Monthly Archives: March 2012

Pesticides linked to honeybee decline

The first study conducted in a natural environment has shown that systemic pesticides damage bees’ ability to navigate

By  for, Thursday 29 March 2012

Week in wildlife : A honeybee pollinates a flower in a citrus grove, Israel

A honeybee pollinates a flower in a citrus grove just coming into blossom. Photograph: David Silverman/Getty Images

Common crop pesticides have been shown for the first time to seriously harm bees by damaging their renowned ability to navigate home.

The new research strongly links the pesticides to the serious decline in honey bee numbers in the US and UK – a drop of around 50% in the last 25 years. The losses pose a threat to food supplies as bees pollinate a third of the food we eat such as tomatoes, beans, apples and strawberries. Continue reading

Helium stocks run low – and party balloons are to blame

From Guardian

The world supply of helium, which is essential in research and medicine, is being squandered on balloons, say scientists

MRI scanners need helium, which is being ‘squandered’ in balloons, say scientists

MRI scanners need helium, which is being ‘squandered’ in balloons, say scientists. Photograph: Paul Burns/Getty Images

Oleg Kirichek, the leader of a research team at the Isis neutron beam facility at the UK’s Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, had an unpleasant shock last week. One of his key experiments, designed to probe the structure of matter, had to be cancelled – because the facility had run out of helium. Continue reading

The Arabic Galen – Abu Bakr Zakariya Al-Razi

By Zakaria Virk, Kingston, Canada

Source website: (An amazing website with great material related to Muslim science)

Abu-Bakr Muhammad bin Zakaria Al-Razi is considered to be one of the greatest clinical physicians of medieval world. His authority in medicine is second only to Shaikh ul Rais Ibn  Sena ( Avicenna ) but in regards to observational powers Al-Razi was far superior to Ibne Sina. Al-Razi was an accomplished physician, philosopher, physicist and a chemist. His insight, sharp intellect and encyclopedic knowledge earned him the title of ‘ Arabic Galen.’ He was a master of prognosis and psychosomatic medicine.

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Historian gives thanks to medieval Arab medics

05 Mar 2012 | Source

One of the nation’s leading medical historians has acknowledged the extent of Western medicine’s debt to medieval Arab doctors in a new book. 

Galen. Courtesy of the Wellcome library

Professor Peter E Pormann from The University of Manchester says too few people realise European and Arab doctors were part of the same medical tradition which played a pivotal role in the development of medicine as we know it. Continue reading