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November 30th, 2011 by in Images, Links

7 Movies That Put Insane Work Into Details You Didn’t Notice – [Cracked]

The Most Shared Articles on Facebook in 2011 – [Facebook]

Dutch Assholes Make Deadly New Bird Flu Strain, Want To Go Public – [PopSci]

Inside a Dutch medical facility is a potentially devastating weapon that could kill millions: A genetically modified version of the H5N1 bird flu, engineered to be easily transmitted among ferrets. And the researchers who figured out how to do it would like to share their work with the world.

The main paper is by virologist Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, who was studying how the bird flu virus could mutate to spread easily among people. He engineered the genome of H5N1 to make a virus that easily spreads among ferrets — the best animal model of the human response to flu — and says it proves bird flu can mutate to spread among the human population, according to Science Insider. He distributed one virus among different ferrets multiple times, essentially inducing it to adapt. After 10 virus generations, it became airborne, infecting healthy ferrets who were simply housed next to a sick one.

American Airlines Files For Bankruptcy[CNN Money]

American Airlines parent AMR, one of the few major U.S. airlines to avoid bankruptcy, finally succumbed Tuesday and filed for chapter 11. AMR said that all of its subsidiaries will honor tickets and reservations and operate normal flight schedules during the bankruptcy process.

RIP: Patrice O’Neal, Boisterous Comedian, Dies at 41 – [NY Times]

Patrice O’Neal, a stand-up comedian who boisterously took on controversial topics like race, AIDS and his own struggle with diabetes, died on Tuesday. He was 41 and lived in New Jersey.

He died in a hospital in the New York City area from complications of a stroke he suffered on Oct. 19, his agent, Matt Frost, said.

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