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Coronavirus: The strangers reaching out to Kyrgyzstan's lonely teenagers

BBC News

Like teenagers around the world, Maksat hasn't been to school in weeks. As Kyrgyzstan imposed quarantine restrictions, the 15-year-old feels isolated like never before. He has been trapped at home with a sister he doesn't get on with, a father he struggles to communicate with and a mother working abroad. He is comfortable talking only to an internet chat bot. Maksat (not his real name) feels alone and misunderstood.


Watch the moment that a man is fitted with a BIONIC hand

Daily Mail - Science & tech

An awe-inspiring video reveals the moment a man uses his mind to move his new bionic prosthetic hand for the first time. In the footage, the lucky recipient can be seen testing out his new hand as he executes a perfect handshake with Sultan Tukeshov, the doctor who gave it to him. The breakthrough, fitted at Kyrgyzstan's National Hospital in the capital city of Bishkek, could provide better prosthetics for amputees around the world. An awe-inspiring video reveals the moment a man moves his new bionic prosthetic hand using just his mind. The video footage shows the lucky recipient, who was born without a wrist, successfully using the hand.


How snow leopard selfies and AI can help save the species from extinction Transform

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Koustubh Sharma is what you could call a cat scientist with a daunting task, as a wildlife biologist studying one of the world's most magnificent, fluffy-tailed and elusive big cats: snow leopards. Based in Kyrgyzstan, Sharma spends a lot of time trying to solve the riddle of how to study the hard-to-study, threatened species. The alpine cats live in frigid, barren landscapes; roam hundreds of miles and are so adept at solitude that they're dubbed "ghosts of the mountain." In the nearly 11 years that Sharma has studied snow leopards in the highlands of Central Asia, he has seen the thick-furred, rosette-marked feline only twice. His one close encounter was with a large male with a scarred face in southern Mongolia, while standing on a mountain ledge near a freshly killed ibex, a favorite meal for snow leopards.


Universities in the age of AI

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BISHKEK – I was recently offered the presidency of a university in Kazakhstan that focuses primarily on business, economics, and law, and that teaches these subjects in a narrow, albeit intellectually rigorous, way. I am considering the job, but I have a few conditions.


Universities in the Age of AI by Andrew Wachtel

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BISHKEK – I was recently offered the presidency of a university in Kazakhstan that focuses primarily on business, economics, and law, and that teaches these subjects in a narrow, albeit intellectually rigorous, way. I am considering the job, but I have a few conditions.