Friday, December 29, 2006

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Eid Mubarak to all of you

50 Things We Know Now (That We Didn't Know This Time Last Year)

You go through life thinking you've got your head wrapped around the world and all of its knowable information.

Then one day you read that since 2005, scientists have discovered more than 50 new species of animals and plants on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo. These new members of the List of Animals We Previously Didn't Have a Clue About include a catfish with protruding teeth and suction cups on its belly that help it stick to rocks.

Go back for a second.

A bucktooth, rock-climbing catfish. With suckers.

We'll understand if at this point you wish that your brain were an Etch A Sketch so you could shake it clean and start over.

Even more mind-numbing: Tons of cool new discoveries wash ashore in the media tide each year but fall through the cracks, what with all the coverage of Britney Spears' undies and Tom Cruise's wedding.

Consider this list - culled from dozens of news stories from 2006 - your chance to catch up.

1. U.S. life expectancy in 2005 inched up to a record high of 77.9 years.

2. The part of the brain that regulates reasoning, impulse control and judgment is still under construction during puberty and doesn't shift into autopilot until about age 25.

3. Blue light fends off drowsiness in the middle of the night, which could be useful to people who work at night.

4. The 8-foot-long tooth emerging from the head of the narwhal whale is actually a type of sensor that detects changes in water temperature, pressure and particle gradients.

5. U.S. Protestant "megachurches" - defined as having a weekly attendance of at least 2,000 - doubled in five years to more than 1,200 and are among the nation's fastest-growing faith groups.

6. Cheese consumption in the United States is expected to grow by 50 percent between now and 2013.

7. At 68.1 percent, the United States ranks eighth among countries that have access to and use the Internet. The largest percentage of online use was in Malta, where 78.1 percent access the Web.

8. The U.S. government has paid about $1.5 billion in benefits to thousands of sick nuclear-weapons workers since 2001.

9. Scientists have discovered that certain brain chemicals in our tears are natural pain relievers.

10. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover wrote a drooling fan letter to Lucille Ball in 1955 to tell her how much he enjoyed an episode of "I Love Lucy." "In all the years I have traveled on trains," he noted, "I have often wondered why someone did not pull the emergency brake, but I have never been aboard a train where it was done. The humor in your program last Monday, I think, exceeded any of your previous programs and they have been really good in themselves."

11. Wasps spray an insect version of pepper spray from their heads to temporarily incapacitate their rivals.

12. A sex gene responsible for making embryos male and forming the testes is also produced by the brain region targeted by Parkinson's disease, a discovery that may explain why more men than women develop the degenerative disorder.

13. Ancient humans from Asia may have entered the Americas following an ocean highway made of dense kelp.

14. An impact crater 18 miles in diameter was found 12,500 feet under the Indian Ocean.

15. Americans spent almost $32 billion on toys during 2005. About a third of that was spent on video games.

16. A new planet described as a "super-Earth," which weighs 13 times as much as our planet, exists in a solar system 9,000 light-years away.

17. A gene for a light-sensitive protein in the eye is what resets the body's "internal clock."

18. Australian scientists discovered a polyrhachis sokolova, which is believed to be the only ant species that can live under water. It nests in submerged mangroves and hides from predators in air pockets.

19. Red wine contains anti-inflammatory chemicals that stave off diseases affecting the gums and bone around the teeth.

20. A substance called resveratrol, also found in red wine, protects mice from obesity and the effects of aging, and perhaps could do the same for humans.

21. Two previously unknown forms of ice - dubbed by researchers as ice XIII and XIV - were discovered frozen at temperatures of around minus 160 degrees Celsius, or minus 256 Fahrenheit.

22. The hole in the earth's ozone layer is closing - and could be entirely closed by 2050. Meanwhile, the amount of greenhouse gases is increasing.

23. Scientists discovered what they believe to be football-field-sized minimoons scattered in Saturn's rings that may be debris left over from a collision between a comet and one of Saturn's icy moons.

24. At least once a week, 28 percent of high school students fall asleep in school, 22 percent fall sleep while doing homework and 14 percent get to school late or miss school because they overslept.

25. Women gain weight when they move in with a boyfriend because their diet deteriorates, but men begin to eat more healthy food when they set up a home with a female partner.

26. Some 45 percent of Internet users, or about 60 million Americans, said they sought online help to make big decisions or negotiate their way through major episodes in their lives during the previous two years.

27. Of the 10 percent of U.S. teens who uses credit cards, 15.7 percent are making the minimum payment each month.

28. Around the world, middle-aged and elderly men tend to be more satisfied with their sex lives than women in the same age group, a new survey shows.

29. The 90-million-year-old remains of seven pack-traveling carnivorous dinosaurs known as Mapusaurus were discovered in an area of southern Argentina nicknamed "Jurassic Park."

30. A group of genes makes some mosquitoes resistant to malaria and prevents them from transmitting the malaria parasite.

31. A 145-million-year-old beach ball-sized meteorite found a half-mile below a giant crater in South Africa has a chemical composition unlike any known meteorite.

32. Just 30 minutes of continuous kissing can diminish the body's allergic reaction to pollen, relaxing the body and reducing production of histamine, a chemical cell given out in response to allergens.

33. Saturn's moon Titan features vast swaths of "sand seas" covered with row after row of dunes from 300 to 500 feet high. Radar images of these seas, which stretch for hundreds of miles, bear a stunning likeness to ranks of dunes in Namibia and Saudi Arabia.

34. Scientists have discovered the fastest bite in the world, one so explosive it can be used to send the Latin American trap-jaw ant that performs it flying through the air to escape predators.

35. Janjucetus Hunderi, a ferocious whale species related to the modern blue whale, roamed the oceans 25 million years ago preying on sharks with its huge, razor-sharp teeth.

36. DNA analysis determined the British descended from a tribe of Spanish fishermen who crossed the Bay of Biscay almost 6,000 years ago.

37. Marine biologists discovered a new species of shark that walks along the ocean floor on its fins.

38. Most of us have microscopic, worm-like mites named Demodex that live in our eyelashes and have claws and a mouth.

39. The common pigeon can memorize 1,200 pictures.

40. The queens of bee, ant and wasp colonies that have the most sex with the largest number of males produce the strongest and healthiest colonies.

41. By firing atoms of metal at another metal, Russian and American scientists found a new element - No. 118 on the Periodic Table - that is the heaviest substance known and probably hasn't existed since the universe was in its infancy.

42. A "treasure-trove" of 150-million-year-old fossils belonging to giant sea reptiles that roamed the seas at the time of the dinosaurs was uncovered on the Arctic island chain of Svalbard, about halfway between the Norwegian mainland and the North Pole.

43. Sleeping in on Saturday and Sunday can disturb your body clock, leaving you fatigued at the start of the week.

44. Migrating dragonflies and songbirds exhibit many of the same behaviors, suggesting the rules that govern such long-distance travel may be simpler and more ancient than was once thought.

45. During the past five years, the existence of a peanut allergy in children has doubled.

46. Photos taken of Mars in 1999 and 2005 show muddy sand, indicating there may have been a flood sometime between those years.

47. A python was the first god worshipped by mankind, according to 70,000-year-old evidence found in a cave in Botswana's Tosodilo hills.

48. Red wines from southwest France and Sardinia boast the highest concentrations of chemical compounds that promote heart health.

49. One of the most effective ways for athletes to recover after exercise is to drink a glass of chocolate milk.

50. Researchers from the University of Manchester managed to induce teeth growth in normal chickens - activating genes that have lain dormant for 80 million years.


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Wish you all near and dear ones the blessings of Allah.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Take That - Babe

I come to your door
to see you again
but where you once stood
was an old man instead
I asked where you'd be
he said
"she's moved on you see
all I have is a number
you'd better ask her not me"
so I picked up the phone
and dialled your number
not sure to put it down or speak
then a voice I once knew answered
in a sweet voice
she said hello and then paused
before I began to speak
babe (babe) I'm here again (I'm here again)
I tell you I'm here again (babe)
where have you been (where have you been)
babe (babe) I'm back again
I tell you I'm back again (babe)
where have you been

you held your voice well
there were tears I could tell
but where were you now
was you gonna tell me in time
just give me a town
and I'll be straight down

I've got so much to tell you
about where I have been
as I walk down your road
I can't wait to be near you

(I) I can't keep (I) the feeling inside
(I can't keep it inside)
as I stand at your door
you answer in a sweet voice
you say hello then pause
before I begin to speak

babe (babe) I'm here again (I'm here again)
I tell you I'm here again (babe)
where have you been (where have you been)
babe (babe) I'm back again
I tell you I'm back again (babe)
where have you been

as you looked away
I saw a face behind you
a little boy stood at your door
(boy stood at your door)
and when I looked again
I saw his face
was shining
he had my eyes (my eyes)
he had my smile (my smile)

babe (babe) I'm back again (I'm here again)
I tell you I'm back again (babe)
I'll be here for you
(where have you been)

babe (babe) please take me back (I'm back again)
take me back (babe)
back home again

babe (babe) please hold me close (I'm here again)
hold me close (babe)
like you used to do (where have you been)

babe (babe) just me and you (I'm back again)
you and me (babe)

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Biography: Dr.Areef Ibrahim Adham 1878-1935

An update on my late paternal grandfather whom I never met.
I thank Dr. Abushwereb who sent me this historical part about my gradfather. I also thank Dr.Ghazi Geblawi for introducing me to Dr. Abushwereb for without this I'd never have found any information about Dr.Areef – My Grandfather.
Taken from JMJ Jamahiriya Medical Journal
Published by The Libyan Board of Medical Specialities

Biography: Dr.Areef Ibrahim Adham . 1878-1935
Editor: A.K.Abushwereb .

Known as Dr.Arref a famous Libyan physician in the first half of the 19th century. He deserves presentation for his suffering and struggle through his life against unfavorable circumstances he had come across . Born in Dannon a district in Garian in 1878. As all children in his village he had to go to the Kittab then to the primary school after which he enrolled in the secondary military school in Bab-Elbahr /Tripoli. He was lucky to be granted a scholarship for university study, the faculty of medicine was his wish , he graduated in 1905 and on return to his homeland, he was appointed as a general physician in Municipality(Beladiye) Hospital in Sharaa Mezran (now Ali Hyder Saati primary school). He was looking after the general medicine ward for males and females, the main problems were related to gastrointestinal, respiratory and urinary systems. After 2 years of practice he was promoted to(Yuzbashi) captain. In October 1911, the Italian invasion started , Dr.Areef was one of hundreds deported to one of the Italian islands, after 2 years in the exile he returned to Tripoli, since he was an Ottoman employee he left to Istanbul, where he was appointed as a military regiment physician, and had to join the war in the Balkans.
War prisoner:
Dr.Areef was captured and treated as a war prisoner for few years , after he was sent to Jedda as director of the military Hospital, he was promoted there to (Bimbashi) major. The war broke out in the Middle-East between the Ottomans and the British troops, there again Dr.Areef was kept as a prisoner of war in Sidi Bishir/Alexandria camp of prisoners. After an agreement between the two countries he was received in Istanbul as a great champion, offered awards and promoted to (Emir liwa) marshal. Dr.Areef received many letters from his family and friends in Tripoli, urging him to return to his home-land where he was most wanted. In fact he was able to return to Tripoli in 1920. A happiness and joy could not be described to see his relatives and friends after ten years of separation. He lived in his family home in the old city, and not far, he started a private clinic, he married his first cousin and had five children .

Dr. Areef was appointed as a physician in the dispensary of the old city with the Italian Dr. Cortez, has made good reputation with the Libyan families and known society's elite persons. He then was appointed into school health services department as a school heath inspection, he had to visit schools for routine check-up to see the general health, vaccination status, and to treat the sick . Eye disease, trachoma in particular was very common, chest infection, gastroenteritis, malaria and tuberculosis were common problems, Diphtheria was a killing disease and many were left physically handicapped after polio infection. Dr. Areef arranged and supervised campaign to check vaccination status, reasons for defaulters and to pick ones with chronic disease . Until now many old people remember Dr. Areef, for example .
He used to call the whole class and examine each student in particular the general cleanliness, hair, mouth, eye, nails…..etc'' said one of students in 1940, He was elegant, respectable and attractive personality'' Dr.A. ''Ajeli'' Ahumble doctor, known for his sense of humor ''Mr A. Misheergi'' He was our neighbour and our family physician, his private clinic was in kushet-assuffar district .Dr F. kabazi. Dr. arref died in 1935, left five children and his wife. He was buried in Tripoli cemetery. The only gratuity had, is his photo-stamp by the general directorate of the Post and communication .

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

A Bride Among Us!

Aisha, a Libyan blogger, is getting married in few days. This is such a special occasion that we all ought to celebrate it with her. So, give it up to Aisha and Khaled.


P.S. Does anybody have the song مرحبا يالافية?

A New Member

Welcome Beacon editor of Tripoli Nights.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Map of Museums in Libya

These last days we have been very busy trying to find information about museums in Libya to ellaborate a map of museums in that country.

Unfortunately, the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM) is not including in its website information about Libyan Museums. However, they are wonderful institutions which specifically need of more visibility to be recognized as they should be in the international landscape. That is the reason why after an intense search in the Social Web, we have elaborated this map which gathers and places all museums we are aware of. Now, thanks to the Web2.0 tools, it is our pleasure to share this map of Libyan Museums with all of you.

Do not forget to check e-artcasting Photoproject and add your comments and tags to the image. Thanks to some comments at the Blog KhadijaTeri, we would have to improve some details and add more information to this. So, stay tuned because we will soon publish the changes. Besides, we are preparing a detailed compilation of online resources about the Jamahiriya Museum at Tripoli.

Images: lamusediffuse: Map of Museums in Libya, 2006

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A New Member

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Sunday, December 03, 2006

libyan fan

This is Funny stuff I bumped into while search the -YOUTUBE "my latest obsession" - for Libyan Videos

Saturday, December 02, 2006

أنتيبرجوس-- إسمها الحالي طبرق

أنتيبرجوس-- إسمها الحالي طبرق
وتقع دارنس "درنة" بمسافة 174كيلومترا و غرب بتراس مايور "البردي" بمسافة 120 كيلومترا وانتيبيرجوس ترجمتها:المدينة المقابلة لبيرجوس وهو أقدم اسم عرفت به المدينة وقد أطلقه عليها الاغريق وهو اسم مكون من مقطعين اولهمها أنتي ومعناها المقابل او المضاد او المواجه وثانيهما بيرجوس وهو اسم مدينة اغريقية تقع في منتصف السواحل الجنوبية لجزيرت كريت
من كتاب : الأسماء القديمة للمدن والقري الليبية - د.عبد السلام محمد شلوف

Antibrjos -- the current name Tobruk;
located Darns "Tubercle" a distance of 174 km to the west of Petras Major "Albrdy" a distance of 120 km and Antibergeos translation :city corresponding Bergos the oldest known by the name of the city was launched by the Greeks, a name consisting of two passages The First Anti and meaning counterparty or counter or front and the second is the name of PyrgosGreek city located in the middle of the southern coasts of Crete Land.

Friday, December 01, 2006