Monthly Archives: September 2011

Abdus Salam: The Dream of Symmetry

This new documentary on Dr Abdus Salam is looking great. I like the following quotes by Dr Salam:

You cannot escape knowledge; Science is knowledge.

Science is the common heritage of mankind.

 

 

From the website:

The movie presents the extraordinary figure of Abdus Salam, who not only was an outstanding scientist but also a generous humanitarian and a valuable person. His rich and busy life was an endless quest for symmetry, that he pursued in the universe of physical laws and in the world of human beings. Continue reading

The Speed of Light (Updated)

The CERN Scientists’ mind-boggling revelation on the possible faster than light neutrinos has stunned the world. If this finding holds to replication and peer-review then it would change our view of physics. We are at the brink of something new. For many years young scientists were distraught at the lack of revolutionary progress in physics. Many of my friends who undertook physics degrees eventually ended up in biology, computer science and banking. Maybe this is the discovery needed for the new cohort of budding physicists who yearn to see the new Golden Age of physics.

I found this video of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV(ru) on his views about the speed of light.  It is from Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya UK Majlis Irfan of 14 December 1997. This video is most insightful and tells us about the foresight and depth of knowledge of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih IV(ru).

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Where will we find new antibacterial drugs? In honey?

This is an old article but I will link this and other old ones I collected overtime. I think honey news never gets old!

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Baillie is now on the hunt for a PhD student to work on the project full-time. Meanwhile, his early screening of samples has already yielded honeys with antimicrobial properties that can kill MRSA. 

I wish I had a background in Microbiology. I could have applied.

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From the Guardian, Monday 25 July 2011

Where will we find new antibacterial drugs? In honey?

Scientists are appealing for jars of honey to help them try to develop new antibacterial drugs

Professor Les Baillie and his team at the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

Professor Les Baillie and his team at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. Photograph: James Davies

Who knows what medicinal secrets lurk in a pot of honey? Scientists in Wales intend finding out and are asking beekeepers throughout the UK to send in their honey for inspection. They’re especially keen to know what plants their bees have been feeding on – information that could, in time, help to develop new antibacterial drugs.

How beekeeping pulled a woman from the edge

Beekeeping is a viable business as this story shows. If anyone wishes to start beekeeping then check out this great book: Guide to Bees & Honey: The World’s Best Selling Guide to Beekeeping  by Ted HooperAmazon UK

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How beekeeping pulled a woman from the edge

By Fazal Khaliq

Published: September 26, 2011 in Express Tribune 

Bakhta was on the verge of giving up when the Sarhad Rural Support Programme, under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), reached out to her. PHOTO: EXPRESS

SWAT: Shahi Bakhta has single-handedly steered her life and those of her children out from the depths of poverty and managed to economically stabilise her family. Continue reading