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Sometimes You Win One - A Big One

President Jimmy Carter lost his bid for re-election in 1980 and for millions of people, that was a blessing - a lifesaving blessing. Of the many things Carter did after leaving office, one is of particular importance and yet receives minimal, if any, notice. Jimmy Carter established the Carter Center which in 1986 decided to tackle the Guinea Worm.

The Guinea Worm (Dracunculus Medinensis) is a parasite whose larvae live in pond water. In 1986, 3.5 million people annually were infected with the disease. People drink water contaminated with the larvae. Once the larvae gain a host, they begin to grow. The growth period is from 10 to 14 months and the resulting adult worm will measure from 60 to 100 cm (2 to 3 feet). When mature, the worm causes a lesion on the host eventually bursting through the skin. Removing the worm can require weeks as only a few centimeters per day can be pulled from the host. This is extremely painful and water alleviates some of the pain. Unfortunately, when the adult worm contacts water, it releases millions of larvae and the cycle repeats.

When the Carter Center decided to take on the challenge, it was as if they had gone to war. They collected data and worked with the CDC, WHO, UNICEF and local authorities in the areas affected. A few years after the initial data collection, they were approached by Swiss businessman Torben Frandsen. (Frandsen had owned a company that produced uniforms.) He had invented a little thing called the “Lifestraw” with the idea that it could reduce the incidence of diphtheria and cholera. Two other scientist/engineers (Rob Fleuren of Holland and Moshe Frommer of Israel) adapted and redesigned the device to be usable as a weapon against the Guinea Worm. 

This new Lifestraw is 25 cm long, 29 mm in diameter, can process 700 litres of water and most important - it costs less than $2.00. The cost was critical because millions each year were infected with the disease. Armed with this new weapon and the coordination of the Carter Center, progress against the disease began - incrementally at first but with greater implementation of the LifeStraw and rapid responses based on Carter Center data, the disease began to wither.  

When the effort began in 1986, there were 3.5 million people infected annually. In all of 2014, from every corner of the world, there were only 126 infections and eradication is an achievable goal. There are only four remaining countries with infestations: Chad, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Mali. The noose is closing.
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Three weeks ago, former President Carter announced that he was suffering from brain cancer. At his press conference he was asked if he had any remaining wishes. His response was:
I want the last Guinea Worm to die before I do.” 
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While many of us may envision a general idea of heading into space, prompted by decades of Star Trek and newer generations of sci-fi entertainment, those who ar
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A tunneling robot is still the clear winner.
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Starling birds "murmuration" is a defensive measure!
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Defensive Mode: Murmuration of a Flock of Starlings.
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Fewer things are more mesmerizing than watching massive flocks of starlings go into murmuration mode — a defensive measure designed to ward of predators. A recent video shot in Utrecht, The Netherlands is a perfect case in point
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We get to see these often in the autumn
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Unexpected Water Ride.
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Black-footed ferrets, a critically endangered species native to North America, have renewed hope for future survival thanks to successful efforts by a coalition of conservationists, to reproduce genetically important offspring using frozen semen from a ferret who has been dead for approximately 20 years. The sire, 'Scarface,' as he is affectionately called, was one of the last 18 black-footed ferrets to exist in the world in the 1980s.
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Amazing Marine Life!
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Comb Jelly Gif

These unusual creatures locomote by beating rows of tiny hairlike structures called cilia. When the cilia are hit with artificial light they break it into wavelength colours, producing hypnotic shimmering rainbow colouration, as seen here in this #gif  via +WIRED and +Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Learn more about these fascinating creatures here: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/absurd-creature-week-comb-jelly-puts-one-hell-laser-show-man/#x
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10 Important Work Skills You Need To Acquire Before 2020! [Infographic] ...and the 6 Drivers of Change!
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10 Important Work Skills You Need To Acquire Before 2020.
After being yesterday with +Teodora Petkova and +David Amerland on a great conversation by HOA about ontologies and content writing (https://goo.gl/gjhLGs), I had to share this nice piece of (visual) content.

+StumbleUpon delivers to us a simple semantic way to address some of our biggest challenges with a mix of 6 drivers of change.

Also mentioned websites such as Coursera, Udemy, and Khan Academy offering both free and paid courses on almost any subject you could possibly imagine. This allows you to study and learn independently without interfering with life’s obligations.

See original post herehttp://goo.gl/CZWy3i

Enjoy your Sunday.

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Google brand new logo September 2015
The logo becomes part of a new family that includes the Google dots and 'G' icon
Introducing Google's new logo. #GoogleDoodle
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Richard Feynman is asked how Magnets work, his answer is mind-blowing. Reason why Feynman was so great, the way he describes a Magnet's working
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http://bornscientist.com/ScientificResearch/?u=Reason_why_Feynman_was_so_great,_the_way_he_describes_a_Magnet--s_working
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Shape-shifting metal discovery in China could prove the first step toward developing a robot similar to the infamous T-1000 shape-shifting, liquid metal assassin from the Terminator movies.
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Liquid metal discovery paves way for shape-shifting robots

It may look like nothing more than a small ball of metal, but the shape-shifting and self-propulsion abilities of a liquid metal alloy discovered by scientists at China’s Tsinghua University has captured the imaginations of scientists and science-fiction fans across the world.
Professor Liu Jing and his team have created what they believe could prove the first step toward developing a robot similar to the infamous T-1000 shape-shifting, liquid metal assassin from the Terminator movies.
Read more at http://www.businessinsider.my/liquid-metal-discovery-paves-way-for-shape-shifting-robotse-2015-4/#mL8B0TBvzDyQcU4e.99
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what is this exactly??????????? please explain
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Frigid wind currents off Australia in the Southern Ocean!
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An excellent animation of the frigid wind currents off Australia in the Southern Ocean


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Piece of aluminum foil dropped in test tube of liquid bromine = powerful exothermic reaction!
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Reaction between Bromine and Aluminum

When a piece of aluminum foil is dropped into a test tube containing liquid bromine (Br) a powerful exothermic reaction begins. The aluminum in the test tube actually melts because of the heat and can be seen flying outwards as white-hot drops. The cloud of orange-red gas is vaporized bromine. The reaction eventually forms aluminum bromide (AlBr3).

Source: https://youtu.be/ZpQkgM0msj4

#ScienceGIF   #Science   #GIF   #Chemistry   #Reaction   #ChemicalReaction   #RXN   #Bromine   #Aluminum   #AluminumBromide   #Exothermic  
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Fly your drone with your smartwatch!
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New smartwatch GIF! http://buff.ly/1MGLbsE design, tech, drone, interface, gesture, augmented reality, ar, controller, wearable, smartwatch, gyroscope, wearable tech, accelerometer #smartwatch
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Some stressful experiences -- such as chronic childhood abuse -- are so traumatic, the memories hide like a shadow in the brain and can't be consciously accessed. Eventually, suppressed memories can cause debilitating psychological problems. Scientists have discovered how and where the brain stores those stressful memories and how to retrieve them. The findings could lead to new treatment for patients with repressed traumatic memories.
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Bioluminescent Fish!
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Flashlight fish, spooky-looking nocturnal fish, bioluminescent "eyes"

Flashlight fishes (Beryciformes: Anomalopidae) harbor luminous symbiotic bacteria  in subocular light organs. 

These symbiotic bacteria are responsible for its glow, which is usually white but occasionally blue or yellow depending on the mood of the fish.

These fish have an amazing ability to rotate the light organ within its socket in order to turn the light on and off. The light organ is used in several ways.

✾ The most common use is to communicate among themselves by increasing the frequency of the blink.

✾ Another use is in the form of defense, turning the light on, and then quickly off while darting away from a predator.

✾ The last use for their light is to attract food in the form of plankton as these tiny crustaceans are normally attracted to light.

(Sources : http://goo.gl/gIClWmhttp://goo.gl/xI6K6O )

#bioluminescence   #fish   #scienceeveryday  
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Annnnnd that's why I shop at Publix.
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