Can Better Design Stop Ebola? How Creative Minds Can Help

There are no simple fixes to Ebola. But the government thinks better design--from protective gear to hospital beds--could help, and it's now crowdsourcing ideas.

On just one day's notice, almost 200 people crowded an auditorium at Columbia University's engineering school on a Thursday evening in early October. Engineers, designers, and public health researchers were there to learn and brainstorm, and do so quickly. Every week has meant hundreds of new cases of Ebola in West Africa. Soon, that number could be thousands.

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