‘At 19-years-old, Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of her chemical engineering degree at Stanford University and used her tuition money to pursue a business idea she hoped would change the landscape of healthcare.
‘With a major fear of needles, she decided the current system for testing blood – implemented in the 1960s – was archaic, expensive, painful and slow.
‘Holmes, 30, endeavored to change that method and develop a way that would eradicate the need for vials of blood to be taken and for blood tests to have to take place at the doctors or a lab.
‘Working mostly in secret for the last 11 years, her company, Theranos, is now valued at $9 billion and, according to Holmes, is changing people’s lives…’
Celebrate for Malala, but Please Don’t Patronize Her
‘There is something irritatingly smug and condescending about some of the coverage of “the bravest girl in the world.” It was a particular low point when, on The Daily Show, Jon Stewart said “I want to adopt you” to a young woman who’s spoken very publicly about the support she’s received from her father—a pretty brave guy in his own right.
‘But that’s our problem, not hers. My guess is that someone’s who’s comfortable telling the president of the United States to his face that his military policies are fueling terrorism isn’t going to let herself be reduced to a cuddly caricature. And in any case, it was probably wise for the Nobel committee to pair the very young global celebrity with a relatively unheralded activist with years of work behind him…’
Finally a Payback
Man who attempted rape loses genital to mob
‘Suresh Kumar was set upon in Ganganagar, in India’s northwestern Rajasthan state, after locals heard the girl’s screams for help.
‘After finding the 40-year-old pinning the girl against a wall, a lynch mob dragged him to a butchers shop where they beat him with sticks for an hour before castrating him.
‘They then dumped the severed remains in the middle of a road and lefta bloodied Kumar nearby.
‘Mr Dhawan said: ‘We have had a lot of intolerable offences against women in this country recently, with girls being raped, hung, and molested, and it’s time it stopped…’
Why you shouldn’t leave your house too long
Spider Swarm Takes Over Ritzy Home
‘A home with prime views of the third and fourth holes at Whitmoor Country Club has been vacant for two years because of a creepy crawly problem.
‘The home was infested with between 4,500 and 6,000 brown recluse spiders, according to one estimate.
‘The previous homeowners abandoned the 2,400-square-foot atrium ranch after years of pesticide treatments couldn’t curb the invasion.
‘The home went into foreclosure and hasn’t sold, apparently because no one wanted to live with its history…’