Wednesday , 19 December 2018

Science & Tech

Supporting grassroots innovation: Facts and Figures

Adrian Smith and colleagues explore grassroots innovations, their potential for development and challenges facing practitioners. Turning ideas into new products, services or practices often requires systematic steps in a process of innovation. Conventional policies for promoting innovation link entrepreneurial firms, science institutes, investors and policymakers, and aim to keep up with advancements in promising technologies. But innovation also takes place below …

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Technical creativity needs nurturing at the grassroots

Efforts to promote sustainable development must tap into technologies developed locally, driven by community needs and priorities. The products of modern science and technology (S&T), from chemical pesticides to carbon-emitting combustion engines, are frequently blamed —with some justification — for the unsustainable use of the planet’s resources. At the same time S&T offers a variety of tools for sustainable development — …

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ArabiaShop selects Tensator Virtual Assistant to greet show visitors

ArabiaShop, the Middle East’s only trade fair for marketing-at-retail professionals, has chosen the Tensator Virtual Assistant to greet visitors to its inaugural exhibition. The next-generation digital signage solution will be showcased in the registration area of the show, which takes place from 8 – 10 May 2012. Designed by international queue management specialist Tensator, the Virtual Assistant uses the latest …

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Brazil approves latest Forest Code

After two years of negotiations, the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies has approved the country’s controversial ‘Forest Code’. The legislationregulates land use and allows for the creation of boundaries within which native vegetation should be preserved. Changes to the legislation were first proposed ten years ago, and a decision in March was delayed (see Delay for Brazil’s Forest Code in Spanish). This week (25 …

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Africa Analysis: Taking charge of university fundraising

Stunning fundraising success at Stellenbosch University is a model for others in Africa, but leadership is crucial, says Linda Nordling. Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa has achieved a feat that could change how African universities view their financial plight. Last month, the university announced it has attracted record investment from external sources amid the global economic downturn — showing what is possible …

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Tsunami forecast models ‘too simple’, say researchers

  Tsunami forecasting could be significantly improved if the computer models used to predict wave behaviour were to incorporate data on the waves’ complex behaviour as they come into shore and break, according to researchers. Writing in a themed issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, the researchers describe the current state of tsunami dynamics and forecasting, and suggest policy changes aimed at …

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Global biodiversity panel launched

A global science assessment panel for biodiversity, modelled on the International Panel on Climate Change, was launched in Panama City earlier this month (21 April). The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystems (IPBES) was agreed to in June 2010 by more than 230 government representatives from more than 80 countries. Its aim is to influence global policy by providing policymakers with scientific assessments on …

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The PowerPot: New Technology Promises to Bring Electricity to the Developing World

To address this challenge, Power Practical, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has developed the PowerPot, a thermoelectric generator that doubles as a cooking vessel. When placed on a stove or fire it converts the transfer of heat into electricity. This makes it useful for charging phones, meaning it could be a literal life saver. Designed for use over an open …

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Rio+20 talks ‘too focused on techno fixes’, UN hears

The conviction that new technologies will solve the world’s environmental and social problems has overly dominated early negotiations leading up to the Rio+20 summit in Brazil in June, a UN General Assembly meeting has heard. Mentions of technology were “almost endless” in the first draft of the outcome document, known as the ‘zero draft’, according to Pat Mooney, executive director of the Action Group on …

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CIOs to Meet at an Annual Summit in Dubai by Fleming Gulf Conferences

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2012 –(PR.com)– Middle East businesses are now investing in technology and are considering the role of the CIO to ensure stability across all processes within the organisation from the back office to the front office. The challenge in today’s organisations is to create value for all businesses through technology. In 2012, will CIOs regard …

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