UNAids has issued its latest annual report, and it makes for grim reading. “The number of people living with HIV has risen in every region of the world and last year five million people became newly infected with HIV — more people than any previous year.”
The worst news is the growth of the epidemic in Asia. “This is most evident with sharp increases in HIV infections in China, Indonesia and Viet Nam. An estimated 7.4 million people are living with HIV in the region and 1.1 million people became newly infected last year alone — more than any year before.”
The excellent Design Observer has an awestruck piece by Michael Bierut about the images of Saturn sent from the Cassini-Huygens mission.
“In an era of beautifully designed simulations, its gratifying to be reminded that, every once in a while, reality can still surpass artifice.”
The New York Times is reporting that Edwards looks like Kerry’s choice today as vice-presidential candidate. Phew! I was getting worried that he would pick Gephardt.