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Is there a cure for herpes? We may be closer than you think!

The long held belief that herpes is just as widely accepted and as incurable as the common cold is slowly starting to change. According to a February data brief published by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics the extent of the herpes epidemic is concerning. With current data reflecting, that in the United States alone over 750,000 new cases of herpes infections are reported every year. Quite alarming figures especially when coupled with the increased risk for pregnant women, newborn babies and with the incidence of herpes encephalitis on the rise.

Up until recent years there had been little progress made in the conventional antiviral and vaccine therapy fields. Sadly, those once hopeful clinical trials from Genocea, Vical and Rational Vaccines have all completely dissolved in 2017/2018, without even progressing through the initial phases of testing. With Rational Vaccines currently under Federal investigation for their inappropriate, risk disclose to participants. A recent study by Synergy Pharmaceuticals may set a new stream of thought on the topic by bringing back traditional natural medicine as an opportunity to make a difference. Their study served to investigate a relatively novel approach to breaking down the herpes viral envelope by employing specific T Cells generated through a particular Amino Acid formula. This component was part of five core compounds (5CC) comprising of Rhodiola, Tribulus, Astragalus, Lysine and the Amino Acid Formula, itself a proprietary blend. This research shows considerable avenues especially in the natural approach to viral infection treatment options. Not only that but it is the first study that has documented herpes serum antibody results that confirmed…

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Long Beach Facility Begins Sales Of Environmentally Friendly Fuel

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced its first sale of sustainable alternative jet fuel (SAJF) to a Gulfstream operator. The customer, a U.S.-based multinational corporation, purchased 20,000 pounds of SAJF from Gulfstream’s Long Beach, California, facility for its Gulfstream G550.

“This sale is a direct result of our efforts to increase the visibility and availability of sustainable alternative jet fuel for our customers,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. “We are committed to helping promote increased use of SAJF throughout the industry. We’ve been using the fuel since 2016 with our corporate, demonstration and Flight Test fleets, and we’re now proud to offer it to operators as well. We look forward to the day this fuel is commonplace in our industry and we are all doing our part to reduce emissions worldwide.”

Gulfstream announced at a recent SAJF event, Business Jets Fuel Green: A Step Toward Sustainability, at California’s Van Nuys Airport, that it would offer SAJF this year to customers using its Long Beach facility. The SAJF is available earlier than expected. Also, Gulfstream will start using it on large-cabin aircraft completions flights departing from Long Beach Airport.

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The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

“President Trump’s fiscal year 2020 NASA budget is one of the strongest on record for our storied agency. At $21 billion, this budget represents a nearly 6 percent increase over last year’s request and comes at a time of constrained resources across the federal government. It also is a huge vote of confidence for all of the agency’s hard work and dedication.

“We will go to the Moon in the next decade with innovative, new technologies and systems to explore more locations across the lunar surface than ever before. This time, when we go to the Moon, we will stay. We will use what we learn as we move forward to the Moon to take the next giant leap – sending astronauts to Mars.

“This budget will build on our successes in low-Earth orbit to create a sustainable exploration campaign that combines NASA’s expertise with that of our commercial and international partners’. We will continue ushering in a new era of human spaceflight as we launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil for the first time since 2011. The Space Launch System, Orion spacecraft, and Gateway will continue to be our backbone for deep space exploration.

“Beginning with a series of small commercial…

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Respondents See Benefits but Think AI Will Benefit the Wealthy, Harm the Poor and Cause Societal Disruption
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Sixty percent of the general population and 54 percent of tech executives believe that regulation of artificial intelligence technology is critical for its safe development, according to the 2019 Edelman Artificial Intelligence (AI) survey. Developed by the Edelman AI Center of Expertise with input from the World Economic Forum (WEF), the study compares the general public’s perceptions of AI to those of senior tech executives with a front row seat on AI development and deployment.

While 91 percent of tech executives and 84 percent of the general public believe that AI constitutes the next technology revolution, there are very real concerns for society, business and government, ranging from smart toys that could invade children’s privacy to negative impacts on the poor, to a loss of human intellectual capabilities. About a third of both groups (30 percent of the general population; 33 percent of tech executives) believe AI-powered “deepfake” videos could lead to an information war that, in turn, might lead to a shooting war.

“Our survey explores the issues surrounding AI, from the more obvious positives of improved healthcare and manufacturing to the countervailing concerns overhanging widespread adoption,” said Sanjay Nair, global technology sector lead, Edelman. “We found both groups are curious about AI, yet there is also substantial uncertainty and worry that AI use could lead to widespread job loss, income inequality and social isolation.”

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Windex® bottles have been 100% post-consumer recycled plastic since 2015, today the company announces 100% recycled ocean plastic in leading household brand

As part of its ongoing commitment to tackling the problem of plastic pollution in our oceans, SC Johnson has announced that it will launch the industry’s first product that uses 100 percent recycled ocean plastic in a major home cleaning brand. That product is part of the ubiquitous Windex® brand, one of the company’s most popular brands and a household favorite for the past 86 years.

“With over 5 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean, conditions are continuing to get worse and worse,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “The Windex bottle is just one of the many ways we are not only providing solutions to combat ocean pollution but taking action to make these solutions a reality.”

The Windex® Vinegar Ocean Plastic bottles are an everyday offering, and will be made available at North American retailers such as Target and Walmart. As many as 8 million units will hit retail shelves this spring. The new product is the world’s first glass cleaner bottle made from 100 percent recycled ocean plastic, and it is also non-toxic and cruelty-free.

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