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Inventions 1001 celebrate contributions by Muslims

By : Amal Al-Sibai | Saudi Gazette | 21 Jan 2014

While Europe was grappling through the “Dark Ages,” the Muslims were thriving and experiencing what was for them, “the Golden Ages.”

They made groundbreaking discoveries and inventions in areas of astronomy, mathematics, medicine, mechanics, and more; they greatly influenced the lives of people and served as a foundation for educating generations for years to come.

How many people are aware that the camera was first invented by a Muslim or that the very first clock was designed by a Muslim?

Iranian scientists make fresh water using solar energy

Source : Agencies | 20 Dec 2012

Researchers at Islamic Azad University made it to the production of a fresh-water-producing machine using solar energy; and a smart, unmanned, high-speed watercraft.

The machine absorbing atmosphere humidity in seaside cities and producing fresh water is one of Islamic Azad University researchers’ innovations, Mehr News Agency reported.

Two Saudis invent bone screw from date stones

Source : Arab News | 06 Dec 2012

The European Patent Office (EPO) granted a patent to two Saudis for their invention of a nail ‘screw’ made of natural minerals, including date stones.

The screw is similar in its formation to the structure and composition of bones because it contains carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and minerals.

'Faster than light' particles threaten Einstein

By Robert Evans | Reuters | Geneva / 23 Sept 2011

Sub-atomic particles apparently traveling faster than light could force a major rethink of theories about how the cosmos works and even allow dreams of time travel and extra dimensions, scientists said on Friday.

Jeff Forshaw, a professor of particle physics at Britain’s Manchester University, said the results, if confirmed, would mean it would be possible in theory “to send information into the past.”

Scientists say quartz is key to understanding quakes

Source | Reuters
16 Mar 2011

Underground quartz deposits worldwide may be behind earthquakes, mountain building and other continental tectonics, a discovery that may aid in predicting tremblers, according to a study released on Wednesday.

The findings by Utah State University geophysicist Anthony Lowry and a colleague at the University of London, to be published Thursday in the journal Nature, may solve a riddle of the ages about the formation and location of earthquake faults, mountains, valleys and plains.

Archaeologist in Australia finds ancient sites near Jeddah via Google Earth

Source : Michel Cousinis | Arab News
JEDDAH | 05 Feb 2011

Nearly 2,000 archaeological sites have been discovered east of Jeddah by an Australian archaeologist. Bizarrely, professor David Kennedy, from the University of Western Australia, has never set foot in the Kingdom. He discovered the sites from the comfort of his office in Perth, Western Australia, using Google Earth on his computer.

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