Category Archives: Arts and Culture

Minister of Culture Meets Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs / Repeated Completed/

Doha, September 11 (QNA) – HE Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr. Hamad Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, met here on Thursday with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu.
They discussed means of enhancing cultural relations between the two c…

Minister of Culture Meets Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs / Repeated Completed/

Doha, September 11 (QNA) – HE Minister of Culture, Arts and Heritage Dr. Hamad Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari, met here on Thursday with Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlut Cavusoglu.
They discussed means of enhancing cultural relations between the two c…

UN reports: Ozone Layer Recovering but Remains Threatened

Geneva, September 11 (QNA) – The Earth’s protective ozone layer is on track to recover by the middle of the century, the United Nations today reported, urging unified action to tackle climate change and curb continued fluctuations to the composition of the atmosphere.

That is according to the assessment of 300 scientists in the summary document of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

The Ozone layer’s recovery, according to the scientists, is attributed to the collective action through the Montreal Protocol, which since 1987, has led countries to carry out policies to reduce and then phase out their use of ozone-depleting chemicals.

Without the Montreal Protocol and associated agreements, atmospheric levels of ozone depleting substances could have increased tenfold by 2050, according to the report.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host on 23 September at UN Headquarters in New York a summit in an effort to catalyze global action on climate change. (QNA)

China’s First Space Station to Be Established around 2022

Beijing, September 11 (QNA) – The deputy chief of China’s Manned Space Agency has announced an ambitious space program timetable building up to the country establishing its first space station around 2022.
Yang Liwei, also China’s first astronaut, sai…

Astronomers Find Companion Star to a Rare Supernova

Washington, September 10 (QNA) – Astronomers have discovered a companion star to a rare type of supernova using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.

The discovery confirms a long-held theory that the supernova, called SN 1993J, occurred inside what is called a binary system, where two interacting stars caused a cosmic explosion, NASA said Wednesday.

Professor of astronomy at University of California (UC) at Berkeley, Alex Filippenko said, “This is like a crime scene, and we finally identified the robber. The companion star stole a bunch of hydrogen before the primary star exploded.”
SN 1993J is an example of a Type IIb supernova, unusual stellar explosions that contains much less hydrogen than found in a typical supernova.

Astronomers believe the companion star took most of the hydrogen surrounding the exploding main star and continued to burn as a super-hot helium star.

“A binary system is likely required to lose the majority of the primary star’s hydrogen envelope prior to the explosion. The problem is that, to date, direct observations of the predicted binary companion star have been difficult to obtain since it is so faint relative to the supernova itself,” said lead researcher Ori Fox of UC Berkeley.

SN 1993J resides in the Messier 81 galaxy, about 11 million light-years away in the direction of Ursa Major, the Great Bear constellation. Since its discovery 21 years ago, scientists have been looking for the companion star.

Observations at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, suggested that the missing companion star radiated large amounts of ultraviolet (UV) light, but the area of the supernova was so crowded that scientists could not be sure they were measuring the right star.

The team combined optical light data and Hubble’s UV light images to construct a spectrum that matched the predicted glow of a companion star, also known as the continuum emission. Scientists were only recently able to directly detect this light, NASA said.

Astronomers estimate a supernova occurs once every second somewhere in the universe, yet they don’t fully understand how stars explode. Further research will help astronomers better understand the properties of this companion star and the different types of supernovae. (QNA)

HE Minister of Culture Meets Mexican Delegation

Doha, September 08 (QNA) – HE Minister of Culture Arts and Heritage Dr. Hamad bin Abdul Aziz Al Kuwari met Monday morning with a Mexican cultural delegation that is currently visiting Doha.
The delegation is chaired by Director of the Mexican Cultural…

Novel Ebola Vaccine Shows Potential in Monkey Trial

New York, September 07 (QNA) – An experimental Ebola vaccine has shown promise in a trial involving monkeys.
Based on the results of that trial, a two-shot version of the vaccine – which includes a “primer” that jumpstarts the immune system before the…

1,145 Dengue Fever Cases in S China

Guangzhou, September 07 (QNA) – A total of 1,145 dengue fever cases have been confirmed in south China’s Guangdong Province, with 31 in critical situation, according to a statement released by local health department.
Of the cases, 90 percent are conf…