Haramain Railway to cost SR42 bn

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR | ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: The Haramain Railway, which will link the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah with Jeddah, will cost about SR42 billion, according to a report circulated by the Saudi Railway Organization (SRO). The high-speed rail project will bring about dramatic improvement in transportation of pilgrims between the two […]

Editorial: Fighting phantoms

Every time the US intervenes in a Muslim country, it ends up helping the extremists As if the mind-numbing mess created by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan wasn’t enough, it had to turn its attention to Yemen. Yemen is in the midst of an unprecedented popular revolt […]

Eat Less Sugar…Live Longer

Weight loss programs are a multi-million dollar industry in the US, with each company claiming that their way is the best.  At the heart of the debate has been the issue of carbohydrates.  How much should we be consuming? There have been several studies conducted in the last decade comparing […]

Humans are evolving slower than thought

Humans might be evolving slower than scientists had thought, according to a new analysis of the genomes of two families, but there is a huge variance between people. The researchers, reporting their findings June 12 in the journal Nature Genetics, based their measurement of evolution speed on the number of […]


Evolution of the Eye Scientists now have a clear vision of how our notoriously complex eye came to be SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN By Trevor D. Lamb | July 13, 2011 | The human eye is an exquisitely complicated organ. It acts like a camera to collect and focus light and convert it into […]

First Ascent of the Matterhorn

Zermatt’s place in history was tragically secured with the first ascent of the Matterhorn in the 19th century. As the surrounding peaks were climbed in the 1830’s to 50’s, there developed intense competition to conquer the Matterhorn, which for many years had been considered “unclimbable”. The English climber Edward Whymper […]

Hu Stresses All-Round China-Russia Cooperation

Visiting Chinese President Hu Jintao said in Moscow on Thursday that China and Russia have agreed to further advance their bilateral pragmatic cooperation in the fields of trade, culture and international affairs. The agreement came as the two countries established a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership based on equality, mutual trust, […]

Shanghai bloc calls for Libya cease-fire

ASTANA, Kazakhstan – The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) called on Wednesday for a cease-fire in Libya, and urged all sides to strictly abide by UN Security Council resolutions. In the Astana Declaration, signed by the leaders of the member countries of the regional bloc, the SCO expressed its concerns over […]