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From Blue Bleach To Hazmat Hacks, Students Take On Ebola Challenges

From Blue Bleach To Hazmat Hacks, Students Take On Ebola Challenges

f there's one thing college kids do best, it's thinking creatively. Often operating with limited resources and tight deadlines, they're used to coming up with ingenious solutions to life's everyday problems (usually on little sleep). So it's no surprise that experts are turning to students for help in battling one of this year's most pressing global health issues: the Ebola outbreak.

Help Wanted: Unlikely Geniuses To Solve Public Health Problems

Help Wanted: Unlikely Geniuses To Solve Public Health Problems

And now there's a Grand Challenge that aims to help medical workers fighting Ebola: Design an improved protective suit. Current models are suffocating and can heat up to well over 100 degrees inside. That means they can only be worn 30 to 40 minutes at a time in the tropical heat of West Africa.