May the computers unite and with that revolutionary concept the IBM System/360 was born. Before the uniting of computers into a network of systems, each was its own creation uniquely customized for each of IBM’s clients.
It has been 50 years since the 360 mainframe was introduced in 1964. It boasted the first mainframe computers that IBM customers could optimize from a lower cost model to something upgraded in power. ABC News
The history of the Ebola virus is believed to date back to the beginning of our planet, though it was only first discovered in 1976. A clue that indicates an ancient origin is that the molecule’s genetic code is one of the most primitive and ancient having a single strand of RNA. The Hot Zone
The recent outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, upon careful DNA analysis, is determined to be of the most deadly of the Ebola viruses known as the Zaire strain. This version of the Ebola virus typically kills up to 80 percent of the victims it infects. The name is derived from the 1976 outbreak in northern Zaire; for the Ebola River in Zaire (see table below from WHO International for exact number of deaths)
It takes only a small number of particles contracted through Blood-borne pathogens for an “extreme amplification” to erupt in Ebola Zaire’s host.
Table: Chronology of major Ebola haemorrhagic fever outbreaks (as of May 2012)
|Year||Country||Virus subtype||Cases||Deaths||Case fatality|
|2008||Democratic Republic of Congo||Ebola Zaire||32||14||44%|
|2007||Democratic Republic of Congo||Ebola Zaire||264||187||71%|
|1996||South Africa (ex-Gabon)||Ebola Zaire||1||1||100%|
|1995||Democratic Republic of Congo||Ebola Zaire||315||254||81%|
|1994||Cote d’Ivoire||Ebola Ivory Coast||1||0||0%|
|1977||Democratic Republic of Congo||Ebola Zaire||1||1||100%|
|1976||Democratic Republic of Congo||Ebola Zaire||318||280||88%|
The Ebola Zaire strain
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Glenn Edward McDuffie, a U.S. Navy sailor in World War II and believed to be the man in the famous kiss picture taken by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, died today March 3, 2014.
It was decades ago on Aug. 14, 1945 in Times Square when McDuffie and a nurse celebrated the end of the war in an embracing kiss that is an iconic image in American history.
On Oct. 1, 1962 Mississippi University admitted James Meredith; their first black student. This Federally ordered act of integration resulted in a violent mob riot on the campus. Two people were killed and hundreds injured. Mississippi had segregationist laws that Governor Ross Barnett tried to uphold despite President Kennedy’s order to obey the federal law against segregation. The fight to preserve James Meredith’s civil right to attend the University of Mississippi is sometimes referred to as “the last battle of the Civil War”.
When we think of the plague, we imagine ages gone by, the middle ages in particular, safely contained inside the texts of detailed accounts in history books. Most of us don’t associate the plague with current times, but the truth is 10 to 20 people in the United States contract plague each year. In fact, infected mice from a lab in New Jersey escaped in 2005 and have never been found.
In the news recently, we are warned of an increased risk of ancient diseases thawing back into existence; the Bubonic plague being one. An example is a 30,000 year old virus that has been brought back to life from its Siberian permafrost tomb. Scientist believe that we could be vulnerable to more of these frozen enemies as climate change thaws out our planet.