Archive by date | October 2010

Stars of Science – Take Two

Stars of Science - Take Two

“stars Stars of Science I have to admit that when I first heard about the first season of Stars of Science, a prime time TV show focusing on science and innovation in the Arab world, I was very skeptic. I doubted they’d pull it off, let alone that a second season would see the light. However, I was very pleasantly surprised. High production values (make that extremely high production values), backed by the huge and resourceful Qatar Foundation, gave us an exciting show. I found myself tuning in every week to see  … Read more

Baghdad: The scientific seesaw

Baghdad: The scientific seesaw

Baghdad University / Wikimedia A couple of weeks ago, Jim Al-Khalili, a professor of physics who was originally born and raised in Iraq, wrote about the scientific legacy of Baghdad in the Guardian. The article touches on all the familiar bases that you will find on pieces that talk about the scientific legacy of the Islamic empire, with a special focus on the House of Wisdom, which acted as a beacon of science for centuries. The Caliphs, espeically the young Abu Ja’far al-Ma’mun, were obsessed with collecting every book in the known world in the coveted halls, and translating them  … Read more

Volcanoes in Saudi Arabia?

Volcanoes in Saudi Arabia?

The Middle East is home to several underground fault lines, the biggest of which is the Dead Sea System in Lebanon, which separates the African and Asian plates. However, another fault line far out in the Red Sea is causing tremors 200km away in Saudi Arabia. In May 2009, a ‘failed’ eruption led to over 30,000 earthquakes ripping through Saudi Arabia. Most of these were too small to be felt, but one of them scored 5.7 on the Richter Scale, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The earthquakes took place in Harrat Lunayyir in northwest Saudi Arabia, opening an  … Read more