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Gun Laws in USA: A Legacy of Malevolence

For a few American politicians, it is the money that the gun laws bring to their pockets and the US economy that is more valuable than the number of lives lost. If you want to put a price tag on it, it equals 406,496 precious lives lost between 2001 and 2013 and still counting. Yet, there is no good time for an effective gun law in the world’s largest economy. The gun and firearm industry generates revenue of $6 billion, creating 209750 jobs as per the reports in 2012. There are over 310 million firearms across the country including 86 million shotguns, according to the federal government in the same year. These numbers suggest that as long as there are guns available in the hands of people, there will be an inundation of money in the banks and blood in the streets, of which the latter is ...

6 Famous Refugees Who Created History

Amidst the political turmoil in the Middle Eastern region, accepting refugees who look for an opportunity to survive in foreign soil has become a debated topic in the West. The situation is aggravated by unfortunate events like the attacks in Paris that claimed hundreds of civilian lives, and when refugees from across the border were blamed for the attack. A sense of fear that refugees could be trouble-makers is completely reasonable. But in history, there have been a lot of refugees who have made a difference through their hard work, intelligence and justified ideologies. A list of 6 such famous refugees is presented below: Victor Hugo He is not only a widely acclaimed French poet but also a political activist whose fight against the death penalty is renowned globally. He also advocated u...

Lucy, The Missing Link of Human Evolution

There is a difference between apes and Homo sapiens. Apes walked with four limbs, that is, they are tetrapod whereas human beings walk with two legs, which is known as bipedal. There lies a transition stage between the two and this gap is filled by the species that resembled Lucy. Thus, Lucy, the Australopithecus is the forefather of the genus Homo and the successor of the Apes that walked in four limbs. [Body1AdHere] Lucy is a collection of 47 bones that forms 40% of the total skeleton of the species Australopithecus afarensis, founded by paleoanthropologists Donald Johanson and Tom Gray in the year 1974 near a village called Hadar in Ethiopia. The fossil remains of the species is dated back to 3.2 million years. It was named Lucy because of the Beatle’s song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamond...

Captagon: The Drug That Keeps The Conflict in Syria Awake

What would it take for a conflict to continue for more than four years with days and nights spent fighting? If you think it is the ideological vehemence and religious fervor that drives them to fight for what they believe with all their faith, then you are making a gross mistake. The resolve these fighters resort to in order to stay awake and kill ferociously is something very much strictly prohibited by what they fight on behalf of – the Sharia law. Captagon, a form of amphetamine tablets prepared from synthetic stimulant fenethylline, is widely used by the fighters from both the sides to keep them going incessantly and inhumanly. The drug that was found in the 60s to treat depression and hyperactivity was found to be addictive and hence banned in the 80s in many countries. But, the...

What Is Islamic State? Who Created It?

ISIS, expanded as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, is not any more ISIS, as it has grown bigger in its size and claims to be the authority of the Muslims worldwide, under its caliphate led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. As a bigger entity, it calls itself Islamic State, controlling over a 10 million people living under its regime spread across thousands of kilometres mainly in Iraq and Syria. [Body1AdHere] Many are trying to flee from the atrocities of the IS raising the number of refugees who cross borders, get killed while trying to passage through the oceans between borders, are blamed for the extremist attacks like the one that happened in Paris. The group doesn’t promote Islam as a faith; it attacks and kills the minority communities of Islam like the Yazidis in Iraq, making it one of t...

Hunza, The Longest Living People On Earth

At an elevation of around 2500 meters above the sea level and the place between the borders of Kashmir, Russia, China and Pakistan, there lies a valley that is 1.6 kilometres wide, 160 kilometres long, giving home to a population of 30,000 known as the Hunza (pronounced as hoonsa) people or the Hunzakuts, also known as the Burusho. The valley is said to be completely cut-off from the rest of the world and is in the present day North Pakistan. The people of the Hunza valley are very well known for their long life that they live healthily up to 145 years. While, many nutrition experts and scientists have ascribed this long enduring ability of the Hunza people to their diet, and lifestyle, there are a few sources that claim Hunza is not so a special class of people, but only like everyone els...

The Curious Case of Carson’s Pyramids

There are a lot of mysteries enshrouding the huge monumental structures in Egypt, the pyramids, as no one conclusive explanation has been found on how it was built almost during 2000 BC when there were no feasible techniques available to accomplish such a gargantuan task. The megastructures are so fascinating to mankind that it very recently made the headlines when Ben Carson, one of the Republican contestants expressed his belief that the history of pyramids is in accordance with the Bible that Joseph, the eleventh son of Jacob, built the pyramids to stock grains as a pre-emptive measure to deal with the famines ahead. [Body1AdHere] As per the mythology, Joseph was sold as a slave in Egypt, and he helped decipher the dream of a Pharaoh and interpreted a famine that would last for seven ye...

Is Global Warming A $22 Billion Scam?

Climate change and Global warming are often considered as hoaxes. Newsmax Media broke a story claiming that global warming is a $22 billion scam. Thus for obvious reasons, the involvement of political tantrums in the issue of global warming cannot be ignored. The recent NASA report on Antarctica ice sheets exemplifies this fact. At least, if it is proven that there is no harm to the planet due to global warming, President Obama’s budget of $10 billion to fight climate change can be saved, and he can be made an easy target for attacks during the 2016 Republican campaign. Already the new NASA report has provided enough room for the attack. NASA came up with a report that suggests the opposite of what the climate scientists had believed so far. The new report says that, contrary to the popula...

Can Earth be Destroyed by An Asteroid?

There were speculations that an asteroid is about to collide with our planet by hitting Puerto Rico, and the impact will be the complete destruction of our Earth. NASA has denied such a claim and has declared it groundless. It also says that there is a 0.01% or lesser chance of Earth being hit by such a potentially hazardous asteroid in the coming 100 years. The universe is a collection of such loosely bound celestial bodies that roams freely around, yet held intact by a force between them. But the possibility of such a cataclysmic collision cannot be completely ignored, if not now, in the future. [Body1AdHere] It will not be the first time! Our planet witnessed one of the worst asteroid collisions 65 million years ago; that brought the kingdom of dinosaurs to an end. The reason for the de...

The Hunger Problem: 3 Most Hungriest Countries in the World

While developed countries have made astonishing advancements in their defence system spending hundreds of billions of dollars, one class of underprivileged people have always been suffering. No one questions if they are black, or white or brown, but they are hungry for sure. They are not hungry before hitting the bed, as they had an early supper, but they haven’t been smelling the aroma of a morsel of grain because they couldn’t afford it for the past several months. Yet, there are armed conflicts all around the world. Studies show a direct relationship between armed conflicts and world hunger. But there is still a lot of investment flowing into the mechanism that creates and sustains armed conflicts. International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) that calculates Global Hunger Index ...

Tu Youyou: A Secret Chinese Project that Won Her A Nobel Prize for Physiology

In 1967, Youyou Tu, a Chinese medical researcher was summoned to work in a government funded top secret project while most of the universities and research organizations were shut down as they were considered promoting expertise and knowledge among the masses instead of purifying their ideologies. [Body1AdHere] It was during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution which was indeed a tough time for any science enthusiast, the 39 year old researcher was asked to join a team of professionals who were working to invent a medicine for malaria, that has been devastating Ho Chi Minh’s People’s Army of Vietnam, that is the North Vietnam, in their war against the South, which was supported by the United States. People’s Republic of China and the Soviet Union stood strong with the North Vietnam as their id...

What Should You Know About Volkswagen Scandal?

While the fight for a green environment is shouting its voices loud and clear on one side, corporate companies continue to give importance to their greed by following substandard practices that harm the already worsening environment, but accrue their profits. The latest firm to join this league of organizations is Volkswagen. The company allegedly installed software in their vehicles to reduce the N0x (Nitrogen Oxide) emissions only during the testing phase. These vehicles on road emitted 40 times more N0x than when they were tested by officials. These reduced level of emissions have helped Volkswagen to get green car subsidies in the United States. How did it happen? The International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) found in 2014 the discrepancies from live road tests in two cars, ...

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