Two years ago, rocket engineer Diana Alsindy typed a seemingly straightforward query in Arabic on Google: “Why do satellites not fall from the sky?” she asked.
Her search returned zero answers.
But when Alsindy typed the same phrase in English, she was inundated with pages upon pages of information.
“There were hundreds of articles, with videos and illustrations and graphics,” says the Baghdad-born Alsindy, a propulsion engineer at Boeing in California.
“[Arabs] were pioneers in maths, astronomy, calligraphy … and so many of the technologies we use to this day were discovered by Arab scientists and engineers. And it seems like we kind of