Sardar Mavarhan Khan

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Tomb in Giza Pyramid is protected by a 'primitive machine' built by the ancient Egyptians

Archaeologists have digitally reconstructed the defence system protecting the king's chamber.<p>To deter robbers from looting the tombs of great …

Wars of the Diadochi

On June 10, 323 BCE Alexander the Great died in Babylon. Although historians have debated the exact cause most agree that the empire he built was …

Pakistan 'school attack mastermind' killed in US strike

A Pakistani Taliban leader accused of orchestrating a 2014 school massacre has been killed in a US drone strike in Afghanistan, Pakistani and American military officials have said.<p>Umar Narai, also known as Umar Khalifa and Khalid Khurasani, died in Nangarhar province over the weekend, security …

Pakistan

A Mouse Watches Film Noir And Offers Clues To Human Consciousness

Letting mice watch Orson Welles movies may help scientists explain human consciousness.<p>At least that's one premise of the Allen Brain Observatory, which launched Wednesday and lets anyone with an Internet connection study a mouse brain as it responds to visual information.<p>"Think of it as a …

Consciousness

Washington wants dialogue between India, Pakistan to resolve Kashmir unrest - Firstpost

<b>Washington:</b> The US has said that it wants dialogue between India and Pakistan for resolving the Kashmir issue, amid a war of words between the two …

Yes, classicists ignore the East – this books shows why

Michael Scott’s Ancient Worlds is an admirable study of Greece, Rome, China and India which shows how little really connected them<p>Classics is a boastful subject. Even the name — classics — has an inner boast; as does the classics course at Oxford, Literae Humaniores (‘more humane letters’), and the …

A Backlash Against Burma's Islamophobic Buddhist Monks Has Begun

James Nachtwey for TIME<p>James Nachtwey for TIME<p>James Nachtwey for TIME<p>James Nachtwey for TIME<p>James Nachtwey for TIME<p>James Nachtwey for TIME<p>James …

Talking Turkey: The Israel deal and the retreat from neo-Ottomanism

The rapprochement with Israel is part of a broader retreat from the neo-Ottomanism that until recently guided Turkish foreign policy.<p>><br>• ><p>Turkey's Prime …

Why Is the United Kingdom in Decline? Blame Sir Winston Churchill

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965) in November 1941. Walter Stoneman—Hulton Archive/Getty Images<p>Ideas<p>Jul 14, 2016<p>Ideas<p>Ideas<p>TIME …

2,300 years later, Plato’s theory of consciousness is being backed up by neuroscience

In 2008, neuroscientist Giulio Tononi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Center for Sleep and Consciousness put forward his “integrated information theory,” which is currently accepted as one of the most compelling explanations about what consciousness is.<p>One of the central claims of the …

Consciousness

The UN’s damning report on Israel and torture: The desperate case of Palestinian youth in the occupied territory

The report alleges torture, excessive use of force, coerced evidence, settler violence, house demolition and more<p>Just recently, Israel was elected to chair one of the United Nations’ permanent committees — the Sixth Committee, called the “Legal Committee.” It oversees issues related to …

Israel

Lessons from Chabahar

On the day when Pakistan struggled to find the words with which to register its reaction to the killing of Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike on …

Stephanie Danler on "Sweetbitter" & Reducing Fiction to Essentials

By Jonathan Lee May 24, 2016<p><i>The first sentence of Stephanie Danler’s riveting debut novel is perhaps more an injunction than an imperative: “You will develop a palate.” Over the 355 pages of</i> Sweetbitter, <i>the narrator, twenty-two-year-old Tess, encounters a number of appetites. She arrives in New</i> …

Literature

Why Are So Many Muslim Refugees in Europe Suddenly Finding Jesus?

Whether out of conviction or convenience, thousands of migrants in Europe are converting to Christianity.<p>AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of Pakistanis and …

Faith

A Warming World Means Less Water, With Economic Consequences

We often associate climate change with too much water — the melting ice caps triggering a rise in sea levels. Now a new World Bank report says we also need to think about too little water — the potable sort.<p>High and Dry: Climate Change, Water, and the Economy examines the future effects of …

Wastewater

The Islamic State Is Now Trying to Convince India's Muslims to Come Join the Caliphate | VICE News

In an attempt to appeal to India's Muslim minority, the Islamic State (IS) has released a video that says the group's fighters are planning to avenge the deaths of hundreds of Muslims who were killed during riots in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's home state of Gujarat in 2002.<p>India is home to more …

Islamic Terrorism Was Born on This Mountain 1,000 Years Ago

Long before ISIS or Al Qaeda, killers from a secret base attacked great cities all over the world and invented “assassin.” It took a feisty British …

Shia Islam

How to Free Yourself From Your Brain

On many fronts people feel the urge to change their lives -- so why don't they succeed? We live in therapeutic times. Advice surrounds us about achieving success. Yet when we set our minds to do something seemingly simple -- losing weight, giving up a bad habit, acting nicer to people, and so on -- …

Artificial Intelligence Is Helping Us Find The Authors Of The Bible

Both the most controversial and best-selling book ever written, the Bible is an unusual book not least because, for the most part, we’ve got no idea who wrote it. Which makes it easy to pull find-replace jobs and make unfortunate typos. The Old Testament, in particular, is more or less anonymous. …

For the First Time, Scientists Have Imaged the Brain on LSD

The scientists hope their long-awaited study on LSD in humans will open the floodgates to further research into psychedelics.<p>Researcher, drug policy reformer, and Countess of Wemyss Amanda Feilding made a promise to Albert Hofmann, the "father of LSD," after meeting him in the 90s: She would carry …

Britain’s ‘proxy war’ in Yemen condemned by critics

Britain is at war in Yemen and is arming and facilitating a brutal Saudi dictatorship that is bombing innocent civilians, a growing chorus of critics has warned.<p>The allegation that Britain is engaged in covert warfare in Yemen was first made by Scottish National Party (SNP) Westminster leader Angus …

Experts warn that the US is underestimating a greater jihadist threat than ISIS

The Institute for the Study of War and the American Enterprise Institute released its report last week. A group of experts, some of whom were involved in planning the 2007 surge of US troops in Iraq, met over multiple weeks to create the report.<p>The report said Al Qaeda's affiliate in Syria, Jabhat …

You Should Know How The Male Brain Reacts To Handling A Gun

The evolutionary psychology of mass shootings.<p>Men commit over 85% of all homicides, 91% of all same-sex homicides and 97% of all same-sex homicides in which the victim and killer aren’t related to each other.<p>These startling statistics are driven home with each new mass shooting (though the most …

Psychology

The Real Reason Obama Did the Iran Deal

The U.S. allows Tehran to keep its nuclear program with the secret hope that America’s foe will become a friend.<p>Both Iran and the United States …

Finding organ donors among Qatar's Muslim community

As throngs of people head to Qatar's malls at the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it is Yassir Yosri's job to ask shoppers to make a more thoughtful choice besides what Eid gifts to buy.<p>The Egyptian web designer is one of the hundreds of employees at the state-owned Hamad Medical …

Data Protection

Germany owes more than €279bn WWII reparations to Greece - more than Greece's debt to EU

Germany owes Greece no less than €278.7 billion in World War II reparations, Athens said, referring to the destruction wrought upon the nation during …

Comparison of monkey and human brains reveals the 'unique properties' of human attention

More information is shared between the left and right hemisphere<p>The human brain is pretty picky about the things it pays attention to. Our senses are constantly bombarded by smells, colors, tastes, and sounds, which means that much of that information has to be filtered out, so we can focus on the …

Humanity

The 100 best novels: No 95 – The Beginning of Spring by Penelope Fitzgerald (1988)

Fitzgerald’s story, set in Russia just before the Bolshevik revolution, is her masterpiece: a brilliant miniature whose peculiar magic almost defies analysis<p>Penelope Fitzgerald published her first novel in 1977 and won the Booker prize with <i>Offshore</i> in 1979, aged 63. Not since Daniel Defoe (No 2 in …

Literature

Why Middle-Class Rhetoric Makes for Great Politics but Terrible Policy

Every 2016 presidential candidate, from Ted Cruz to Hillary Clinton, agrees on one thing: the need to help the middle class. Here’s why that’s not necessarily a good thing.<p>In 1984 the governor of New York was Mario Cuomo, father of the current governor. The elder Cuomo, who died on New Year’s Day …

Income Inequality