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Saudi, China scientists decode DNA of date palm

Source : IINA / 10 Dec 2013

Scientists from Saudi Arabia and China said yesterday they have completed mapping the genome of the date-palm tree, whose fruit is a staple food in many regions.

Scientists from Riyadh’s King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology and China’s Shenzhen-based BGI have been working on the project since 2008. The sequencing could help increase productivity as well as prevent and help in the treatment of diseases affecting date palms, Saudi research institute head Mohammed Al-Suwail told reporters.


Kazakhstan Offers Kyrgyzstan Jointly Use KazSat

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 08 Nov 2013

In a excellent step of cooperation between the two Muslim-majority nations, Kazakhstan has offered Kyrgyzstan to use its KazSat communication satellites together,Tengrinews reports referring the official website of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan KazKosmos.

Besides offering the joint use of the communication and broadcasting satellites Kazakhstan offered Kyrgyzstan to rent some of the geostationary satellites' capacity. The proposal on the joint use was made at the 4th session of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Counsel that took place on November 1 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.


Data Scientists Required for Malaysian Development

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 08 Nov 2013

Malaysia has to produce many data scientists to drive its effort to become a data management centre so as to pioneer new economic opportunities on a global scale, Communication and Multimedia Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said.

He said it was the desire of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to see Malaysia not only as a consumer in the information technology sector but also as a major player in IT development.


UAE Science Festival Draws on Int'l Attraction

Source : OnIslam & News Agencies / 06 Nov 2013

Martin Croucher

A biologist will dissect squid and fish live on stage during a science exhibition next month in the capital of UAE.

The dissection, which organizers admit is “not for the squeamish”, will be performed by a biologist from Bahrain’s Science Centre and is among several exhibits at this year’s Abu Dhabi Science Festival from the wider region.


Saudi Arabia’s Hayat Sindi to serve on U.N. body

Source : Saudi Gazette / 05 Nov 2013

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited Saudi scientist and researcher Hayat Sindi to serve on the world body’s Scientific Advisory Board.

Sindi, one of the first women to be appointed to the Kingdom’s consultative Shoura Council, is among 26 scientists from around the world to join the newly constituted body, which will provide the U.N. leadership with advice on science, technology and innovation for sustainable development.


Iran new satellite ready for lift-off into space: Minister

Source : Presstv / 2 Nov 2013

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan says the country’s new domestically designed and manufactured satellite is ready to be launched into orbit, and it will be lifted into space in due time.

“Presence in space is a strategic issue and indicates the scientific, technological and industrial power of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Dehqan said in the Iranian Persian Gulf island of Kish on Tuesday.


Scientists more convinced mankind is main cause of warming

By Alister Doyle and Simon Johnson / 28 Sep 2013

Leading climate scientists said on Friday they were more convinced than ever that humans are the main culprits for global warming, and predicted the impact from greenhouse gas emissions could linger for centuries.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said in a report that a hiatus in warming this century, when temperatures have risen more slowly despite growing emissions, was a natural variation that would not last.


Muslim prayer app useful even 35,000 feet in the sky

Source : AFP / 14 Aug 2013

A Singapore-based company has launched an iPhone app alerting Muslims when to pray and in which direction they should face even when they’re 35,000 feet in the air.

Travelers input the flight details and are provided with prayer times during their journey, as well as the direction of the Muslim holy city of Makkah.


Scientists to cook world's first in-vitro beef burger

Source : Reuters / 6 Aug 2013

A corner of west London will see culinary and scientific history made on Monday when scientists cook and serve up the world's first lab-grown beef burger.

The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the first example of what its creator says could provide an answer to global food shortages and help combat climate change, will be fried in a pan and tasted by two volunteers.


Sunnah & Science: EVERY MAN HAS 360 JOINT BONES

Source : / 28 Jan 2013

'A'ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

"Everyone has been created with three hundred and sixty Joints. Whoever mentions Allah's greatness (says Allahu Akbar), praises Allah, extols Allah, and seeks forgiveness from Allah and removes stones from the path of the people, enjoins what is good and forbids the evil to the amount of those three hundred and sixty joints (sulama), he walks on that Day (of Judgment) having distanced himself from the Hell fire."


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