You don’t have to be a close talker, but it might help

As a top nominee in the “weird, but cool” category, researchers found the breath of children who tested positive for malaria smells different than those who tested negative, suggesting it may be possible to identify malaria based on a “breathprint.” Weird. Good news for you close talkers if the victim of your close talking can tell the difference, otherwise it’s just annoying as hell. Kidding aside, this is really good news because the gold standard test, blood-smear microscopy, is difficult to implement in resource-poor settings. BTW, according to the WHO, there were 214 million malaria cases worldwide in 2015 and ~90% of the ~500,000 malaria deaths occurred in Africa. The fight to end malaria has long been a focus of The Gate Foundation, and now we feel bad for cursing at Windows.