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Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams and her crewmate Butch Wilmore are unexpectedly extending their stay on the International Space Station (ISS) due to technical glitches in the Boeing Starliner spacecraft. Initially set to return on June 26, their return date is now uncertain. The Starliner, on its maiden voyage, has faced multiple delays and is now dealing with helium leaks and thruster malfunctions. Allegations have emerged that both NASA and Boeing knew of these issues but proceeded with the mission. Despite the challenges, NASA assures that the astronauts have sufficient supplies and are working to resolve the issues for a safe return.

A rare and enigmatic condition known as “laughing disease” or “kuru” has puzzled scientists for decades due to its unusual symptoms and origins among the Fore people of Papua New Guinea. Transmitted through the practice of funerary cannibalism, kuru is characterized by severe tremors, emotional instability, and bursts of uncontrollable laughter, often leading to its misdiagnosis as a mood disorder. This article explores the cultural context, progression, and diagnostic challenges of kuru, highlighting its significant impact on medical research and understanding of neurodegenerative diseases.