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Muslim Scholars Defy Doomsday Prophecy

Source : Onislam / 17 Dec 2012

Prophecies of the doomsday on Friday, December 21, are meeting rejections from Muslim scholars as a “big lie”, criticizing the media for creating panic and terror among the public.

“No one knew about the exact date and time of Doomsday,” Qari Muhammad Hanif Jalandhri, a top official of the Wafaq-ul-Madaris Pakistan, the largest federation of Islamic seminaries around the world, told Pakistan’s The News daily on Sunday, December 16.


Islam For Greener Malaysia

Source : OnIslam | 03 Dec 2012

Muslim students in Malaysia are planning weekly sessions to discuss ways of turning their country into a greener place in line with the teachings of their faith.

“Life needs to coexist, the Prophet tells us this and so does the Qur’an,” Radwan Islam, a 20-year-old engineering student at Universiti Teknikal in Melaka, told Bikyamasr.


World Bank Report Warns 'Catastrophic Consequences' of Global Warming

Source : Agencies | 20 Nov 2012

The World Bank is the latest organization to raise alarm against the undeniable threat of climate change. Launched Monday, 'Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4°C Warmer World Must be Avoided' (pdf) details the catastrophic consequences, specifically within developing nations, of ignoring the global warming crisis. 


Fish Can Cloak, Become Invisible to Predators

By Jennifer Viegas | Discovery | 22 Oct 2012

Silver-colored fish, such as herring, sardines and sprat, are bending the laws of physics, according to a new study published in Nature Photonics. The ability allows the fish to become invisible to predators.


First-ever planet with four suns discovered

Source : Agencies | 16 Oct 2012

A joint effort of citizen scientists and professional astronomers has led to the first reported case of a planet orbiting twin suns that in turn is orbited by a second distant pair of stars.

Aided by volunteers using the website, a Yale-led international team of astronomers identified and confirmed discovery of the phenomenon, called a circumbinary planet in a four-star system.


Ibn al-Haytham – The First Scientist

When learning about the Muslim scholars of the past, it is easy to be amazed by their brilliance, accomplishments, and contributions to the modern world. Each provided a lasting legacy that changed the world in their time and today. One scientist in particular stands far above the rest. He is Ibn al-Haytham, the great polymath who lived from 965 to 1040.


100 mln will die by 2030 if world fails to act on climate: report

Source : Reuters | 26 Sep 2012

More than 100 million people will die and global economic growth will be cut by 3.2 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2030 if the world fails to tackle climate change, a report commissioned by 20 governments said on Wednesday.

As global average temperatures rise due to greenhouse gas emissions, the effects on the planet, such as melting ice caps, extreme weather, drought and rising sea levels, will threaten populations and livelihoods, said the report conducted by humanitarian organisation DARA.


Dark energy camera snaps first images ahead of survey

Source : BBC | 19 Sep 2012

The most powerful sky-scanning camera yet built has begun its quest to pin down the mysterious stuff that makes up nearly three-quarters of our Universe.

The Dark Energy Survey's 570-million-pixel camera will scan some 300 million galaxies in the coming five years.

The goal is to discover the nature of dark energy, which is theorised to be responsible for the ever-faster expansion of the Universe.

Its first image, taken 12 September, focussed on the Fornax galaxy cluster.


Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years

By John Vidal | Guardian | 18 Sep 2012

One of the world's leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years.

In what he calls a "global disaster" now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever recorded, Prof Peter Wadhams of Cambridge University calls for "urgent" consideration of new ideas to reduce global temperatures.


Bee study lifts lid on hive habits

By Ian Sample | Guardian | 17 Sep 2012

Experiments on the division of labour in honeybee hives have revealed why some bees do the waggle dance while others nurse their queens.

The roles require drastically different behaviours, with nurses feeding the larvae and performing royal grooming duties, and foragers navigating great distances and performing complex dance routines to point others in the direction of rich sources of nectar.


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