If I had £1 for every person that died of so-called “swine flu” between 24th April and 6th May I would have £31 and would be able to buy a fairly decent meal.
My stack of coins would be just under ten centimetres tall.
If I had £1 for every person that died of tuberculosis between 24th April and 6th May I would have £63,066 and would be able to buy a fairly decent two-bedroom house in Liverpool.
My stack of coins would be just under 200 metres tall.
Update: Megan McArthur is in space right now.
As part of Ada Lovelace Day I’m posting about a woman in technology who I admire.
Dr K. Megan McArthur is a NASA mission specialist with a BS in Aerospace Engineering from UCLA and a PhD in Oceanography from UCSD. She is currently assigned to STS-125, the final Space Shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.
Why do I admire Dr McArthur?
“Why I think flying in space, why exploration is important to me … I think it’s important to the human spirit. It’s something that we have always done, pushed beyond the boundaries of what we know, what we can do, what we can build. We’re always pushing ourselves; we’re always looking to find out what’s out there and what we can learn.”
— K. Megan McArthur, 31st July 2008