Teaching Angela to Appreciate History
On the 2nd of April 1984, Commander Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian in space. Sharma joined an Intercosmos Research Team aboard a Soyuz T-11 with two Soviet cosmonauts. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the primary body for space research under the control of the Government of India, and one of the major space research organizations in the world. In 2008, ISRO successfully launched its first lunar probe, Chandrayaan-1 which discovered water in the moon’s regolith.
Apologies about the poor sound quality. We’re working on it!
Mass graves in Zimabwe won’t be analyzed by any qualified scientists; instead,
“traditional African religious figures will perform rites to invoke spirits that will identify the dead.” We collectively facepalm.
AIDS deaths in South Africa are down 25%. An estimate in the Journal of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome concluded not implementing a feasible ARV policy earlier cost “at least 3.8 million person-years for the period 2000-2005.” 330,000 lives lost. (A slight factual mistake crept in here. Michael said AIDS is defined as having fewer than 200 T-cells per milliliter of blood. The correct figure is fewer than 200 per microliter).
The Southern African HIV Clinicians Society and the Treatment Action Campaign wrote an open-letter to South African pharmacy chain Dischem over them promoting Patrick Holford. The CEO of Dischem responded. We’re not impressed. The Dischem ad promoting Holford’s South African tour is here.
CSIR to research plant supplements.
Separating red giants, from reallllly big red giants.
Our first 101 segment is about evolution.
- Recommended books: Parasite Rex, Microcosm, and Evolution: The Triumph of an Idea by Carl Zimmer. The Selfish Gene, The Blind Watchmaker and The Ancestor’s Tale by Richard Dawkins. And Darwin’s Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett.
- Recommended website: TalkOrigins.
- Recommended podcast: Evolution 101.
- An explanation for the evolution of the bacterial flagellum (pdf).