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Russia calls off launch of newest space rocket Angara

Source : Reuters / 28 Jun 2014

Russia was forced to abandon Friday's debut launch of its first new space rocket since the Soviet era when the Angara booster cut out during a final countdown watched by President Vladimir Putin via video link from the Kremlin.

 

Children are born believers in God

Source : Telegraph / 25 Jun 2014

Dr Justin Barrett, a senior researcher at the University of Oxford's Centre for Anthropology and Mind, claims that young people have a predisposition to believe in a supreme being because they assume that everything in the world was created with a purpose.

 

Scientists find 6,200-year-old parasite egg

Source : AP / 20 Jun 2014

In a skeleton more than 6,200 years old, scientists have found the earliest known evidence of infection with a parasitic worm that now afflicts more than 200 million people worldwide.

 

Qatar launches largest solar energy plant in Middle East

Source : Middle East Monitor / 11 Jun 2014

A Qatar-based renewable energy company, Qatar Solar Energy (QSE), has announced the launch of the largest facility for the development and manufacture of solar energy panels in the Middle East and North Africa.

 

50 degrees C heat during 15-hour fasting

Source : Arab News / 10 Jun 2014

Muslims should expect scorching temperatures of over 50 degrees Celsius and more than 15 hours a day of fasting in Ramadan this year. However, the hours will decrease slightly to 14 hours and 40 minutes toward the end of the holy month.

 

UAE ranks third for total solar power capacity

Source : The National / 06 Jun 2014

Masdar City’s Shams 1 has helped to lift the UAE to third among the world’s nations in Concentrated Solar Power investment and capacity, a report says.

The UAE now ranks behind only Spain and the US in CSP generation.

The rankings were recently unveiled in a report by Ren21, a policy network that promotes rapid global transition to renewable energy.

 

Pollution threatens 66% of Gulf coral reefs

Source : Arab News / 03 Jun 2014

Pollution caused by chemicals from the petroleum industry, toxic human waste, overfishing and spillage from oil tankers are threatening two-thirds of the Gulf region's coral reefs and its marine life, according to an environmental researcher.

 

Sun alignment with Kaaba on Wednesday noon

Source : Arab News / 27 May 2014

Astronomers say that the sun will align with the Kaaba at the Grand Mosque in Makkah on Wednesday, May 28, at noon.

 

First date palm genetic map made

Source : ThePeninsulaQatar / 19 May 2014

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) have published the first genetic map of the date palm, paving the way for Qatar to become a leader in date palm genetics and biotechnology.

The map shows the order in which the date palm’s chromosomes are placed and which chromosome is responsible for reproduction. 

 

Study: Tropical Storms Migrating Away from Equator

Source : VOA News / 17 May 2014

A study published in the science journal Nature says tropical cyclones are reaching maximum intensity farther from the equator and closer to the poles. 

Over the last 30 years, the peak of these powerful and destructive storms has migrated poleward at the rate of about 56 kilometers per decade.

 
 

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