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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.


Iranian cheetah sighting gives hope to conservation efforts

Source : Al Arabiya / 24 Oct 2013

Wildlife experts hailed the success of U.N.-backed initiative to protect Asiatic cheetahs from extinction, despite sanctions imposed by the west making funds and equipment hard to obtain, reported the Guardian on Tuesday.

The Asiatic cheetahs are classified as extinct around the world except for in Iran, where they are critically endangered. In an unusual sighting, four wildlife experts from the Persian Wildlife Heritage Foundation (PWHF) witnessed a group of five Asiatic Cheetahs as the environmentalists were coming back from a trip to Iran’s Turan national park, home to some of the largest Asiatic cheetah populations in the world.


Study: Sleep flushes out brain’s toxic proteins

Source : Presstv / 22 Oct 2013

New research conducted by American researchers indicates that sleep acts like "waste removal system’ in clearing away some toxic proteins in brain.

Researchers suggest that sleep activates brain's own network of plumbing pipes during which waste material is carried out of the brain, according to the study appeared in the journal Science.


Heads turn at new owl species discovered in Oman

Source : Al Arabiya / 8 Oct 2013

A new owl breed has been discovered in the remote Jebel Akdhar mountains in Oman, ornithologists working in the Gulf state reported this week.

The Scottish wildlife sound-recordist, Magnus Robb, wrote “Strix Omanensis” officially exists from Oct. 4 on the website of “The Sound Approach,” an international project aiming to record and understand bird sounds.


Islamabad to Have Science Museum Soon

By Daily Times / 8 Oct 2013

The Pakistan Science Museum will be established at Shakarparian for promotion of research in the country.

Summary for approval had been submitted to the Ministry of Science and Technology, while allocation of land by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) is under way, an official said.

The PSF will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Rome, National Science Foundation, Turkish Academy of Sciences and ECO- Institute of Environmental S&T Iran for collaboration.


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.


Preserving Arabian leopard: Big leap by Taif

By Khaled Al-Juaid / 3 Sep 2013

The National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) in Taif has completed 60 percent of a project to establish a large sanctuary, with 20 enclosures to isolate the male Arabian leopard.

The remaining 40 percent will be completed by the beginning of next year, Ahmad Al-Boug, general-director of the NWRC, said.

The project is part of an operational plan approved for the implementation of a number of construction and future expansion projects to maintain Arabian leopards.


Study: Children of overweight women die younger

Source : AFP / 29 Aug 2013

Children born from obese women were 35 percent more likely to die prematurely in adulthood, according to a study Wednesday that warned of a growing epidemic.

Researchers in Scotland traced 37,709 children of 28,540 women who gave birth between 1950 and 1976. The children were aged from 34 to 61 at the time of the study published in the online journal Researchers included the data of 6,551 children that had already died prior to the start of the study.


Giraffes, rhinos ‘mull suicide’ in Egypt amid violence

Source : Al Arabiya / 24 Aug 2013

The political turmoil in Egypt is not just taking a toll on people living through the country’s bloody violence; animals are also feeling the strain.

Giraffes, rhinos, elephants and deer are contemplating suicide, Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported this week, citing gunfire and protester chants as reasons behind the zoo animals’ alleged agony.


Retinal photography may reveal clues to stroke risk

Source : Presstv / 22 Aug 2013

Scientists have pinpointed that photographing the retina can provide information which help predicting the potential for stroke in people with high blood pressure.

According to a new study conducted at the National University of Singapore, the eye examination mainly retinal imaging explores symptoms on the status of blood vessels in the brain.


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