HIV drug helps Ebola patients survive

Ebola Virus 

Apparent success against Ebola with HIV drug in Liberia – 
[Via CNN.com]

A doctor in rural Liberia inundated with Ebola patients says he’s had good results with a treatment he tried out of sheer desperation: an HIV drug.

Dr. Gorbee Logan has given the drug, lamivudine, to 15 Ebola patients, and all but two survived. That’s about a 13% mortality rate.

Across West Africa, the virus has killed 70% of its victims.

Outside Logan’s Ebola center in Tubmanburg, four of his recovering patients walk the grounds, always staying inside the fence that separates the Ebola patients from everyone else.

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Instead of a mortality rate of over 70%, the rate was 12%. And the two out of fifteen who died were given the drug 5 days after symptoms while those that survived were given the drug before day 5.

We need a larger study but an anti-viral may be a good choice for now.

Now the drug is not without side effects. BUt when the choice is some possible liver damage versus dying,well…

His work has the attention of the NIH so we shall surely see.


We need to listen to Elon Musk

Focusing the 100-millimeter Mastcam [detail] 

Elon on the Future of Humanity
[Via Rands in Repose]

Via Aeon:

‘If you look at our current technology level, something strange has to happen to civilisations, and I mean strange in a bad way,’ he said. ‘And it could be that there are a whole lot of dead, one-planet civilisations.’

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 I agree with him. Humanity will not survive if we remain on Earth. If we move off of it, and inhabit the Solar System, we actually could not only save huanity.

We could save all life  on Earth.

No traffic. A benefit of Hong Kong protests

Daytime photos capture the eerie quiet of Hong Kong’s central district
[Via Quartz]

A lonely road.

HONG KONG—On any given business day, Hong Kong’s 7.2 million people take 12.4 million journeys on public transport, many of them coming into and out of the area of the city known as Central.

The neighborhood is home to finance giants including Bank of China, HSBC, and Citigroup, as well as the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It’s also the local headquarters of companies including Rolex and the law firm Clifford Chance, along with the city’s main government buildings and China’s People’s Liberation Army Force.

But since Hong Kong’s mass protests started, a daytime visit to Central or Wan Chai, the two neighborhoods abutting the agitation’s epicenter at Admiralty, has offered up glimpses of a post-apocalyptic Hong Kong. Because protesters have blocked roads and some businesses are keeping employees home, the neighborhoods during the day are eerily empty, with abandoned avenues and overpasses that normally teem with many of Hong Kong’s 18,000 taxis, 163 trams, thousands of buses, and half a million cars.

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I expect zombies to come running out at any moment.

“Life is either an incredible adventure… or it’s nothing at all”

An amazing video demonstrating just what an incredible world we live in.


Shatner returns – another demonstration of the producer’s lack of understanding

 Star Trek: Kirk

William Shatner says he’s been asked to come back to ‘Star Trek’
[Via The Verge - All Posts]

William Shatner’s Captain Kirk could be coming back to Star TrekSpeaking at Wizard World Nashville Comic Con, a typically laconic Shatner said that he’d recently received a call from J.J. Abrams regarding a role in the third Star Trek movie since the series was rebooted in 2009. Shatner said that discussions were preliminary at the moment and that any appearance would depend on what was done with his character, but that he would be “delighted” to return to Starfleet.

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I thought the purpose of the reboot was to free the series from its history, allowing all new plots to bloom. Apparently not.

So we got a movie that was a mashup of the most successful Star Trek movie, without any real understanding of why that movie was successful. And now we see the tired trope of stunt casting for Captain Kirk. Just as we saw the stunt casting of Spock. Can the former Uhura, Sulu or Chekov be far behind?

As i have written before, the new producers have little real understanding of what made Star Trek so good to begin with. They continue to show that lack of understanding, destroying the uniqueness of a franchise even as they make millions.

I like William Shatner and do not begrudge him an acting gig. I just feel that the producers are again showing no real vision for the series and are falling back on cliches.

They got the name but not the narrative. Guardians of the Galaxy shows what happens when a science fiction narrative has heart. 

Too bad Abrams’ Star Trek has none.

Bill Clinton’s book recommendations need to be read

 Black Ants Fighting taken using Samsung Galaxy S2 Camera + Macro Lens

Bill Clinton: Two books you should read – Global Public Square – 
[Via CNN.com Blogs]

Mr. President, we usually have an end segment where I recommend a book of the week. We are blowing it out all for you, so I’m giving you the last word, which is what book would you recommend? You’re a voracious reader. If you were to tell our readers, what should they read?

If you’ll give me two.

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No matter what you thinnk of Bill CLinton, his book recommendations should be read by anyone wishing to understand the world today.

The two books –  Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Ketler; and The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson.

Both of these books are very important. Because they help offer insights into how the world is changing. And how the solutions that are being sought are already part of our social instittutions. We just need to grab the opportunities,

They have certainly informed me in my model of authoritarian hierarchy and distributed democracy.

Nice to see a politician seeing the same things.

(h/t Mark Minie)

I wonder how much Samsung has funded ‘bendgate’?

Bent Screw Hole Backyard Metal Macros April 01, 20104 

Consumer Reports test shows iPhone 6 Plus less ‘bendy’ than iPhone 6, suggests ‘Bendgate’ may be overblown
[Via AppleInsider]

Adding its voice to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus “Bendgate” debate, Consumer Reports on Friday released results of a scientific test showing the handsets may not be as “bendy” as some claim.

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Samsung has a history of putting up poorly edited ‘ads’ against the iPhone. I would not be surprised if they put some money behind this.


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