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Nuclear Weapons: The Biggest Threat Than Global Warming

While the NSG is aimed at preventing countries from developing nuclear weapons by controlling the supply of the materials required, the super powers including the USA and Russia have kept their nuclear weapons on high alert that can be fired under short notice within minutes to claim millions of lives. Anyhow, both the nations along with the other nuclear powers have a common vision: a nuclear-free world. While we all unite to talk about human welfare and development as a normative behaviour, with what we have in our hands as a tragic weapon, our words of wisdom just go as a meaningless rant. We do preach, while we do not follow in act. This is not an irony, but an ill-fated nature of our worldly political issues. It’s not just the two cold war nations, but along with seven other countries...

Can the World Survive Without GMOs?

Energy is transferred between several forms of species through the complex food chain that begins with the plants. Plants or the producers are the primary sources of energy as animals and human beings feed on them or other animals to gain energy for survival. When these organisms, both producers and primary consumers, or their genes are modified, there is a risk that the energy consumed could become counter-productive and lead to hazardous health and environmental effects. The organisms, including plants and animals, whose DNA is modified in laboratories are called (GMOs) Genetically Modified Organisms and they becoming a part of the food chain are what have stoked controversy in the recent years. The proponents of GM crops argue that human species has been genetically engineering food cro...

GDP and The Real Growth: Are They Synonymous?

Have you heard of Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness (GNH) as an alternative to Gross National Product (GNP)? It shifted to GNH from GNP as Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the fourth Bhutanese King thought that happiness is more the essence of life than mere products. The country’s 7-hour survey in 2015 finds only 8.8% of its population unhappy while the remaining are narrowly, extensively or deeply happy. The rest of the world is more material-focussed measuring Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as an indicator of growth and happiness. A nation’s growth is measured by the quantity of finished products and services it generates during a period of time and this number, after a bunch of arithmetics, becomes the Gross Domestic Product of that nation. It is popularly believed that GDP reflects how happy and...

Zika Virus, An Emerging Pandemic Threat

A virus that was found in 1947 and has largely remained dormant for nearly more than half a century with no devastating effects on mankind, Zika is reaching a pandemic level in the Southern America. The World Health Organization has declared a global emergency due to the pace at which this virus has started spreading across continents. Showing symptoms of seasonal flu with body aches, and joint pains in adults, it affects the foetus of a pregnant woman causing poorly developed brain and skull, known by the name microcephaly, in a newborn baby. The virus can also be transmitted sexually other than being passed from a mother to child through the placenta. [Body1AdHere] Almost a million people are infected by the virus in Brazil, which is already tottering with economic and political turmoil....

Top 5 Extreme Cold Winters on Earth

While the earth rotates in its orbit, there are a lot of factors that change on its surface for its inhabitants with its spin. Climate is one such thing that has started to change rapidly than ever before, say scientists. Adding more to its cadence, not all climates across different geographical regions in the planet are the same. They vary to a greater degree. Some places may not see winter season throughout the year and some places would be extremely colder that people hardly spent a few minutes out of their warmed-up shelter. In this post, we would see five places that have some of the lowest temperatures during extreme cold winters. They are not listed in any order. Fort Good Hope, Canada This is home to a population of 559 people in the Northwest Territories of Canada with the lowest ...

The Great Depression, the Greed and Ethics of Banking

Banks that are huge financial structures with complex operations and transactions today had existed since the origin of civilization but in a simpler manner in which temples and royal kingdoms accepted deposits of grains, crops, livestock and other valuables and redistributed them. Ancient banking also involved lending and interest charges that used clay tablets as receipts for these transfers. [Body1AdHere] As trade flourished across the continents, metallic monetary system came into existence. Eventually, what began as a simple practice of exchanging resources to satisfy the needs for survival has grown multitudes and has become extremely complex structures and phenomena that some consider as robbing lives in the modern day. Banking structures have become breeding grounds for human greed...

Religious Persecution Around The World

Unfortunately, religion has become a political weapon that kills thousands of people in the modern day defying the purpose of its creation. A set of rules demarcated by a handful of human beings as the path of life on behalf of divinity is, to its contrary, claiming lives in large numbers. Islam, the religion that claims to be the most suppressed across the world is involved in the persecution of non-Muslim population, where they dominate the society. There is nothing called as a good religion, but people that are tolerant and intolerant. Due to a few extremists, the whole concept of religion poses a big threat for our existence. People in every religion are being killed, not just one. The following are the countries in which religious persecution against Christians, Muslims and Hindus top...

Who Is Ötzi The Iceman And Why Is He Important?

The recent discovery of the oldest microbe Helicobacter pylori in the abdomen of Ötzi the iceman can shed a lot of light on the migration patterns of human beings long ago in history. H. pylori has been present in human gut for nearly 100,000 years and it’s different variants have the ability to recombine and form hybrids when people stay in contact for a considerable period of time. Hence, using the variant type of the bacteria, the period in which people interbred and migrated can be understood better than a genomic analysis, say scientists. Who is Ötzi The Iceman? A man who lived during the Copper Age was hiking along the glaciers of Ötztal Alps nearly 5300 years ago and his body, as well preserved by ice, was discovered on September 19, 1991, when two German hikers Erika and Helmut Sim...

Sustainable Food, Technology and Laboratory Meat

Mother earth has nourished generations of lives with care enabling species to thrive and reach more milestones with complicated ideas and innovation, way forward from where it all began. The human race still continues to enlive its successful run that seems to be at the behest of the Mother Nature that has nursed the animal kingdom with all endeared regards. We have grown in all dimensions. World population has risen; our needs and demands have gone up; our finesse for perfection has become more sophisticated. With these growing demands, our speculation about nature’s ability to nourish us in a sustainable manner has started surfacing up and the result is the concept of sustainable food. [Body1AdHere] Production of food until its consumption that is, from farm to the table, involves a lot ...

Wahhabism – The Origin of Extremism In Islam

Religions and its practices are not the same as when they were born. Man evolved and when he did so he manipulated the tenets of his religion to what suits him and followed devotedly the laws that he decided for himself in the name of Almighty. Today, this idea suits Islam more than any other religion in the world. Perceived by most as a barbaric, violent set of principles, it is clearly the root cause of the major conflicts across the planet. But, it is not Islam, rather a misinterpreted version of the religion by crooked intellects, the Wahhabis that saw its tenets to be customized for their personal gains. Today’s threats including ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and many other extremist organizations interpret Islam and its teachings in Quran as it was by the Wahhabis. Wahhabism aims at pur...

Top 6 Million Dollar Individuals Funding 2016 US Presidential Candidates

Votes are not given, but bought. Voting and elections have always been about money despite it being celebrated as a festival in democracy and it will continue the way it has forever.  The wealthiest decide the agenda of a government that decides the everyday living of the rest in a country. Candidates, however convincing their arguments and ideologies are, are always backed up by individuals and organizations that can flex their financial muscles to implement what they have on their agenda. 2016 is no exception. Here is a list of top 6 individual million dollar donors that have disclosed their spending on funding 2016 US presidential candidates. Robert Mercer – $12,255, 000 A Wall Street hedge fund magnate, Robert Mercer is the co-CEO of Renaissance Technologies, which was under scru...

West Papua Conflict: The Freedom Yearned For Aeons

Voice of the neediest remains unheard in the noise of the greedy and the super rich. Our interests are with the meaningless words of fancy pant politicians forgoing the desperate souls in sorrow. Our craving for news that satiates our whims and caprices has kept some armed conflicts and human rights violations away from our attention while the victims of the massacre long for international support to end the humanitarian crisis. Violence and repression of the Indonesian military in West Papua is resisted by its indigenous population for nearly 30 years, one of the longest struggles for freedom in the modern world. The long wailings of the West Papuan population have echoed only as a deafening silence in the ears of the international community. [Body1AdHere] Corporate greed and corrupt gove...

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