First Muslim woman in space uses tech to help others achieve their dreams | The Memo

Anoushesh is well-established on the tech scene, starting her first internet telecommunications company back in 1993, the year of the first web browser, and later co-founding device-connecting platform Prodea Systems in 2006.Anousheh Ansari, the first Muslim woman in space. Pic: NASANow, in a new inspiring project, the computer scientist is using her company’s innovative technology to further empower people in remote and rural areas in India.“I go to rural Rajasthan, and there’s a 4G network,” Ansari said. But many people don’t have the devices to access the internet, she explained.The entrepreneur is now currently rolling out technology that turns TVs into two-way communication screens with internet access.

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Oregon militia leader’s plea to refuge holdouts: ‘I love you … go home’


Following his arrest, Ammon Bundy urged protesters still standing their ground at the Malheur national wildlife refuge to ‘please stand down’

Militia leader Ammon Bundy presented a loud-and-clear message to the protesters who continue to stand their ground at the occupied refuge in rural Oregon: It’s time to go home.

After a Wednesday afternoon hearing in federal court in Portland, Mike Arnold, Bundy’s lawyer, read a statement from Bundy, who was arrested on a remote highway on Tuesday afternoon in a confrontation and shootout with police that resulted in the death of protest spokesman LaVoy Finicum.

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No need to panic about the Zika virus | Sci-Tech | DW.COM | 27.01.2016

For a healthy grown-up who isn’t pregnant, Zika doesn’t pose much of a threat. Common symptoms include fever, joint ache and a rash with small red spots. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) puts it pretty clearly: “The illness is usually mild… Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon. Deaths are rare.”Compare that to Ebola, which comes with vomiting and unexplained bleeding and killed more than 11,300 people in the recent West-Africa outbreak, and you’ll see that Zika isn’t quite that bad.Some tourists have already brought the virus back to their European home countries from vacation without any major consequences. According to the news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa), there have been ten cases reported in Germany since 2013.The dpa also mentions four cases in Italy, three in Great Britain and two in Spain, though those numbers are probably incorrect, since there’s no international protocol for reporting and recording the virus, Schmidt-Chanasit said. More people could have been infected without ever knowing: the CDC reports that only one in five people infected with the virus actually become ill.Dangerous birth defect In hospitals like this one in Recife, Brazil, more and more babies are born with mircrocephalyAll that is not to say that Zika is completely harmless. The virus has been connected to an exceptional high number of babies born with microcephaly in Brazil. In the most recent Zika outbreak, around 4,000 newborns were diagnosed with the birth defect. Their skulls are smaller than those of healthy babies, which leads to brain damage.

Source: No need to panic about the Zika virus | Sci-Tech | DW.COM | 27.01.2016