Monthly Archives: August 2012

Darul Amaan

MKA Research Association Annual Conference 2012

Report by Tauseef Ahmad Khan

The Annual MKA Research Association Conference 2012 was held at Darul Amaan Mosque, Manchester on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August 2012.

A total of 30 young enthusiastic Khuddam and 2 Atfal attended the conference [corrected the number of Atfal]. Seventeen Khuddam and two Atfal travelled from London to attend the conference, while one Khadim came from Netherlands to take part in this conference. Continue reading

Uncovering the ‘anternet': Stanford researchers find insects’ behavior mirrors our own networks


By Jeff Blagdon on The Verge


Anternet (steve jurvetson)

Stanford professors have discovered that ants are so efficient at foraging, the way they determine how hard to look for food closely mirrors one of the main protocols underpinning the web. Had the discovery been made in the 1970s, it could have likely influenced the design of the internet, posited one of the researchers. Continue reading

Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars rover – BBC Horizon

Gale Crater: Geological ‘sweet shop’ awaits Mars roverBBC Horizon

Grotzinger leads a team of several hundred mission scientists

John Grotzinger is the project scientist on Nasa’s latest multi-billion-dollar mission to Mars.

He’s going to become a familiar face in the coming months as he explains to TV audiences the importance of the discoveries that are made by the most sophisticated spacecraft ever sent to touch the surface of another world. Continue reading

Curiosity of Mars – Space gamble that will pay dividends

Space science: gamble that paid dividends

The latest Mars mission is partly a tentative rehearsal for a long-planned joint US-European smash-and-grab raid

Planetary exploration is expensive – as Curiosity’s $2.5bn robotic landing on Mars on Monday morning certainly shows – but it is not an expensive luxury. The more we learn about the other planets, the better we know this one. A study of Earth without reference to the rest of the solar system would be a bit like the story of the UK without a mention of neighbours across the North Sea or the Channel: pointless and dangerously wrong. Continue reading

Mars Curiosity Picturer

Pics, because it really is happening on Mars

Some of our favorite shots from the rover’s first week on the Red Planet.

by  – Aug 10, 2012 4:22 pm

Source: Ars Technica

This feels a bit like releasing a greatest hits album after one chart-topping single, but we’re going to show you some of our favorite images from the landing and activation of the Curiosity rover on Mars. Although Curiosity is on track to be sending back data for years, its arrival and first few days on the Red Planet have been nothing short of spectacular, with a complicated landing plan going off without a hitch, and data starting to trickle in from over a dozen different cameras. Continue reading

MKA RA Annual Conference 2012- Register Now!

Annual Conference 2011- Closing Speech

Dear Members

Assalamu alaikum,

The long awaited MKA-RA conference is finally upon us. This year the flagship event of the research association will be insha’Allah taking place in Manchester Mosque from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of August. The theme of this year’s conference is “The pleasure of finding things out”, with an exciting programme looking to stimulate and challenge our delegates. Continue reading

The Science of Fasting – Updated

A vertical slice through the brain of a patient with Alzheimer’s, left, compared with a normal brain, right. Photograph: Alfred Pasieka/Science Photo Library

While Muslims practise fasting for its spiritual benefits, modern science is only now discovering its numerous medical benefits. For instance intermittent fasting, similar to the regular voluntary fasting encouraged and practised by the Holy Prophet (pbuh), has now been proposed to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative disorders. Continue reading