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CNN | CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Peter Piot, MD, PhD about an out of control Ebola epidemic in West Africa.
Wikipedia | Peter Piot, MD, PhD
Wikipedia | Ebola virus
Visual Science | 3D model of Ebola virus
image | high resolution version of 3D model of Ebola virus
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Topics: Biomed/Longevity | Survival/Defense
It’s actually because of Africa’s economic and technological progress that this outbreak has been particularly devastating. The vastly increased transportation infrastructure has allowed this virus to spread, whereas a few years ago this scale of an outbreak would not have been possible.
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Peter Diamandis’ uber-optimistic expectations about Africa so far aren’t playing out…
what do you think about the effec thus far about the One Laptop per child idea? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_Laptop_per_Child
Outsiders have been trying to lift Africa up since the days of colonization, but as long as Africa remains an assemblage of nations ruled by dictators, I don’t see One Laptop per child helping much.
It is amazing how little we know about this disease and also amazing how destructive and dangerous it is.
It will be interesting to someday learn what host this originates in. Monkeys or bats, mice, chickens, or pigs… ?
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