🍵 The Friday Gahwa #1 - Ramadhan, Ruby, DNA, Atomic Habits, Memories

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19 Lessons learned from Juz 1 of the Quran – المٓ

Productivity | AYEINA | 16th April 2021

This article is a one stop read which summarises the lessons and reflections from Juz 1 of the Qur’an, one baby step at a time. Beautifully summarised reflections which highlight the importance of Tawheed, importance of knowledge and application , how to unlock a sealed heart, remedies of hypocrisy and more. (2300 words)

19 Lessons learned from Juz 1 of the Quran - المٓ | AYEINA
Lessons learned from Juz 1 after studying, listening, revising and reflecting upon 19 set of verses each week in our Qur’anic reflections series.

DNA - The Ancient Secret Inside Us

Science | STEM | HoodNScience | 16th April 2021

In this little chit chat with you, the author spills some beans about an age old scripture that has been passed on from generations to generations, and to finally us. It contains all our information we can possibly think of- how we look, the diseases hiding within us, everything about our parents, and their parents, and our children. That’s a lot more information than FBI can ever gather.  This information loaded molecule within us is called DNA! (2063 words)

DNA – The Ancient Secret Inside Us
Difficulty level : Basic Hello Hoodbuds! I am so excited to jot my very first blog post and share little science secrets, that I have stumbled across, with you guys! *shhshh* All you have to do is to STOP doing whatever work you are banging your head against, lie on a comfy couch, grab some … DNA – …

The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations

Science | Quanta Magazine | 16th April 2021

Some populations of neurons simultaneously process sensations and memories. New work shows how the brain rotates those representations to prevent interference. To represent current and past stimuli simultaneously without mutual interference, the brain essentially “rotates” sensory information to encode it as a memory. (1439 words)

The Brain ‘Rotates’ Memories to Save Them From New Sensations
Some populations of neurons simultaneously process sensations and memories. New work shows how the brain rotates those representations to prevent interference.

Hello Ruby!

Tech | Coding | Hello Ruby | 16th April 2021

Hello Ruby is the world’s most whimsical way to learn about technology, computing and coding. It is all about curiosity, playfulness and logic. This article helps kids learn about computers, programming and technology through these free, fun activities. (1700 words)

Play | Hello Ruby
Welcome to the whimsical world of computing. Hello Ruby is a children’s book and an app that teaches programming fundamentals through stories and kid-friendly activities. It’s suited for kids between 5 and 8 (but even adults might learn something new).

Atomic Habits

Productivity | Book Review | Ali Abdaal | 16th April 2021

This article is a short summary of the book Atomic Habits by James Clear. Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy. Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving--every day. This book does a great job of laying down the framework of how habits are formed, and shares insightful strategies for building good habits and breaking bad ones. (3900 words)

Atomic Habits by James Clear: Summary with Notes & Highlights
Time magnifies the margin between success and failure. It will multiply whatever you feed it. Good habits make time your ally. Bad habits make time your enemy.

Thought of the day:


It is reported that Al-Nuʿmān b. Bashīr – Allāh be pleased with him – said during a sermon he was delivering in Homs:

Total destruction lies in doing bad deeds during a time of calamity and tribulation.

Ibn Abī Al-Dunyā, Al-ʿUqūbāt article 327


Poem of the day:


The Elephant

An elephant slept in his bunk,
And in slumber his chest rose and sunk.
But he snored — how he snored!
All the other beasts roared,
So his wife tied a knot in his trunk.

-Anonymous


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