Category: Features

Weeds Help Fight Climate Change

Weeds Help Fight Climate Change

More than 60 years ago, when he was a child, farmer Peter Andrews saw his first dust storm. He still remembers it. “The noise was horrendous,” he says. “We hid in the house waiting for it to pass. The whole sky was dark. And the damage we saw the next...

Inside Japan’s Most Innovative City

Inside Japan’s Most Innovative City

Sandwiched between the mountains and the sea in Japan’s far-west corner, Fukuoka is a city trying to reinvent itself. In a land long dominated by mega-conglomerates and the inexorable pull of Tokyo, the country’s fastest growing urban centre wants to become Japan’s answer to Silicon Valley. Despite the country’s reputation...

Things to Do When You Want to Give Up

Things to Do When You Want to Give Up

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe Some days are light...

Medical Science and Islam: A brief Analysis in Medicine – Ahanat Zannat

Medical Science and Islam: A brief Analysis in Medicine – Ahanat Zannat

The contributions that the medieval Muslims played in the invention of new drugs and therapeutic agents are great in number as well as in value. The following passages will shed some light on the real contribution of the prominent Muslim scientists and philosophers in the relevant field. Abu `Ali al-Husayn...

Catastrophes Course of Humanity Affected – Seth Baum

Catastrophes Course of Humanity Affected – Seth Baum

My father’s family came to the US in the 1930s, a Jewish family fleeing Nazi Germany. My life has gone well, and I suppose I should be grateful for the way things turned out. However, I can’t help but wonder what would the world look like today if the Holocaust...

The cities that need a warning label?

The cities that need a warning label?

Oliver McAfee was supposed to be home in time for Christmas 2017. But the 29-year-old landscape gardener, originally from Dromore in Northern Ireland’s County Down, hasn’t been seen since 21 November 2017. McAfee had been cycling along the Israel National Trail, near the desert city of Mitzpe Ramon, before he...

Chasing The Fish Pirates

Chasing The Fish Pirates

In the haze of an overcast April afternoon, the rust-stained hull of the Andrey Dolgov slapped its way through the ocean swell, oily water gushing from the ship’s waterlogged bilge as it made a desperate attempt to flee. Pursued by a sleek, heavily armed naval patrol boat, the ungainly fishing...

Technology to Find Hidden Graves

Technology to Find Hidden Graves

Forensic anthropologist Amy Mundorff has been identifying human remains for years. Now her goal is to make the search for the missing safer and more successful. One morning in July 2005, Amy Mundorff rode into the Bosnian countryside, tagging along with a team from the International Commission on Missing Persons....

The ‘Flower Men’ of Saudi Arabia

The ‘Flower Men’ of Saudi Arabia

It’s a perfect selfie opportunity in the most unlikely of settings. Four-wheelers wind precariously up the sides of lush mountains, their backseats filled with Saudi families and tourists from other parts of the Arabian Peninsula. As the vehicles make their way through the cool mist, the passengers intermittently pull over...

Know Yourself and Seek Self Improvement

Know Yourself and Seek Self Improvement

Today, most people like the idea about self-improvement. It’s trendy. But before you can improve yourself, you have to get to know who you are, what you want, and why it’s so crucial to know the answers to those questions. Once you know who you are, what you stand for,...

The Underground Cathedral Protecting Tokyo from Floods

The Underground Cathedral Protecting Tokyo from Floods

Cecilia Tortajada recalls making her way down a long staircase and into of one of Japan’s engineering marvels, an enormous water tank that crowns Tokyo’s defences against flooding. When she finally reached the tank’s ground, she stood among the dozens of 500-tonne pillars supporting the ceiling. In the cavernous, shrine-like...

50 Years of Cassette Tapes – Fahmida Mehreen

50 Years of Cassette Tapes – Fahmida Mehreen

Life today is engulfed in boundless forms of technology. Amidst all the fascinating creations, cassette tape is one of the most notable ones that had brought a revolution in the history of recording. Today, we perceive it as a rectangular device with a black magnetic strip encircled around two hollows,...

The secrets of endurance athletes

The secrets of endurance athletes

Running a distance race – like a 246km ultramarathon – takes extraordinary physical fitness.But however hard they have trained, an athlete’s success hinges on their mental endurance. By Sarah Keating   This story is an adaptation of What are the limits of human endurance?, an episode of CrowdScience presented by Marnie Chesterton...

The Cold War bunkers that cover a country

The Cold War bunkers that cover a country

Fearing invasion during the Cold War, Albania’s leader Enver Hoxha forced his country to build tens of thousands of bunkers. Long after the regime’s collapse, many still remain. By Stephen Dowling in Albania It is a spring morning and the sun is already high and hot. I am scrambling across...

A Coffee Treat By Fahmida Mehreen

A Coffee Treat By Fahmida Mehreen

“I like coffee because it gives me the illusion that I might be awake,” once said Lewis Black, the American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. Coffee is a popular beverage worldwide for its irrepressible ability to energize its taker. In around 9th century, it was first discovered...

Evolution of Money By Fahmida Mehreen

Evolution of Money By Fahmida Mehreen

Money was not invented by a single nation at a single time. Money is not just coins and notes; it is anything humans agree to represent the value of goods and services. During early times, people exchanged goods and services in exchange of other goods and services since there was...

Thriller Is More Than A Word By Fatima Binte Mostafiz

Thriller Is More Than A Word By Fatima Binte Mostafiz

“Uhhh, I hate thrillers! What’s so exciting about them? Is it more boring than non-thriller books? Why can’t you just admit that all books are same and tremendously boring!!?” When you’re a thriller lover like me, you just gotta hear that. People will stare at you with their eyes and...

Stay in the Moment Simple Habits

Stay in the Moment Simple Habits

“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...

Bacteria are All around Us

Bacteria are All around Us

Victoria Orphan has loved the ocean for as long as she can remember. She used to snorkel in the Pacific Ocean near her family’s home in San Diego, Calif. She’d grab her mask and snorkel tube to visit the hidden world of plants and animals beneath the ocean’s surface. Orphan...

Internet Gaming Addiction: New Cigar to Youth  ।   Mahid Sa’ad

Internet Gaming Addiction: New Cigar to Youth । Mahid Sa’ad

In 21st century, it’s almost difficult to subsist without internet. It has made human being’s life more dynamic ever than before. An estimated 4.2 billion people around the world have internet access, more than half of the global population. But sometimes people’s activity in internet resulted in the thriving and...