000 lives that Ebola has claimed, there are other sorts of victims in the six West African countries the virus has reached. The emergency erodes trust and infrastructures, threatening local economics and livelihoods.

One infrastructure that’s relatively hard to take down with disease, though, is the cellular phone system. Now, researchers are using it to check on the well-being of people living among the Ebola pandemic.

A UN World Food Programme (WFP) survey earlier this month found that households in Kailahun and Kenema—two districts in eastern Sierra Leone badly affected by the Ebola outbreak—are using “severe food coping strategies.”

“This means people are struggling to meet their basic food needs,” said Jean-Martin Bauer, a food analyst with the WFP. These coping strategies can include skipping meals, reducing portion sizes, and eating less-preferred foods.

The results of the survey are key to understanding who needs support and when, but the methods are important too. The poll was conducted by SMS and “interactive voice” calls—that is, by texting or “robocalling” questions to people who live in the two districts. This automated technique keeps researchers safe, and allows for multiple rounds of surveys to be sent out automatically over time.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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White House Launches 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge
boflake_cork.jpg The White House is inviting makers and innovators around the country to participate in the White House 3D-Printed Ornament Challenge.

The Challenge, in partnership with the Smithsonian, invites makers, artists, designers, engineers, and anyone interested in 3D modeling and 3D printing to design a winter holiday-inspired ornament. Starting today and running until November 10, 2014, people can head over to Instructables to submit their design and for more details about the Challenge.

A selection of the winning ornament designs will be 3D printed and displayed in the White House during the holiday season; featured on the Smithsonian’s state-of-the-art 3D data platform, 3d.si.edu; and will join a small collection of White House ornaments in the political history division of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

Image above: A "Bo-flake" ornament from 2012, featuring the likeness of Bo, the Obama family dog.

[via White House press release]


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No one knows who’s been flying drones over French nuclear power plants
images.jpg The French Interior Minister told French public radio (Google Translate) on Thursday that the government has begun an investigation into who has been flying drones above as many as 10 nuclear power plants nationwide this month. [via arstechnica]

quotemarksright.jpgThere's a judicial investigation under way," French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview on France Info radio. “Measures are being taken to know what these drones are and neutralize them."

Le Monde reported this week that the drones have been variable in size, with some “a few dozen centimeters" in size, while others had a diameter of up to two meters.

The French office of the environmental activist group Greenpeace has denied any connection to the drone flights and denounced the lack of security. The group is a longstanding opponent of French nuclear power.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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