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Oxford Study Shows HIV Originated Around 1920 | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building
't Is allemaal de schuld van de Belgen! De schuld van het APENland BelZIEK à papa! "The virus is believed to have jumped species through people hunting primates and handling bush meat. In fact, this is believed to have happened on at least 13 occasions. What set the Kinshasa incident apart from other transmissions was the city’s size and rapid urban growth, the heavily used railway network during Belgian colonial rule, and a flourishing sex trade in a city with a high proportion of men. There was also a very active water transport system. Kinshasa was a hub for the country’s railway network, and by the late 1940s an estimated one million people passed through the city using the rail network each year. This led to the virus being spread to other cities such as Mbuji-Mayi and Lubumbashi in the south of the country, and to Kisangani in the north by the end of the 1930s. These cities in turn were well connected to neighboring countries and the virus began to take off."

12-minute Mandelbrot: fractals on a 50 year old IBM 1401 mainframe
Heerlijk! "One complex feature of the IBM 1401 is Editing, which is kind of like printf implemented in hardware. The Edit instruction takes a number such as 00123456789 and a format string. The computer removes leading zeros and inserts commas as needed, producing an output such as 1,234,567.89. With the optional Expanded Editing feature (just $20/month more), you can obtain floating asterisks (******1,234.56) or a floating dollar sign ($1,234.56), which is convenient for printing checks. Keep in mind that this formatting is not done with a subroutine; it is implemented entirely in hardware, with the formatting applied by discrete transistors."

John Urschel, Ravens Offensive Lineman, Publishes Math Paper : The Two-Way : NPR
I love hitting people. There's a rush you get when you go out on the field, lay everything on the line and physically dominate the player across from you. This is a feeling I'm (for lack of a better word) addicted to, and I'm hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Disgrace in Victory | TIME
An Israeli soldier asked for my papers; I gave her my passport. “You’re American!” she said, not very officially. “I love America. Where are you from?” New York, I said. “Wow,” she said, with a big smile. And then she turned serious. “What were you doing in there,” she asked, nodding toward the Palestinian side, “with those animals?” And that, of course, is why Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “won” the Israeli election. That is how he won the election even though there was a strong economic case against him, and people were tired of his ways, and about 200 former Israeli military and intelligence leaders publicly opposed his dangerously bellicose foreign policy. He won because he ran as a bigot.

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function – Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid plaques via reddit.com
The team reports fully restoring the memories of 75 percent of the mice they tested it on, with zero damage to the surrounding brain tissue. They found that the treated mice displayed improved performance in three memory tasks – a maze, a test to get them to recognise new objects, and one to get them to remember the places they should avoid. "We’re extremely excited by this innovation of treating Alzheimer’s without using drug therapeutics," one of the team, Jürgen Götz, said in a press release. "The word ‘breakthrough’ is often misused, but in this case I think this really does fundamentally change our understanding of how to treat this disease, and I foresee a great future for this approach."

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