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Babbage Engine Tech Support

Zach Weiner’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal is consistently one of the funniest and most intelligent webcomics available. Today’s, though, was especially good. A Nineteenth Century British owner of an analytical engine is contacting tech support, which apparently wasn’t any better back then. I would like to add that Mr. Weiner is a gentleman. A year or [...]

Progress on a HIV Vaccine

Donald G. McNeil, Jr. writes in The New York Times that a new vaccine tested on 16,000 Thai volunteers demonstrated improved resistance to the virus that causes AIDS. According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, it’s a significant discovery. McNeil writes: Col. Jerome H. Kim, a physician who is manager of the army’s [...]