“Better to die than be a coward.” In the hill villages of Nepal live the mighty Gurkhas, heralded as the world’s famous mercenaries. Although the average Gurkha man stands at five-foot and three-inches tall, their determination knows no limits. The prestige associated with the Gurkha name is so immense that thousands of young Nepalese men clamour for a spot in foreign Gurkha-only military units, of which the British army is the largest ’employer’.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here