Are Zombies Real?

Are Zombies Real?

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One of the most mysterious urban legends of our time, Zombie has once again started creating a lot of buzz inside the world of science and politics as well. Recently, some of the US’s politicians (most from the Illinois) have cautioned citizens and law enforcement agencies to take their Zombie preparedness ability more seriously.

Last year, the month of October was marked as the “Zombie Preparedness Month.” Reportedly, it is being said that intelligence inputs might have got some inputs that prompted the state authorities to raise awareness of the people about Zombies. The Illinois state assembly put forward a house resolution (HR 0030) that asked people of Illinois to stay well prepared for Zombies; by doing so they can be in a better position to handle nature’s fury and other disasters as well.

The resolution was approved by the house a few days back. The bill also exposed America’s preparedness towards combating nature’s fury. Few states even lack the modus operandi to distribute food, water and medicine supply to affected people during a natural disaster

The debate was actually regarding America’s capacity to fight nature’s wrath but Rep. Steven Anderson, R-Geneva, made the conversation more interesting by raising the question that which type of Zombie to be used for natural disaster preparedness? He argued that Zombies portrayed on “Z Nation” are faster but those on “The Walking Dead” are more organised.

Scientific Evidence to Zombie’s Existence

Believe it or not, Zombies are real! Science is notorious for doing things that we couldn’t even dream of. Dr Wade Davis, a well known scientist, has learned the “art of making Zombie” using mysterious Zombie juice  and toad skin. He learnt the art from a Vodoo practitioner in Haiti.

1) Zombies are created by Vodoo priests belonging to Bizango secret societies.

2) Zombification or creating someone a Zombie is an ultimate form of punishment to a culprit or convict under Bizango societies.

In his book, “Passage of Darkness (1988)”, the scientist claimed to have found the reality of Zombies. He concluded that by putting on toad skin all over the body and consuming a poisonous substance, the person goes insane and stays in an inebriated state for a long time – mostly for life long time.

 What Does a Zombie Do?

They mystery of Zombies has always made people curious. Zombie basically denotes a dead man having an ability to walk in an eerie manner. They suck blood from humans. The English word “Zombie” first came to use in 1819 when the Brazilian poet Robert Southey mentioned the term Zombi in his literary work.

Zombie is largely categorized as a work of fiction with no existence of its own. They eat raw meat of humans and animals. According to the Haitian folklore, whoever commits suicide – never gets salvation. Their souls could neither enter a new human body nor could it escape from the world. They continue to stay in a half-human and half-dead state forever!

Earth Finds its 8th Continent in Zealandia: Say Scientists

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Until now, the earth has seven continents; Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and North America. But the latest news confirmed that scientists have now unveiled the latest mystery surrounding the eighth continent Zealandia.

Researchers have now argued that New Caledonia and New Zealand are not just an island chain, but a gigantic part of 5-million-square kilometer slab of continental crust (excluding Australia) – submerged under water.

Prominent geologist Luyendyk discovered the term Zealandia for the newly-discovered continent as early as 1995 because of its closer proximity to New Zealand region. It covers the regions of New Zealand, New Caledonia and a collection of crust that broke off from the ancient Gondwana region. According to an estimate, around 95 per cent of Zealandia is currently submerged underwater in the Southwest Pacific Ocean.

Criteria for a Land to Constitute as a Continent

  • Land that is high from the sea floor.
  • The presence of three types of rocks; Igneous, Metamorphic and sedimentary. Igneous rocks are formed out of volcanic eruption, metamorphic rocks are formed due to intense heat and pressure, and sedimentary rocks come to form out of erosion.
  • Thicker crust surrounding the sea floor.
  • Having a considerable size of an area.

Eventually, Luyedyk came to conclusion with the term Zealandia for the area that is expected to be continental with a collection of micro continents. The recent study suggests that Zealandia is a part of a unified region. The area is estimated to be even bigger than India. More research into the subject is still awaited.

Some More Interesting Facts about Zealandia

Zealandia consists of two plates; the Pacific plate and the Australian Plate. “I’m from California, and it has a plate boundary going through it. In millions of years, the western part will be up near Alaska. Does that make it not part of North America? No,” said Luyendyk.

Today, only five percent of the Zealandia land is visible. The process of classifying Zealandia as a continent could take a few more years after due observation by the geoscientists.

The country that will be hot topic among scientist is New Zealand. As it is still to be determined that what part of New Zealand will constitute Zealandia and what part will continue to be counted as a territory of New Zealand – the nation?

Zealandia covers parts of Norfolk Island, the Lord Howe Island group, New Zealand and Middleton reefs. It is believed that Zealandia broke away from Gondwana some 80 million years back. Over the last two decades, geologists worldwide are trying to include Zealandia as an independent and well-recognised Continent. If their proposal is approved, Zealandia is set to become the world’s eighth and smallest continent.

The Demand of Separate Statehood

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As cited by administrators, creating a separate state is an enunciation to a better judiciary and administration.

Although creating a separate country is based on different science altogether. Considering a recent example of Scottish referendum, the Scots being a separate country but falling in the jurisdiction of UK voted NO because many were afraid of how an independent Scotland might change their day-to-day lives. While the ‘Yes’ camp’s case for independence attracted millions of voters, the task of building a workable, independent nation proved too daunting for many.

In India we have too many examples were the separatisms has prevailed due to various reasons. Lets us not drag J & Kashmir in this issue as it has a different history all together.

(AFSPA) in 1958 to put down separatist movements in certain parts of the country when insurgency occurred in North East India in Manipur, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura. The more important issue with these states however is territorial dispute with neighbours such as Pakistan and the PRC, rather than independence from the India.

The law was first enforced in Manipur and then also in other insurgency-ridden north-east. It was extended to most parts of Indian-administered Kashmir soon after the outbreak of armed insurgency in 1989.
The soldiers are immune to law against prosecution unless the Indian government gives prior sanction for such prosecution. The government demands that the AFSPA is necessary to restore normalcy in regions like Kashmir and Manipur. The situations in these have always been highly sensitive, we have also noticed oppressions from the people, especially the brave Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila and then the inhumane case of Thangjam Manorama which lead to a huge and nationwide fruitless protest.

Nagalim(Nagaland)
Tripura
Khalistan(Sikh Country)
Bodoland (Assam)

Are a few examples were insurgency for a separate country arose in the past. Also Dravida Nadu (Dravidian speaking) people rose to create a separate country for the speakers of Dravidian Language with the support of the local political party DMK.

It would be wrong to assure that such insurgency may not occur in the future because India is a politically driven country, with countless languages and incredible diversity. Language, religion, caste are a few reasons that initiate such extremism.

We must look into North East, even today we experience cases of these people coming to other states for for education and jobs and being killed due to language barriers and non identical reasons (Bangalore,Delhi)

It is somewhere our fault that leads to such incidents. Weather or not it is bound to happens again in our country, we must realise the fact the diversity is a boon and a curse to the nation. Defending this country we must strive hard to respect each other and if we can, we must go out of our way to offset this common sense of inequality because the only way we can succeed in becoming a first world nation is by understanding the strength of this diversified nation and promoting the idea of egalitarianism.

Mankind’s Deadliest Creation

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In 1939, the scientific community discovered that the Germans had found the secret to split a uranium atom. This they thought would make them capable of producing a bomb with power of incredible destruction.

Enrico Fermi and Albert Einstein fled the Nazi Germany to US to escape death. They wanted to inform the President of the United States about the atomic bomb technology with the opponent Axis Powers.

Fermi and Einstein tried to press upon the necessity to start an atomic research program with the then President Roosevelt. Roosevelt agreed and in 1941 America received the sanction of the Manhattan Project.

In the end of the ear 1972, Fermi along with a group of Physicists conducted the first controlled nuclear chain reaction at the University of Chicago. Since then the Manhattan project progressed at a rapid speed. About $2 billion dollars had been spent in the development of the atomic bomb. The project had employed over 120,000 people in America and the project had to be kept a secret somehow.

Roosevelt and Churchill agreed for secrecy and decided that Stalin to be kept uninformed. There was no awareness of something of this sort being existent and thus there was no debate. Only the most important and trustworthy scientists working on the project knew about it and all the 120,000 employees were kept uninformed about the bomb.

Interestingly, Vice President Truman did not know about the project until he became President himself.

On July 16, 1945 the bomb was tested by Robert J Oppenheimer at Trinity test site in New Mexico.

Impact of the trial

During the test, clouds formed by the bomb reached 40,000 feet height.

Windows of houses over 100 miles away was broken.

The test was successful and fake news about ammunition dump being exploded in the desert was created to hide the test.

The rest is history.

 

Countries that run on 100% Renewable energy

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Costa Rice

In 2015, Costa Rica for the first time ran on renewable energy for more than 300 days. In 2016, the country until September, had completed 150 days of complete renewable energy consumption.

Most of the electricity in Costa Rica is produced through hydropower and geothermal technology. The country is yet to get rid of about 2 million cars that run on gas.

Costa Rica has taken up the aim to modernize their energy production and consumption process to sustain the current environment and to improve renewable energy performance.

Electricity in Costa Rica is generated through turbines in dams. This process accounts for 78% electricity supply.

Costa Rica’s renewable energy plans got tremendous push when in 2014, the government approved $1 billion for geothermal project. Geothermal project uses heat from the earth to generate power for electric generators.

Iceland

Iceland is another country that has shown ambition for 100% renewable energy consumption. Ice too has a geothermal and hydropower technology. Through the similar process, Iceland generates almost 100% of its electricity which is renewable.

There’s another interesting side to Iceland. The country not only uses geothermal heat for powering generators, but also uses pipes to transfer the geothermal heat using water. This they send to about 87% of their homes.

Since the 1940’s the country has been betting big on geothermal resources for generating electricity. This they have done efficiently by establishing a research and implementation agency that oversees the development in the field.

This has roughly saved about 8 billion dollars of Iceland for not using oil. It has also reduced the country’s carbon emissions by more than 33% in 30 years.

Albania and Paraguay

Albania and Paraguay have too converted themselves as renewable energy producers.

Albania, home to eight rivers has successfully fulfilled the country’s requirements in energy. But rising demands have pushed the country to import means of increasing energy production.

Paraguay on the other hand produces nearly 100 percent of its energy through hydropower.

What made them successful?

Most importantly, all of these countries have low population. A low population demands lower energy consumption. Apart from that the country is rich in research and development and has been a first world country or a developed country for a long time. The population is educated and all of this has made it possible for a better energy generation and consumption pattern.

Apart from that, these countries are located in resource rich areas. They have easy access to water and earth heat. Thus their access to natural resources has played a major role in their success.

What did Nelson Mandela change?

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Before we get to know about Nelson Mandela, here are 5 do you know about him.

  1. Mandela’s real name was Rolihlahla, which means troublemaker in his Xhosa tribe.
  2. He acted in Spike Lee’s 1992 biopic Malcolm X. In the movie Nelson acted as a teacher at the end of the movie and recited a famous speech by Malcolm. Mandela had refused to speak ‘by any means necessary’ in the same speech, for which the director put a scene of Malcolm X himself saying these words.
  3. Nelson Mandela married Graca Machel, whose first marriage was with Mozambique President Samora Machel. After his death, Graca married Nelson and thus become first lady of two nations.
  4. Mandela loved boxing but not for its violence, but for its techniques used for protecting oneself.
  5. He opened South Africa’s first black law firm in Johannesburg in 1952.

Nelson Mandela dedicated his life for the freedom of South Africa and for social change. Mandela was born in 1918 in South Africa which was at that time under British. Mandela was born in the racial segregated system of South Africa called apartheid which meant ‘apartness’.

Resistance Movement

He joined the national movement for freedom at an early age. In 1950’s he became a leader in the resistance movement. Resistance movement was a movement that fought for advocating equal rights to people of all color under the law.

Nation of equal opportunities

“I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination.”

Nelson championed equal rights for all people under democratic law. He wanted all people to have equal opportunities.

“It is an ideal for which I have prepared to die.”

Mandela in Prison

Mandela was put in prison in 1962 by the apartheid government. They had charged him with treason because they were threatened by the leadership that Mandela projected for it challenged their authority in the country.

Mandela spent 27 years in prison as prisoner 466/64. In jail, Mandela had a reputation and even after being isolated, that reputation grew over time and so did Mandela’s determination to end apartheid.

Mandela refused to accept release until he was allowed to fight for freedom of his countrymen.

At last in 1990, the South African government, due to international pressure released Mandela from prison nearly after three decades.

After release Mandela pledged to continue his fight to end apartheid even thought his health had deteriorated significantly after working in prison.

He led negotiations between white and black South Africans. Only after four years of struggle, South Africa held its first multi-racial elections in April 1994.

Nelson Mandela became the president of South Africa in 1994.

Time for the healing of the wounds has come.’

‘We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people.’

Evil Empires of History

Here are some of the most evil nations of the world

From worse to the worst, here are the 5 most evil empires in History.

  1. Imperial Japan

Today’s peaceful Japan hasn’t always been so. The Japanese regime was responsible for killing about eight million people so as to become the most powerful empire in Asia.

The biggest victim of the Japanese’s rise to power was China. In 1937, in then China’s capital Nanking, Japanese Imperial Army murdered 300,000 people, half of the entire population of the capital of 600,000. The women were raped and then murdered by the Japanese soldiers. The young soldiers were encouraged to inflict as much pain as possible.

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  1. The Spanish Empire – 1492 – 1892

The Spanish empire was rapidly expanding in the 15th and the 16th century. As as result of this expansion, the Spanish empire was also responsible for heartlessly killing about 5 million people. They were also responsible for bringing in the regions they overtook, small pox epidemic due to which about 300 million people died. They forced their interpretation of the Catholicism to be abided by all in their empire. They used the head crusher method to kill those who did not follow their rules.

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  1. Ottoman Empire – 1301 to 1922

Without a doubt, the Ottoman empire was one the most powerful empires in human history. Their reign lasted over six centuries over three continents. Towards the decline, the Ottoman empire was responsible for carrying our many atrocities. One of the known is the burning alive of 5000 people of Batak in Bulgaria. In three years between 1915 and 1918, the empire slaughtered about 2 million Armenians living in Turkey.

 

  1. The Mongol Empire – 1206 to 1368

The Mongol empire is known for killing about 11% of the world’s population. Their empire covered a quarter of the earth. Those killed included pregnant women and innocent civilians. After the Khwarezmid empire lost to the Mongols, they poured molten silver in their eyes.

The historians believe that the deadly black death pandemic took off at the siege of Kaffa. This points our to the possibility of bio warfare by the Mongols.

  1. The British Empire – 1783 to 1997

About 150 million people have died because of the British Empire, which carried tremendous atrocities in Asia, Africa and Europe. Their intrusive taxation system forced the people to bleed. As a result, about 29 million died in India due to widespread famines. This, even after they exported food products in India.

During the Bengal famine of 1943, he refused to take the matter seriously and infamously said “starvation of anyhow underfed Bengalis is less serious than that of sturdy Greeks”.

Life with Schizophrenia

 

Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood psychological disorders as people have various misconceptions about Schizophrenia. Let us debug these misconceptions by understanding what Schizophrenia really is.

Firstly, there are different types of Schizophrenia; all depending on the behavior of the person affected which has a distinct characteristic.

  1. Paranoid Schizophrenia

This is the most common occurring type of Schizophrenia. Patients of this subtype are affected more as they grow older when the symptoms start showing and thus it’s hard to find out.

This prompts them to have delusions and thus pushes the patient in a state where he or she starts hearing voices.

  1. Catatonic Schizophrenia

In this severe type schizophrenia, a patient faces disability in movements. Moreover, there are three major characteristic to this type.

  1. Catatonic Excitement
  2. Catatonic Stupor
  3. Stereotypic movement

In catatonic excitement, the patient goes through hyper activity. On the other hand, in catatonic stupor a patient moves slowly and sometimes is even frozen while doing some action like reading.

In stereotypic movement, a person keeps repeating a particular action without purpose without realizing that they are doing so.

  1. Disorganised Schizophrenia

This subtype of schizophrenia largely affects the thinking process of a patient. They tend to pronounce words differently in a disorganized manner making it difficult to understand.

It also happens so that their respond to a certain question would make no sense at all. There are cases in which the patient is unable to perform easy daily tasks like cooking or wearing clothes.

  1. Residual Schizophrenia

This form is a residual schizophrenia in which a person slowly turns back to normal life. It starts with performing everyday tasks in a normal manner and then the psychological disorders fade off with time.

Over 51 million people around the world suffer from Schizophrenia. Out of that, 2.2 million people in America alone live with this disorder.

In simplest terms, Schizophrenia is a disorder in which a person goes through depression along with much other mental instability, like hearing voices, hallucinating and sometimes even seeing things.

The most common symptoms of Schizophrenic are depression and hearing voices. These symptoms make it very difficult for a person, especially someone who has to take care of his or her family. The sad part is that people even today remain insensitive to the problems faced by people affected with Schizophrenia.

5 Augmented Reality apps for Android

 

Augmented Reality (AR) apps are the latest next level tools for modern smart phones. Augmented reality gives a super imposed image of what is virtual and brings the user interface to the best level of reality.

  1. Pokemon Go

No AR app list can be worth it without the Pokemon Go app, the most viral game every created. You go to real time locations to find new Pokemon. It’s more than just a game that limits you to your screen, this game has rather made people run to different locations in their city to find their Pokémon.

  1. Google Translate (Free)

Google translate is a fun to use app and really handy when it comes to language. Google translate not only allows you to have translations of and from different languages but it makes this feature a reality based activity. How?

You can translate words from a picture that you click and Google translate will translate the words in the image in the language you require.

  1. Ink Hunter (Free)

In Hunter is an app that lets you figure out the visibility of your tattoo that you would want to put.  The app allows you to customize a design for yourself. It also gives you inbuilt tattoo options. You can use these options and try out on your body. Yes! The app allows you use the camera and place the tattoo on your body so as to impress how exactly the tattoo would look on you.

Even if you don’t intend to get a tattoo, you can surely try out this app for some fun.

  1. Star Chart (Free)

Start Chart app allows you to see the stars and planets in real time as per your location. All you need to do is to point your camera in any direction and the app will use it to show you which stars and planets are above or around you at that time. All of these features are in real time. The app also shows you the zodiac signs in the sky using different stars. It also shows you which the position of the star in different time in the future.

  1. Warp Runner (Free)

If Pokemon Go has bored you to the core, then here is an Augmented Reality game that turns a flat surface into a playing deck. How amazing is that? Players need to guide a robot to the exit. You have to collect objects at the same time and all of it without going outside, so good for those who prefer static gaming.

 

Dentists Found a New Way to Repair Teeth Naturally Using Alzheimer’s Drugs

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As we grow old, out natural capacity of the tooth also decreases. Sometimes, this leads to replacement of teeth. In that case, inorganic cements based on calcium or silicon-based mineral aggregates are filled. But often the cement fails to give that much normal mineral volume which is necessary in the gum. Also they often get infected resulting in more problems for the patient.

In case of a problem due to infection – using cements or fillings often lead to infections – which complicate the problem. If the infection is big then dentists finally extract the tooth out of the mouth.

So, scientists have now come forward with a natural solution. They have now found the innovative way of natural formation of reparative dentine by mobilization of stem cells in the tooth pulp.

The process involves delivering low dosage of glycogen synthase kinase (GSK-3) antagonists through collagen sponges that promote the restoration of dentine. After a few days, the sponge is degraded leading to replacement of complete and effective natural repair. It could do wonder in the field of dental science.

New Research on Dentine at King’s College

A team of researchers at King’s College in London has found another method of stimulating the renewal of living stem cells in tooth pulp through Alzheimer’s drug. Due to infection, the inner pulp of tooth can get infected. In order to prevent so, a thin band of dentine is applied to the tooth pulp to disinfect and seal the same. But sometime this remains far from satisfactory and requires more innovative and appropriate dental implant to correct the same.

A feature published in scientific reports stated that researchers from the Dental Institute at King’s College, London, have found a new remedy with stimulation of stem cells located within the pulp of the tooth to generate new dentine. It reduces the dependence upon external substance and methods like filings or cements.

Professor Paul Sharpe from King’s College London stated, “The simplicity of our approach makes it ideal as a clinical dental product for the natural treatment of large cavities, by providing both pulp protection and restoring dentine. In addition, using a drug that has already been tested in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease provides a real opportunity to get this dental treatment quickly into clinics, he added further.

Experts feel this is an exhaustive process. It will help to enhance the natural repairing ability of the teeth in regard to large cavities. The stimulation of the renewal of the stem cells will include Tideglusib (Substance) which is also useful to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Hope this new invention will help people get their dental implant done in a more natural and safer way.