Sometimes It’s All About the Details

Sometimes you’re writing a story, and you go back on editing and say, “I need to tweak this character’s presence a little, and maybe make the technology more central to the story…”

And in the process you discover there was a MUCH better story to be told that those details just nudged you headlong at.  It’s amazing what a tiny redirection can change.

hyggehaven:

dying

gosh look at this freakin nerd
look at his gorgeous nerdy science badass face
LOOK AT IT PEOPLE

hyggehaven:

dying

gosh look at this freakin nerd

look at his gorgeous nerdy science badass face

LOOK AT IT PEOPLE

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Women in Science.

mermaidskey:

saucefactory:

A mix dedicated to women in the sciences, be they the geniuses of the past, the trailblazers of the present or the masterminds of the future. All of the following songs feature women singing about science, or using scientific terms and themes in their lyrics.

Oh, and I’ve borrowed the cover graphic from SABC’s Women in Science series. Thank you, SABC!

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01. Gabriella Cilmi - Einstein // 02. Ani DiFranco - The Atom // 03. Kate & Anna McGarrigle - NaCl (Sodium Chloride) // 04. Julie Miller - The Speed Of Light // 05. Bjork - Cosmogony // 06. Indigo Girls - Galileo // 07. Marian Call - I’ll Still Be A Geek After Nobody Thinks It’s Chic (The Nerd Anthem) // 08. Mia Doi Todd - Digital, Version 2.1 // 09. Roisin Murphy - Overpowered // 10. High Places - From Stardust To Sentience // 11. Spice Girls - Outer Space Girls (Feedback Remix) // 12. Siobhan Donaghy - Next Human (XY) // 13. Blondie - Dragonfly // 14. Freezepop - Science Genius Girl // 15. Eddie from Ohio - Quick // 16. Sia - Academia // 17. Aimee Mann - The Scientist // 18. Little Boots - Mathematics // 19. Gabriella Cilmi - Robots // 20. Bette Midler - Oh Industry // 21. High Places - Cosmonaut

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Reblogging this for me for later!

Oh neat!

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jenniferrpovey:

johnskylar:

jenniferrpovey:

johnskylar:

jenniferrpovey:

thataustraliangoth:

heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak
You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
"Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

Just a warning, there is also a minor outbreak in the UK, so you can bet your ass that it’ll get to other countries soon.

American media is the worst for not reporting stuff in Africa, I’d note. British media DOES do a better job.
The basics:
1. Don’t go to west Africa right now. Just don’t.
2. The incubation period for Ebola is 2 to 21 days. However, unlike most viruses, the patient is not infectious until he or she starts to show symptoms - fever, aches, or diarrhea being the early signs.
3. Ebola is not airborne. You can’t catch it from, say, being on the same plane with somebody who has it. You have to touch the bodily fluids of an ebola patient to get it. This is why health care workers are getting sick…
4. There are five types of Ebola. The strain causing this outbreak has an average survival rate of 30%.
5. This outbreak is so bad because it’s hitting communities with a crappy health infrastructure. Thus, it’s not likely that it would cause an epidemic in, say, the United States.
So, exactly. Don’t freak out, we’re not all going to die, but do be careful. Be aware of the situation. Yes, this is the worst ebola outbreak in history, but it’s highly unlikely that it will become a global pandemic simply because this is not an airborne virus. (Ebola is, in fact, rather similar to AIDs in some ways).

Not directed at jenniferrpovey, but the person saying there is a minor outbreak in the UK is COMPLETELY WRONG.
Whoever put that information out there was lying.  There is no evidence of Ebola virus disease in the United Kingdom as of right now, 1 August 2014.
Now to respond to the above:
Everything you said in that post is available on US News, they’re not underreporting this at all.  I got the same information this morning on the radio.
1) Agree.
2) That’s about right.  Not 100% about this incubation period thing, though.  ”incubation period” is a weird idea to begin with.
3) Correct.
4) There are five species of ebolavirus.  This current virus is related to Zaire ebolavirus and fits most of the criteria for being Zaire ebolavirus, but hasn’t quite been named that yet.  30% is a low estimate for Zaire case fatality rate, and there’s never been an outbreak with mortality that low.  The current virus (and this is the one you should talk about, as viruses evolve) has a 55%-60% case fatality rate.
5) Yes, I’d say that is true.
In general, I think the OP is way off and being needlessly political and sensationalist.  It doesn’t counteract media racism if you blow things out of proportion in response; that just comes off looking like a White or Western Savior Complex.
Be rational, be reasonable, and respond with information.
I’ve written an article with basic information, from my training in virology as well as from the CDC and WHO, about EBOV and the current outbreak.
It is called “Is Ebola Virus Going to Kill Me?” and you can find it here.

The actual mortality rate for this outbreak right now appears to be 40%, from doing a bit more research. We’ll see what it ends up being.
The worst part?
There’s an ebola vaccine about to enter human trials. So frustrating.

First thing: mortality rates are not case fatality rates.
Mortality rates are a population number.  Generally they are stated as “per one thousand people.”  So in this case the mortality rate is very, very small as only 729 people have died at last count and there are millions of people living in the area.
According to WHO numbers, 1323 cases are confirmed.  729 people have died. That’s a 55% case fatality rate.  Source here.
As I said in my article, this is probably an overestimate because some people may be subclinically infected but this is rarer for Ebola.  But 40% isn’t based on any real data.  55% is the number.

No…
I screwed up. 40% survival rate was what I was quoting. Somehow I wrote mortality rate instead. Sigh. Maybe I need more sleep.


LOL!  Happens to the best of us sometimes, evidently.  I wouldn’t know, I’m hardly the best of us. :)  I just figured I’d cite the numbers for accuracy’s sake.

jenniferrpovey:

johnskylar:

jenniferrpovey:

johnskylar:

jenniferrpovey:

thataustraliangoth:

heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak

  • You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
  • With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
  • That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
  • "Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
  • There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
  • Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

Just a warning, there is also a minor outbreak in the UK, so you can bet your ass that it’ll get to other countries soon.

American media is the worst for not reporting stuff in Africa, I’d note. British media DOES do a better job.

The basics:

1. Don’t go to west Africa right now. Just don’t.

2. The incubation period for Ebola is 2 to 21 days. However, unlike most viruses, the patient is not infectious until he or she starts to show symptoms - fever, aches, or diarrhea being the early signs.

3. Ebola is not airborne. You can’t catch it from, say, being on the same plane with somebody who has it. You have to touch the bodily fluids of an ebola patient to get it. This is why health care workers are getting sick…

4. There are five types of Ebola. The strain causing this outbreak has an average survival rate of 30%.

5. This outbreak is so bad because it’s hitting communities with a crappy health infrastructure. Thus, it’s not likely that it would cause an epidemic in, say, the United States.

So, exactly. Don’t freak out, we’re not all going to die, but do be careful. Be aware of the situation. Yes, this is the worst ebola outbreak in history, but it’s highly unlikely that it will become a global pandemic simply because this is not an airborne virus. (Ebola is, in fact, rather similar to AIDs in some ways).

Not directed at jenniferrpovey, but the person saying there is a minor outbreak in the UK is COMPLETELY WRONG.

Whoever put that information out there was lying.  There is no evidence of Ebola virus disease in the United Kingdom as of right now, 1 August 2014.

Now to respond to the above:

Everything you said in that post is available on US News, they’re not underreporting this at all.  I got the same information this morning on the radio.

1) Agree.

2) That’s about right.  Not 100% about this incubation period thing, though.  ”incubation period” is a weird idea to begin with.

3) Correct.

4) There are five species of ebolavirus.  This current virus is related to Zaire ebolavirus and fits most of the criteria for being Zaire ebolavirus, but hasn’t quite been named that yet.  30% is a low estimate for Zaire case fatality rate, and there’s never been an outbreak with mortality that low.  The current virus (and this is the one you should talk about, as viruses evolve) has a 55%-60% case fatality rate.

5) Yes, I’d say that is true.

In general, I think the OP is way off and being needlessly political and sensationalist.  It doesn’t counteract media racism if you blow things out of proportion in response; that just comes off looking like a White or Western Savior Complex.

Be rational, be reasonable, and respond with information.

I’ve written an article with basic information, from my training in virology as well as from the CDC and WHO, about EBOV and the current outbreak.

It is called “Is Ebola Virus Going to Kill Me?” and you can find it here.

The actual mortality rate for this outbreak right now appears to be 40%, from doing a bit more research. We’ll see what it ends up being.

The worst part?

There’s an ebola vaccine about to enter human trials. So frustrating.

First thing: mortality rates are not case fatality rates.

Mortality rates are a population number.  Generally they are stated as “per one thousand people.”  So in this case the mortality rate is very, very small as only 729 people have died at last count and there are millions of people living in the area.

According to WHO numbers, 1323 cases are confirmed.  729 people have died. That’s a 55% case fatality rate.  Source here.

As I said in my article, this is probably an overestimate because some people may be subclinically infected but this is rarer for Ebola.  But 40% isn’t based on any real data.  55% is the number.

No…

I screwed up. 40% survival rate was what I was quoting. Somehow I wrote mortality rate instead. Sigh. Maybe I need more sleep.

LOL!  Happens to the best of us sometimes, evidently.  I wouldn’t know, I’m hardly the best of us. :)  I just figured I’d cite the numbers for accuracy’s sake.

jenniferrpovey:

johnskylar:

jenniferrpovey:

thataustraliangoth:

heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak
You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
"Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

Just a warning, there is also a minor outbreak in the UK, so you can bet your ass that it’ll get to other countries soon.

American media is the worst for not reporting stuff in Africa, I’d note. British media DOES do a better job.
The basics:
1. Don’t go to west Africa right now. Just don’t.
2. The incubation period for Ebola is 2 to 21 days. However, unlike most viruses, the patient is not infectious until he or she starts to show symptoms - fever, aches, or diarrhea being the early signs.
3. Ebola is not airborne. You can’t catch it from, say, being on the same plane with somebody who has it. You have to touch the bodily fluids of an ebola patient to get it. This is why health care workers are getting sick…
4. There are five types of Ebola. The strain causing this outbreak has an average survival rate of 30%.
5. This outbreak is so bad because it’s hitting communities with a crappy health infrastructure. Thus, it’s not likely that it would cause an epidemic in, say, the United States.
So, exactly. Don’t freak out, we’re not all going to die, but do be careful. Be aware of the situation. Yes, this is the worst ebola outbreak in history, but it’s highly unlikely that it will become a global pandemic simply because this is not an airborne virus. (Ebola is, in fact, rather similar to AIDs in some ways).

Not directed at jenniferrpovey, but the person saying there is a minor outbreak in the UK is COMPLETELY WRONG.
Whoever put that information out there was lying.  There is no evidence of Ebola virus disease in the United Kingdom as of right now, 1 August 2014.
Now to respond to the above:
Everything you said in that post is available on US News, they’re not underreporting this at all.  I got the same information this morning on the radio.
1) Agree.
2) That’s about right.  Not 100% about this incubation period thing, though.  ”incubation period” is a weird idea to begin with.
3) Correct.
4) There are five species of ebolavirus.  This current virus is related to Zaire ebolavirus and fits most of the criteria for being Zaire ebolavirus, but hasn’t quite been named that yet.  30% is a low estimate for Zaire case fatality rate, and there’s never been an outbreak with mortality that low.  The current virus (and this is the one you should talk about, as viruses evolve) has a 55%-60% case fatality rate.
5) Yes, I’d say that is true.
In general, I think the OP is way off and being needlessly political and sensationalist.  It doesn’t counteract media racism if you blow things out of proportion in response; that just comes off looking like a White or Western Savior Complex.
Be rational, be reasonable, and respond with information.
I’ve written an article with basic information, from my training in virology as well as from the CDC and WHO, about EBOV and the current outbreak.
It is called “Is Ebola Virus Going to Kill Me?” and you can find it here.

The actual mortality rate for this outbreak right now appears to be 40%, from doing a bit more research. We’ll see what it ends up being.
The worst part?
There’s an ebola vaccine about to enter human trials. So frustrating.

First thing: mortality rates are not case fatality rates.
Mortality rates are a population number.  Generally they are stated as “per one thousand people.”  So in this case the mortality rate is very, very small as only 729 people have died at last count and there are millions of people living in the area.
According to WHO numbers, 1323 cases are confirmed.  729 people have died. That’s a 55% case fatality rate.  Source here.
As I said in my article, this is probably an overestimate because some people may be subclinically infected but this is rarer for Ebola.  But 40% isn’t based on any real data.  55% is the number.

jenniferrpovey:

johnskylar:

jenniferrpovey:

thataustraliangoth:

heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak

  • You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
  • With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
  • That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
  • "Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
  • There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
  • Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

Just a warning, there is also a minor outbreak in the UK, so you can bet your ass that it’ll get to other countries soon.

American media is the worst for not reporting stuff in Africa, I’d note. British media DOES do a better job.

The basics:

1. Don’t go to west Africa right now. Just don’t.

2. The incubation period for Ebola is 2 to 21 days. However, unlike most viruses, the patient is not infectious until he or she starts to show symptoms - fever, aches, or diarrhea being the early signs.

3. Ebola is not airborne. You can’t catch it from, say, being on the same plane with somebody who has it. You have to touch the bodily fluids of an ebola patient to get it. This is why health care workers are getting sick…

4. There are five types of Ebola. The strain causing this outbreak has an average survival rate of 30%.

5. This outbreak is so bad because it’s hitting communities with a crappy health infrastructure. Thus, it’s not likely that it would cause an epidemic in, say, the United States.

So, exactly. Don’t freak out, we’re not all going to die, but do be careful. Be aware of the situation. Yes, this is the worst ebola outbreak in history, but it’s highly unlikely that it will become a global pandemic simply because this is not an airborne virus. (Ebola is, in fact, rather similar to AIDs in some ways).

Not directed at jenniferrpovey, but the person saying there is a minor outbreak in the UK is COMPLETELY WRONG.

Whoever put that information out there was lying.  There is no evidence of Ebola virus disease in the United Kingdom as of right now, 1 August 2014.

Now to respond to the above:

Everything you said in that post is available on US News, they’re not underreporting this at all.  I got the same information this morning on the radio.

1) Agree.

2) That’s about right.  Not 100% about this incubation period thing, though.  ”incubation period” is a weird idea to begin with.

3) Correct.

4) There are five species of ebolavirus.  This current virus is related to Zaire ebolavirus and fits most of the criteria for being Zaire ebolavirus, but hasn’t quite been named that yet.  30% is a low estimate for Zaire case fatality rate, and there’s never been an outbreak with mortality that low.  The current virus (and this is the one you should talk about, as viruses evolve) has a 55%-60% case fatality rate.

5) Yes, I’d say that is true.

In general, I think the OP is way off and being needlessly political and sensationalist.  It doesn’t counteract media racism if you blow things out of proportion in response; that just comes off looking like a White or Western Savior Complex.

Be rational, be reasonable, and respond with information.

I’ve written an article with basic information, from my training in virology as well as from the CDC and WHO, about EBOV and the current outbreak.

It is called “Is Ebola Virus Going to Kill Me?” and you can find it here.

The actual mortality rate for this outbreak right now appears to be 40%, from doing a bit more research. We’ll see what it ends up being.

The worst part?

There’s an ebola vaccine about to enter human trials. So frustrating.

First thing: mortality rates are not case fatality rates.

Mortality rates are a population number.  Generally they are stated as “per one thousand people.”  So in this case the mortality rate is very, very small as only 729 people have died at last count and there are millions of people living in the area.

According to WHO numbers, 1323 cases are confirmed.  729 people have died. That’s a 55% case fatality rate.  Source here.

As I said in my article, this is probably an overestimate because some people may be subclinically infected but this is rarer for Ebola.  But 40% isn’t based on any real data.  55% is the number.

jenniferrpovey:

thataustraliangoth:

heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak
You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
"Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

Just a warning, there is also a minor outbreak in the UK, so you can bet your ass that it’ll get to other countries soon.

American media is the worst for not reporting stuff in Africa, I’d note. British media DOES do a better job.
The basics:
1. Don’t go to west Africa right now. Just don’t.
2. The incubation period for Ebola is 2 to 21 days. However, unlike most viruses, the patient is not infectious until he or she starts to show symptoms - fever, aches, or diarrhea being the early signs.
3. Ebola is not airborne. You can’t catch it from, say, being on the same plane with somebody who has it. You have to touch the bodily fluids of an ebola patient to get it. This is why health care workers are getting sick…
4. There are five types of Ebola. The strain causing this outbreak has an average survival rate of 30%.
5. This outbreak is so bad because it’s hitting communities with a crappy health infrastructure. Thus, it’s not likely that it would cause an epidemic in, say, the United States.
So, exactly. Don’t freak out, we’re not all going to die, but do be careful. Be aware of the situation. Yes, this is the worst ebola outbreak in history, but it’s highly unlikely that it will become a global pandemic simply because this is not an airborne virus. (Ebola is, in fact, rather similar to AIDs in some ways).

Not directed at jenniferrpovey, but the person saying there is a minor outbreak in the UK is COMPLETELY WRONG.
Whoever put that information out there was lying.  There is no evidence of Ebola virus disease in the United Kingdom as of right now, 1 August 2014.
Now to respond to the above:
Everything you said in that post is available on US News, they’re not underreporting this at all.  I got the same information this morning on the radio.
1) Agree.
2) That’s about right.  Not 100% about this incubation period thing, though.  ”incubation period” is a weird idea to begin with.
3) Correct.
4) There are five species of ebolavirus.  This current virus is related to Zaire ebolavirus and fits most of the criteria for being Zaire ebolavirus, but hasn’t quite been named that yet.  30% is a low estimate for Zaire case fatality rate, and there’s never been an outbreak with mortality that low.  The current virus (and this is the one you should talk about, as viruses evolve) has a 55%-60% case fatality rate.
5) Yes, I’d say that is true.
In general, I think the OP is way off and being needlessly political and sensationalist.  It doesn’t counteract media racism if you blow things out of proportion in response; that just comes off looking like a White or Western Savior Complex.
Be rational, be reasonable, and respond with information.
I’ve written an article with basic information, from my training in virology as well as from the CDC and WHO, about EBOV and the current outbreak.
It is called “Is Ebola Virus Going to Kill Me?” and you can find it here.

jenniferrpovey:

thataustraliangoth:

heroes-get-made:

Important Things About the Ebola Outbreak

  • You’re not hearing enough about it because it’s happening in Africa. Plain and simple. Western Media (of which I was once a naive member) does not consider the deaths of non-whites and non-Westerners as important, so while this disease kills, it isn’t killing the right people to get enough attention.
  • With that said, officials have made it clear that they think there’s no chance the disease could spread outside of Africa, and definitely not to the United States.
  • That’s bullshit, in my opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time researching disease transmission, viruses, etc., both professionally and in my spare time. It may not spread, but they can’t know that at this stage. It’s the largest outbreak of Ebola EVER. There are already hundreds dead, and the number is growing.
  • "Ebola virus disease (formerly known as Ebola haemorrhagic fever) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people. Severely ill patients require intensive supportive care. During an outbreak, those at higher risk of infection are health workers, family members and others in close contact with sick people and deceased patients." [x]
  • There is no cure and no vaccine, and most people are not educated on protecting themselves from this disease.
  • Don’t freak out, but we should all be paying attention.

Just a warning, there is also a minor outbreak in the UK, so you can bet your ass that it’ll get to other countries soon.

American media is the worst for not reporting stuff in Africa, I’d note. British media DOES do a better job.

The basics:

1. Don’t go to west Africa right now. Just don’t.

2. The incubation period for Ebola is 2 to 21 days. However, unlike most viruses, the patient is not infectious until he or she starts to show symptoms - fever, aches, or diarrhea being the early signs.

3. Ebola is not airborne. You can’t catch it from, say, being on the same plane with somebody who has it. You have to touch the bodily fluids of an ebola patient to get it. This is why health care workers are getting sick…

4. There are five types of Ebola. The strain causing this outbreak has an average survival rate of 30%.

5. This outbreak is so bad because it’s hitting communities with a crappy health infrastructure. Thus, it’s not likely that it would cause an epidemic in, say, the United States.

So, exactly. Don’t freak out, we’re not all going to die, but do be careful. Be aware of the situation. Yes, this is the worst ebola outbreak in history, but it’s highly unlikely that it will become a global pandemic simply because this is not an airborne virus. (Ebola is, in fact, rather similar to AIDs in some ways).

Not directed at jenniferrpovey, but the person saying there is a minor outbreak in the UK is COMPLETELY WRONG.

Whoever put that information out there was lying.  There is no evidence of Ebola virus disease in the United Kingdom as of right now, 1 August 2014.

Now to respond to the above:

Everything you said in that post is available on US News, they’re not underreporting this at all.  I got the same information this morning on the radio.

1) Agree.

2) That’s about right.  Not 100% about this incubation period thing, though.  ”incubation period” is a weird idea to begin with.

3) Correct.

4) There are five species of ebolavirus.  This current virus is related to Zaire ebolavirus and fits most of the criteria for being Zaire ebolavirus, but hasn’t quite been named that yet.  30% is a low estimate for Zaire case fatality rate, and there’s never been an outbreak with mortality that low.  The current virus (and this is the one you should talk about, as viruses evolve) has a 55%-60% case fatality rate.

5) Yes, I’d say that is true.

In general, I think the OP is way off and being needlessly political and sensationalist.  It doesn’t counteract media racism if you blow things out of proportion in response; that just comes off looking like a White or Western Savior Complex.

Be rational, be reasonable, and respond with information.

I’ve written an article with basic information, from my training in virology as well as from the CDC and WHO, about EBOV and the current outbreak.

It is called “Is Ebola Virus Going to Kill Me?” and you can find it here.

fuckyeahmedicalstuff:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

fuckyeahmedicalstuff:

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

edwardspoonhands:

jtotheizzoe:

ellliot:

gnostic-forest:

emkaymlp:

mj-the-scientist:

invaderxan:

Mars. In true colour.
Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like.

Why does this not have more notes?!?
YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET
If you don’t think that’s the tightest shit, you can get out of my face.

i wanted to reblog this so that everyone who sees it can realize just how amazing this is. you are looking at a photograph taken on an entirely different planet. an entire world that has been completely untouched by humanity until only recently. no human in the history of mankind has ever look at those rocks, the soil, the mountains, and the sky until now. and until we finally manage to set foot there for the very first time, no human has ever seen mars from this perspective with their own two eyes or feel the texture of the martian soil on the bottom of their boots. this was only possible by creating a robot, an actual robot, and shooting way out of the reaches of earth and with extremely careful calculations, have it safely land and deploy right where they want it. it’s a robot on another planet being controlled 225 million kilometers away, seeing and studying and sending information for us.
this is the sort of thing you would see in science fiction movies that are only a few decades old. what was only imagination and possibilities back then is now all in this photograph. im looking forward to see what happens in the coming decades

I’m so infatuated by this. 

225 million kilometers away and we got it on film that blows my mind

This isn’t what the real Mars looks like, the real one’s in 3-D

Your assignment today is to just look at this for at least sixty seconds without a break.

Just keep in mind that this is one view of one part of Mars.  Some parts will have darker rocks and darker colours.  Some parts will be redder.  Or even bluer or greener.  Mars is a planet, just like Earth—that means there’s a lot of different places with a lot of different looks to them.

edwardspoonhands:

jtotheizzoe:

ellliot:

gnostic-forest:

emkaymlp:

mj-the-scientist:

invaderxan:

Mars. In true colour.

Just so you know, a lot of images of Mars which you’ll see have been manipulated. A lot of them have boosted contrast and saturation. So if you’ve ever wondered – images like this one are what Mars actually looks like.

Why does this not have more notes?!?

YOU ARE LITERALLY LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF A ROBOT ON ANOTHER FUCKING PLANET

If you don’t think that’s the tightest shit, you can get out of my face.

i wanted to reblog this so that everyone who sees it can realize just how amazing this is. you are looking at a photograph taken on an entirely different planet. an entire world that has been completely untouched by humanity until only recently. no human in the history of mankind has ever look at those rocks, the soil, the mountains, and the sky until now. and until we finally manage to set foot there for the very first time, no human has ever seen mars from this perspective with their own two eyes or feel the texture of the martian soil on the bottom of their boots. this was only possible by creating a robot, an actual robot, and shooting way out of the reaches of earth and with extremely careful calculations, have it safely land and deploy right where they want it. it’s a robot on another planet being controlled 225 million kilometers away, seeing and studying and sending information for us.

this is the sort of thing you would see in science fiction movies that are only a few decades old. what was only imagination and possibilities back then is now all in this photograph. im looking forward to see what happens in the coming decades

I’m so infatuated by this. 

225 million kilometers away and we got it on film that blows my mind

This isn’t what the real Mars looks like, the real one’s in 3-D

Your assignment today is to just look at this for at least sixty seconds without a break.

Just keep in mind that this is one view of one part of Mars.  Some parts will have darker rocks and darker colours.  Some parts will be redder.  Or even bluer or greener.  Mars is a planet, just like Earth—that means there’s a lot of different places with a lot of different looks to them.

Source: invaderxan

In the past 24 hours I’ve beat 1200 followers on tumblr and 200 Likes on facebook.

…maybe “beat” was a poor choice of words.

Keep ‘em coming.

jenniferrpovey:

shtoops:

jenniferrpovey:

in-oceans-wake:

bye

You lie, you lie! I was expecting LITTLE cat tongues…

My cat does this. It’s really sad, because she doesn’t realise it. She forgets to bring her toungue back inside her mouth. She’s… weird.

She IS a cat *ducks*

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