Necessity is the mother of all invention, so the saying goes. In a rural village in Malawi, William Kamkwamba needed electricity. So, he figured out how to build a windmill to generate power. It's a small idea, but the results were huge. Ed Hancox reviews William's story, as told in The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
It is amazing what can be accomplished by fear. That is precisely what many people across the planet are experiencing when it comes to the looming pandemic that is h1n1. I think parents have been hardest hit.