Iran's New Space Rocket, Taharat -1 Ready for Launch

Leonardo DiCaprio & Lake Urmia

He said on his insta: A dilapidated ship dock remains on dried up Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran. It used to be the biggest salt lake in the Middle East, but it now contains five percent of the amount of water it did two decades ago due to climate change, dam construction and decrease in precipitiation.


Persian Philosophers Text Describes A Supernova In 1006 AD

German scientists have discovered text that was written by Ibn Sina (he was a famous Persian philosopher). This new text shares the 11th Century scholar’s sighting of a supernova back in 1006 AD. The year was 397 according to the Islamic Hijri calendar when Ibn Sina (called Avicenna in Latin) describes witnessing the event right before his eyes.

Ibn Sina was a Persian physician as well as a philosopher who is to this day named the most influential medieval Islamic philosopher/scientist in the world. Scientists who studied the writings estimate the text was written when Ibn Sina was in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan or present day Iran. It is most likely that he was located in Uzbekistan.

Upon translation, researchers found Ibn Sina writing about tailless objects, setting it apart from other common objects found in the sky. He says the new star was becoming dimmer and dimmer until it completely disappeared. At first, Ibn Sina writes, it was a dark and green color and then sparks were thrown and the color white filled the space.


Is Iran Preparing for a Satellite Launch?

This footage, which was captured on March 2, 2016 by UrtheCast's Iris camera from the exterior of the International Space Station, shows heightened activity at Iran's Imam Khomeini space center, company representatives say.

Credit: UrtheCast


FM-2030 was an author, teacher, transhumanist philosopher, futurist, consultant and athlete.

FM-2030 was born Fereidoun M. Esfandiary (Persian: فریدون اسفندیاری‎‎).

He became notable as a transhumanist with the book Are You a Transhuman?: Monitoring and Stimulating Your Personal Rate of Growth in a Rapidly Changing World, published in 1989. In addition, he wrote a number of works of fiction under his original name F.M. Esfandiary.

The son of an Iranian diplomat, he travelled widely as a child, living in 17 countries by age 11; then, as a young man, he represented Iran as a basketball player at the 1948 Olympic Games in London and served on the United Nations Conciliation Commission for Palestine from 1952 to 1954.

In the mid-1970s F.M. Esfandiary legally changed his name to FM-2030 for two main reasons. Firstly, to reflect the hope and belief that he would live to celebrate his 100th birthday in 2030; secondly, and more importantly, to break free of the widespread practice of naming conventions that he saw as rooted in a collectivist mentality, and existing only as a relic of humankind's tribalistic past.

He viewed traditional names as almost always stamping a label of collective identity—varying from gender to nationality—on the individual, thereby existing as prima facie elements of thought processes in the human cultural fabric, that tended to degenerate into stereotyping, factionalism, and discrimination. In his own words, Conventional names define a person's past: ancestry, ethnicity, nationality, religion.

 I am not who I was ten years ago and certainly not who I will be in twenty years. [...] The name 2030 reflects my conviction that the years around 2030 will be a magical time. In 2030 we will be ageless and everyone will have an excellent chance to live forever. 2030 is a dream and a goal.

On July 8, 2000, FM-2030 died from pancreatic cancer and was placed in cryonic suspension at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, where his body remains today.

Published works:

The Day of Sacrifice (1959)
The Beggar (1965)
Identity Card (1966)

Martin Haug one of the founders of Iranian studies

(1827-1876) Oriental scholar and one of the founders of Iranian studies. His contributions to Old and Middle Iranian studies remained influential well into the twentieth century.

The result of his researches in Poona was the volume Essays on the sacred language, writings and religion of the Parsees (Bombay, 1862), of which a new edition, by E. W. West, greatly enriched from the posthumous papers of the author, appeared in 1878.

Haug published a number of other works of considerable importance to the student of the literatures of ancient India and Persia. They include:

Die Pehlewisprache und der Bundehesch (1854)
Die Schrift und Sprache der zweiten Keilschriftgattung (1855)
Die fünf Gathas, edited, translated and expounded (1858–1860)
an edition, with translation and explanation, of the Aitareya Brahnsana of the Rigveda (Bombay, 1863), which is accounted his best work in the province of ancient Indian literature
A Lecture on an original Speech of Zoroaster (1865)
An old Zend-Pahlavi Glossery (1867)


First page of Omar Khayyam’s pioneering Algebra Manuscript

First page of Omar Khayyam’s pioneering Algebra Manuscript (a treatise on cubic equations and conic sections) - 1070.

Omar Khayyam was a Persian mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, and poet, who is widely considered to be one of the most influential scientists of all time. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy.

Ernst Emil Herzfeld – a German Iranologist

Ernst Emil Herzfeld (23 July 1879 – 20 January 1948) was a German archaeologist and Iranologist.

 1923–25 he started explorations in Persia and described many of the countries' most important ruins for the first time. In 1925 he moved to Tehran and stayed there most of the time until 1934. He was instrumental in creating a Persian law of antiquities and excavated in the Achaemenid capitals Pasargadae and Persepolis.

He left Iran at the end of 1934 for a year in London, but never returned. In 1935, he was forced to leave his position in Germany because of his Jewish descent, and became a faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for Advanced Study from 1936 to 1944. He died in Basel, Switzerland in 1948.

Iranian Jews from Contributions to the anthropology of Iran

Iranian Jews from Contributions to the anthropology of Iran.

Author: Field, Henry, 1902-; Field Museum of Natural History.

Astrolabe, Isfahan, Persia

Astrolabe, Isfahan, Persia, brass, ca. 1620 (Safavid Dynasty). Exhibit from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. Photography was permitted without restriction; exhibit is old enough so that it is in the public domain.