Netanyahu’s Silicon Valley Visit A Lost Opportunity

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By Sam Jadallah* - Sabbah Report § Silicon Valley, to my mind, is about equality, empowerment and equal access. Consequently, it's been very disturbing to see technology companies such as Apple and WhatsApp meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while disregarding that his country treats … [Read more...]

Chris Hedges: The Myth of Human Progress

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Clive Hamilton in his "Requiem for a Species: Why We Resist the Truth About Climate Change" describes a dark relief that comes from accepting that "catastrophic climate change is virtually certain." This obliteration of "false hopes," he says, requires an intellectual knowledge and an emotional knowledge. The … [Read more...]

Brian Cox’s aliens are banned on BBC

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Earth and its humans are as common as dirt In this interval of blessed tranquillity between the titanic struggle to choose the next president of the “world’s greatest nation” (same guy as last time), and the world-shaking choice of the next leader of the “Middle Kingdom” (Xi Jinping, but it’s still … [Read more...]

Saudi supercomputer

At last, something worth the money spent: Saudi supercomputer lures researchers By Asma Alsharif JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - A new science and technology university in Saudi Arabia will house one of the world's largest supercomputers and it is helping lure top researchers to the conservative … [Read more...]

Links: Daily Roundup

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Microsoft reading your mind!

"Human beings are often poor reporters of their own actions," Microsoft says. The company is not happy with evaluating human response while they interact with computers since questioning them at the time is distracting and asking questions later may not produce reliable answers, so, they wants to read the … [Read more...]

Dubai Floating Bridge

One of the biggest criticisms of Dubai has always been the traffic congestion, ask me about it as I lived there for six years. In an effort to reduce the traffic, Dubai, opened a floating bridge which connect the two sides of the creek - Deira and Bur Dubai. (Click thumbnail to enlarge) The … [Read more...]

iPhone or Sex?

In the last two months I received countless spam emails, ads and invitations to join iPhone groups such as those at Facebook, all of which entice me to buy the new Apple mobile called, iPhone. Until couple of weeks ago I didn't even think of it, when a friend of mine showed me his new iPhone which he just … [Read more...]

Clockwise or counterclockwise?

OK, it's Eid holiday, so this is not politics-related, but it is a cool way to find out if you are a right-brain or left-brain dominant. Look at the dancer and decide which way she's spinning. Focus! If you think she's going clockwise, you're apparently right-brain dominant (imaginative, philosophical, … [Read more...]

Fireplace: Date Palm Style

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I know it is cold out there. In fact, this is one of the coldest years over here in Bahrain. Anyway, here is a new idea to get you warm. This invention won the prize for “Best Dumbass Idea of the Year.” It is called “Date Palm Fireplace”: Click image to enlarge! As you can see, it was cold … [Read more...]

Technology and online activism

Tunisian Treasure Prison Map The first project is the brave, superb Tunisian Prison Map by Sami Ben Gharbia. Sami made a Tunisian Prison Map, which is madeup using a Google Maps API + GMapEZ + video YouTube + flash animations + the Yahoo Y !Q Beta. [Hat tip: Rachel] Link to the map: … [Read more...]

Raining Red Aliens in India

As bizarre as it may seem, the sample jars brimming with cloudy, reddish rainwater in Godfrey Louis�s laboratory in southern India may hold, well, aliens. In April, Louis, a solid-state physicist at Mahatma Gandhi University, published a paper in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Astrophysics and Space … [Read more...]

Religion: The Root of All Evil?

Some interesting readings to start your cyber day: Via Channel 4: In this two-part Channel 4 series, Professor Richard Dawkins challenges what he describes as 'a process of non-thinking called faith'. Dawkins is well known for bringing to a wide audience the complex scientific concepts that underpin … [Read more...]

Ras Al Khaimah Spaceport

Few days ago, the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has announced the creation of RAK Airways, the UAE's fourth national carrier which will start operations by the end of 2006. I thought, what the heck? Four carriers in UAE, what do they need all that for? And RAK... how many traveler do they actually have an … [Read more...]

Today’s Time Waster

Should you have any to waste, read these: 1. Pigs glow in the dark: Scientists in Taiwan have used jellyfish genes and created pigs that glow in the dark. They are the only ones that are green from the inside out. Even their heart and internal organs are green. Although the pigs glow, they are … [Read more...]

MENA ‘ideal for solar power’

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) could gain from a growing solar power industry if they provide financial and political frameworks to lure investment. The report says that in 20 years, solar power could provide the same amount of electricity as 72 coal-fired power stations. This is enough to supply 100 … [Read more...]

Game Theory

An American and an Israeli won the 2005 Nobel prize for economics on Monday for their work on "game theory," which can help explain and resolve trade and business conflicts, and even play a role in avoiding war... Interesting. It would be nice to know if somebody already applied this theory … [Read more...]

Two Hits; Earthquake and Oil Prices

I was not in Jordan when the rumors started about earthquake hits Jordan. But following up the news from Jordan, and small poll at JP, I came to the conclusion that this Earthquake thing is nothing more than a rumor (following the majority of the vote, which I presume are living in Jordan). However, it was … [Read more...]

SALT & PEPPER

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Winner, Visions of Science Photographic Awards. (BBC; official site) Science is cool (not really, but that's what we tell ourselves to make ourselves feel better). The coolest science pictures you're going to see all day. Check out the Top 10 Winners of the Visions of Science Photographic Awards. I'm … [Read more...]

Worries For Canada

A silent tectonic event, so powerful it has shifted southern Vancouver Island out to sea, but so subtle nobody has felt a thing, is slowly unfolding on the West Coast. Scientists who are tracking the event with sensitive seismographs and earth orbiting satellites warn it could be a trigger for a massive … [Read more...]

Scientists do(n’t) Mix God and Science

Should Scientists Mix God and Science? At a recent scientific conference at City College of New York, a student in the audience rose to ask the panelists an unexpected question: "Can you be a good scientist and believe in God?" The answer was quick and sharp. "No!" declared Herbert A. Hauptman, a Nobel … [Read more...]

Homemade Endoscope

A hospital doctor in the poor rural area in Vietnam has used his PC and some cheap parts to create a homemade endoscope. Endoscope is a minimally invasive diagnostic procedure used to evaluate the interior surfaces of an organ by inserting a small scope in the body. Through the scope, doctors are able to … [Read more...]