Mushtaq Ahmad Shah

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Year in review: Rosetta mission hits its target

4<p>With a hop and a skip, a robot called Philae bounded onto comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, perhaps a bit too eager to explore the alien world.<p>The …

The Baloney Detection Kit: Carl Sagan’s Rules for Bullshit-Busting and Critical Thinking

<b>Carl Sagan</b> (November 9, 1934–December 20, 1996) was many things — a cosmic sage, voracious reader, hopeless romantic, and brilliant philosopher. But above all, he endures as our era’s greatest patron saint of reason and critical thinking, a master of the vital balance between skepticism and …

Ebola virus: 'Biological war' in Liberia

<b>With warnings from officials that the Ebola virus is "spreading like wildfire" in Liberia, Sarah Crowe, who works for the UN children's agency (Unicef), describes her week on the Ebola front line:</b><p>Flights into disaster zones are usually full of aid workers and journalists. Not this time.<p>The plane …

Ebola: Mapping the outbreak

<b>The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and rapidly became the deadliest occurrence of the disease since its discovery in 1976.</b><p>In fact, the epidemic killed five times more than all other known Ebola outbreaks combined.<p>More than 21 months on from the first confirmed case …

Ebola fear: 'Having a small fever makes you very afraid'

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110847_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537187163_7cfda34a5204481fb5087c7eaa21283f<p><b>At least 2,800 people have now died in the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The World Health Organization has warned the number of infections will</b> …

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Ebola crisis: Five ways to break the epidemic

<b>With the worst-ever outbreak of Ebola revealing woefully inadequate health systems in West Africa, especially in those countries recovering from civil war, the international response and leadership of the World Health Organization (WHO) has also come in for criticism.</b><p>Announcing US plans, President …

Ebola crisis: How Nigeria's Dr Adadevoh fought the virus

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1117000/1117253_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537032623_a7ef5f9c7dee24257e259c8885dfb5fa<p><b>As Nigeria heaves a collective sigh of relief after being declared free of Ebola, one woman is being widely praised for helping to ensure a more</b> …

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Ebola: How bad can it get?

<b>This isn't just the worst single Ebola outbreak in history, it has now killed more than all the others combined.</b><p>Healthcare workers are visibly struggling, the response to the outbreak has been damned as "lethally inadequate" and the situation is showing signs of getting considerably worse.<p>The …

How is Ebola being treated on the ground?

<b>As the death toll from the Ebola outbreak spirals and cases recorded outside its West African epicentre increase, concern is growing over the measures in place to contain the deadly virus.</b><p>But with the battle to tackle Ebola taking a heavy toll on the struggling health systems in affected countries, …

Ebola crisis: Vaccine 'too late' for outbreak

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1116000/1116682_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537412121_f45ff61752834f137e35c141e20e0dfd<p><b>UK pharmaceuticals firm GlaxoSmithKline says its Ebola vaccine will "come too late" for the current epidemic.</b><p>GSK is one of several companies trying to …

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Ebola drains already weak West African health systems

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1110000/1110847_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1537032624_78383fab26a85af6c66f04edf0ea190c<p><b>The deadly Ebola virus ravaging Sierra Leone and Liberia has pushed already weak healthcare systems into intensive care.</b><p>While global efforts have been …

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Ebola: WHO under fire over response to epidemic

<b>The World Health Organization (WHO), set up by the United Nations in 1948, is the world's biggest and most important public health body.</b><p>There is no question that it has had some major successes: it has ensured that millions of children worldwide are free from the danger of polio, the crippling …

Ebola basics: What you need to know

<b>The Ebola virus has claimed around 7,000 lives during the current epidemic in West Africa, the largest outbreak since the virus was discovered nearly 40 years ago.</b><p>According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 18,000 people have been infected during the outbreak.<p>What is Ebola?<p>Ebola is …

7 Facts You Must Know About Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women. With increasing prevalence of smoking, lung cancer has reached epidemic …

Post-floods, homelessness and despair in rural Kashmir

AARIGATNOO, India — On a warm and sunny early October morning, 70-year-old Faeta Begum is grieving silently amid the rubble of what used to be her three-story home in the village of Aarigatnoo, district Kulgam. This is one of the worst affected villages in the northern Indian state of Jammu and …

In Kashmir, some black flags but few signs of an ISIL expansion

Recent sightings of graffiti and flags supporting the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in conflict-ridden Kashmir have Indian security officials worried about the extremist group’s potential expansion into the region. Analysts, however, say these incidents aren’t signs of the group …

The Inside Story of Oculus Rift and How Virtual Reality Became Reality

<b>As he flew</b> from Orange County to Seattle in September 2013, Brendan Iribe, the CEO of Oculus, couldn’t envision what the next six months would bring. …

6 Reasons to Upgrade to RebelMouse from WordPress

The huge gap between current CMS offerings and what the world needed occurred to me during my time as CTO of The Huffington Post. When we were …

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Stephen Hawking declares: 'There are no black holes'

Wait, so my life may not have disappeared down a black hole after all?<p>There is a chance for it to emerge and bloom like the career of David Hasselhoff?<p>It's charming when a phrase enters the language and we think we all know what it means. In the case of "black hole," we think of an infinity of …

Lessons of Immortality and Mortality From My Father, Carl Sagan

We lived in a sandy-colored stone house with an engraved winged serpent and solar disc above the door. It seemed like something straight out of …

The future and AAP

I want to begin with a story. Last night, I received a phone call from a friend of mine. She told me that she was on a truck heading for the Kolar …

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