Ugandan girl, 19, makes deworming tablet: Innovation. The medicine, made of dried pawpaw seeds, sugar and cassava flour or banana flour.
“My dream is to become a veterinary doctor but I am also an emerging innovator,” says Christine Nalukwago, the girl behind the research which might lead to the discovery of locally-made de-worming tablets.
Nalukwago, 19, currently a Senior Six student at Kitante Hill School, says she hatched the idea of coming up with a solution to parasitic worms in children while staying with her grandmother.
“My grandmother used to give us dried pawpaw seeds to chew when we were still young but we didn’t know the use. But one day, she told us that they expel worms from our bodies,” she says.
Nalukwago says she became inquisitive after her grandma’s revelation and when she joined secondary school where she has access to laboratories, she chose to carry her research forward.
“At first, the results were not good but I kept on trying,” says Nalukwago, who offers Physics, Chemistry, Agriculture and sub-Math as a subject combination.
How it is done: Nalukwago says some of the substances she mixes to develop the ‘drug’ includes; dried pawpaw seeds, sugar and cassava flour or banana flour.
“I mix them in equal quantity and leave them in a clean open place to concentrate. Sometimes the whole process takes a week when there is enough sunshine or two weeks when there is little sunshine,” Nalukwago explains.
She says after final tests in the laboratory, she tried the drug on a worm and it died instantly. (read more via Daily Monitor)
$5 says some white savior vet on a safari “discovers” this and makes millions here in the States off of her genius, though.
They did it with shea butter, cocoa butter, almond milk, olive oil, etc. Acting like shit was a brand new discovery when POC were doing it before and they just happened upon it, brought the shit back, and slapped their names on it.
Yep, more white people making, modelling and selling gear emblazoned with cheap re-prints of sugar skulls.
I’m sick of seeing this crap. This is a sacred and special holiday, not a money-making scheme. On the heels of Disney’s disastrous attempt to trademark Day of the Dead, this is especially frustrating.
I’ve written a formal letter of complaint to the site, and await a response. If you could do the same - to let them know multiple people are displeased with this blatant appropriation - I’d appreciate it.
(TW: Domestic Violence)
I’ve never made a post like this before. But I’ve seen the tumblr community do amazing things, and I’m hoping you can help.
My friend, Georgina, had a 30-year-old sister named Penelope who was killed on May 9th as a result of domestic violence. Penelope had three beautiful girls, all under the age of 8, who are now left without a mother and with a father on the run.
The plan is for the girls to be placed in the custody of their grandparents, but the family is in desperate need of funds to make this happen. Friends are coordinating a fundraiser to cover the funeral expenses and moving/ongoing transportation costs. The goal is $20,000, and if anything is raised beyond that, it will go toward the substantial expense of rearing three young girls.
Any amount you are able to contribute would be a big help to these little girls and this woman’s stunned, grieving family.
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Angelina Jolie announces a double mastectomy to save her life, people get fucking pissed and act like she’s lost everything that’s made her worthwhile in the first place, AND YOU WONDER WHY I FUCKING HATE THE “SAVE THE BOOBIES” TROPE.
BECAUSE NO ONE ACTUALLY GIVES A FUCK ABOUT THE WOMAN’S LIFE. WOMEN JUST HAPPEN TO BE ATTACHED TO A PAIR OF BREASTS. WOMEN AREN’T WORTH SAVING—BUT YOU BET YOUR ASS THE PUBLIC WILL BE IN A RIOT IF A GOOD PAIR OF TITS IS IN DANGER.
I have bullshitted my way through almost two decades of life
i’ve bullshitted through two and drunkenly bullshitted through a half. WE CAN DO IT, BULLSHITTERS OF THE WORLD UNITE FOR DRINKS AND MORE BULLSHIT!
Man I’ve bullshitted so long I actually figured it out.
WHAT THE FUCK.
Just one week after an Air Force officer working in the sexual assault prevention office was arrested and charged with sexual battery, the Army has learned that another U.S. service member is being investigated for ”abusive sexual contact” and other alleged misconduct. The U.S. Army Sergeant First Class who had been assigned as a coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood, Texas, has been suspended from all duties.
A defense official says that this Sergeant 1st Class is being investigated for forcing at least one subordinate soldier into prostitution, and for sexually assaulting 2 other soldiers. Stationed at the Army’s 3rd Corps headquarters in Fort Hood, the sergeant also worked as an equal opportunity adviser. The allegations surfaced while the soldier worked with one of the Corps’ subordinate battalions.
The soldier has not been charged and the Army will not release his identity. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered a full investigation. Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, are conducting the investigation.
This doesn’t surprise me one tiny little bit, but it does disgust me.
When women vets reported that they couldn’t trust their command what did people think that meant? Imagine trying to report an assault or harassment in this climate.
So I would like you to really really consider that, in light of the fact that the SCOTUS just said that a farmer planting beans that has patented genes is patent infringement. The combination of these two things means that if we get to the point where human genetic modification, even a benign health improving one, can be passed down from parent to child, it could be considered patent infringement.
How fucking scary is that.