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Why the Islamic world needs a new ‘golden age’

IMG_2004-Edit.jpg“The Muslim world’s past contributions to science and education were extraordinary. The Islamic “golden age” – during which scholarship and learning flourished across the Muslim world – lasted many centuries, and included the establishment of the world’s first universities. Today, however, Muslim-majority countries lag well behind the rest of the world in terms of education and research. This must change if the region is to provide modern jobs and better lives to its booming population and keep up with global development. (1)”
(1) Guessoum, Nidhal, ‘Why the Islamic World Needs a New “Golden Age”’, World Economic Forum, 2016 <See Link> [accessed 15 January 2016]

It looks like Apple is building a car.

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In an article in MacWorld (1), Elon Musk was quoted as saying that Apples Project Titan was an “open secret … It’s pretty hard to hide something if you hire over a thousand engineers to do it.”

Personally, I believe that environmentally friendly, point to point transport, will be the future of modern transit systems.  This is not to say that mass transit systems do not have a role. We just need to keep in mind their practical limitations. Ever tried to do the family shopping by train?

  1. Raymundo, Oscar, ‘Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the Apple Car: “It Will Expand the Industry” | Macworld’, Macworld (Macworld, 2016) <Macworld> [accessed 12 January 2016]

The Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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“The possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, with unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge, are unlimited. And these possibilities will be multiplied by emerging technology breakthroughs in fields such as artificial intelligence, robotics, the Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, 3-D printing, nanotechnology, biotechnology, materials science, energy storage, and quantum computing. (1) ”

(1) Schwab, Klaus(World Economic Forum), ‘What Is the Fourth Industrial Revolution?’, World Economic Forum, 2015 <Web Link> [accessed 11 January 2016]

Oxygen the molecule that made the world by Nick Lane

wpid-20150112_151301.jpgIt is difficult to understand the evolution of life on earth without reading and understanding this book.

(1) Lane, Nick, Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World (Oxford University Press, 2002) <Amazon>
[accessed 11 January 2016]
(2) Royal, T H E, and Society Of, ‘Book of the Month Oxygen: The Molecule That Made the World’, 21 (2003) <NLM>

Dingo creek regeneration

Nellie-2The regeneration along the creek at the Dibley block is now complete. Weeds have been removed and the creek fenced off. River sheoaks have been planted to help preserve the bank. This is an example of the use of …