Category: Features

PUT KNWOLEDGE INTO ACTION

Knowledge is one thing, but putting that knowledge into action is another. Knowing what is “in our own best interests” is the easy part. If you exercise regularly and have a well-balanced diet, you will be healthier. That’s knowledge, but it’s not much use unless it is partnered with wisdom,...

Modernizing Mosque Architecture 15 Inspirations -Zaidul Hasan

In a rapidly changing global landscape, the art of mosque architecture is undergoing a remarkable evolution. Traditional Islamic aesthetics are meeting cutting-edge design concepts, resulting in awe-inspiring structures that honor heritage while embracing innovation. This feature showcases 15 contemporary mosques from around the world, where architectural brilliance, innovative use of...

A Diverse Yard Can Reap Big Environmental Benefits

When you walk through a neighborhood, what do you see? In the United States, it will likely be a few trees and shrubs amidst large areas of grassy lawns. These big green carpets might look pretty. But a plain expanse of grass is an ecological wasteland. It’s filled with just one type...

How Many Shipwrecks are There in the Oceans?

When Elias Stadiatis descended into the indigo-blue water, he had a normal day of searching for sponges ahead of him. Weighed down in a copper diving suit, surrounded by a tangle of breathing tubes, Stadiatis eventually reached the seafloor. As he squinted into the dim, he took in a haunting...

Cognitive Skills to Speed Up Learning

Learning how things are done the right way and mastering them are what hugely contribute to empowering yourself as a person and being competitive in areas you are interested in excelling. However, when it comes to grasping information and understanding it, we often have trouble following what we are trying...

Saving An Ancient Fruit with Solar Power

On a warm late winter morning, Antonio Lancellotta, a 35-year-old farmer, shows me around one of his family’s unorthodox 1.8-acre (7,280 square metre) greenhouse in Scalea, southern Italy. Rows of lush citron trees (Citrus medica), heavy with white flowers fill the space. Yet, above the trees, at about 12.5ft (3.8m)...

Why Making Fake Moon Dust

Even with the walls of a volcanic crater looming behind the white-washed single-storey buildings, it would be easy to miss the sleepy town of Tao. It only takes a few moments to pass through it as you drive along the LZ-20 highway that cuts across the middle of Lanzarote, in...

World’s First Climate-Resilient Nation

On a sunny Monday morning in September 2017, 67-year-old Faustulus Frederick, an artist and former teacher who served his people as Kalinago Chief when he was just 25 years old, was adding the finishing touches to a traditional wooden sculpture at his home in Salybia, on the Caribbean island of...

Stepwells in India -Zaidul Hasan

Water, the essence of life, has been a scarce resource in many parts of the world since ancient times. Nowadays, technological advancements have mitigated the scarcity of water, but in the past, water management posed one of the greatest challenges for civilizations. The question remained: how could a large group...

How the cellphones have changed our lives

The year was 1973. Joel Engel, an American engineer who had worked on Nasa’s Apollo programme, was leading an effort to create the world’s first handheld mobile phone. Research at Bell Labs, where Engel worked, had several decades earlier contributed to the development of clunky, car-phones that allowed calls to be made...

Why AI Remains a Mystery to Humans

In 1956, during a year-long trip to London and in his early 20s, the mathematician and theoretical biologist Jack D Cowan visited Wilfred Taylor and his strange new “learning machine”. On his arrival he was baffled by the “huge bank of apparatus” that confronted him. Cowan could only stand and watch...

The islanders who weave their dreams

For more than 300 years, women residing around a turquoise lake have woven textiles from visions they say were bestowed to them by a goddess in their dreams. “In Mindanao, some women weave their dreams into textiles. They are dream-weavers,” said the volunteer at the Museum of Philippine Economic History in the...

Rising temperatures in Bangladesh Causes, Effects, and Solutions -Zaidul Hasan

Bangladesh’s Chuadanga district recorded the highest temperature in the country during the first fifteen days of April 2023, hovering around 40 degrees Celsius. On April 14th, the temperature spiked to 42.2 degrees Celsius, marking a severe heatwave. In response, the Chuadanga District Administration and District Information Office launched a campaign...

Some Larger Congregation of EID-UL-FITR

Dinajpur, Bangladesh South Asia’s one of the largest Eid-ul-Fitr Congregation held in Gor-e-Shahid Boro Math, Dinajpur, Bangladesh. According to the organizers’ claim, over 600,000 devotees participated in this Eid congregation. The prayers began at 8:30 am with devotees coming from different parts of the region. The photo was taken by...

External Distractions Keeping You Unfocused

External distractions can make staying focused on the present moment difficult. This lack of focus causes you to scratch your head, wondering, “How do I fit in all the things I want to do today?” Let’s focus on how we can reduce external distractions while improving focus and concentration. External distractions...

A Single Chip Could Transmit a World’s Worth of Data

Researchers have just set a new record for data transmission. Using one small computer chip, they moved 1.84 petabits of data per second. That equals 122 million Netflix movies streaming at the same time. “We have transferred all of that at once,” says Asbjørn Arvad Jørgensen. He is a physicist affiliated...

The ancient Persian way to keep cool

The city of Yazd in the desert of central Iran has long been a focal point for creative ingenuity. Yazd is home to a system of ancient engineering marvels that include an underground refrigeration structure called yakhchāl, an underground irrigation system called qanats, and even a network of couriers called...

Hunting In Bengal

Hunting has a long and rich history in Bengal, which is a region located in the eastern part of India that encompasses the present-day states of West Bengal and Bangladesh. The region has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and hunting has been a part of the way of life of...

Hyper focus How to Calm Your Mind

We direct our attention to every new and novel thing because our brain rewards us with a hit of this neurotransmitter – dopamine. Dopamine does not give us pleasure, but it makes us feel as if pleasure is on the way, so when we use our phones, we feel anticipation...