Daily Archives: July 5, 2015

AIDS: New Vaccine from Johnson and Johnson Shows Promising Results in Non-Human Trials

The quest for a vaccine to address the AIDS problem appears to be progressing in the right direction.  On Thursday, scientists reported that an experimental vaccine was able to protect half the monkeys in batch against a virus similar to that of AIDS.

New strain of HIV mutating fast into aggressive AIDS found in Cuba

Johnson and Johnson, a household name for long is involved with this research and has already been trying the vaccine in humans.  According to experts in vaccine, a new approach is essential to protect from a virus that has resisted every effort to stop it.

Mitchell Warren of HIV vaccine and treatment advocacy group said that it was quite promising according to him. He added that in the 20 years history of AVAC a bunch of products have been examined but they never reached the stage of efficacy trials and most of them eventually failed. Warren however did not participate in the latest studies.

According to the two studies reported in journal Science, the two step vaccine not only protected half the monkeys, but their bodies also produced antibodies that were measurable thus demonstrating how well the monkeys were protected.

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Adidas Makes Sneakers From Ocean Trash And Illegal Fishing Nets Taken From Poachers

Adidas has partnered with a multidisciplinary creative environmentalism organization called Parley For The Oceans to create a concept sneaker made almost entirely out of plastic waste and discarded fishnets taken from the sea.

Fishnets are a significant source of ocean pollution, but at least part of the nets used to create these recycled fibers came from a more interesting source than simple sea trash; The Sea Shepherds, a sea-bound environmental activism organization, captured roughly 72km of illegal gillnets after tracking illegal poachers wanted by Interpol off the coast of West Africa for 110 days. When the poachers’ boat sank, the environmentalists saved them, too!

The shoes’ uppers will be created with recycled plastics and actual green net fibers, while the base will use other sustainable materials. Adidas has been accused by Greenpeace of environmental pollution in the past, so this will hopefully represent one of many steps in the right direction. The shoes may or may not be produced, but they vow to start using recycled fibers by early 2016.

Adidas’ new eco-sneakers use recycled ocean trash and captured fish nets

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Lazy ants slack off while their comrades work extra hard

While some ants go out and forage for food, others simply hang around. Photo by Flickr/Bob Peterson

TUCSON, July 4 (UPI) — Compartmentalized and regimented — ant societies are a model of efficiency. But they’re not perfect. Some ants are lazy.

When scientists at the University of Arizona noticed a significant percentage of social insects seem to be idle, they began to wonder: are they simply taking a break? Or are they deadbeats?

A new study suggests some Temnothorax rugatulus worker ants, a species native to the forests of the American West, are consistently lazy, making up a so-called idler class.

In studying several ant colonies in the lab, researchers at Arizona found nearly half of each colony’s worker ants spent most of their time doing nothing at all. Researchers say they can’t be sure whether the ants are slacking off or performing some sort of invisible task.

“Differences in circadian rhythms, or workers taking turns resting (i.e., working in shifts), cannot explain the observation that some workers are consistently inactive,” researchers wrote in a new paper on the subject.

Scientists say it’s possible the idle ants serve some sort of purpose in their laziness. Honeypot ants, or simply honey ants, feature a subsection of workers who hang from the ceiling of their home base and offer up a refreshing liquid drink from their abdomens to tired ants returning from the fields.

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The Kettering Bug

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The Kettering Bug was an experimental, unmanned aerial torpedo, a forerunner of present-day cruise missiles. It was capable of striking ground targets up to 121 kilometres (75 mi) from its launch point, while traveling at speeds of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph).[1]

During World War I, the United States Army aircraft board asked Charles Kettering of Dayton, Ohio to design an unmanned “flying bomb” which could hit a target at a range of 64 kilometres (40 mi). Kettering’s design, formally called the Kettering Aerial Torpedo but later known as the Kettering Bug, was built by the Dayton-Wright Airplane Company. Orville Wright acted as an aeronautical consultant on the project, while Elmer Ambrose Sperry designed the control and guidance system. A piloted development aircraft was built as the Dayton-Wright Bug.

The aircraft was powered by one 4-cylinder, 40-horsepower De Palma engine. The engine was mass-produced by the Ford Motor Company for about $40 each.[2] The fuselage was constructed of wood laminates and papier-mâché, while the wings were made of cardboard. The “Bug” could fly at a speed of 80 kilometres per hour (50 mph). Total cost of each “Bug” was $400.[1]

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Facebook Lite Launched; The Feature Consumes Less Data

  In a bid to reach out to everyone, Facebook has launched the lighter version of the social network. Known as Facebook Lite, this version of Facebook is good for users, who get lesser bandwidth, or wish to use less data. Facebook Lite has been launched for Android users, as of now. Facebook Lite has been launched in India, along with other Asian countries and can work across all network conditions. Facebook will launch the lighter version in parts of Europe, Africa and Latin America in the coming weeks. Facebook, facebook lite, Social networking site, Mark ZUckerberg

According to a press release shared by the company, “More than a billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android. Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum. Facebook Lite is less than 1MB so it is fast to install and quick to load. It includes Facebook’s core experiences like News Feed, status updates, photos, notifications and more,” it further added.

Facebook Lite has been created for users in places with slower and unstable Internet connections. In addition, it is compatible with almost all the Android devices, by the virtue of the fact that it is compatible with devices running Android 2.2 and higher versions of the operating system. This new version of Facebook is much in line with its founder Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of connecting the world.

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What was the Venus de Milo doing with her arms? 

The Venus de Milo’s arms are lost to history but that hasn’t stopped historians and scholars wondering what exactly she was doing with them when the statue was carved. In order to test out a theory that Venus was spinning thread, Virginia Postrel hired designer and artist Cosmo Wenman to construct a 3D model of Venus de Milo.

Venus De Milo with arms

source http://kottke.org/15/07/what-was-the-venus-de-milo-doing-with-her-arms

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Naval Research Interested In Bringing 3D Printing To Large Scale For Ships

The Navy this month will outline what it is looking for from additive manufacturing or 3D printing technology as way to bolster what it terms “fleet readiness.”

The Office of Naval Research will on July 15 detail its Quality Metal Additive Manufacturing (Quality MADE) program that will aim to “develop and integrate the suite of additive manufacturing software and hardware tools required to ensure that critical metallic components can be consistently produced and rapidly qualified in a cost effective manner.”

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Britain Wanted To Move Hong Kong Citizens To N. Ireland: Declassified Info

A bizarre plan to relocate the entire population of Hong Kong to Northern Ireland was considered an option in the uncertain years before Britain handed back the former British colony to Chinese rule, formerly classified government files showed.

Britain’s National Archives on Friday released a 1983 government file called “Replantation of Northern Ireland from Hong Kong,” which showed British officials discussing a far-fetched proposal to settle 5.5 million Hong Kong people in a newly built “city state” between Coleraine and Londonderry.

George Fergusson, an official at the Northern Ireland office, was inspired by a university lecturer’s proposal to “transplant” Hong Kong to Northern Ireland — a move that would supposedly revitalize the local economy as well as save Hong Kong, which the lecturer believed had “no future on its present site.”

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Back Up And Sync Your Files Inside A Mason Jar With Raspberry Preserve

Do you like the concept of backup services like Dropbox or Box but don’t want to relinquish control of your data? Well now you can keep your files safely stored in your own pantry, right next to your jars of fruits and vegetables.

An innovative DIYer has figured out a way to skillfully merge a Raspberry Pi running BitTorrent Sync with a traditional glass Mason jar. The result is a homemade service that keeps files in sync between all of your devices.

In terms of software setup, all you need to do is SSH into a Raspberry Pi and install the Raspberry Pi version of BitTorrent Sync (aptly named Raspberry Preserve), Node.js, and a few other packages. The Pi can also connect to optional LEDs, to blink or stay solid depending on whether data is currently transferring to the device.

While the original creator opted to attach his Mason jar to a wooden base, it is up to you to decide how much effort you want to put into the aesthetics of the device.

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