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Monthly Archive: February 2013

Feb 20 2013

Let’s sing for Bangladesh!

My heartfelt thanks to Tarek Fatah for writing a heart touching piece about Bangladesh. In a tiny country on the other side of the globe, far away from the glare of celebrity TV anchors and big-shot correspondents in jungle khaki, a revolution is unfolding, but not if you watch CNN, BBC or CBC. For two …

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Feb 20 2013

Water!

Wow! As little as five years ago, no one had detected water in the samples returned from the Moon. The advancement of instrumentation, such as secondary ion mass spectrometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, has made it possible to detect tiny, but measurable, amounts of water in the mineral grains from Apollo samples. In a …

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Feb 19 2013

Political Islam in Bangladesh

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Jamaat-e-Islami was founded at Islamia Park, Lahore in 1941 by Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi as a movement to promote Socio-Political Islam. 75 people were present at its first meeting. Now it is one of the largest Islamic political parties in the world. Maududi’s ideology influences Islamic groups around the world including the Muslim Brotherhood in …

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Feb 19 2013

Happy Birthday Nicolaus Copernicus!

God placed the Earth at the center of the universe. In his book ‘De revolutionibus orbium coelestium’, Copernicus placed the Sun, not the Earth, at the center. Copernicus changed the world. 500 years ago he proved god wrong.

Feb 18 2013

February 15

So many things are happening these days. If you ask me about the last week , I would tell you the stories of an asteroid and a meteorite. One fell to Earth, another didn’t. 1. ‘An asteroid passed safely by Earth on Feb. 15, 2013. Its closest approach, about 17, 150 miles above the Indian …

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Feb 16 2013

Bangladesh! A fucked-up country! (Warning: Violent image)

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Rajib Haider Shuvo, a 26 years old architect, one of the organizers of the Shahbag movement, a talented young atheist blogger was brutally killed by the Islamists last night. His throat was slit. His criticism of Islam was far milder than my criticism of Islam which were published 26 years ago in Bangladesh. He wrote …

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Feb 15 2013

Let there be light.

Professor Miguel Nicolelis and his team, from Duke University, North Carolina, have used Infra-red light (which rats can’t see)to trigger brain implants and signal a rat to move in a demonstration of brain interface controls. The infrared sensors gave rats the ability to detect the normally invisible light. The research could help us to one …

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Feb 14 2013

Shahbag is a new Tahrir Square

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After Arab Spring, Tahrir revolution, and the victory of Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists in Egypt, I am not impressed by the crowd. Bangladesh’s Shahbag is now like a tiny Tahrir Square. Facebook and Twitter generation gathered at Shahbag to demand death penalty for Abdul Kader Mullah, the war criminal. He raped and killed people during …

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Feb 14 2013

Disposable Penis!

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Have you ever heard of disposable penis? It exists. It is Chromodoris reticulata. It loses but re-grows and re-uses its penis. You don’t believe me? Please read it. The little sea slugs are “simultaneous hermaphrodites”, they have both male and female sexual organs and can use them both at the same time. Sea slugs are …

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Feb 13 2013

CNN and Asteroid

CNN anchor sounds like Sarah Palin. She asked a stupid question to Bill Nye the science guy, ‘did global warming cause the Asteroid that will soon fy past Earth?’ Bill Nye did not laugh, but others did. Some said, ‘Makes me wonder if a basic intelligence evaluation should be required of reporters. Pretty dismal demonstration …

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