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Science & Environment

The inventor of clocks

The elephant clock was a medieval invention by al-Jazari (1136–1206), consisting of a weight powered water clock in the form of an Asian elephant.

An ingenious man called al-Jazari from Diyarbakir in South-East Turkey was a pious Muslim and a highly skilled engineer who gave birth to the concept of automatic machines. By 1206, al-Jazari had made numerous clocks of all shapes and sizes.

 

Muslim Scientist’s New Tool Can ‘Listen to Bacterial Communicate’ to Curb Infections

A female Muslim nanotechnologist has revolutionized a new tool that can ‘listen to bacterial communication’ in a way that could help curb antibiotic resistance and accurately diagnose a group of diseases in a matter of seconds, Daily Mail reported.

“The new technology used within my test is able to pick up bacteria and make a diagnosis within 30 seconds. I hope it will allow doctors to prescribe specific drugs straight away, reducing the use of blanket treatments or guesswork,” explained Dr. Fatima Al-Zahraa Al-Atraktchi.

 

Your Body Cells will Bear Witness against You

Scientists have managed to save data on the DNA of bacteria and stored this data for thousands of years. Such technique enables scientists to write information on the cells of humans for instance or even on water molecules. It could be said that information could be saved on any and every organism. Hence, Allah, the creator made our body cells capable of saving all kinds of information and that's why body parts will bear witness with or against people on the Day of Judgment. A fact that has been revealed in the holy Qur'an in a great verse; Allah, the almighty says:

 

In Lebanon, climate change devours ancient cedar trees

High up in Lebanon’s mountains, the lifeless grey trunks of dead cedar trees stand stark in the deep green forest, witnesses of the climate change that has ravaged them.
 
Often dubbed “Cedars of God”, the tall evergreens hark back millenia and are a source of great pride and a national icon in the small Mediterranean country.
 
The cedar tree, with its majestic horizontal branches, graces the nation’s flag and its bank notes.
 
 

More protection: UN says Earth’s ozone layer is healing

Earth’s protective ozone layer is finally healing from damage caused by aerosol sprays and coolants, a new United Nations report said.
 
The ozone layer had been thinning since the late 1970s. Scientist raised the alarm and ozone-depleting chemicals were phased out worldwide.
 
 

Pakistan Announces Science And Technology Scholarships

The Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) has announced ten (10) Masters level Scholarships for candidates from Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
 
The Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS) has announced ten (10) Masters level Scholarships for candidates from Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
 
 

Japan to trial ‘world’s first urine test’ to spot cancer

A Japanese firm is poised to carry out what it hailed as the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which would greatly facilitate screening for the deadly disease.
 
Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago.
 
It will now begin testing the method using some 250 urine samples, to see if samples at room temperature are suitable for analysis, Hitachi spokesman Chiharu Odaira told AFP.
 

Turkey’s gift to the world: Tulips

Taken from the Turkic homeland in Central Asia's Pamir Mountains to Anatolia and spread worldwide, tulips continue to be the main theme for spring events.
 
Tulips were brought by Turks from Central Asia to Anatolia during the Turkic migration and have been used in decorative patterns since the 12th century. The plant also became a main theme in art, poems, stories, handicrafts and miniature crafts and its pattern was imprinted on mosque decorations, carpets, war helmets, robes, skirts and money.
 
 

Climate change may see 143M displaced

The worsening impact of climate change could force more than 143 million people to move within their countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America regions, said a report issued by the World Bank on late Monday. 
 
The report -- titled Groundswell – Preparing for Internal Climate Migration -- said the three regions represent 55 percent of the developing world’s population.
 
 

Origins of gold discovered in space

In August 2017, an explosion was spotted by scientists in a previously obscure galaxy called NGC 4993. The observation of that cataclysmic explosion has helped to explain the origin of gold on Earth. 
 
According to scientists, the burst of gravitational waves with tiny ripples in the fabric of space was an ultra-powerful collision between two neutron stars. Those collisions are in fact the cosmic forge in which gold and other precious metals are made, before being flung out into the universe. 
 
 
 

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