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The Invisible People of Science (Autumn 2016)

01 November 2016 , English - Arabic

We have chosen to spotlight groups of scientists and inventors who have transformed our life and the world, but who are often unnoticed, overlooked, or marginalized, if not altogether forgotten.

We conclude our series about the people of science with an issue dedicated to a handful out of countless scientists and inventors who, for one reason or the other, have been unseen or unheard of by the public. In this issue, we humbly attempt to give due credit to those who have unpretentiously changed our lives and made it somehow better to live, yet their names have been concealed or simply forgotten. Hopefully, we intrigue you to attempt discovering for yourself more of and about the invisible people of science.

Brilliant Young Minds (Summer 2016)

01 August 2016 , English - Arabic

History brims with child prodigies that have continued to marvel generation after generation for centuries following their departure from our world. 

In this issue, we aim to give youth a boost and give older adults a nudge to do the same. From Aristotle to Mark Zuckerberg, we explore examples of young successes in the world of knowledge, science and technology. We highlight eminent Nobel Laureates who have achieved, or embarked on life-changing discoveries at a young age. We discuss challenges that sometimes face young intellects, curious creations by young inventors, and modern conceptions by young innovators that may shape our tomorrow. Finally, we certainly pay special attention to Egyptian youth, how they think, and where they may lead us someday. We hope to inspire all our readers of all ages.

Women and Science (Spring 2016)

01 May 2016 , English - Arabic

In this issue, we highlight just a few examples of women’s ingenuity throughout the ages; from Hypatia in Ancient Alexandria, to the famous Arab Maryam “Al-Asturlabiyya”, to the iconic Caroline Herschel and Marie Curie, whose name has become synonymous with the phrase “Women in Science”.

We also refer to other significant women, whose contributions have changed the world as we know it; a couple of cases in point are Rachel Carson and Maria Montessori. Not only that, we highlight modern day women warriors of science, their battles, and their victories; women who have the power and the will to take mankind to Mars, reshape information technology, cure tenacious human ailments, just to name a few of their endeavors.

Indeed, we promise you an exciting and enlightening read that just might change how you think of the world and maybe your purpose in it.

The Science of the Arabs (Winter 2016)

01 February 2016 , English - Arabic

We dedicate the issues of SCIplanet 2016 to the “People of Science”. Naturally, because we could never do justice to all the people of science, we have decided to focus on four groups of such people that we find most relevant to us Egyptians at this point in time. Within this context, we are dedicating this first issue of 2016 to “Science of the Arabs”.

In this issue, we attempt to highlight some distinctive Arab scientists of the past and the present and their impact on different sciences, and in turn on our lives and the lives of all humans. We also try to shed some light on the opportunities versus challenges Arabs, especially Arab scientists, are exposed to. We wish you a happy and blessed new year, full of achievement and progress.

Food and Agriculture (Autumn 2015)

01 October 2015 , English - Arabic

This year 2015, we have chosen the overarching theme of “Bare Necessities”. Naturally, food is a major bare necessity, without which life ceases to exist. Not only is food a necessity of life, but its quality also determines the quality of our life.

In this issue, we tackle some issues related to the necessity that is food, and its main source: agriculture. Each is a huge subject that no one can ever cover entirely. We have thus made a selection of a few interesting subjects. Among them, we discuss the possibility of farming in outer space, ancient Egyptian cuisine, safety and health in agriculture, growing farming problems, as well as farming advances and new technologies.Finally, you must not miss the final episode of the Sci-Fi series “The Human Civilization Enigma”.

Light (Summer 2015)

01 July 2015 , English - Arabic

On the most fundamental level through photosynthesis, light is necessary to the existence of life itself. It plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative crosscutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic, and political aspects of the global society.

We dedicate this issue to Light, the source and future of life. Among the topics we approach and the valuable contributions of our regular collaborators, we tackle historical and modern aspects relating to artificial lighting, how light helps cure diseases, the role of light in communication, how special organisms produce their own light, and how different organisms perceive light to see the world around them. We hope our new issue lights up your life!

Education (Spring 2015)

01 April 2015 , English - Arabic

Today’s world is not different than the world of past millennia in the sense that its dominant nations are those that have scientific and technological edge. Science and technology are indeed at the core of any kind of development; to secure equilibrium, stability, and thus peace in today’s world, more nations need to reinvigorate their citizens’ involvement in these fields. Nevertheless, to reach scientific and technological advancement, a nation needs to be primarily educated. It is no wonder then that, throughout history, education and knowledge have been used as weapons of dominance.

Education is not, and should never be, a luxury; for human beings, it is a bare necessity. As such, it needs to be at the top of any nation’s priorities, especially in struggling developing countries such as ours. In this issue, we tackle very lightly the bare necessity that is education. Within such a very wide theme, we discuss some relevant historical aspects, as well as some current social and economic perspectives. We hope you enjoy the issue.

Bare Necessities (Winter 2015)

01 February 2015 , English - Arabic

A new year begins; and with every new beginning, we look back at how far we have come, where we started, and where we are now. The truth is we all start at the same place; only we do not know it, or at least do not recognize it. Mankind has struggled for millennia to secure sources of fresh water, catch food, find or build shelters strong enough to give us a sense of security, and warmth. Mankind has always had to fight for these bare necessities; fights that sadly, but inevitably, have and will invoke ugly wars. However, the truly sad part is that, with all the development, progress, and prosperity we have achieved, we should have matured enough to make sure we all get what we need without hurting each other or future generations.

In this issue, we simply tackle the bare necessities; the original necessities, Mankind’s struggle to secure them, the challenges they still present to us. We also tackle new necessities that modernism has both blessed and damned us with. We hope you enjoy the new issue and the new year, and to hopefully make a new, more sustainable, beginning out of it for yourself and others.

How Things Work (Autumn 2014)

01 October 2014 , English - Arabic

Every day, we wake up, shower, brush our teeth, have breakfast or just grab a cup of coffee, rush out to school, university, work, or errands, to later return home to eat, study or work some more, spend some time with our family, and eventually go back to bed to rest for a few hours before starting the cycle all over again, and again, and again.

As we go through the motions, we encounter and experience infinite intricate processes, inventions, and technologies we take for granted, or at the very least rarely ever wonder about. In this issue with which we conclude the year 2014 series, having discussed human civilization, human health, and the environment in which humans exist, we have chosen to highlight facts, occurrences, activities, processes, and technologies that are so important to human’s everyday life. We hope you enjoy this Issue.

Environment (Summer 2014)

26 June 2014 , English - Arabic

We are what we eat. We often hear this statement in relation to health issues; but, are we just what we eat? We are what we eat, we are what we drink, we are what we inhale, we are what we build, we are what we make, we are what we sow, and eventually, we are what we reap.

Mankind had started out on Earth as just another creature. However, humans have had spread their reach over the planet, tightened their grip on its resources and treasures, and squeezed greedily for more power and luxuries. As humans progressed, they have just recently realized they have started to pay the price; a price other creatures have been paying for a long time.

If humans are capable of doing all this damage, they are also capable of salvaging it; after all, we are the creative creatures with the opposable thumbs.

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