Archive by date | February 2011

The Ardi drama continues

The Ardi drama continues

When the fossil remains of Ardipithecus ramidus were studied and published in Science in October 2009, they sent ripples around the world. Ardi was the closest we had come to the common ancestor of humans and chimpanzees. However, the ripples were particularly violent in the Arab world when Al-Jazeera Arabic reported the findings under the blatant headline of “Ardi proves Darwin wrong”. This ended up in tons of discussions that I had been involved in, ranging from how science is taught in the Arab world to how evolution is perceived to the faults and mistakes of science journalism in the  … Read more

Energy and agriculture from seawater

Energy and agriculture from seawater

“seawaterJordan has signed an agreement with Norway to produce an ambitious hybrid project to promote agriculture and produce renewable energy, reports SciDev.Net.. The seawater will be pumped inland where it will be purified for use in greenhouse agriculture. A nearby concentrated solar power plant will provide the power for the desalination process. Some of the water produced will, in turn, be used to cool down solar power plant. This cycle will then continue supplying energy and pure water.  Read more

“A technological revolution”

"A technological revolution"

“Egyptian“The only thing that will carry Egypt forward in the coming period is scientific thinking,” said Ahmed Zewail, winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1999 on Egyptian State TV. “If you install this core value in young people in a proper manner, you will have a whole generation of Egyptians with nearly unlimited potential.”  … Read more

University professors join protest en mass

University professors join protest en mass

“EgyptAs the protests in Egypt enter their 15th day, thousands of university professors, faculty and students joined the demonstrations, marching through the streets from Cairo University on their way to Tahrir Square, the gathering place of the protesters since the start of the uprising.  Read more

Egyptians rally to defend cultural heritage

Cross posted from Nature News As petrol bombs fly near the Egyptian Museum, citizens and army mobilize against looters. Declan Butler “I’m a little shaken. They are throwing Molotov cocktails towards the museum.” Sarah Parcak, an archaeologist at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, who has spent the past 12 years working in Egypt, was speaking yesterday as the Al Jazeera TV news network showed live footage of running street battles around the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square in Cairo. “We are all nervous and scared, first and foremost for the people, but now the museum, a symbol of Egypt’s vast  … Read more