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SARS-CoV-2 Variants: An Update
(COVID-19 Pandemic)

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, we anxiously listen to the latest updates about the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and its variants.


Hubble’s Successor: James Webb Space Telescope
(Astronomy and Space Sciences)

James Webb Space Telescope (Webb or JSWT), the largest and most complex telescope, is finally going to launch in December 2021.

The Ozone Hole: An Environmental Disaster or a Natural Phenomenon?
(Environment and Climate Change)

It was commonly believed that the ozone hole is a man-made disaster. However, a relatively recent theory confirms the existence of this hole for a long time, claiming it is a natural phenomenon that is not cause for concern.


When Both Glasses And Masks Are Required...
(Science Story Time!)

She put on her clothes and mask despite her fears, like an enthusiastic kid preparing for Eid celebrations. After a few steps outdoors, she started squinting through the fog; her face mask had started fogging up her eyeglasses.


Marine Heat Waves
(Environment and Climate Change)

Marine heat waves are defined as a duration when the water surface temperature is 90% warmer than prior sea surface temperatures; this may last from days to months.

Growing Furniture
(Science Everywhere)

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, have proposed growing furniture in vitro. They succeeded in cultivating plant tissues extracted from the fast growing zinnia plant.


The Challenge of Climate Change
(Environment and Climate Change)

I have opted to write about the Challenge of Climate Change because, currently, it is the most pressing global environmental problem. Climate change is a natural problem; however, over the past few decades, a human induced accelerated change has been taking place.


Contagion (2011): When Fiction Becomes Reality
(Science and Art)

One sobering and undeniable example of a prognostication that became a reality is the plot of the pandemic-based blockbuster movie Contagion, released in 2011, in relation to the COVID19 pandemic, which hit the world in late 2019.


Deepfakes: Not Everything You See is Real
(Good and Evil)

Imagine waking up someday to find a perfectly made fake video portraying you practicing some magic tricks. How would you feel about it? Imagine again, how would you feel if this video goes viral?


A Healthy School Environment for Better Education
(Education)

Schools are of major importance to individuals and societies. They are not only places for acquiring knowledge, but also environments where children and adolescents spend most of their day.


Combating a Virus
(Health and the Human Body)

A virus can be weakened or inactivated to stimulate the immunity system.

Rare Bacteria Makes PCR Technology Possible
(COVID-19 Pandemic)

Since the new coronavirus pandemic hit the world last year, the PCR test has become familiar to almost everybody. What is PCR technology, how did it start, and what are the challenges it faced at the beginning?


Children with Learning Disabilities:Dysgraphia and Dyscalculia
(Woman and Child)

Throughout my experience as a teacher, I cannot say that all of my students were high achievers. Some have problems that can make it difficult for them to learn as quickly as other students.

A Brief History of the Banana
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Most of us cannot imagine the world without the banana; it is one of the globe’s most favorite fruits. In 2019 alone, over 115 million tonnes of bananas were produced.

Big Data for Smarter Education
(Education)

Few people seem to have a clear understanding of what big data in education means, what is the output, or how it can affect the life of students and teachers or coaches and players.


The Working Duck: Integrated Rice-Duck Agriculture
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Some farmers are shying away from their overreliance on chemicals in farming and instead turning to old farming methods; one being integrated rice-duck farming.


Better Genes for More Crops
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Gene editing in plants aims to increase their nutritional value and fruit size, as well as enhance their ability to resist diseases and pests, and prolonging their shelf life.


The Return of the Woolly Mammoth
(Life Sciences)

Scientists claim that the dream of resurrecting extinct animals may very likely come true. Will the woolly mammoth walk the Earth again?


Hydroponics: Soil-less Agriculture
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

Farmers use hydroponics to grow plants that need hard-to-maintain soil conditions. This technique depends on growing plants in nutrient solutions with or without the use of an artificial medium to provide mechanical support.


Vegetarianism: The Pros and Cons
(Agriculture, Food, and Nutrition)

While some people cannot imagine a day without meat, others insist that a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle is the best way to enjoy food and stay healthy.


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