Sierra Leone's head doctor in fighting the current outbreak of the Ebola virus, the deadliest in history, has himself contracted the disease. Sheik Umar Khan, who has treated more than 100 Ebola victims, has been hailed as a "national hero" by the health ministry.
The 39-year-old doctor has been transferred to a treatment ward run by humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders, Reuters reported on Wednesday. Another three nurses in the same treatment clinic have reportedly died after contracting the disease.
The outbreak has killed 206 people alone in Sierra Leone since it began in February, and over 600 in total, including deaths in Guinea and Liberia. more >>
Creation Museum CEO Ken Ham has criticized NASA's efforts to search for extraterrestrial life, arguing that God has not created life anywhere outside the Earth, and that the search for such life is driven by "man's rebellion."
"I'm shocked at the countless hundreds of millions of dollars that have been spent over the years in the desperate and fruitless search for extraterrestrial life," Ham wrote in a blog post for Answers in Genesis on Sunday.
"Of course, secularists are desperate to find life in outer space, as they believe that would provide evidence that life can evolve in different locations and given the supposed right conditions! The search for extraterrestrial life is really driven by man's rebellion against God in a desperate attempt to supposedly prove evolution!" more >>
Ever wondered what happens when a fire is created in space? Thankfully, this amazing Vine uploaded by astronaut Reid Wiseman, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, shows us what it really looks like.
The flame you see is sparked using a small drop of heptanes or ethanol, and it burns for about 20 seconds before disappearing into the space abyss. Watching this occur right in front of your face is simply mind-blowing.
One of the biggest threats that an astronaut has to face in space is an open flame. These Vines, which are part of a NASA experiment, are being used to help figure out ways to put out a fire in space. more >>
As the death toll from the deadliest outbreak of Ebola outbreak in history reached 603 earlier this week in West Africa, the World Health Organization said that workers are also fighting rumors and hostility, which is making it difficult to access threatened communities.
"It's very difficult for us to get into communities where there is hostility to outsiders," WHO spokesman Dan Epstein said in a news briefing, Reuters reported on Wednesday. "We still face rumors, and suspicion and hostility ... People are isolated, they're afraid, they're scared."
Some people in the affected communities reportedly believe that outsiders are spreading, rather than fighting, the Ebola outbreak. more >>
New-age author and physician Deepak Chopra has offered prominent atheists such as Richard Dawkins a $1 million prize challenge to offer a scientific explanation for the biological basis of thoughts and ideas.
Addressing what he called a "tribe of militant new atheists," naming Dawkins, James Randi, and Daniel Dennett, Chopra announced the challenge in a video uploaded on Youtube earlier this week.
"Can you please offer a scientific understanding for the biological basis of a first-person experience? Any experience – mental experience, or perceptual experience. So for cognition, or for perception. And I'll even make it more simple. Can you offer a scientific understanding for the biological basis of an idea, a thought?" Chopra asks in the video. more >>
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin is celebrating the 45th anniversary of his lunar landing and recently participated in an online discussion where he spoke about his reported experience with a UFO. He admitted that he has been hiding the details of his experience ever since he returned and wanted to set the record straight.
"On Apollo 11 in route to the Moon, I observed a light out the window that appeared to be moving alongside us," Aldrin said during a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. "There were many explanations of what that could be, other than other spacecraft from another country or another world – it was either the rocket we had separated from, or the 4 panels that moved away when we extracted the lander from the rocket and we were nose to nose with the two spacecraft. So in the close vicinity, moving away, were 4 panels. And I feel absolutely convinced that we were looking at the sun reflected off of one of these panels. Which one? I don't know. So technically, the definition could be 'unidentified.'"
Aldrin is one of the most famous astronauts in history, having been one of the first to land on the moon. The whole world watched as he and Neil Armstrong as well as Michael Collins took their first steps. Armstrong was actually the first to leave a footprint on the moon and gave the famous saying, "One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." more >>