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A Beautiful Sunset

Sometimes, I trip when I think of how the sun is always the same, where it’s in the deserts of Jordan, the jungles of Chile, or icy Antarctica. That people with very different realities share my night sky. It’s a big world, full of different people, doing different thing, watching the same sun set.

Now look at picture above. It’s the same sun. Our sun. Except that that’s a picture of a sunset no where on Earth.

It’s a sunset on Mars.

Taken by Curiosity, via BB

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Rana Dajani and Why She Teaches Evolution in Jordan’s Universities

Refreshing article on Nature by Rana Dajani, Assistant Professor at the Hashemite University in Jordan, on why she teaches evolution

In teaching, I offer a detailed explanation of the natural evolution of plants and artificial breeding. Later, we discuss antibiotic resistance, influenza vaccines and the development of HIV drugs. After these discussions, most students are willing to accept evolution as a mechanism for the emergence of all species except humans. Many quote evidence from the Koran that is interpreted to mean that Adam — and so humans — were created spontaneously. Human evolution remains taboo because the students are not ready to relinquish the concept that humans were created differently. I remind them that Muslims are warned against arrogance, and that humans are only part of creation.


My take, as a Muslim scientist, is that the Koran asks humans to observe and contemplate the world while celebrating the pursuit of knowledge. It does not validate scientific findings. Science allows us to question and discover how the world works and the Koran provides the moral guidelines for doing so. If an apparent contradiction arises between a scientific finding and an interpretation of the Koran, then we can turn to both science itself (which is evolving) and the interpretation of the Koran (which is not impartial, because it is a human exercise) to account for the discrepancy. This is an ongoing and fluid process, and is part and parcel of the purpose of life for Muslims.

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The Ingeniousness of the Aluminum Can Design



Let Moore’s Law Blow Your Mind

Moore’s Law is pretty simple.

In 1965, Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, observed that the number of transistors per square inch on integrated circuits had doubled every year since the circuit was invented. He predicted that this trend would continue for the foreseeable future. This prediction came to be known as Moore’s Law.

This is a perfect visualization:

Dan Hutcheson says:

In 2014, semiconductor production facilities made some 250 billion billion (250 x 1018) transistors. This was, literally, production on an astronomical scale. Every second of that year, on average, 8 trillion transistors were produced. That figure is about 25 times the number of stars in the Milky Way and some 75 times the number of galaxies in the known universe. The rate of growth has also been extraordinary. More transistors were made in 2014 than in all the years prior to 2011.

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Amazing surprise from Nescafe Dolce Gusta

No matter how old you are, it’s always exciting to come home to see a big, fat package sitting on your couch. It’s even more exciting when the package is beautifully customized for you, complete with a painted portrait and references to the people you love.

This is what I came home to last night:

I love coming home to a big box of surprises on my couch #dolcegustojo #amman #jo

The box is beautiful, and is styled with pictures from my Instagram account. When I opened it, it had a very personalized, cute message. Nescafe knows that I love the Internet! And I love people/brands that use the Internet correctly.

This campaign by Nestle Dolce Gusto Jordan is SO BRILLIANT in its details that I will go ahead. Check out the geniusness:

Nescafe Dolce Gusto: I LOVE Brands That Use the Internet Correctly

Beneath the cute note was my very own painted portrait, painted with coffee by Jordanian artist Randa Haddadin:

Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Coffee Portrait

And then, several boxes of coffee, in different flavours and suggestions on who to share them with:

Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Coffee Selection

The detail here is mindblowing.

My brother Omar loves chocolate:
Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Omar Loves Chocolate

Discussions with my mother are always intense:
Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Rula is Intense

My friend Nour is addicted to iced coffee:
Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Nour Drinks Her Coffee with Ice

My friend Naser loves espresso:
Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Naser Likes Espresso

Rami doesn’t drink coffee at all, and is more likely to just play with foam:
Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Rami Doesn't Like Coffee and is More Likely to Play with Foam

WOW. See what I mean by genius?

Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Lovely Selection

Beneath the coffee is the biggest surprise: a Mini Me bright red Dolce Gusto machine :)

It’s so cute. It looks like a penguin! And it’s not just an espresso machine, it’s all out, with milk and cream pods and everything.

Nescafe Dolce Gusto: Nice Design

Time to enjoy my coffee :)

Thanks Nescafe, not only for the nice surprise, but for a lesson in great social media marketing as well.

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Solar flare

Solar flare, along with the Earth for scale.

Via io9


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