Augusto Odone

I’d never heard of Augusto Odone, the Italian economist who taught himself enough medicine to come up with a breakthrough treatment for his son Lorenzo’s illness. ALD is a rare and terrible illness, but thanks to Augusto, there is now a way to stave off the symptoms.

Augusto Odone died last month, and all I know of him comes from a fascinating but short obituary in The Economist.


UTA Flight 772

On Tuesday, 19th September 1989, UTA Flight 772 took off from Brazzaville (the People’s Republic of Congo) to Paris (France) via N’Djamena (Chad). Forty-six minutes later, a bomb on board exploded. Everyone aboard died.

Eighteen years later, a stunningly beautiful memorial was built at the site of the crash in the Sahara desert.