How a Yemeni man’s love for science got him 16 million followers on Facebook

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Hashem al-Ghaili, a Yemeni man based in Berlin, had a mission when he started his science page on Facebook in 2009: to make science accessible to everyone regardless of their age or background. Al-Ghaili told BBC that his father wanted him to be a farmer when he grew up, but he always had a passion for science, which started when he was young and began to read children’s science magazines. A molecular biologist by trade, al-Ghaili expanded his skills to include video production and began ...

In Oman desert, European venture sets sights on Mars

Monday, 12 February 2018

It may look like a scene from a science fiction movie. But these astronauts clad in pressure-simulating suits have their feet firmly on earth… in Oman's barren desert, more specifically.They're taking part in simulation training, aiming to one-day help humans survive on Mars.Alexander Soucek, president of the Austrian Space Forum and AMADEE-18 flight director on earth, said "We need a place that looks as much as Mars as possible. And we found it here in Oman, it's a beautiful place ...

Scientists grow human eggs to full maturity in a lab

Friday, 9 February 2018

Scientists have succeeded for the first time in growing human eggs in a laboratory from the earliest stages in ovarian tissue all the way to full maturity - a scientific step that had previously been taken in mice. Publishing their result in the journal Molecular Human Reproduction on Friday, scientists from Britain and the United States said it could one day help in developing regenerative medicine therapies and new infertility treatments. In previous studies, scientists had developed mouse ...

What happens to your brain when you die? Experiments on rats give an insight

Thursday, 28 December 2017

The experience of one's dying moment remains with the departed. However, scientists suggest that during final moments of consciousness a mysterious and unexplained phenomenon takes place inside your brain. Research from the University of Michigan has revealed that brain activity in rats gets sparked after clinical death. These electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels are usually found in animals’ waking state, a report by has revealed. “We reasoned that ...

Five apps that contributed to the West’s progress

Thursday, 23 November 2017

How did the West advance more than the rest of the world? Books and researches have been published to answer this question and reveal its secrets so others can catch up. Famous historian Niall Ferguson provided an easy and modern recipe for this progress. In one of his interviews, he said there are five apps which the West has downloaded before the rest and which contributed to its progress. If other countries want to follow suit, they must download some of these apps. However, these apps are ...

Mamdouh AlMuhaini

Responding to calls for knowledge revival

Thursday, 5 October 2017

The social and economic welfare that man enjoys today would not have existed if it hadn’t been for science and its development. Knowledge contributed to ending people’s fears and helped them be in control of their lives thus completely overcoming myths and legends. Man became master of his world and it is through science that he became in control of it. King Salman said in the statement which Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources Khalid al-Falih read out on his ...

Fahad Suleiman Shoqiran

Objectives behind Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030

Monday, 4 September 2017

The Vision 2030 continues to occupy the headlines and leads the talk in many group discussions among the general public. As a matter of fact, I always have questions related to this subject, but the question that impressed me was that of a young university student, who asked me: “Why specifically 2030?” This is an intelligent question on a different tangent. Indeed, there is a reason and importance of pointing out the choice of this particular date. Many experts believe that studying ...

Hussein Shobokshi

Science and the ‘sinful’ eclipse

Thursday, 24 August 2017

The “heavens” and “celestial objects” have intrigued human beings on different intellectual levels throughout history. Mathematicians, physicists and astronomers have been interested in unraveling their scientific mysteries while ancient cultures attempted to understand them through myths and legends. The changes of these heavenly bodies and their movements have inspired and evoked a wide range of emotions in people’s hearts and minds from love and serenity to fear ...

Nawar Fakhry Ezzi

The ‘Wow!’ space signal was heard 40 years ago... Is the mystery now solved?

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

On this day 40 years ago, a mysterious signal was heard from space. In August 1977, a team of astronomers studying radio transmissions from an observatory in Ohio recorded an unusual 72-second signal. “It was so strong that team member Jerry Ehman scrawled "Wow!" next to the readout,” reports Ever since then, scientists have been attempting to figure out the cause of the signal. READ ALSO: First Egyptian astronaut in space? NASA candidate has high ...

Open SESAME: Science center inaugurated in Jordan

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Tuesday formally launched an international research center whose members include experts from around the world including arch-rivals Iran and Israel. The International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East, known by the acronym SESAME, “is the first research center of its kind in the region,” said the royal court. SESAME council president Chris Llewellyn Smith said the center, located in Balqa ...

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