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Dialogue: Humanist vs Islamic perspectives on science and the modern world

Source: The Guardian By Yasmin Khan, who is the producer of Sindbad Sci-Fi. Follow her on Twitter @Ya5min_BL Jim Al-Khalili, physicist and Ziauddin Sardar, chair of the Muslim Institute, talk science, western colonialism and religious rigidity Two important figures came head-to-head at Conway Hall, to discuss Islamic versus Humanist perspectives on science and the modern world. […]

Why is the Nobel prize in chemistry given for things that are not chemistry?

Source: Economist THIS year’s Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to three researchers who helped to discover how cells repair damaged DNA. It is unquestionably important work—without such repair mechanisms, complex life would be impossible. But those watching the announcement might be forgiven for wondering: doesn’t that seem more like biology than chemistry? This is […]

Optics: The True Nature of Light – Physicist Jim al-Khalili reveals how Islamic thinkers played a crucial role in explaining light and optics Playing a vital role in our everyday lives, technologies based on light are in use all around us. From art and science to modern technology, the study of light – and how it behaves and interacts with matter has intrigued scientists for over a century. This year, 2015, marks the 1,000th anniversary of the Kitab al-Manazir […]

3 Win The 2015 Nobel Prize In Chemistry For Studies In DNA Repair

Source: Huffington Post By Jade Walker; Overnight Editor, The Huffington Post Three scientists — Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar — won the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for “mechanistic studies of DNA repair.” The prize was announced by Göran Hansson, secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. Lindahl, a Swedish scientist, emeritus […]

Honey Bees Could Carry The Cure To Your Next Bacterial Infection How The Honey Bee Helps Health issues are constantly on the rise, water shortages are growing issues. Yet, what could be considered to be one of the most health threatening epidemics facing society today, passes by without so much as a whisper from main stream media. What is this epidemic you ask? It is the gradual extension […]

Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies

ScienceDaily — Significant insights for development of vaccine against asthma Growing up on a farm provides protection against asthma and allergies. Credit: © ambrozinio / Fotolia Researchers at VIB (a leading life sciences institute in Flanders, Belgium) and Ghent University have successfully established a causal relationship between exposure to so-called farm dust and protection against […]

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Real-life ‘Jurassic Park’? Siberian lab set to clone extinct mammals

Source: Real-life ‘Jurassic Park’? Siberian lab set to clone extinct mammals Russian scientists have begun their quest to clone pre-historic animals, including but not limited to a woolly mammoth, hoping that Siberian permafrost will give them a competitive advantage and the good possibly of finding undamaged DNA samples to resurrect the ancient species. The […]


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