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1) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1591889)
Posted 12 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
You can read just about anything you want on the internet, but that doesn't make it true.

Like I have read that the flight MH370 Boeing 777 was flown somewhere to an Islamic state where it is being prepared for the next round of major terrorist strikes somewhere in the west. Like with the man made viruses it could be true but it is unlikely.
2) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1591706)
Posted 22 hours ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
According to a program I just watched last week about MH370 the system is operational globally and used by the USA and Canada. There is considerable pressure to make it mandatory for all over water carriers to implement the system. I depends on the gps and communications satellites to relay tracking data back to the FAA and the airline home office.
3) Message boards : Politics : MH370 Missing (Message 1591668)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
MH370: No confirmation plane debris found in Indonesia, says Transport Ministry

PUTRAJAYA: Indonesia has not confirmed if they have found debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, said deputy Transport Ministry secretary-general Datuk Ruhaizah Mohamed Rashid.

"We have not received any information from there, and if there is, the Indonesian authorities will get in touch with the Malaysian authorities," she told reporters after attending a briefing for the media on the current status of the search for Flight MH370, here, Friday.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/10/24/MH370-no-confirm-debris-indonesia/

Plane will never be found!

No, it's sad.
But since the technology to track planes in real time already exists, why dont use it.
Most airline companies will not use it because of the cost!
What cost? Incendents like this cost more!

All American carriers are already using the tracking system as well as Canada.
4) Message boards : Politics : Computers & Technology 2 (Message 1591495)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
So, to become a member of "Ello" you must be invited. I bet I'll have a long wait.
5) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1591414)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
So, just how long was Canada going to sit on the fact that a potential vaccine had already been developed and was sitting in a lab somewhere locked up waiting for it's value to go through the roof. Maybe they were getting scared that another lab was on the verge of another breakthrough.
6) Message boards : Politics : Anyone watch the TV series The Last Ship ? (Message 1591173)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
While it is true that the scenario in the TV show is technically far fetched there is one part that may be playing out close to the truth in the Ebola crisis. In the last episode of the first season of The Last Ship it is revealed that the people who have ended up in charge on the east coast of the USA are deliberately letting people die from the virus even after the existence of a cure is made known to said leadership. Being an attempt to let the masses die while an elite corps of highly intelligent people are provided with the vaccine.

Now it comes out that there has been a vaccine for ebola all along and it was kept under wraps. For what reason? It's not hard to see this as an attempt to allow the populations of troublesome countries in west Africa to be decimated whether it is true or not.
7) Message boards : SETI@home Science : Europa and Jupiter and Saturn (Message 1591137)
Posted 1 day ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
There's a large ocean that covers the whole of Europa, right beneath its thick crust. Plans have been made by scientists to investigate that odd moon, because there could be a swarm of underwater life under that thick icy crust. The lacking of funds refrains from doing so. It's the only place, we know, in our solar system that could hold real biological alien life!

I still have some hope that some form of subterranean life exists on Mars.
8) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1591064)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
You all are gonna love this... Its behind a paywall, so i'll copy-paste as much as I can...

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/health/without-lucrative-market-potential-ebola-vaccine-was-shelved-for-years.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&version=LedeSum&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0&gwh=3E4FC30FAD8A3243C63A3CA2DBA94BEC&gwt=pay&assetType=nyt_now

GALVESTON, Tex. — Almost a decade ago, scientists from Canada and the United States reported that they had created a vaccine that was 100 percent effective in protecting monkeys against the Ebola virus. The results were published in a respected journal, and health officials called them exciting. The researchers said tests in people might start within two years, and a product could potentially be ready for licensing by 2010 or 2011.

It never happened. The vaccine sat on a shelf. Only now, with nearly 5,000 people dead from Ebola and an epidemic raging out of control in West Africa, is the vaccine undergoing the most basic safety tests in humans.

Its development stalled in part because Ebola was rare, and until now outbreaks had infected only a few hundred people at a time. But experts also acknowledge that the lack of follow-up on such a promising candidate reflects a broader failure to produce medicines and vaccines for diseases that afflict poor countries. Most drug companies have resisted spending the enormous sums needed to to develop products useful mostly to poor countries with little ability to pay for them.

Now, as the growing epidemic devastates West Africa and is seen as a potential threat to other regions as well, governments and aid groups have begun to open their wallets. A flurry of research to test drugs and vaccines is underway, with clinical trials starting for several candidates, including the vaccine produced nearly a decade ago. With no vaccines or proven drugs currently available, the stepped up efforts are a desperate measure to stop a disease that has defied traditional means of containing it.

“There’s never been a big market for Ebola vaccines,” said Thomas W. Geisbert, an Ebola expert here at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and one of the developers of the vaccine that worked so well in monkeys. “So big pharma, who are they going to sell it to?” Dr. Geisbert added: “It takes a crisis sometimes to get people talking. ‘Ok. We’ve got to do something here.' ”

Dr. James E. Crowe Jr., director of a vaccine research center at Vanderbilt University, said that academic researchers who develop a prototype drug or vaccine that works in animals often encountered a “biotech valley of death” in which no drug company would help them cross the finish line.

Up to that point, the research may have cost a few million dollars, but tests in humans and scaling up production can cost hundreds of millions, and bringing a new vaccine all the way to market typically costs $1 billion to $1.5 billion, Dr. Crowe said. “Who’s going to pay for that?” he asked.

“People invest in order to get money back,” Dr. Crowe added.

The Ebola vaccine on which Dr. Geisbert collaborated is made from another virus, V.S.V., for vesicular stomatitis virus, which causes a mouth disease in cattle but rarely infects people. It had already been used successfully in making other vaccines.

The researchers altered V.S.V. by removing one of its genes — rendering the virus harmless — and inserting a gene from Ebola. The transplanted gene forces V.S.V. to sprout Ebola proteins on its surface. The proteins cannot cause illness, but they provoke an immune response that in monkeys, considered a good surrogate for humans, fought off the disease.

The vaccine was actually produced, in Winnipeg by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Canadian government patented it, and 800 to 1,000 vials of the vaccine were produced. In 2010, it licensed the vaccine, known as VSV-EBOV, to NewLink Genetics, in Ames, Iowa.

The Canadian government donated the existing vials to the World Health Organization, and safety tests of the vaccine in healthy volunteers have already begun.


Almost 10 years ago...
Ebola vaccine developed that works 100% on monkeys.
Shelved before human trials due to no money in it.

And look who developed and patented it...

This does not surprise me. It does disappoint me though. If a vaccine has existed all along then why the delay in making its existence known. I know that under current law this is not criminal but it should be.
9) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : The Sun (Message 1590693)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
This may have been what was messing with my cell phone a couple of days ago, but I doubt it.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 2014 MLB World Series (Message 1590420)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I only watch baseball at this time of the year as it is all just practice until the end of September. But I have to say the post season games this year have been exceptional. I think the play by the Royals and the Giants is the best. I just wish they would go back to just announcing the game and stop micro analyzing every decision the players and managers make.
11) Message boards : Politics : You go Canada! (Message 1590416)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
BBC News

BBC news

Thank you Chris for showing us what this thread is about.
12) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1589916)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Yes. 100% yes.

Even if not human on human conflict, we need conflict to build a better mousetrap. Conflict between the vermin that eat our food and our hunger pangs. We are an animal of conflict. Without it something would come along and eat us.

As to the "poverty at home" the largest increase in the middle class happened in the cold war period, now in the post cold war period wealth disparity grows. But that is just an echo of WWII pulling America out of the Great Depression.

Unfortunately, it appears as if war is necessary for humanity to survive and prosper. (Boy are the BHL's going to crucify me for that.)

+1

That is why I picked the word conflict in the title. Conflict does not necessarily imply war.
13) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Once-in-a-million-year comet to buzz by Mars this weekend. (Message 1589863)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Thanks Gary, I looked. There is a lot of raw data there but I couldn't find any discussion or graphics related to Siding Springs.
14) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : Once-in-a-million-year comet to buzz by Mars this weekend. (Message 1589849)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Now that the comet is past Mars where is it heading? Will it develop a tail that will be visible from earth. It looks like all the scientific community was interested in was the flyby as I can't find any info about it's future path.
15) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1589840)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
In my opinion, had there been no space race and no manned trip to the moon there would still be the same number or more people in poverty today. Things might even be worse had there been no need to develop satellites, fast computers, wireless communications and countless more technologies that were spin offs from the space program. Aircraft would not have developed as rapidly without the need for warplanes and there are hundreds more examples of technologies that would most likely never been thought of if there was no need to do so.

Now if you want to live under the trees and only communicate with those who are within earshot then maybe advancement and progress would be viewed as evil things.
16) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : What are you reading? (Message 1589808)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
Not reading much right now, but after reading a review about it I plan to buy and read "The Martian"
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : 2014 MLB World Series (Message 1589800)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I was originally hoping for an east coast (Baltimore) vs. west coast (Giants) world series. Then I thought an all Missouri world series would be cool. Now I am hoping that the Royals will be able to win the series as it has been so long since their last appearance.

But the Giants have been almost perfect as an away team in the post season so I feel they will most likely win the first game.
18) Message boards : Politics : Is conflict needed for human advancement? (Message 1589797)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I was watching some nature programming on BBC America today and it was pointed out that, with mammals especially, a life of conflict helps creatures in the wild to develop and evolve either as preditors or prey. I have also read that humans have made our greatest advancements in the cause of war or in attempts to prevent it.

So, if we get to the point where we are all living on this planet in relative peace, will we begin to stagnate and lose our ability to advance?
19) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases Part Two (Message 1589788)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
It's hard to know whether they have a cure when 40% of those who contract the virus recover without special treatment. Let's hope they are close to something that will prevent an individual from coming down with the virus.
20) Message boards : Politics : Ebola and Infectious diseases (Message 1589247)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Bob DeWoody
I haven't seen or heard anything in the media about the Army taking over care of ebola cases. I think it is a good idea if it is true.


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