Friday , 19 October 2018

Science & Tech

Syrian uprising takes toll on scientific community

The civil unrest that erupted in Syria in March last year has left the country’s scientific community in turmoil, researchers say. Heavy cuts have been made to research budgets, and work at the majority of Syria’s universities and research centres has ground to a halt. Syria has four large universities with a strong science and technology focus. Three of these institutions — Al-Baath, …

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Oman: 12 Irish Universities at GHEDEX 2012

Muscat: From a global viewpoint, Oman is an emerging market with economic and social development taking place at a fast pace. In an age where access to information and higher education play a vital role in speeding up the process of development in a country, Oman is making its mark. Aimed at providing students with the best higher education opportunities …

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Abu Dhabi: Thuraya to Participate in 28th National Space Symposium in US

Abu Dhabi, 16th April 2012: Thuraya , the leading international mobile satellite operator will be a key participant at the premier US space policy and program forum, the 28th National Space Symposium. A delegation led by Thuraya ‘s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Samer Halawi will be representing the Company that has market leadership in mobile satellite handhelds, with a 60 percent market share within its coverage …

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Indigenous Brazilian tribe certified to trade carbon credits

Brazil’s Paiter Suruí community has become the first indigenous group in the country to receive international certification to sell carbon credits in return for protecting and restoring forests in their Amazonian territory. The Suruí community, which numbers around 1300 people, was first contacted by outsiders in 1968. Over the past decade, with assistance from environmental advocates, they have conducted a sophisticated campaign …

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Artemisinin resistance emerged on Thai-Myanmar border ‘years ago’

A new study has shown that resistance to artemisinin – a front-line malaria treatment –developed in parasites along the border between Thailand and Myanmar at least eight years ago, and is threatening initiatives to reduce the global burden of the disease. Resistance to other key malaria drugs is knownto have spread from Cambodia into Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, leading to millions of deaths. …

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BRIC science profiles ‘more like the G7’

The pattern of science publishing in the emerging economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China (the ‘BRICs’) is becoming increasingly similar to that in developed G7 countries, the Chinese Academy of Sciences has reported. Researchers sampled articles published across a wide range of disciplines in 1991, 2000 and 2009, and found that the output from the BRICs shifted steadily to more closely …

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Islam Analysis: Discover what drives efficient innovation

Several Muslim countries rank among the world’s most efficient innovators. They must build on this success, says Athar Osama. Ever since the global business school INSEAD (Institut Européen d’Administration des Affaires)started producing the Global Innovation Index reports in 2007, Islamic countries have performed rather unremarkably. In the last three years, for instance, the top-3 performers have been the United Arab Emirates (ranked 24th …

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AID POLICY: Does private money buy independence?

Private donors are growing steadily more important to global aid, contributing one-quarter of the estimated US$73.9 billion spent on emergency assistance from 2006 to 2010. Among the favourable factors in private funding are independence from the political motivations of donors, being able to react fast, and the opportunity to focus on forgotten crises. But the lack of tracking creates an …

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UAE: Comguard Strengthens Its Security Offering with Solera Networks

Dubai, UAE, 12th April 2012 – Comguard , a Dubai based leading value added distributor for IT security products and solutions in the Middle East and North Africa region, today announced that it has added Security Intelligence and Analytics vendor Solera Networks, to compliment its broad security solutions portfolio in the Middle East region. Together, ComGuard and Solera Networks will deliver advanced security solutions that …

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Game approach to improve outbreak modelling skills

A game aimed at teaching mathematicians and epidemiologists to understand and handle complex data generated by disease outbreaks has been developed by US researchers, according to a story in Science NOW. Muizenberg Mathematical Fever (MMF) was designed by Steve Bellan, an ecologist at the University of California, Berkeley, and Juliet Pulliam, from the University of Florida, and tested at a workshop on epidemiology modelling in South …

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