If you are on the East Side of the US, you will be in luck tonight. You get a front seat view to a Full Lunar Eclipse tonight. This will be the first and only total eclipse of 2010. It will start about 2:41 am ET Tuesday morning, and will last for about 3 hours. Next years lunar eclipses will not be able to be seen from North America.
NASA Reports that this is the first time that the eclipse has coincided with a winter solstice since December 21, 1638. The next winter solstice eclipse won’t happen again until 2094.
If you are awake and brave enough to stand the cold tonight and watch the 2010 Total Lunar Eclipse, check it out. You may even catch a glimpse of the Ursids Meteor Shower that will also be taking place.
If you are on the west side NASA will be streaming it live.
This one is for all of you last minute shoppers. No need to worry if haven’t started or finished your holiday shopping. Today is FREE Shipping Friday for several Retailers. Over 1,700 retailers are participating and guaranteeing delivery by Christmas. For a complete list of stores participating in Free Shipping Day visit www.FreeShippingDay.com .
Amazon.com has extended “Super Saver Shipping “with guaranteed deliver by Christmas through Sunday December, 19 .
The Apple Store has also extending its free shipping deadline until Dec 20th.
If you decided to purchase a gift locally and need to ship it out so it is received by Christmas, the US Postal service says that Monday is your last day to send your gift via first-class mail in the US. Tuesday is the dead line if you use the USPS Priority Mail. If you are shipping your package overseas to a solider, You have until tomorrow Dec 18th if you use express delivery.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Post office used Free Shipping for Christmas?
Here is a short list of Stores participating in Free Shipping Day:
Toys R Us
J Crew Nine West
for the complete list of participating stores visit www.FreeShippingDay.com.
An HIV Positive Berlin Man has been cured from HIV. The 42 year old man has no detectable HIV virus in his blood after a stem cell transplant. He is also a leukemia patient. The transplant was from a donor that carried a gene mutation that has a natural resistance to the HIV virus.
“The patient is fine,” said Dr. Gero Hutter of Charite Universitatsmedizin Berlin in Germany. “Today, two years after his transplantation, he is still without any signs of HIV disease and without antiretroviral medication.”
It was by sheer coincidence that the man was cured from HIV. He was actually receiving the the stem cell transplants to treat his leukemia not the HIV itself. The medical team deliberately chose a compatible donor who has a naturally occurring gene mutation that is resistant to the virus that causes AIDS. This type of mutation is known as CCR5delta32 and is only found in 1 to 3 percent of white populations of European descendants. The people that have these wonderful genes, have a natural protection to the HIV virus.
Unfortunately for most, this treatment will not be able to help most people infected with HIV. Stem cell transplants are too dangerous and extreme to be used routinely. Many people die using stem cell transplants.