Nkechi Nwaenyi

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The two most dangerous things about air travel

Despite several high-profile crashes over the last two years, flying remains the safest form of travel. Data from the Bureau of Aeroplane Accident Archives show, with the exception of a minor spike in 2014 (a result of the Malaysia Airline crashes), plane crashes have fallen year on year over the …

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Microbiology

Windows 10 Forced Updates Causing Endless Crash Loops

I think we can now all agree: Microsoft’s hardline policy on Windows 10’s forced updates is silly. Very silly. Since launching nine days ago Windows Update has sent out an unstable graphics driver which switched off monitors, a buggy security patch which corrupted Windows Explorer and there are now …

Windows 10

It turns out the NSA was collecting voice calls, photos, passwords, documents, and much more

Now, new documents show the breadth of this program and just what sort of data XKeyscore catalogs.<p>According to a new report from The Intercept, the amount of data XKeyscore scoops up as well as the sort of data it collects is much larger than originally thought.<p>Here are a few highlights from the …

TV Can Persuade Patients To Stop Taking Their Medicine: Study

Would you stop taking medicine your doctor recommended after watching a documentary? A study in the Medical Journal of Australia found more than …

Adobe Creative Cloud 2015 drizzles Android apps, Photoshop artboards, photo dehazing and more

The company's annual rollout of big features and small tweaks includes some whizzy capabilities as usual, and finally, mobile apps for Android phones.<p>Although Creative Cloud gets rolling updates, Adobe still does "big" splashes at least once a year, as well as at its Adobe Max conference in …

The Queen’s Birthday Celebrated in Pictures

Greece plans to raid coffers as creditors dash hopes of resolving cash crisis

Athens could force pension funds to transfer assets to the government as desperate Greeks tout possibility of delaying IMF repayments<p>Cash-strapped Greece is planning to resort to drastic measures to stay afloat, as the country's bail-out drama moves to Washington today.<p>Finance minister Yanis …

Europe

Wi-Fi on planes opens door to in-flight hacking, warns US watchdog

Modern aircraft increasingly connected to internet, which could potentially lead to hackers seizing control of a plane mid-flight, says GAO<p>Hackers on commercial flights could now bring down the plane they are on by using the on board Wi-Fi, a US government watchdog has warned.<p>The US Government …

FAA

90 Years Of Hollywood Stars, Caricatured By Al Hirschfeld

The legendary illustrator Al Hirschfeld, known as the “Line King,” lived for a century–from 1903 to 2003–and spent the majority of that century drawing pen-and-ink caricatures of Broadway and Hollywood stars. His drawings of the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Sidney Poitier, Ringo Starr, and Julia …

A year after kidnap of schoolgirls in Nigeria, hope dwindles

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — They have been gone a year now, the hundreds of girls abducted by Islamic militants from their school in northeastern Nigeria.<p>And while the cry to "Bring Back Our Girls" remains a worldwide cause, the new president Tuesday would not repeat his predecessor's failed promise to …

Ebola survivors 'safe sex warning' issued by WHO

<b>The WHO has urged Ebola survivors to be even more cautious during sexual contact to ensure the virus is not passed on to their partners.</b><p>The warning comes after a survivor was found to have traces of Ebola in his semen almost six months after recovery.<p>This is some 90 days later than previously …

Hillary Clinton lays out agenda at low-key first campaign event in Iowa

Mrs Clinton strikes populist note with call to "get unnacountable money out of [politics] even if that means a constitutional amendment"<p><b>Hillary Clinton</b>began laying out her political agenda on Tuesday in a low-key first stop on the road that she hopes will lead to the White House.<p>Two days after …

Facebook and CIA-backed Recorded Future say they are not scanning Facebook Chat messages

His claim got a lot of attention this morning on Hacker News, a popular message board for software developers.<p>Except both Facebook and the company itself, Recorded Future, say they have no idea what's going on.<p>Coder website Bosnadev wrote a blog post this morning looking into what happened when it …

Four Britons who sought to get to Syria arrested on return to UK | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Four Britons who were detained in Turkey on suspicion of trying to cross illegally into Syria were arrested on their return to England on Wednesday, police said.<p>A still image of a video shows Waheed Ahmed, the son of a Labour councillor in Britain, sitting inside a bus after …

Samsung Galaxy S6 beats the S6 Edge, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus in new durability video

The bending issues surrounding the Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge as well as the Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are blown out of proportion when you consider the wide array of durability tests smartphone makers perform on their devices. So what happens when you compare all four phones? The Galaxy …

Israel happy at compromise deal on Iran between Congress-Obama: minister | Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is pleased at a compromise deal on Iran achieved between the United States Congress and the administration of President Barack Obama, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz said on Wednesday.<p>Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) and Strategic Affairs …

'Jihadi John': Haines widow wants militant caught alive

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/uk/1148000/1148307_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524813051_69c7175e7cf4fcf97c5f94abbcf12888<p><b>The widow of a man killed by a masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" says she wants him caught alive.</b><p>Dragana Haines said the "last thing" …

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Woman stung by scorpion on Alaska Airlines flight

The unidentified woman was struck on the hand on Alaska Airlines Flight 567 to Portland, Oregon, as it was taxiing on the runway.<p>An airline spokesman said that the plane returned to the gate and the woman received medical attention before disembarking. She refused an offer of additional medical …

Crippling California drought levels off, latest map shows

After months of worsening drought across California, conditions appear to have leveled off, at least for now.<p>According to the latest assessment released Thursday, more than 80% of California continues to suffer extreme<p>drought conditions-- a figure that has remained unchanged now for roughly two …

Reports: Germany Recorded Hillary Clinton Conversation

German intelligence agents intercepted and recorded Hillary Clinton in conversation as she traveled aboard a United States government plane while she …