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Science and Art (Autumn 2018)

01 October 2018 , English - Arabic

Within this year’s annual theme, Science Everywhere, we have tackled the science in the two most important places humans occupy: the home and work. We then diverted our attention to the two most vital extracurricular activities humans practice: sports and arts. For those who know me, or have followed my writings over the years, it would come as no surprise that the theme of this issue, Science and Art, is my absolute favorite.

I do not recall how many times I have written about the eternal, dare I say magical, bond between art and science. Indeed, I have often written about my passion for both and how this was the drive behind my work in science communication, particularly via media and publications, where the arts of writing and design intertwine to engage, inform, educate, and inspire the public.

Science and Sports (Summer 2018)

01 July 2018 , English - Arabic

Speaking of “Science Everywhere”, indeed, science is not just in all the places we occupy and use, but also in every activity we enjoy. The connection between science and sports should not be surprising; after all, all physical activities are connected to science because they are basically conducted by the human body. Yet, the connection is not restricted to biology; it expands to physics, psychology, chemistry, among other fields of science.

Naturally, the topic of our issue was partially chosen to coincide with the extremely popular occasion of the FIFA World Cup, in which Egypt played for the first time in almost three decades. An even more important global sporting event is the Olympic Games, the next edition of which takes place in 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Olympics is an opportunity to celebrate all sports, not just football; likewise, the Paralympics are the highlight of para-athletics, where human physical ability is more emphasized than ever.

Science at Work (Spring 2018)

01 April 2018 , English - Arabic

Unless you work in a purely scientific field, you probably do not expect to see any science looking around your workplace: correct? Wrong! Science is everywhere; we already discussed how it is all over our homes, and now it is time we look around workplaces for the science at work.

It might be easier to imagine science at workplaces and industries that obviously require scientific research and innovation. In reality, however, it is in all industries from the buildings, through the machinery, to the methods of production, science is evident in every single aspect.


Science at Home (Winter 2018)

01 January 2018 , English - Arabic

“Science Everywhere” is not just a saying; it is a fact. There is absolutely nothing in life that is not connected to science. This year, we are tacking the science from the perspective of everyday places and activities we live, study, work, and experience without giving much thought to the myriad of sciences lurking in every corner, vessel, piece of furniture or equipment, etc.

In this initial issue, we are exploring the science at home. It is inside our kitchen; not just in the various appliances, but also inside the cabinets and even on the stove. Science is, of course, in all the detergents, toiletries, and even cosmetics used by the household to stay healthy, fresh, and preppy. It is even in the way we communicate with our family members, raise our children, or deal with our pets. There is even science in the energy flowing around the home. Actually, science at home is still progressing; there is no doubt modern technology is bound to continue changing our way of life, including our homes, drastically.

Behavioral Sciences (Autumn 2017)

01 October 2017 , English - Arabic

The Wonders of Science has been our overarching theme throughout 2017, SCIplanet’s tenth year; we have already tackled three broad core sciences: Astronomy and Space, Earth, and Life Sciences. Naturally, there are many more fundamental sciences to have a closer look at in the future; however, in this concluding issue for this year, we have selected a rather enigmatic branch of science that is rarely tackled, at least by us. After having had a look at the broader sciences of our universe, our home-planet, and our own bodies, we find it is high time we probed further inside our own selves; to delve deeper inside our own minds and psyche as we explore communication and psychological sciences.

Life Sciences (Summer 2017)

01 July 2017 , English - Arabic

In the third instalment of our series “The Wonders of Science”, we focus our attention on our inner body. In reality, every single science branch is related to our life in one way or another, but nothing is more relevant to us than Life Sciences. What we care about most is our own selves; our bodies, our health, our existence.

Leaping from historical quests of knowledge, we fast-forward to modern-day mindboggling discoveries, inventions, and technologies that in some cases, seem like science fiction. It is our honor in this issue to pay tribute to two Egyptian pillars of knowledge as we bid them farewell: Dr. Mostafa el-Abbadi and Dr. Mona Bakr.

Earth Sciences (Spring 2017)

01 April 2017 , English - Arabic

This year, marking the tenth since the launch of this periodic publication, first as the PSC Newsletter, then as Egypt’s first popular science magazine, we are returning to the wonders of natural sciences as our overarching annual theme. After delving into astronomical and space sciences in our latest issue, we turn our attention in this issue to Earth Sciences.

Our articles tackle a variety of aspects relating to the Earth’s structure, its climate and the ongoing and pressing issue of climate change, its amazing biodiversity and its enthralling revelations. As usual, we also discuss noteworthy figures that have contributed significantly to our knowledge of Earth; we also look into some cultural aspects relating to Earth Sciences. We trust you will find this newest issue of our “Wonders of Science” series intriguing and informative; it will hopefully incite your interest to read more about Earth Sciences. As always, we hope you enjoy your read. 

Astronomy and Space Sciences (Winter 2017)

01 February 2017 , English - Arabic

Ten years ago, a periodic newsletter was launched to further inform the public about the Planetarium Science Center. With the success of the PSC Newsletter, it was revamped in 2014 to become the quarterly publication SCIplanet. It has always been SCIplanet’s Editorial Team’s objective to engage the public with diverse annual overarching themes, each presented in four subthemes.

In this new year, marking the tenth anniversary, we begin with astronomy, the science of the universe and the science for which planetariums were created to begin with, although in modern-day planetariums, including ours, all sciences and science-related themes are tackled. Dear Reader, we hope you have enjoyed your journey with us throughout the past years, and that, in our new year, we meet your expectations with every new issue hereafter.

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.

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