Friday, March 27, 2015

Late Night Roundup: Farewell To Jason Jones

The Daily Show gave a sendoff to the one and only Jason Jones, for his last appearance on the show, after 10 years of service as their foreign correspondent — with experiences ranging from talking to Indian voters about politics, to getting threatened by the retired Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Larry Wilmore looked at a variety of topics, ranging from young Americans joining ISIS to other Americans shooting up places right here at home.

Seth Meyers went over “This Week in Numbers” with a very special guest: Sesame Street’s own Count von Count!…

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Ebola Virus Vaccine Developed By Bird Flu Scientist

By Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS)

Another vaccine has joined the race against the often fatal Ebola virus, and this one was developed by a group led by a University of Wisconsin-Madison scientist internationally known for his bird flu research.

The whole virus vaccine that Yoshihiro Kawaoka and his colleagues developed was constructed using a novel experimental platform, and it has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the Ebola virus at a top biosafety-level National Institutes of Health laboratory in Montana, according to an article published Thursday in the prominent journal Science.

This vaccine differs from other Ebola vaccines in development because, as an inactivated whole virus vaccine, it can prime the host immune system with the complete range of Ebola viral proteins and genes, which makes it more likely to trigger a robust immune response, according to a news release from UW-Madison.…

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The SEC Illustrates The Danger Of Regulatory Capture

The phrase “regulatory capture” shrouds a serious problem in vaguely academic jargon, making it seem like unimportant esoterica rather than anything noteworthy. But the phenomenon that the euphemism represents is, indeed, significant: When a government agency is effectively captured by — and subservient to — the industry that agency is supposed to be objectively regulating, it is a big deal.

A perfect example of regulatory capture came earlier this month from the Securities and Exchange Commission — the law enforcement agency that is supposed to be overseeing the financial industry.

As part of that responsibility, the agency’s top financial examiner, Andrew Bowden, warned last year of rampant fraud, corruption and abuse in the private equity industry, which today manages tens of billions of dollars of public pension money for states and cities across the country.…

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