The Daily Dose: Bill Gates and the anti-vaxxers; BMJ paywall blues

Temporary setback in HIV prevention: A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control in the United States has declared progress on HIV prevention has stalled. According to the CDC, “It shows that after about five years of substantial declines, the number of HIV infections began to level off in 2013 at about 39,000 infections per year.” The CDC states that fully supports President Donald Trump’s plan to end he HIV epidemic in America.

Bill Gates and the anti-vaxxers: During an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit, Bill Gates railed against anti-vaccine advocates and parents who refuse to vaccinate their children. Citing the measles outbreaks sprouting up all over the world, he warned that it’s only a matter of time until the trend turns deadly.

More from Bill: Mr. Gates has a busy man lately, he also curated the MIT Technology Review’s feature “10 Breakthrough Technologies in 2019.” Among the promising advances he highlights: Lab-grown Meat, increased robot dexterity, swallowable pills with microscopes, and custom cancer vaccines.

Paywall blues: The British Medical Journal has published a presumably important editorial “Modern slavery: a global public health concern.” We would tell you about this terrible subject but the BMJ paywall prevents non-subscribers from accessing it. So either it isn’t that urgent an issue or the BMJ is attempting to capitalize on modern slavery to gain subscribers. We’re providing the link so you can bang your head against their paywall as well.

Disease hitting paintings worldwide: Oil paintings around the world are under attack from a condition that causes the material to form acne-like blisters. According to Ars Technica, “Chemists concluded that the blisters are actually metal carboxylate soaps, the result of a chemical reaction between metal ions in the lead and zinc pigments and fatty acids in the binding medium used in the paint.” Experts estimate that 70% of the world’s oil paintings currently suffer from the condition.

Say it ain’t so: Finally, Major League Baseball has decided to test run robot umpires in the Atlantic League. While it won’t be some heavy metal human-like form standing behind the plate, the umpire will be a technology-based approach to analyzing balls and strikes. Never fear, luddites of the world, a human will still be needed to give voice to the virtual ump’s calls. For now, at least.

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