As the Supreme Court considers extending same-sex marriage rights to all Americans, we look at the patterns of social change that have transformed the nation.
Source: This Is How Fast America Changes Its Mind | Bloomberg Business – Business, Financial & Economic News, Stock Quotes
Really interesting visualization and look at how social issues hit a tipping point far faster than one might expect, and then the federal government just steps in and unifies things. Love looking at data sets like this.
Really great talk from this year’s PyCon about how the mythology around “being a real programmer” keeps a lot of people out of the industry. Definitely worth 35 minutes of your time.
MONROVIA, Liberia — The conventional wisdom among public health authorities is that the Ebola virus, which killed at least 10,000 people in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, was a new phenomenon, not seen in West Africa before 2013. (The one exception was an anomalous case in Ivory Coast in 1994, when a Swiss primatologist was infected after performing an autopsy on a chimpanzee.)
The conventional wisdom is wrong. We were stunned recently when we stumbled across an article by European researchers in Annals of Virology: “The results seem to indicate that Liberia has to be included in the Ebola virus endemic zone.” In the future, the authors asserted, “medical personnel in Liberian health centers should be aware of the possibility that they may come across active cases and thus be prepared to avoid nosocomial epidemics,” referring to hospital-acquired infection.
What triggered our dismay was not the words, but when they were written: The paper was published in 1982.
via Yes, We Were Warned About Ebola – NYTimes.com.
The information existed that Ebola existed in Liberia. However, that information was trapped behind a research journal paywall, so didn’t end up in the hands of the people that really could have used it. A contributing factor to why this Ebola outbreak got so out of control.