The United Nations revised their official worldwide estimate of AIDS cases last week by lowering it by 6.3 million. The reason for the change is that UNAIDS, the agency in charge of creating the number, has been using faulty data collection methods throughout its history. The biggest change was in India where the number of cases dropped from 5.7 million to 2.5 million. Many African countries also have4 new number that are half the old ones, or less. The old numbers were created by measuring the incidence rate among some of the highest risk demographics in a country, and then extrapolating them onto the total population. India's old number appears to have been based almost entirely on professional sex workers and drug users, along with people attending clinics for STD treatment. When asked about the shift Gerhard Heilig, U.N. Chief of estimates and projections said "The basic lesson we should learn from this is we should be careful about shooting from the hip without good data."
George Scalise of the Semiconductor Industry Association said in a recent press release "This year the worldwide microchip industry will produce 900 million transistors for every man, woman, and child on earth." Sweet, huh?