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A Solo Show at Casa Árabe Madrid

The exhibition ‘Chant Avedissian. A Levantine on his Way heading East’ sets out a route via Avedissian’s artistic experiences as if it were an invitation to an inevitable rereading of the history of an undefined and porous geographical area extending from the Maghreb to the plateaus of western China. Sabrina...

The Dogs behind the Space Race

The engineers who sealed Laika into a narrow, windowless Sputnik 2 space capsule on 3 November 1957 knew it was the last time they would ever see her. Following the success of Sputnik 1 on 4 October, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had ordered a dog be flown within a month....

Bones Have More role in Body than We Know

Long cast as the strong silent type, bones aren’t as quiet as they once seemed. It turns out they have a lot to say. And the rest of the body appears to be listening. Scientists knew that bones are not just rigid scaffolds to hold up and protect soft tissues....

Stay in the Present Moment

“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha There is only one time and place where you can be and have any control over. The present moment. But most of us still spend a lot of our...

Insects can patch their broken ‘bones’

When a person breaks a leg, they might get a splint, cast or boot to cradle the bone as it heals. But what happens when a locust breaks a limb? Instead of a cast on the outside, the insect will patch itself up from the inside. These patches can restore...

Using Data Intelligence to Solve Critical Problems

It is easy to blame technology for the problems we have – we don’t talk anymore like we used to, children don’t go out and play and so on. While it is glorious to revel in the nostalgia of the ‘good old days’, we tend to overlook how technology has...

If Dinosaurs Would Still Around

It was the kind of cataclysm that we can scarcely imagine. When an asteroid 15km-wide (nine miles) slammed into planet Earth 66 million years ago, it struck with a force equivalent to about 10 billion Hiroshima bombs. A radioactive fireball seared everything for hundreds of miles in every direction and...

The Dark Side of Night Lights

In 1994, an earthquake knocked out power in Los Angeles, Calif. In the days that followed, concerned residents reported a giant cloud of silvery light stretching across the night sky. Some worried that the mysterious sight was somehow related to the earthquake. These people had lived in the large, brightly...

Architecture Affects How You Feel

“We shape our buildings and afterwards our buildings shape us,” mused Winston Churchill in 1943 while considering the repair of the bomb-ravaged House of Commons. More than 70 years on, he would doubtless be pleased to learn that neuroscientists and psychologists have found plenty of evidence to back him up....

Don’t be sad

Dear brothers and sister, Sadness and happiness both are part of our everyday life. The world is so beautiful when you feel happy inside. On the other hand, life is too short for being sad. Sadness disables the power of our souls and paralyzes our body activities. As Muslim, we...

Who is your best friend?

Dear brothers and sister, If you seek friendship we should look for three qualities in a person. The first quality is intellect. There is no benefit in friendship with a foolish person. An intelligent enemy is sometimes better than a foolish friend. The second quality is a good character. Do...

Editorial

Dear subscribers Assalamu alaikum. Hope you are fine, so are we. The world is experiencing an increased number of rightist governments and far-right movements gaining grounds, giving rise to racist attacks, narrow nationalism and more and more polarization on line of religion. That’s why we are running a cover story...

Open-air Prisons Present and Future -Wahidul Islam

That prison or jail is a confinement or place where criminals after trial are landed for correction is nothing new in this world. Open prisons are relatively new where prisoners, who do not pose threat to the public, enjoy some rights like socializing, working outside the prison premises and even...

What is Your Legacy?

The ripple effect is a concept that expresses how a single event can trigger a chain reaction, resulting in a bigger impact than the original occurrence. While it is apparent in many aspects of our lives, it is particularly important when it comes to the topic of religion. It is...

The Third Line

The Third Line is participating in the 15th edition of Frieze London with a group presentation of works by Abbas Akhavan, Amir H. Fallah, Hayv Kahraman, Laleh Khorramian and Sara Naim. Investigating the concept of space and environment, be it in a social, physical or mystical sense, each artist uniquely...

The Indispensable Need for Allah -Farid Haibatan

The condition of being in absolute need of Allah is one of the most essential states of servitude [‘ubudiyyah]. It has been described to be its reality and crux. Allah says, ‘O mankind! It is you who stand in need of Allah whereas Allah is the Rich, the Praise-worthy [al-Ghani,...

Skyscrapers in Plants

The city that until recently Italians would dismiss as ‘grey’ is becoming ever more verdant thanks to the creative minds of designers and architects. Let’s have a look how it happened. New look for an old city Italy’s second biggest city is reinventing itself, with a shining horizon of brand-new...

The Mysterious Greek Island

I caught my first glimpse of Spinalonga four years ago from a steep hilltop overlooking the sleepy village of Plaka in north-eastern Crete. The diminutive 8.5-hectare islet in the Gulf of Mirabello stood completely in shadow, dark and foreboding as if blackened by coal, while the butterscotch-hued Spinalonga Peninsula that...

The Perfect Battery

Batteries symbolize our love affair with convenience. They liberate us from wires by juicing up our smartphones, laptops and cars. With gadgets fully charged, we can go anywhere, do anything. One hundred percent power feels secure. But when the charge runs dry, we’re screwed. The good news? Engineers are trying...

Where Internet Warms Homes

“The cloud” is a real place. The pictures you post on Instagram, the happy birthday wishes you leave on Facebook pages, and the TV shows you stream on Netflix aren’t living in a nebulous ball of condensation in the sky. They live on a massive series of servers – all...