Organized religion is organized crime. I do not adhere to any doctrine or master beyond what my own individual perception yields. My “religion” is the ever expanding awareness and sensation of my human experience, the unique bliss of communion with my environment and those a part of it, and initiative to refine myself via knowledge attained. I am an appendage of “God”, the term used here simply to conveniently summarize this primordial force of creation that we all stem from and are forever bound by as brothers and sisters.
|—||Carl Sagan (The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark)|
Researchers successfully eliminate HIV virus from cultured human cells
The HIV-1 virus has proved to be tenacious, inserting its genome permanently into its victims’ DNA, forcing patients to take a lifelong drug regimen to control the virus and prevent a fresh attack. Now, a team of Temple University School of Medicine researchers has designed a way to snip out the integrated HIV-1 genes for good.
”This is one important step on the path toward a permanent cure for AIDS,” said Kamel Khalili, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at Temple. Dr. Khalili and his colleague, Wenhui Hu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Neuroscience at Temple, led the work which marks the first successful attempt to eliminate latent HIV-1 virus from human cells. “It’s an exciting discovery, but it’s not yet ready to go into the clinic. It’s a proof of concept that we’re moving in the right direction,” added Dr. Khalili, who is also Director of the Center for Neurovirology and Director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple.
This giant duck could provide solar and hydro power to Copenhagen
by Gabriella Munoz
Once built, this floating sculpture covered with solar cells will produce clean energy for Denmark’s capital city.
Hundreds of photovoltaic panels will cover this 12-storey high floating solar farm, which also has hydro turbines to produce energy at night. According to Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network, Energy Duck is also a reminder of “how climate change has adversely impacted the breeding habitats of the common elder duck, a large sea duck found in the northern coasts of Europe and North America.”…
(read more: Science Alert)
images: Land Art Generator Initiative
Excellent advice from (arguably) the coolest physicist to have ever lived, Richard Feynman: you don’t have to be a genius to want to study science, you just have to work hard!
Edit: just realized the initial quote reads: “ordinary” rather than “normal” — our apologies for the screw up!