Revising HIV’s History

Picture of sooty mangabeys

Healthy hosts. Sooty mangabeys have a monkey counterpart to HIV but don’t get sick.

By Elizabeth Pennisi
ScienceNOW Daily News
25 June 2008

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA–The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) responsible for most of the AIDS cases in the world infected people approximately 100 years ago, more than 20 years earlier than previously believed, according to findings presented here this week at the Evolution 2008 meeting. Its lesser known cousin, HIV-2, jumped into humans decades later, from a monkey species that carried the virus for just a couple of hundred years, not the millions of years researchers had assumed, according to other research presented at the meeting. Continue reading


June 29, 2008

Obama Supporters Take His Middle Name as Their Own

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on, mimicking her boyfriend and shocking her father.

“Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads. Continue reading


**** (One of the best movies of the year and another winner from Pixar)

Wall-E represents another landmark, technical achievement from the modern day genius factory known as Pixar. Ever since a plastic cowboy and a space superhero entered our popular culture, audiences anticipate and expect creative greatness reaching new imaganitive heights from the digital Disney crew. Their newest addition, an affecting story of a lovestruck robot, is bathed in simplicity, emotional maturity and a relatively risky narrative technique. Continue reading


Pakistani Taliban Say They Killed 28 Men From Peace Group


PESHAWAR, Pakistan — The bodies of 28 members of a government-sponsored peace committee were found dumped on a road near the tribal area of South Waziristan on Wednesday, Pakistan officials said. The Pakistani Taliban said the men were killed because they supported the government, according to a Taliban statement made to a local journalist. Continue reading


June 26, 2008

Supreme Court Rules That Individuals Have Gun Rights

WASHINGTON (AP) — Silent on central questions of gun control for two centuries, the Supreme Court found its voice Thursday in a decision affirming the right to have guns for self-defense in the home and addressing a constitutional riddle almost as old as the republic over what it means to say the people may keep and bear arms.

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