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Comment Re:They're describing most of the U.S. infrastruct (Score 1) 199


You really haven't been paying attention. In MN we had a bridge fall down. Then after a bunch of running around, several more bridges were closed before they could also fall down.

More recently, we had a huge number [40+] of 'pavement failures' during two days of rush hour. And this is in a state that actually puts some money into basic infrastructure.

Comment Old data from the 70s.... (Score 1) 498

Funny you should ask. Scientific data from the early dawn of home computers. Okay, so it was really the late 70s. Data that was recorded by an Apple ][, not an Apple ][+ or any other extension. It was for my dad, stuff in the Physics world had churned and the ancient data (generated by a now dead post-doc) was of interest. So I called my friends with old gear. It was a several step manual process that involved several ancient Apples ][s, Proto-Macintosh systems, and finally an Macintosh laptop that had both a 3.5" drive and a USB stick. I was much more successful than my dad thought I would be, his geeky son tends to be who he turns to when all others fail him, and he complains about not being able to do something with computers to my mom, and she makes him call me! :-) The outcome has been somewhere between 3 and 7 published papers. All off of work that seemed to be dead end at the time. It was sort of interesting seeing just how little space was taken up by the boxes of old Apple ][ disks when copied to a modern flash drive.

Possible Treatment For Ebola 157

RedEaredSlider writes "Researchers at the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have found a class of drugs that could provide treatment for Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever. The new drugs are called 'antisense' compounds, and they allow the immune system to attack the viruses before they can do enough damage to kill the patient. Travis Warren, research scientist at USAMRIID, said while the work is still preliminary -— the drugs have been tested only on primates — the results are so far promising. In the case of Ebola, five of eight monkeys infected with the virus lived, and with Marburg, all survived. The drugs were developed as part of a program to deal with possible bioterrorist threats, in partnership with AVI Biopharma."

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