Iraq reopens Nassiriya museum to visitors after 25 years

Nassiriya Museum has reopened for the first time since its closure in 1991 after it was looted during a Shi’ite uprising in southern Iraq. Built in 1969, the museum was pillaged and destroyed during the uprising, prompting the then government of Saddam Hussein to close the facility and move remaining artifacts to Baghdad. Situated in the southern city of Nassiriya, the museum is the second largest in Iraq after Baghdad’s Iraq Museum. It has more […]

Philippines Observes Earth Hour with 170 Countries

Proving that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big, WWF’s Earth Hour kicked-off at 8:30PM last night with celebrations in over 7000 hubs across 170 countries. The Quezon City Memorial Circle hosted the Philippines’ main event. Clad in glow-in-the-dark costumes, thousands danced and celebrated climate change solutions in one of the country’s largest Zumba® gatherings. The ninth edition of Earth Hour crossed 24 time zones […]

Life goes swimmingly for newborn hippo

The San Diego Zoo on Tuesday (March 24) announced the birth of a hippopotamus and, so far, things appear to be going swimmingly. The birth of the hippo took place around 6:30 AM Monday (March 23). The sex of the animal is yet to be determined. Animal keepers are keeping a close eye on the mother and calf, which appears to be nursing and doing well. The mother, 30-year-old Funani, also gave birth last year, […]

Archaeologists find ruins of possible Nazi hideout deep in Argentine jungle

Deep in Argentina’s lush northern jungle, archaeologists have discovered the ruins of what may have originally been a Nazi safe haven. Researchers from the University of Buenos Aires decided to investigate the site, located near the Paraguay border in the province of Misiones, where local legend has it that Adolf Hitlers’s private secretary, Martin Bormann once lived. The archaeologists dismissed Bormann’s residency as untrue, saying Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) tests on a skeleton found in Berlin […]

Candy shop attempts world record for largest peanut butter cup

A Los Angeles candy shop claims it set a Guinness World Record on Saturday (March 21). The Candy Factory in North Hollywood used a kiddie pool as a mold for melted chocolate and peanut butter in an attempt to make the world’s largest peanut butter cup. The owners told local media they poured more than 440 pounds (199kg) of ingredients into the peanut butter cup, which would beat the previous world record by 190 pounds […]

Arab robot contest held in Jordan

Around 500 students from across the Arab world took part in a two day robotics competition in Jordan. The event was organized by the Arab Robotics Association and held at the Dead Sea’s King Hussein Bin Talal Convention Centre. The participants, aged between 9 and 25 years old, came from Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Palestine, Lebanon, Yemen and Oman. Organizer said the aim was to make science interesting for […]

Awareness push for World Tuberculosis Day

Ahead of the World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling for global solidarity and action to support a new 20-year strategy which aims to end the global tuberculosis epidemic. Recent years have seen significant progress in the fight against TB, with over 37 million lives saved, but WHO reminds that much more needs to be done. In 2013, 9 million people fell ill with TB, almost half a million […]

Auto show displaying high end cars, bikes begins in Chennai

A four-day automobile exhibit, ‘Auto Circuit’, kicked off in India’s southern Chennai city on Thursday (March 19). High-end and luxury cars and bikes were displayed at the event, which was flagged off by Alisha Abdullah, the first woman National Racing Champion. Automobiles of several luxury brands, including Jaguar, Land Rover, Mini Cooper, Mercedes-Benz, Harley Davidson, Honda, etc have been displayed. “This is like directly going and if you want to test-drive, you can take test-drive […]

Bulgari unveils “intelligent watch” at Swiss watch and jewellery expo

Luxury jeweler and watchmaker Bulgari unveiled its first “intelligent watch” on Wednesday (March 18) at the Baselworld watch and jewelry show. The watch, called the Bulgari Diagono Magnesium watch, fitted with a microchip and near field communication (NFC) technology which unlocks doors as well as gives access to confidential information contained in the user’s mobile phone such as passwords and credit card details. Bulgari CEO, Jean Christophe Babin, insisted the watch is not a smart […]

Scientists collect data from giant Stingray

Footage shot on (March 6) during the making of wildlife program Ocean Mysteries, shows scientists examining a Giant Whiptail Stingray found in the Mae Klong River, Thailand. The creature measures over fourteen feet long, eight feet wide and weighed over eight hundred pounds. According to wildlife presenter Jeff Corwin, the ray may be the largest freshwater fish ever captured. “So we’re here in this incredible river system in Thailand. I’m with my good friend Dr […]