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Man Brings Truckloads Of Water To Animals In Drought

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – As we know, the earth has been getting warmer due to the lack of care humans take living on this Earth. The constant exploitation, the cutting down of forest, the pollution of water and many “creative” ways we have found to additionally destroy our Earth.

Having said this, the case is that our actions have also affected nature and the regular chain of life outside of ours.

This video takes place in Kenya. Where global changes have made an impact on animals lives living in the wild. The scarcity of water has become an issue since the Earth is getting warmer. Droughts are more common than ever, leaving animals at an even bigger challenge of finding for water. As if their lives weren’t simple before this.

Here we have quite the video of these members of the Mwalua Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan founded and run organization that works towards sustainable water solutions for human and wildlife communities in Tsavo East National Park, deliver truckloads of water to all the animals suffering through a drought.

This is one of many examples of how we can help to prevent the further cleansing of wildlife animals. There is something we can all bring to the table and make this planet just a pinch better. This is only an encouragement as every difference begins with a tiny step forward toward the goal.

This video doesn’t really show them in action, however, it does simply show the hopeless animals gathered around the pond in the hopes of drying their thirst. It is a big eye opener to which extent we have come and how much we can actually go wrong by getting our will on this planet. However, we will again state that there is always something that we can do, just like the gentleman in this video.

These guys prove to show that the simplest of doings like bringing water to their front door is something small yet it can have a tremendous impact on their lives. If not anything else, wouldn’t you want to see more of such caring human beings?

What do you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

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Tech News

Alcatraz AI is Building Face ID for Corporate Badges

Ever experience the frustration of heading out of work for lunch and getting back to the office just in time to only realize that you left your badge upstairs on your desk? Now, you’re late and stuck waiting downstairs for one of your co-workers to be gracious enough to bring your badge down to you so that you can get back in.

Meanwhile, your boss is none too happy with you. And perhaps this is your third or fourth strike!

Well, it’s time you met Alcatraz AI, a start-up that wants to replace all the badge readers in your office with a Face ID-like camera system. With Alcatraz, any of the multiple sensors have the capability to identify faces and unlock doors effortlessly.

High-security buildings have made fingerprints and iris scanners a regular commodity, but your everyday business would end up with traffic jams at the door if they started using a fingerprint system. On top of all that, every time a new employee is hired, their biometric information would have to be added to the system.

This process would be tedious, especially for large companies with lots of employees.

Facial Authentication

However, with Alcatraz AI, facial authentication guarantees a quick, painless process. You begin with a badge, like the one you have now, but after you’ve used it a few times, Alcatraz Al has scanned your face enough to form a model. From then on, you can always leave your badge on your desk – or at home, for that matter –, and simple facial recognition will get you in the door.

Alcatraz Al has built custom hardware with three different sensors that include both traditional RGB sensors and infrared sensors for 3D mapping which they would install. Once everything is set and running, companies only need to pay an annual fee to continue using the platform.

Alcatraz AI can even detect tailgating – that is, someone trying to get in somewhere secure by following in an authorized person. It gives customers analytics and real-time notifications.

Overall, the process is much simpler and easier, and the ongoing license cost should be the same as what your company previously used to pay guards. The start-up has raised nearly $6 million already from Hardware Club, Ray Stata, JCI Ventures, Ruvento Ventures, and Hemi Ventures.

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Health

What You Need To Know If Your Dog Has Eaten Marijuana

Since the rise of marijuana being legal in various states across the nation, more animals have ingested this weed and ending up in their vet’s office.  According to veterinary clinics, they have seen more cases of animals accidentally ingesting recreational marijuana and approximately 97% are dogs.

It’s not really clear how many of these dogs accidentally consumed weed or whether owners are just concerned if their pet actually did eat marijuana or not. Either way, it’s really important that dog owners know the signs if their pets are in harm’s way from marijuana.

The Symptoms Owners Should Recognize If Their Dog Eats Marijuana:

Whether your dog inhales second-hand smoke from marijuana or grabs a marijuana brownie off the counter, you need to know the signs.  To ensure your dog stays healthy and safe, no food laced with marijuana should be anywhere near them and you should not smoke the substance in the same room or even the same house.

The Symptoms Your Dog Will Show:

  • Breathing problems
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lethargy
  • Abnormal heartbeats
  • Loss of balance
  • The loss of restraint for urinating

What Should I Do If My Dog Has Consumed Marijuana?

Contact your vet as soon as possible.  Your vet will try to induce vomiting to remove anything eaten.  If your dog is really lethargic, the THC from the marijuana is already in their bloodstream, you should try to induce vomiting with hydrogen peroxide.

Your vet will probably keep your dog for a short period of time and watch for seizures and give them fluids to try and clear out their system much faster.  Seizures can happen if your dog has consumed a large amount of the drug.  At this point, it’s a matter of just watching and waiting.

This is not just for dogs who have consumed marijuana.  If your dog has consumed something else, but you don’t know what, get your dog to your vet as quickly as possible.

Will Weed Kill My Dog?

The chances are slim unless they consumed a very large amount.  Recent studies have shown that a dog’s reaction to cannabis in legalized states, 2 out of 125 have died. The most common ingestion is cannabis butter extract which is extremely toxic to dogs. Your vet will probably ask several questions to determine if your dog consumed weed or some other substance such as chocolate.  If your dog is getting on in years, is sick or really small, you should be very aware what your pet consumes.

Can I Give Marijuana To My Dog For Pain Relief?

You should never, ever give your dog anything that has THC! Cannabidiol (CBD) might be an option which is a compound found in the flowers of cannabis. CBD has been used for thousands of years for curing many disorders.  THC, on the other, hand, causes the effect of feeling high.

Because CBD is not psychoactive, it can possibly help your dog with certain discomforts associated with inflammation, anxiety, chronic pain, etc.

The bottom line, unless recommended by your vet, keep anything toxic, such as marijuana, away from your dog and definitely bring your pet to your vet as quickly as possible.  If you consume recreational marijuana, it’s really important you make sure all consumed items are kept far away from your pets.

The makeup of your dog’s brain and nervous system are not just like yours.  You could cause a great deal of harm and in some cases, could cost them their lives.  Your pets rely on you for protection so do the right thing by them, just like children.  Take good care of your dog so you can both have many wonderful years together!

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Hilarious Flight Attendant Performs Rap For Passengers

The airports and airplanes have become part of our day to day because thanks to airplanes we can travel long distances in a short period of time. Everyone who has traveled by plane knows that unusual things happen in airports and on planes, but people who travel constantly say that the trip is boring and routine, but this time it turned out to be the opposite.

The truth is that a flight attendant had the passengers have fun while she did Rap following the safety instructions. This stewardess really has talent!

A man named Robert Stratton was waiting for his Southwest Airlines flight from Los Angeles to leave for Salt Lake City, Utah, on March 23, when suddenly a stewardess, named Adele, went into action and started doing some Rap.

Robert said that at the beginning, Adele asked all the passengers to accompany her to do some music, after that she began to venture into a Rap with some of the safety instructions before starting the flight. Adele in her Rap said important things like “make sure your belts are tight because we will be very far from the ground very soon”.

Robert said he had never had such a fun flight before and said that all passengers on board enjoyed the rap of Adele, as it was really fun.

Being A Flight Attendant

Some flight attendants say that their work is not easy since some passengers turn out to be rude and annoying, but there are always educated people who make the work of the assistants easier and more pleasant.

To be a flight attendant it is necessary to go through hard training, besides that some minimum and maximum age requirements must be met, and they must also master several languages, but the most important thing is that they must have good health and resistance to be able to swim and run in extreme cases.

In addition to all that, they must also have a good charisma to be able to talk and socialize with people on the plane without any problem or difficulty. The truth is that, despite all this, there are always flight attendants who are in charge of surprising the passengers with their incredible singing or dancing skills, although this is not necessary, it becomes a useful tool to keep the passengers happy.

We must always remember where we come from and we must bear in mind that no job is easy, each one requires an effort that we do not normally perceive, for that reason it is very important to respect people regardless of their jobs.

Music is considered the universal language and Adele knows it very well, for that reason she used her Rap to keep passengers safe and happy while dictating the necessary safety instructions before starting the trip. Adele is the best Flight Attendant in the world!

The airports and airplanes have become part of our day to day because thanks to airplanes we can travel long distances in a short period of time. Everyone who has traveled by plane knows that unusual things happen in airports and on planes, but people who...

Celebs

Why Does Queen Elizabeth Wear Gloves?

Over the many years that Queen Elizabeth has occupied the throne, there are a few things that stand out when it comes to her attire such as a bright colored coat, her matching hat, always a huge brooch, and lastly, her perfect gloves!  She has also been known to wear many different sunglasses in many different colors including blue, yellow, and fuchsia.

Back to the question about the gloves.  Actually, there is a really good reason, the queen must shake a lot of hands during the course of a day.  She is constantly exposed to germs so her gloves protect her!

Ever since her honeymoon in 1947, the glove manufacturer Cornelia James has kept the queen in a large supply of gloves.  Genevieve James, the current director, and daughter of Cornelia told Good Housekeeping, the gloves may serve a practical purpose but have also become her trademark over the years.

In 1947, the royal couturier Norman Hartnell, who designed the queen’s wedding dress, ordered a suitcase of James’ gloves.  James was well-known for his gloves coming in a multitude of colors as well as traditional shades which the queen loves.

Family Business

In 1979, manufacturer Cornelia James received her Royal Warrant as the official glove manufacturer to Queen Elizabeth.  After Cornelia’s death in 1999, her daughter took over the business.  It’s estimated that since that time, the company has made around 60 to 70 pairs of gloves for the queen.  Genevieve said that she can tell the difference between her creations and those of her mother’s.

Unlike your standard glove, the queen’s gloves are made from pure cotton with a suede-brushed finish. Another favored style of gloves uses a lighter Swiss jersey.  The gloves are from the Francesca or Regina collection and the length is customized for the sleeves to reach 5 inches from the base of her thumb to her arm.  This allows the gloves to reach beyond the cuff of her coat and keeps her wrists covered.

The queen has been known to keep at least 2 or 3 gloves with her at all times.  The queen is also known to be thrifty, she is likely to get her gloves washed and/or repaired due to the cost of £110 per pair. The queen has been known to keep her gloves for 40 years.  The royal family has always wanted to appear as economical, not wasting money.

It’s believed the British people are in favor of their economic spending, seeing the family in a much more favorable light. I’m sure we would all love to have these incredible gloves to add to our fashion statement, but for now, let’s just say “God Save The Queen”!

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He’s Only 23 And Already A Grandfather

Tommy Connolly was just a regular guy enjoying life in his early 20s. A full-time student, a part-time real-estate agent, and a gifted athlete, the Australian native would soon have his promising life turned upside down upon receiving a Facebook message from someone in his past.

Grandpa? Me?

This simple message sent to his social media account would alter his life in ways he never thought imaginable.

In a matter of months, he would become one of the youngest grandparents in the world. Along the way, he would encounter challenges he never expected to face. Tommy’s life-changing story will stun you.

Click next to read his heartwarming story

Tommy Connolly was just a regular guy enjoying life in his early 20s. A full-time student, a part-time real-estate agent, and a gifted athlete, the Australian native would soon have his promising life turned upside down upon receiving a Facebook message from...

Earth

The Earth Just ‘Rang Like A Bell’ And Nobody Knows Why

It seems like the earth is up to something, and no one can tell what exactly it was. Some sort of “event” originating near an island between Madagascar and Africa, as far as Chile, New Zealand, and Canada was picked up by sensors.

What’s phenomenal is that 11,000 miles away in Hawaii, the “event” was also picked up by sensors.

So, what exactly was it? An earthquake? Some sort of volcanic activity?  A nuclear test?  A meteorite? Scientists are having a hard time identifying its cause.

Göran Ekström, a seismologist from Columbia University, gave his two cents to National Geographic:

“I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it. [However] it doesn’t mean that, in the end, the cause of them is that exotic.”

The “event,” beginning around 15 miles off the shores of Mayotte, on November 11 wasn’t just a short occurrence that popped up and then disappeared instantly; it had sensors ringing for twenty minutes, but without the sensors, we may have never known it happened. Not one single human felt it!

Wave Train

Researchers are identifying it as a “monotone, low-frequency ringing,” but they still haven’t put their fingers on what caused it.

The possibility of an earthquake has altogether been ruled out. What normally happens in an earthquake is a sudden jerk lasting just a few seconds as a result of tension built up between earth’s plates. This occurrence was nothing like that.

The waves following an earthquake’s initial jolt are a sort of “wave train” according to Stephen Hicks, a seismologist at the University of Southampton. The “primary waves” move forward quickly in bunches, and the “secondary waves” that follow have more of a side-to-side motion. Both these waves possess a high-pitched frequency which Hicks refers to as “a sort of ping rather than a rumbling.” Finally, surface waves similar to the “event” that recently occurred happen, and these can travel the planet more than once. They “ring Earth like a bell,” as Hicks so eloquently put it.

The problem with the waves coming from Mayotte is that no earthquake happened to trigger them, so scientists are saying it was a monochromatic event, meaning it possessed only one type of wave which repeated itself every seventeen seconds.

However, Mayotte has been plagued with frequent seismic activity over the last year. Since May of 2018, the island has experience hundreds of quakes originating approximately 31 miles offshore, a location just east of the recent “event.”

The French Geological Survey suggests that a “new center of volcanic activity may be developing” off the island’s coast as they’ve been monitoring Mayotte’s seismic activity.

Though it’s been over 4,000 years since the island experience any major volcanic eruptions, the French Geological Survey thinks it’s possible that there could be a new movement of magma offshore.

However, results are still unclear and inconclusive. Researchers continue to look into the “event” and figure out the origin and potential effect of this seismic activity.

It seems like the earth is up to something, and no one can tell what exactly it was. Some sort of “event” originating near an island between Madagascar and Africa, as far as Chile, New Zealand, and Canada was picked up by sensors.
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Health

Apple Watch Develops New Features to Detect Heart Problems:

A new study shows that the Apple Watch could help detect A-fib

Every year, we marvel more and more at the feats Apple Inc. is able to accomplish. From iPhones to Macs to iPads and iPad minis – their ingenuity seems to have no end.

The lives of people everywhere in the world are being impacted by Apple’s latest technology, and what studies are beginning to reveal about their Apple Watch could be even more life-changing than any of their technology has been before.

Watches have always been a great accessory. Not only do they accent your wrist, help you keep track of time, and give you a look of maturity, but now this particular watch has the potential to save your life. As if the Apple Watch wasn’t already amazing, now it has the potential to detect possible heart conditions right when they arise.

A recent study based on 419,000 Apple Watch users illustrated that the watch had the capacity to detect irregular heartbeats. Though it’s nowhere near ready to be a completely dependable source, the possibility is undoubtedly there and is already showing that it works. So, what does this mean for heart health?

Atrial Fibrillation – The Silent Killer

Stanford University carried out the study to see if the Apple Watch picked up on a particular heart condition; the test pool, 419,000 users, is one of the largest pools that screened healthy people for this specific heart condition called atrial fibrillation which often causes strokes when it goes untreated.

As the system is not yet perfect, the study flagged a high number of 2,100 participants as possibly having a problem.

As they took the study to its next step, the results of Apple Watch’s technology were even more promising. Those who were flagged were made to consult with a doctor and measure their heart rhythms for a week by wearing an EKG patch. One-third of the group tested positive for Atrial Fibrillation!

The Facts about A-Fib

A-fib is so dangerous because, most often, patients can’t even tell they have it. In fact, the condition causes 130,000 deaths a year and a greater number of hospitalizations. The condition occurs when the bottom and top chambers of the heart are out of sync with each other which results in heart fluttering at times and heart racing at others.

Often, the heart is able to get itself back into rhythm, but otherwise, an electric shock or blood thinner is necessary to treat the condition. A-fib can also be present some times and not at others, so it can be tricky to catch.

Routine screening for A-fib is discouraged by doctors as over-testing and over-treating can result in their own set of problems, but even though the condition occurs most often in older adults, if you have a history in your family of heart trouble, it may be in your best interest to check your own heart.

There is Still a Long Way to Go to Make it Viable

“This study, we believe, provides very encouraging evidence that a device, the Apple Watch, can be used to detect A-fib and to point out to people when additional monitoring or testing may be needed,” noted Stanford’s dean of medicine, Dr. Lloyd Minor.

It’s key to note that you cannot make a proper diagnosis with just the watch’s result; a follow-up appointment with a doctor is necessary. Some doctors, however, are wholly against it, like the director of Mount Sinai in New York, Dr. Valentin Fuster, who openly stated, “I would not advise this to the general population.”

Most likely, doctors are worried that wearers would rely too heavily on their watches to keep tabs on their health without ever seeing a doctor, possibly resulting in life-ending maladies. However, if understood responsibly, it’s possible that your wristwatch might actually save your life.

A new study shows that the Apple Watch could help detect A-fib
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Lobster Inspired Body Armor

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a side of melted butter.

Ming Guo, from the mechanical engineering department of MIT, had a breakthrough when he was enjoying a lobster at dinner. He noticed that lobsters have membranes between their joints that is as strong as tire rubber.

He realized that this naturally growing material was nearly impossible to chew but was also flexible and soft. His thought was that this material would be perfect in the joints of body armor.

A study released in Acta Materialia states: “The knowledge learned from the soft membrane of natural lobsters sheds light on designing synthetic soft, yet strong and tough materials for reliable usage under extreme mechanical conditions, including a flexible armor that can provide full-body protection without sacrificing limb mobility.”

Ming explains, “We think this work could motivate flexible armor design. If you could make armor out of these types of materials, you could freely move your joints, and it would make you feel more comfortable.”

The Flawed Effectiveness of Kevlar

While bulletproof vests are a valuable tool for law enforcement officers and military, they do have a few drawbacks. Kevlar’s effectiveness only spans around five years, at which time they should be replaced. Kevlar is also bulky and unforgiving, not suitable for all body types.

In particular, women frequently need to have Kevlar vests altered.  Because Kevlar is bulky, it interferes with concentration and marksmanship abilities. Making the vests more mobile decreases their effectiveness.

To be truly effective, body armor needs to be flexible and light to allow the wearer to move freely.  It also needs to be tough and made from materials that are abundant for ease and affordability of manufacturing.

As hard as it is to imagine a lobster-inspired bulletproof vest, the body armor of the crustacean fulfills all of these qualities. Researchers from MIT and Harvard are currently exploring how best to harness the benefits of lobster armor for human use.

Learning from Lobsters

Even though lobster armor brings to mind a cartoon character with claws and a bright red suit, it’s not so far-fetched.  As body armor evolves to be stronger and more flexible, chances are that bulky armor, made from cloth and Kevlar, will become a distant memory.

Science fiction films hint at ways that body armor will improve.  In fact, the Robert Rodriguez film, Alita: Battle Angel, hints that in the distant future, humans will sport robotic body parts.

For now, MIT scientists are taking their cues from a million-year-old lobster who has evolved to fit their habitat perfectly.  Their armor protects them from temperature extremes and other intense under-water conditions, and one day, it may protect our LEO’s and military from equally intense conditions on duty and in the battlefield.

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a...

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SpaceX Makes a Splash in History

At 8:45 AM EST, SpaceX shuttle Crew Dragon landed in the Atlantic Ocean, just about 230 miles from the Florida coast.

The splash landing was the culmination of a successful journey lasting six days. The ship was designed to rendezvous with the International Space Station and head safely back to earth.

With the success of the mission, the spaceship will be cleared to carry astronauts in the future. The Crew Dragon’s success means that it is slated to become the first manned mission for NASA since July of 2011. Since 2011, American astronauts have been hitching rides into space aboard Russia’s Soyez rockets.

The Crew Dragon’s mission started with its launch from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center on March 2nd.  It met up with the ISS and remained linked to the space station for five days before returning to earth.

America Finally Returns to Space

Once all of the data has been collected and analyzed, the 14000-pound space shuttle will be cleared to carry a live crew.  This mission carried only 400 pounds of cargo and a crash dummy.  This mission was one of SpaceX’s most important, and it will help Americans return to space again.

Per NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine, speaking to Science Insider about the importance of this mission, “This is a critically important event in American history. We’re on the precipice of launching American astronauts on American rockets from American soil again for the first time since the retirement of the space shuttle.”

Boeing and SpaceX have contracts with NASA that authorize them to build rockets and be a part of the space agency’s continuing mission launches.  Boeing received $4.2 billion for its CST-100 Starliner ship. SpaceX has received $2.6 billion for its contract.

NASA and SpaceX aren’t spending a lot of time celebrating their successful mission.  It’s estimated that we could see a manned mission to and from the ISS as soon as July.  Doug Hurley and Bob Nehnken, both from NASA, are expected to man the capsule at that time and launch into history.

At 8:45 AM EST, SpaceX shuttle Crew Dragon landed in the Atlantic Ocean, just about 230 miles from the Florida coast.

The splash landing was the culmination of a successful journey lasting six days. The ship was designed to rendezvous with the International...

Earth

The Real Cause For The Ice Ages

The past three leading ice ages which happened over 540 million years ago, were followed by massive tectonic build-up all across the equator.  A team of U.S. researchers’ findings were published in the Journal of Science offering new insight into the causes of ice ages that were believed to be related to volcanic eruptions, until now.

A team from the University of California, led by Francis Macdonald, had been looking at the collision of tectonic plates that created the Himalayas.  The team discovered that when an oceanic plate pushes against a continental plate, a mountain range of rock is created.

They also discovered the two collisions that created the Himalayas happened in tropical zones near the equator.  They found both collisions were immediately followed by global atmospheric cooling.

This led to questioning if the exposure of new rock caused a chemical reaction that led to global cooling?  After examining the rate at which the rock from the oceanic plate reacted with carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it could have removed enough of the greenhouse gas to trigger an ice age.

The team further researched if there were similar patterns in other ice ages. They traced back the cooling events from the last 540 million years and were able to match them to locations of continental collisions.  Their findings revealed that before each ice age, there were collisions in the tropics.

More Than One Reason

They believe that the combination of heat and humidity in the tropics aided in spurring a chemical reaction between calcium and magnesium found in rocks and atmospheric carbon dioxide causing gas to be sucked out of the atmosphere.  Atmospheric carbon dioxide has a warming effect on the planet, creating a barrier around the Earth.

This prevents heat from escaping back into space which means its removal led to Earth’s temperature dropping. What this means, we are presently living in an ice age that started over 2.5million years ago.  We are in an interglacial period in which the earth goes through a warming period with this ice age.

Right now, there is a zone in Indonesia in which two tectonic plates are colliding.  It’s believed this could potentially be responsible for our current ice age along with why we have a cool climate along with ice caps.

It’s believed this will end in approximately 10 million years and it is believed the Earth will return to a non-glacial climate.  Macdonald said that due to the current movements of the plates, they can project arc-continent collisions and their latitude will become more uncertain the further the projection.

With further studies, the team hopes to clarify records regarding continental collisions and be able to calculate the changes more clearly regarding carbon dioxide concentrations. Their study shows a coincidence but in order to test causality, they need a better understanding of the chemical mass balance.

Macdonald believes what they have gotten from their work is the geography in the tropics which is particularly important for the chemistry of the oceans and setting the global climate condition.

From the Laboratory of Climate and Environmental Sciences in France, William Gray said even though he was not involved in the study, the findings contributed to their understanding of what causes ice ages over a period of time – volcanic eruptions and/or the chemical breakdown of rocks.

He said it has been long debated which side of this balance is more important for driving the variations in CO2 and climate.  The results from the study by Macdonald and his colleagues suggest the changes in the level of CO2 removed from the atmosphere by the weathering of rocks could have driven variations in atmospheric CO2 and the climate over the past 500 million years.

This suggests changes in CO2 emissions from volcanoes may only play a minor role.

The past three leading ice ages which happened over 540 million years ago, were followed by massive tectonic build-up all across the equator.  A team of U.S. researchers’ findings were published in the Journal of Science offering new insight into the...

Health

Research: New Hope For HIV Cure

A patient has been diagnosed as being in remission from the HIV virus, according to an article released in the Nature journal.  The patient was the second who was reported to be cured in twelve years, using the same therapies as the previous patient.

While this is a hopeful leap for the treatment and eventual cure of HIV, the approach isn’t quite ready for broad use.

The treatment plan, released by scientists at Seattle’s Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, involved bone marrow transplants.  The transplants were not initially intended to cure the HIV, they were a treatment modality for treating cancer.  The side benefits?  Placing the HIV virus into remission.

Bone marrow transplant has many side-effects and is a risky procedure, so it’s questionable if the therapy will be a widely accepted treatment plan for HIV.  More likely, physicians will stick with the medications traditionally used to fight the disease.

Modified Immune Cell Replacement

Scientists are turning their focus away from treating the disease and looking at the role of modified immune cell replacement of infected cells.  These cells will be modified to be resistant to HIV.

Dr. Annemarie Wensing, a University Medical Center virologist at Utrecht, Netherlands explains that the discovery will provide hope for people; a cure is within reach.  Dr. Wensing is the co-leader of a group of European scientists that focused their studies on using stem cell transplants for the treatment of an HIV infection.

AMFAR, an American AIDS research group, has been behind the team of successful IciStem scientists, the second group of researchers to cure an HIV patient.

The first reported patient cured of HIV was revealed twelve years prior at the conference by a German physician who used bone marrow treatments as a cure for the patient’s leukemia.  The doctor was amazed to find that the patient’s HIV was cured as well.

Researchers tried to imitate the procedure, hoping for success but to no avail.  The patients either died of their cancers or after they stopped their anti-retroviral meds the virus returned.

Researchers have isolated immune cells with a mutated variety of a standard CCR5 protein.  This mutation keeps the HUV virus from infecting cells by blocking the virus from attaching to white blood cells.

This treatment was nearly fatal to the first patient who tried it, but the process has been streamlined to be safer.  The second patient fared better when he received a bone marrow transplant for his Hodgkin’s lymphoma.  The donor had the mutated CCR5 in their donated cells.

The second patient also fortified the treatment with a cycle of immunosuppressive drugs until 2017.  He then stopped taking the anti-retroviral medications and has remained free of HIV to date.

A patient has been diagnosed as being in remission from the HIV virus, according to an article released in the Nature journal.  The patient was the second who was reported to be cured in twelve years, using the same therapies as the previous patient.
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