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Small Steps for Men, Big Leaps for Mankind

On this date in 1969, U.S. astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong took their famous first steps on the moon. The July 20, 1969, lunar landing of Apollo 11 will always be linked with Armstrong’s famous words, “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” But as momentous as the landing on the moon is, the SUCCESS staff found that today is remarkable in other good news that will make you feel right with the world.

The 43rd Anniversary of the Moon Landing. The Americans’ lunar landing became a major milestone in human history, aligned in importance with the first flight at Kitty Hawk and the invention of the light bulb. It signifies the triumph of mankind over a previous limitation. If you went back in time 200 years and foretold of men walking on the moon, you’d likely be accused of witchcraft. Considering the number of NASA inventions that have bettered our everyday lives (solar power technology, water filters, and long distance telecommunications, to name a few), and Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin probably took bigger steps for mankind than they knew.

AIDS Researchers Revive Hope of Eventual Cure. The specifics are hazy and the future still not 100% certain, but scientists are now saying that a cure for AIDS is on the horizon. This has been described as “turning the tide” of the once-thought-hopeless epidemic, as scientists have mapped out a new research strategy. This new strategy is now made possible by recent technological advances and the discovery of one cured HIV-infected man who underwent a blood stem cell transplant from a donor who has a gene mutation that is naturally HIV-resistant. Only 1% of people have this gene mutation, but it gives researchers hope for a better future.

Lenovo CEO Gives His $3M Bonus Back to Lower-Level Employees. Here’s something you don’t see every day: a tech CEO giving away his own money to lower-level employees. Lenovo CEO Yuanqing Yang earned a $3 million bonus for making record profits in a weakening PC economy—which he promptly gave back to his employees. It was broken down into 10,000 chunks, which was discretely distributed to line workers, assistants and other lower-level staff. We’d like to think that Yang is generous because of his past—he started at Lenovo in 1989 as a salesman and worked his way up to CEO. But regardless of his intentions, this is a pretty amazing gesture that goes a long way.

Today is Friday. Enough said.

From the SUCCESS Staff, we hope you have a safe and happy weekend!

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