Sunday, August 8, 2010

New 7 Wonders of the World

hile browsing through the internet I ha
ve found an interesting article in wiki, the new Seven Wonders of the World. I think this is a great topic to share with you guys. According to the article this is a project to find and update a new 7 wonders of the world that can replace the ancient findings. Before we start to the new 7 wonders, lets me introduce the ancient wonders. You guys may have been heard of them or may be not. Let me introduce them one by one.

The Great Pyramid of Giza

It was built 2560 BC and believed to be the tomb of the fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu.It was constructed over 20 years of period.

The hanging garden of Babylon

They were built in the ancient city Babylon which presently known as Al-Hillah, Babil, in Iraq. It was built by Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar II around 600 BC. This ancient wonder cannot be seen physically due to it destruction by the earthquake throughout the years. Figure is just the illustration by the artist.

The statue of Zeus at Olympia

It was sculptured by the Greek sculptor Phidias around 432 BC in the Temple of Zeus, Olympia, Greece. It was destroyed by Caligula the Roman Emperor.

The Temple of Artemis

The Temple of Artemis which is also known as the Temple of Diana that was built for the Greek’s goddess was completed around 550 BC in Turkey. Now the only remainder of this Temple is its pillars and foundation. The figure is the model of the temple in Miniature Park, Istanbul, Turkey.

Mausoleum of Halicarnassus

This is the tomb of Mausolus, a satrap in Persian Empire and Artemisia II of Caria, his wife and sister. It was built between 353 and 350 BC. Figures is an illustration by Marten Hermskerk and the remaining of the tomb. This Tomb was built in Halicarnassus, presently known as Bodrum, Turkey.

Colossus of Rhodes

The Colossus of Rhodes was a statue of the Greek god Helios, erected in the city of Rhodes on the Greek island of Rhodes by Chares of Lindos between 292 and 280 BC. Before its destruction it is the tallest statue that stood over 30 meters high. Figure shown is the drawing of this statue.

The Lighthouse of Alexandria

The Lighthouse of Alexandria, also known as the Pharos of Alexandria, was a tower built between 280 and 247 BC on the island of Pharos at Alexandria, Egypt to guide sailors into the harbor at night. With a height variously estimated at between 393 and 450 ft (120 and 140 m), it was for many centuries among the tallest man-made structures. Figure is an illustration of the lighthouse.

Among all of the seven wonders of the ancient world, only one that still remains, that is the Great Pyramid of Giza. Will it be one of the new 7 wonders of the world? Well let me continue and see whether the great Pyramid of Giza still listed.

In order to find or announce the new 7 wonders of the world, votes have been collected throughout the world to choose 7 from 21 top listed wonders of the world. The winners of the new 7 wonders of the world are as followings.
  1. Taj Mahal
  2. Chichen Itza
  3. Christ the Redeemer
  4. Coliseum
  5. Great Wall of China
  6. Machu Picchu
  7. Petra
To know more about them you guys need to wait for my upcoming post that will come soon. The other 14 nominated wonders are:
  1. Acropolis of Athens
  2. Alhambra
  3. Angkor Wat
  4. Eiffel Tower
  5. The Great Pyramid of Giza – well at least it is in the top 20
  6. Hagia Sophia
  7. Kiyomizu-dera
  8. Moai
  9. Red Square
  10. Neuschwanstein
  11. Statue of Liberty
  12. Stonehenge
  13. Sydney Opera House
  14. Timbuktu
I will choose some of them to be reviewed in my upcoming post after I finished reviewing the new 7 wonders of the world. Stay tuned and enjoy your reading.

*Note: pictures were taken from wikipedia

Say cheese....

[It has been a long time since the last book review. I have been busy lately with my new job. From now on maybe I will not post as often as before. But no worry, I will try my best to update new reviews for you guys. Okay for starter after a long silence let me share this little snippet.

Cheese.. not all people likes to eat cheese but most of us love it. We even sometimes said it when we took a picture, "say cheese...". Saying the word itself can bring smile on our face. This time I will share about the "Manufacturing process of cheese". Let us start with where the cheese comes from. Cheese was not made by itself but it is produced by milk. It can come from cows, goats, ewes, or other mammals. But the one that we eat today mostly comes from cow’s milk.

Cheese is one of the world’s oldest food products. Cheese was first discovered thousands of years ago when nomadic herdsmen stored their milks in vessels made from the sheep’s and goat’s stomachs. Because their stomach linings contained an ideal mix of lactic acid, wild bacteria as milk contaminants and rennet, the milk would ferment and coagulate. This will finally result the production of cheese.

What is it in this cheese that is good for us? Cheese is a very high protein food and it is an ideal nutritional replacement for meat in a vegetarian diet. It is rich in the essential amino acids, calcium, protein, phosphorus, other minerals and vitamins, and has a high calorific value. A 30-gram (1.1 oz) serving of Cheddar cheese contains about 7 grams (0.25 oz) of protein and 200 milligrams of calcium. Nutritionally, cheese is essentially concentrated milk: it takes about 200 grams (7.1 oz) of milk to provide that much protein, and 150 grams (5.3 oz) to equal the calcium (taken directly from the source).

Figure shows the manufacturing process flow on the cheese production. But this flow is just the basic and may differ between each manufacturer depending on the type and quality of the cheese that we can get in the market today. Well that is all that I can share in this short snippet. You guys can read further in “Manufacturing process of cheese” that was written by ‘Mark Angelo’. Have a happy reading and till we meet again in the next review.

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Miracle of Creation in Plants

hat is the purpose Allah makes the plants? Actually without the plants, we and any other being that rely on oxygen for breathing will have a difficulty in living. Plants are a major producer of oxygen. We and the plants need each other in order to survive. Why is that? It is because plants take in carbon dioxide and release out oxygen while human breath in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide.

To tell a story about plants let me start with how are their reproductive system works. Plants have the most effective reproductive system compared to other being. Some of them can easily multiply by having its stalk cut and placed in the ground. Some of them just use the insect and birds as their reproduction agent. For example most of the flowers that can produce nectar will spread their pollen to the bees or butterflies. This way the male pollen can be transferred to the female flower for reproduction.

Now let me tell you how the plants make their food. Plants obtain or produce their food by themselves. The process of producing food by plants is call photosynthesis. The processes occur in the leaf of the plant. Main ingredient to make their food is the sun, nutrition from the soil, water, and last but not least carbon dioxide. It is during this photosynthesis process that the releases of oxygen occur.

You must be asking how it is possible for the leaves to absorb nutrient from the soil. Well it not. It is the root that absorbs the nutrient from the soil along with the water. In a plant there is a pumping system that is sufficient enough to pump the water that is full with nutrient from the soil and spread it through out the entire plant including the leaves.

Isn’t it a miracle that Allah created plants in this world? It is certainly is. I found it interesting the way the writer wrote about this topic. Yes, the knowledge I shared I got it from a book. The writer of this book is ‘HarunYahya’. The title of this book is “The Miracle of Creation in Plants”. If you have read my previous book reviews you must already knew that this writer always write books to oppose the theory of evolution, which includes this book. At the last chapter of the book you guys will have an expose on why the theory of evolution is just a theory that was made by the man who act like a god, the man who believe that everything was not created but an evolution, and the man who have no faith in God. This man is no one but only Charles Darwin.

Happy reading and increase you knowledge, Assalamualaikum.