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Volume 2 Issue 5 | June 2007



Original Forum Editorial

Month in Review: Bangladesh
Month in Review: International
Where do we go from here? - - Rehman Sobhan
The folly of energy exports -- M. Firoze
Primary colours -- F. Salahuddin
Looking forward to a pro-poor budget -- Atiur Rahman
The banana war -- Philip Gain
14th Saarc summit: The way forward-- Farooq Sobhan
Making sense of water -- Iftekhar Iqbal
Photo Feature
Why are we so loyal to AL and BNP?-- Zahin Hasan
Drik Round-Table on Press Freedom-- Humaira Fatima Jalil
The case for bio-tech -- Ahmed A. Azad
Interview: Father Gaston Roberge-- Ahsan Habib and Amirul Rajiv
The mother tongue -- S.I. Zaman
It's no joke
Discovering the forbidden in Islamic architecture -- Rashida Ahmad
Science Snippets
Feminism for men --Rubaiyat Hossain
Published (defiantly) in the Streets of Dhaka -- Fakrul Alam
Bangladeshis: Moving with the times -- Rezaul Karim


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Galileo's lost lunar sketches
Galileo's forgotten watercolours of the moon showing lunar mountains and craters have been found after four hundred years, much to the surprise of scientists. The five lost paintings were unexpectedly discovered by historians in Galileo's own personal copy of Sidereus Nuncius (The Starry Wanderer), in which he presented his important discovery that the moon was not a smooth sphere but had an uneven surface just like the earth. Printed in Venice in 1610, the book was central to his argument that the earth revolved round the sun, which led to a dispute with the Vatican and his eventual imprisonment. Other known copies of the book contain engravings rather than paintings of the moon.

The red planet gets hotter
Mars is heating up. Comparing maps of the red planet's 'albedo' (the amount of light reflected off the surface) scientists believe the temperature has risen some 0.65C since the 1970s. The reason for this warming appears to be the greater exposure of dark rock -- that absorbs more sunlight -- on the surface of the planet, which in turn has been caused by increasing dust storms. There is debate as to whether the Martian polar ice caps could disappear altogether over the next centuries. While earth is also experiencing global warming, the two planets and their weather systems are fundamentally different.

Could football cause motor neurone disease?
British neuroscientists are asking if there could possibly be a link between football and motor neurone disease (MND) after finding three players on the same football team who developed the degenerative nerve disease, which normally only affects one in 50,000 annually. In Italy, it has also been noted that professional footballers were six times more likely to contract the fatal disease. Further studies could reveal whether repeated heading of the ball might be a factor leading to MND. However, motor neurones are found deep within the structure of the brain and spinal cord and for now scientists are puzzled.

-Forum Desk

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