First habitable planet discovered

By Yahoo! A planet 20 light years away is the first outside our solar system to be declared ‘habitable’ by scientists. The rocky ‘exoplanet’ Gliese 581d meets key requirements for sustaining Earth-like life, including rainfall and possibly even watery oceans. The planet orbits a red-dwarf star similarly called Gliese 581, […]

When Baghdad was centre of the scientific world

Islamic science had its heyday in the ninth century, thanks to Ab? Ja’far al-Ma’m?n’s House of Wisdom, says Jim al-Khalil. The Bab al-Sharji district in the centre of Baghdad derives its name, which means east gate, from the medieval fortifications of the city. These walls were probably built around the […]