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Infectious Friday

1 August 2014

Interesting things happening in the world of science, technology and such on this first Friday of August, 2014 are...

The dreaded Ebola has slipped the leash of geographical confinement and begun to spread over a much wider area than ever before.

It seems that new cases have been reported hundreds of miles away from the usual smoldering core of infection and there is worry (at least that's what the media is reporting) that this could be the start of something very bad.

Every few years the media rolls out the same old portent of doom as it reminds us of the very high fatality rate amongst those infected with this virus and warns that we have no vaccine or cure. Fortunately for the rest of the world, this disease seems to have such a brief incubation period and its symptoms are so acute that the usual pandemic scenario, where an unwitting sufferer boards an international flight to spread a fatal infection throughout the Western World, is unlikely to occur.

However, we must still be concerned that there has been such a dramatic spike in the number of reported infections and deaths, and that the area of infection has grown significantly in recent weeks.

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Forums are up!

Yes, people have been complaining about the lack of forums for months now so I finally got off my chuff and finished the transition to the new server and the commissioning of the new forums.

Unfortunately you will have to re-register, it just wasn't practical to transition the IDs from the old server -- although the old stuff will be maintained in a "read-only" capacity for some time to come.

So, if you want to "have your say" then register at the new forums using the magic word Aardvarkrox when asked for it.

Take a moment to introduce yourself to the rest of the Aardvark community and pretty shortly I'll be expanding the number of forums to encompass a number of areas that are regularly discussed on this site.

The contact form is not yet working (got to rejig the CGI scripts) but if anyone wants to email me they can send their communications to editor at this domain or PM me via the forums.

Oh yes, if anyone wants a bit of a plug then the sponsorship space is now up for grabs. Until someone is prepared to offer a donation for the use of this space, I'm happy to offer a free plug to anyone who wants to send me a suitable 150x150 graphic and link.

Stay tuned!

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