18 January 2015 21:03
Researchers say that the eyes of a type of a tiny deep-sea crustacean are comprised of two rows of 16 distinct red retinas to see better in the dark.
According to Smithsonian Science website, a detailed study into the marine crustacean Paraphronima gracilis’ unique eye was published in the Current Biology journal on Thursday, by its lead author Jamie Baldwin Fergus.
7 January 2015 16:37
Sunni’ism and Shi’ism are the two major branches of Islam. Shias make up the majority of the population in Iran, Iraq, and Bahrain, and a politically significant minority in Lebanon.
A good approximation is that somewhere between 70 to 80 percent of the 1.6 billion Muslims in the world are Sunnis.
Iran’s population, in contrast to the Muslim World, has overwhelmingly more...
16 November 2014 16:46
Celebrated Iranian filmmaker Majid Majidi has been named as the president of the jury panel at the 33rd Fajr International Film Festival.
The Oscar-nominated director Majidi is slated to head the jury at the upcoming festival in February 2015.
As an internationally acclaimed film director and screenwriter, Majidi has produced films depicting many themes and genres.
Born in 1959, Majidi started his...
16 November 2014 16:32
Iran plans to offer the historical Alamut Fortress to UNESCO for a possible inscription on the World Heritage list of the UN organization.
Located in Alamut region in Iran’s Qazvin Province, the castle is a mountain structure built on a massive rock in an altitude of 2,100 meters above sea level.
The fabled ruin of Alamut Castle owns historical significance dating...
12 November 2014 0:04
Iranian short animation, The Kitten, directed by Shiva Sadeq-Assadi, has been screened at the 2014 Klik! Amsterdam Animation Festival in the Netherlands.
The 11-mintue animation was projected at the 7th edition of the festival as Iran’s only representative.
The film depicts the world of a little girl whose parents are unresponsive to their daughter’s emotions and dreams.
The Kitten competed with other works...
9 November 2014 11:37
Iranian director Behrouz Bagheri’s animated short film, The Hard Dream, has bagged award at the 7th Annual Noor Iranian Film Festival (NIFF) in Los Angeles.
Bagheri’s second production in short films, The Hard Dream, received the Best Animation award of the festival.
The drama depicts the story of a robot, working in a repair garage, who wishes to become a human.
4 November 2014 11:41
Tasua services are held a day before the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the grandson of Prophet Mohammad.
Millions of black-clad mourners have been holding ceremonies across Iran as well as Iraq, Pakistan, Azerbaijan Republic and Lebanon. Mourning processions will also be held in Europe, America and Africa later in the day.
During Muharram, Iranian people across the country...
3 November 2014 16:40
The 8th edition of Varesh International Short Film Festival is slated to be held in the north Iranian province of Mazandaran.
A number of eminent artists and filmmakers from Iran and Caspian Sea countries will participate in the festival.
The films at the event will contend for awards in two national and international sections.
The international section of the festival is dedicated to...
1 November 2014 14:33
Fifteen Iranian children have received awards at the 9th International Art Contest for Children, themed "Rainbow".
Iranian children presenting 857 paintings contended for awards at the Romanian international competition which hosted 3,294 works of art from 27 countries.
Among the Iranians that received awards are First Prize medal winners Sepideh Taheri (10 years old) and Meysam Abdollahi (12 years old), Second Prize...
28 October 2014 15:03
Two Iranian screen productions have been nominated for awards at the 8th Grand Off World Independent Film Awards in Poland.
Nikan Nezami’s film A Little Farther entered the list of nomination for the Best Script Award of the festival.
The film narrates the story of a blind girl who travels with her friend to a miraculous fountain in a faraway village to...
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