Iran Khodro, the largest vehicle manufacturer in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Khodro

Iran Khodro Company (in Persian: ایران خودرو‎), also known as IKCO, is the leading Iranian vehicle manufacturer, with headquarters in Tehran.[5] The company’s original name was Iran National. IKCO was founded in 1962 and it produced 688,000 passenger cars in 2009.[6] IKCO manufactures vehicles, including Samand, Peugeot and Renault cars, and trucks, minibuses and buses…The company has become the largest vehicle manufacturer in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa.”

Also:
http://www.aljazeera.com/video/middleeast/2013/12/iran-auto-industry-sanctions-20131226134241245158.html

“Country wants to be one of top 10 automakers in the world by producing up to 3 million cars a year.”

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Amir Kabir dam in Karaj (North of Tehran)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amir_Kabir_Dam

Amir Kabir dam (Persian: سد امیر کبیر‎), also known as Karaj dam, is a dam in Iran, located 63 kilometres (39 mi) northwest of Tehran and 23 kilometres (14 mi) north of Karaj. Amir kabir Dam was constructed on the Karaj River, and was the first multi-purpose dam in Iran.”

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Maysam Ghovanloo develops system to control wheelchair with tongue

http://www.payvand.com/news/12/feb/1244.html

Maysam Ghovanloo, an Iranian engineer at the Georgia Institute of Technology (GIT), has developed the “Tongue Drive System” (TDS), a wireless, wearable device that allows the user to operate computers and control electric wheelchairs with movements of the tongue.

See also:
http://www.news.gatech.edu/features/tongue-drive-wheelchair
and
http://www.cis.fiu.edu/photo-gallery/v/SCS-Photos/lectures/Ghovanloo/

“Maysam Ghovanloo received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 1994 and the M.S. degree in biomedical engineering from the Amirkabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, in 1997. He also received the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI in 2003 and 2004, respectively. His Ph.D. research was on developing a modular wireless microsystem for Micromachined neural stimulating microprobes…In the summer of 2002, he was with the Advanced Bionics Inc., Sylmar, CA, working on the design and development of spinal-cord stimulators. From 2004 to 2007 he was an assistant professor at the Department of ECE in the North Carolina State University, Raleigh. In June 2007 he joined the faculty of Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, where he is currently an assistant professor at the School of ECE and the founding director of the GT-Bionics laboratory.”

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Iran at forefront of stem cell research

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/apr/15/iran-at-forefront-of-stem-cell-research/?page=all

“Though the world’s attention has focused on Iran’s advancing nuclear program, Iranian scientists have moved to the forefront in embryonic stem cell research, according to a recent joint study by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.”

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/27162/title/Iran-investing-in-stem-cells/

“Thirty years after the toppling of the Shah in Iran, the nation is undergoing another revolution of sorts. Iran is investing heavily in stem cell research, and despite researchers working with limited access to laboratory equipment and resources, the country may emerge as a scientific force to be reckoned with in the stem cell field.”

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Salome MC – Iran’s first female rapper

Salome Mc (Persian: سالومه, born 1985), is a female rap artist from Iran.[1]

Being questioned about being a female rapper in Iran, she mentioned in several interviews that she wouldn’t say she faced many chal­lenges just because she was a female. “I might be the first female rap­per to ever step in a stu­dio in Iran, yes, but from peo­ple around me I mostly got courage after they got over the sur­prise. The other chal­lenges that you might guess was there for my male coun­ter­parts too. Of course you get a cer­tain amount of sexist com­ments from lack of com­mon sense or edu­ca­tion, but that is a global prob­lem. “[5]

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female iranian rapper

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salome_MC

What Iranians Say Now About the US

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/22/opinion/sunday/what-iranians-say-now-about-the-great-satan.html?hpw&rref=opinion&_r=0&_r=0

“The reactions I received as an American traveling for 10 days in Tehran, Isfahan and Qum mirrored Iran’s politics and posture in this moment — there is a serious, even eager, interest in reconnecting with the West, even as Iranians struggle with three decades of poisoned relations…One important voice in advancing that transformation is Grand Ayatollah Youssef Saanei..He endorsed the nuclear deal and said that, “today the people in power in Iran and the people in power in the United States should forgive each other, should forget the past and start the friendship.””