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Dark Energy

The Nobel Prize for Physics has just been offered to the three scientists, Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt and Adam Riess, who found evidence in 1998 that the expansion of the universe was accelerating. It was Edwin Hubble who first showed that the universe was...

Trekking around Mt Sinai

You should include Wadi Itlah in any walk. It lies below the cliff wall that rises so precipitously out of the village of Katrine. Because it’s at a lower elevation, it receives all the run off from the High Mountains and remains perpetually green. This wadi has the...

The International Space Station

A stunning picture was released last month of the American space-shuttle, Endeavour, docked with the International Space Station, photographed by an Italian astronaut as he left the space station in a Russian Soyuz space capsule, a fabulous tribute to international...

Insect-plant ecosystem of the Sinai Milkweed

When driving through South Sinai you may be excused for thinking it a dull and lifeless place, but you would be wrong, it just needs a subtle shift of focus. Go and inspect any desert plant and you will find an alternative universe, thronged with insects of...

The Baton Blue Butterfly

It’s the world’s smallest butterfly, no larger than a thumbnail, and it’s only found on Mt Sinai and a few surrounding peaks. With such a tiny distribution, its survival is at risk from any disturbance to its habitat. Being endemic to Egypt and endangered, it has...