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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

AMSA Events Alert: Did Jesus Die (UCL); Islam and Terrorism (QMUL)

UCLU AMSA Presents

“Did Jesus Die” BBC documentary screening and Q&A with director

Wednesday 18th January 2012 at 6 pm – 8.30 pm

Location: Cruciform Lecture Theatre 2, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, University College London (UCL), London, WC1E 6JF (map)

“Did Jesus Die?” is a documentary produced by Richard Denton, ex-director in the BBC,presenting a theory of crucifixion that originated with Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be upon him), founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. The documentary will be asking the question as to whether Jesus(peace be upon him) in fact survived the crucifixion and whether his being seen after the crucifixion was an example of survival rather than resurrection.

The documentary then examines the question as to where Jesus (peace be upon him) disappeared after the crucifixion, by investigating various claims that he travelled to the south of France and even England. Finally, the documentary raises the evidence that Jesus (peace be upon him) travelled to India, Tibet and Nepal before dying at an old age and being buried there in the Khan Yar quarter of Srinagar, Kashmir, India, where his tomb is said to reside.Following the film screening, a Q&A will be held with Richard Denton, director of “Did Jesus Die?” to answer any questions pertaining to his personal views on the theories covered in the screening, as well as his own experience of visiting the purported tomb of Jesus (peace be upon him). An additional guest to the Q&A will be Arif Khan, a representative of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association. Arif Khan runs the largest website about the purported tomb of Jesus (peace be upon him) (http://www.tombofjesus.com/).

It is hoped that this event will demonstrate a different aspect of Jesus’ beauty and success and a life of his, hitherto unknown.

COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS! ALL ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!

Peace,
UCLU AMSA President
uclu.amsa@gmail.com | FacebookGroupspaces

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Queen Mary AMSA Presents

Islam and Terrorism

Thursday 26th January 2012 at 6 pm – 8.30 pm

Location: Bancroft 1.01.2 Lecture Theater, Francis Bancroft, Mile End,
Queen Mary University, E1 4NS (map)

Yet another year starts with increased sectarian violence and continued terrorist attacks. It is only natural for the public to assume that within the religion of Islam there must lie some justification for such horror.

QMUL AMSA are thus hosting an event to dispel any such thoughts: ‘Islam & Terrorism – Your Questions Answered’ will take place on Thursday 26th January here at QMUL. It will elucidate the true teachings of Islam on the subject of terrorism and apostasy, before answering common allegations against the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The speaker will then go on to explain the origins of ‘Islamic’ terrorism, before giving what AMSA feels is the cure to the cancer of extremism.

COME AND BRING YOUR FRIENDS! ALL ARE WELCOME!

Peace,

Queen Mary AMSA President
qmulamsa@gmail.com


Human cell becomes living laser

laser cell

[This article is from Nature News]

Jellyfish protein amplifies light in first biological laser.

by Zoë Corbyn

Microscope image of a living laser in action. Due to the irregular internal structure of the cell, the laser spot has an apparently random pattern.Malte Gather

Scientists have for the first time created laser light using living biological material: a single human cell and some jellyfish protein.

“Lasers started from physics and are viewed as engineering devices,” says Seok-Hyun Yun, an optical physicist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, who created the ‘living laser’ with his colleague Malte Gather. “This is the first time that we have used biological materials to build a laser and generate light from something that is living.” The finding is reported today in Nature Photonics 1.

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Awards Galore 2011

As many around the world, will have been following the announcements of the various Nobel Prizes for 2011 (more on this tomorrow), few might be aware of another set of medals/awards being given out this week by the Institute of Physics (IoP). A total of 17 awards!

I have chosen some here for your perusal. Please feel free to click the below link to visit the official website.

IoP Award Winners 2011

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Isaac Newton Medal of the Institute of Physics
Professor Leo P. Kadanoff, University of Chicago
For inventing conceptual tools that reveal the deep implications of scale invariance on the behavior of phase transitions and dynamical systems. Continue reading

Science Festivals

The UK hosts a plethora of science festivals up and down the country throughout the year. The biggest one being the British Science Festival which took place just under a month ago. But Britain’s appetite for science festivals doesn’t stop there. If you were unfortunate to have missed any of these jam-packed festivals, well, worry not. UK’s biggest science enthusiast cities (in my humble opinion), Manchester and London, will be holding their own science festivals this month.

London Science festival
19th – 26th October 2011

Manchester Science Festival 
22nd – 30th October 2011

If you are planning to go to any of them, we would love to know your thoughts and maybe we might see you there!

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Expansion of the Bee Revelation

I had started this blog http://thebeerevelation.wordpress.com/ to discuss honey and honeybee related research.

However, I was made aware of the needs of the Ahmadi youth interested in research to have an outlet to discuss issues related to science, research, religion and science, existence of God, the scientific truths of the Holy Qur’an  and so forth.

With grace of Allah, a few Khuddam who are pursuing research studies are now part of my core team that will run this blog. Please pray that it can help towards fulfilling Huzur Aqdas(atba)’s wishes including inspiring young Ahmadis to pursue research, encourage good research, admonish bad research, and show the truths contained within the Holy Qur’an.

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