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Nidhal Guessoum

Nidhal Guessoum is a professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE. 
Twitter: @NidhalGuessoum​
 

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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

Save your children from digital addiction

There’s a good chance your children, whatever age they may be, are digital addicts. We do not have statistics for the Arab world, but if kids in our region are behaving anything like those in the rest of the world, from China to North America, many of them must be addicted to small screens.

January 29, 2018

Arabs need greater access to books

It has been claimed that Arabs have no interest in reading, but if people by and large can’t find the titles they want, then obviously they will read less.

January 16, 2018

Just when we think we know it all...

Science made quantum leaps in 2017, most notably in space and in medicine. The one truly historic event was the simultaneous detection of gravitational and electromagnetic waves from the merging of two neutron stars, 130 million light years away.

December 31, 2017

Leave UFOs and aliens to scientists

The Pentagon has just reignited the debate over unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and extra-terrestrials (ETs) by admitting that it funded a secret program on UFOs from 2007 to 2012.

December 22, 2017