Category Archives: Science

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

‘Life from Water’- Life on Enceladus?

Plumes spurting ice particles, water vapor and trace organic compounds from the surface of Saturn’s moon Enceladus.

1400 years ago, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw) was vouchsafed the revelation that, “…we made of water every living thing.” (21:31) Today, this same principle is used as the basis for the the search of extra-terrestrial life! What a marvel that an unlettered dweller of the Arabian desert was given this knowledge on account of his spiritual perfection, whereas it took well over a millenium for the rest of the world to even conceive of the idea of extra-terrestrial life- let alone devise the means for finding it! Continue reading

The Renaissance man: how to become a scientist over and over again

[obtained from Scientific American Blog, by Ed Yong]

Erez Lieberman Aiden is a talkative witty fellow, who will bend your ear on any number of intellectual topics. Just don’t ask him what he does. “This is actually the most difficult question that I run into on a regular basis,” he says. “I really don’t have anything for that.”

It is easy to understand why. Aiden is a scientist, yes, but while most of his peers stay within a specific field – say, neuroscience or genetics – Aiden crosses them with almost casual abandon. His research has taken him across molecular biology, linguistics, physics, engineering and mathematics. He was the man behind last year’s “culturomics” study, where he looked at the evolution of human culture through the lens of four per cent of all the books ever published. Before that, he solved the three-dimensional structure of the human genome, studied the mathematics of verbs, and invented an insole called the iShoe that can diagnose balance problems in elderly people. “I guess I just view myself as a scientist,” he says.

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Newton and Enlightened Science

[The following was obtained from gonashgo Blog]
by Professor Alan Charles Kors

Isaac Newton entered Trinity College in Cambridge University in 1661. Every other college at Cambridge was dominated by the Aristotelian Scholastics, but Trinity College, Cambridge, was the one college in the university that was a Cartesian stronghold. That had a profound influence on the education of Isaac Newton because he was introduced to Descartes as an undergraduate, to Descartes’s mathematics, in particular. Descartes had founded analytic geometry, which made extraordinarily easier the sorts of calculations in which Kepler had engaged. Newton, then, early on was a student both of Descartes’s mechanical philosophy and of higher mathematics.
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Bionic contact lens ‘to project emails before eyes’

[article from the BBC News, by Michelle Roberts]

A new generation of contact lenses that project images in front of the eyes is a step closer after successful animal trials, say scientists.

The technology could allow wearers to read floating texts and emails or augment their sight with computer-generated images, Terminator-syle.

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Archaeology and the Qur’an – A brief introduction

The field of archaeology exists to understand human development and history through our material remains. At times the archaeologist resembles the role of a detective, piecing together the story, the motive, the purpose behind why a particular piece of pottery or stone or bone or whatever it may be was found where it was, when it was, how it was etc. I recall once participating in an excavation in the remote island of Islay in western Scotland, ploughing my way through layer after layer of thick, sludgy, slimy silt in freezing temperatures with my knee deep in mud, increasingly torrential rainfall and rapidly losing the will to live, only to seemingly find nothing. It turned out the post-excavation process of flotation, sieving and sorting had unearthed a microscopic charred seed remain which, when radiocarbon dated, brought back the date of this particular site to over 1000 years than had previously been estimated, consequently causing a re-evaluation of the entire site. The clues are  often subtle, but nonetheless they remain evident.

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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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Religion and Science

This is a partial translation of a speech delivered by Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih II (ra) published in the The Muslim Sunrise (Vol. IV. No I – April – July, 1931).

We take full responsibility for any errors that appear in the script. To read the complete original speech in urdu click here (Anwarul Uloom Volume 9, pg 497-503 [translated pages]).

This speech was delivered at Habibia Hall, Lahore on 3rd March 1927 on the request of Science Union of Islamia College and presided by Sir Muhammad Iqbal. 

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The conflict between science and religion is very old. It seems to know no beginning. it has been going on from times immemorial. During the various stages of man’s intellectual development it has taken different forms. The great scientists were subjected to all manner of persecution. They were held to scorn, scoffed and jeered at. The were denounced and condemned as magicians and sorcerers. Some of them were even burnt alive. They were made to suffer every hardship and privation known to man at the hands of the votaries of religion and the so-called great champions of its cause. Continue reading

The Wonder of Electricity

Can you imagine? Knowing nothing of artificial light. Your days being lit by the sun and the night by candle light? What a terrifying shock it would have been to observe the blinding light from a electric spark? The wonder of electricity, from creating light to moving the dead, electricity must have been incredibly frightening.

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