Thinker's Chronicle

Category: February

  • Rare Case of Bird Flu in Cambodia

    Rare Case of Bird Flu in Cambodia

    A few days ago, an eleven-year girl from a rural village in Cambodia contracted the H5N1 Virus, better known as the bird flu, and passed away. This was a rare and highly concerning incident as Cambodia hasn’t had a single known human infection from this virus since 2014. Unfortunately, the girl’s father also tested positive, but he hasn’t shown severe symptoms. The girl’s diagnosis was uncovered when she was sent to a local hospital with a high fever, throat pain, and cough, but she died before any serious treatment could be given.  How does it spread? H5N1 influenza is a

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  • A Dive into Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

    A Dive into Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence

    The world is surely taking a huge turn towards technology, and new items are being discovered by experts who are trying to uncover new benefits as well as minimize disadvantages as much as possible. The world of AI was first discovered and coined by John McCarthy in the 1950s and that of machine learning by Geoffrey Hinton in the same century. What’s the Difference? AI and machine learning go hand-in-hand, but it is important to note that there is a difference between the two, and machine learning is actually a subfield of Artificial Intelligence. Many definitions work, but according to

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  • India’s General Elections

    India’s General Elections

    India’s political arena is gearing up for the 2024 General Election, one of the most expensive elections set to be a hotly contested battle between the ruling and the opposition parties. While the ruling party is focusing on consolidating its position, the opposition parties are looking to put up a united front and present a formidable challenge. A Race for New Leaders The opposition is currently in the process of strategizing and identifying potential candidates for the upcoming election. The Congress Party, which is the main opposition party, is looking to build alliances with other regional parties to take on

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  • Hogwarts Legacy: A Magical, Revolutionary Game With Its Contentions

    Hogwarts Legacy: A Magical, Revolutionary Game With Its Contentions

    Fantasy books are one of the most incredible inventions of humankind, captivating the imaginations of children and allowing adults to maintain their sense of childlike wonder as they read the pages of a novel. One of these fantasy series that had a pivotal impact in my childhood was Harry Potter, and I’m sure it was the same for millions of children around the world. From its worldbuilding, character development, and modern themes, the series continues to be acclaimed and immensely popular due to the movies that were released over the past two decades, from the 7 original films to Fantastic

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  • The Fear Surrounding Elections in Africa: Nigeria’s February Elections

    The Fear Surrounding Elections in Africa: Nigeria’s February Elections

    Several people use the word havoc to characterize the days running up to general elections in Africa. Many individuals have been terrorized by several incidents of violence and deaths after elections in the past. Nigeria is being described no differently, but is there a sliver of hope that awaits this African giant. Behavior in the Run-Up to the Election Because of the negative outlook that elections usually bring, many parents have been known to remove their children out of school and send them to schools abroad. Elections have such a hold on people that it influences all their decisions. Many

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  • 2023 State of the Union – Recapped

    2023 State of the Union – Recapped

    How many teenagers and adults these days listen to the State of the Union Address every year? According to the Nielsen company, on February 7th, 2023, “an estimated 27.3 million people watched President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address on television, the second smallest audience for the annual event in at least 30 years.” In addition, “nearly three-quarters of the people who watched Biden’s speech were 55 and older,” Nielsen added. “Only 5% were young adults under the age of 35.” According to the Oxford Dictionary, the State of the Union Address is “an annual address delivered by the

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  • Daisy Jones & The Six

    Daisy Jones & The Six

    “Daisy Jones & The Six” by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a book that will transport readers back in time to the golden age of rock and roll. With the highly anticipated television adaptation set to be released on March 3, 2023, now is the perfect time to dive into the world of Daisy Jones and her band. It is a beautifully written novel that captures the essence of the music scene of the 1970s. The book takes readers on a journey through the rise and fall of a fictional band called The Six, and their lead singer, Daisy Jones. The

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  • Latest Chinese Spy Balloon –– and the Ones Before

    Latest Chinese Spy Balloon –– and the Ones Before

    Although the January 28th Chinese spy balloon incident went viral over the past week before being shot down on February 4th, there have been three occurrences of these incidents during the Trump administration. Security officials say that these notices were not made public so they would not let China know they had uncovered their technology. However, top officials of the Trump administration––including former President Trump and his director of national intelligence John Ratcliffe––have denied it.  New Interest in Spy Balloons Under the Biden administration, there has been a revamped interest in explaining unidentified flying objects. A past Thinker’s Chronicle article

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  • Humans Can Understand Apes’ Sign Language

    Humans Can Understand Apes’ Sign Language

    Humans have come a long way since Jane Goodall’s groundbreaking research. The famed primatologist studied similarities between human interactions and those of other primates like apes. Now, a recent study has shown that humans can understand apes’ sign language.  These gestures include raising their arms, which could signal grooming or hunger; “big loud scratch,” which could mean that another primate should remove insects or dirt from their hair; shaking an object, which could signal sex; and touching, which could mean “climb on my back” or “give me that food”. The experiment and results Researchers from St. Andrews’ School of Psychology

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  • De-extinction Company Wants to Bring Back the Dodo

    De-extinction Company Wants to Bring Back the Dodo

    Founded by tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm and Harvard University geneticist George Church, Colossal Biosciences announced plans to bring back the extinct flightless bird, the Dodo. The bird stood around one meter tall, weighed about 15-20 kilograms, and is infamously known for its unflinching nature while its peers were killed. The creature literally represents extinction itself––you can’t get deader than a dodo. Paleogenetics Beth Shapiro, lead paleogeneticist and a scientific advisory board member at Colossal Biosciences, has studied the dodo since the science of paleogenetics was in its initial stage. In 2002, she said her team extracted a piece of the

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