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Nidhal Guessoum

Nidhal Guessoum is a professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. 

Twitter: @NidhalGuessoum​

 

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Mankind lucky to have the Moon as a guide

The Moon has served important functions throughout history, both for humanity and for planet Earth. And, for the Muslim world, it continues to play an important role in determining holy occasions: Ramadan, Eids and Hajj, most notably.

June 12, 2018

Time to end the chaos of the ‘night of doubt’

For Muslims, May 15 will be the “night of doubt,” with the wait to know whether the next day will be the start of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting, or whether it will be postponed.

May 03, 2018

Is scientific progress benefiting all of humanity?

A few weeks ago, I took part in an annual cultural conference organized by the French city of Orleans. The session I participated in discussed “scientific progress and the dialogue of cultures.”

April 18, 2018

Science a vital tool for the young generation

It is paradoxical that, while we teach more science and use more advanced technology than ever before, we regularly see and hear educated people make shockingly ignorant pronouncements about the planet, the sun, the cosmos, human bodies and brains, and a lot more.

April 04, 2018

Should we all #DeleteFacebook?

Elon Musk last week dropped a bombshell by deleting the Facebook pages of his two big companies, SpaceX and Tesla. Why did he do it? He answered the call of Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, who had added his voice to those pushing people to #DeleteFacebook. And why did Acton do that?

March 26, 2018

Stephen Hawking: How a broken body was conquered by a soaring mind

Long before he died, Stephen Hawking had become a cultural icon much more than a scientific celebrity. For many years now, if anyone were asked to name a famous living scientist, Hawking’s name would have come to most minds. Even among scientists, he held a special place.

March 14, 2018

Why Arab girls are crushing boys in science

Last month, I gave a series of lectures in astrophysics at an Algerian university within a master’s degree program: All seven students were girls. Last year, I gave two lectures in astronomy to a class at the University of Jordan: Some 80 percent of the students were female.

February 21, 2018

Moving ‘out of Earth’ suddenly seems within reach

On Tuesday, SpaceX (Musk’s company) launched the second-largest ever rocket, and the biggest for a private company, into space. It is large and powerful enough to carry tons of equipment and astronauts to Mars someday soon.

February 09, 2018