Thursday, March 18, 2010

German scientists have created a three-dimensional "invisibility cloak" that can hide objects by bending light waves.

The findings, published in the journal Science on Thursday, could in the future make it possible large objects invisible, but for now the researchers said they were not keen to speculate on possible applications.

"For now these...cloaking devices are just a beautiful and exciting benchmark to show what transformation optics can do," said Tolga Ergin of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology.

Transformation optics use a class of materials called metamaterials that guide and control light.


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"We have ordained a law and a way of life for each of you. If God wanted, He could have made all of you a single nation. But He willed otherwise in order to test you in what He has given you. Therefore try to excel one another in good works."

The Holy Quran, 5:48

Monday, March 15, 2010

Aliens on earth

If we need proof that their could be life on other planets we just need to see the extreme places that we find life on earth.


WASHINGTON – In a surprising discovery about where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish frolicking beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.

Six hundred feet below the ice where no light shines, scientists had figured nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.

That's why a NASA team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica. A curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then parked itself on the camera's cable. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from a foot-long jellyfish.

"We were operating on the presumption that nothing's there," said NASA ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who will be presenting the initial findings and a video at an American Geophysical Union meeting Wednesday. "It was a shrimp you'd enjoy having on your plate."

"We were just gaga over it," he said of the 3-inch-long, orange critter starring in their two-minute video. Technically, it's not a shrimp. It's a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is distantly related to shrimp.

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The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: "Do you know who is (truly) poor?" His companions replied: "A poor man amongst us is one who has (no money)." The Prophet then said: "The poor of my community will be he who comes on the Day of Resurrection with prayers and fasts and charity, but since he hurled abuses on others, brought slander on others, unlawfully consumed the wealth and shed the blood of others...his virtues will be credited to the account of the one (who suffered at his hand)."

Sahih Muslim, Hadith 1179

Thursday, March 04, 2010

"The (true) servants of (God) the Compassionate are those who walk on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, reply with (words of) peace."

The Holy Quran, 25:63