Science & Tech

Egypt: Bacteria, plants tested in landmine deactivation method

[CAIRO] Egyptian researchers claim to have found a cheap, easy method for detecting and clearing landmines, using plants and bacteria. However, some experts are sceptical about the method, which they say faces major practical obstacles. The three-stage process for deactivating anti-personnel mines — landmines designed for use against humans — first detects the mine before corroding its cast-iron body and, finally, …

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Tunisia: Start Up Index – Unleashing the Potential of Local Innovation

Where do the most game-changing innovations occur? Sometimes, they don’t germinate in the executive boardroom but rather in a small company or even a garage. Think back to the humble beginnings of Apple’s Macintosh. The African Development Bank (AfDB) is looking to galvanize Tunisia’s entrepreneurial ecosystem with a particular focus on small IT businesses in its latest initiative to establish …

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Egypt sets a new course for its scientific efforts

[CAIRO] A year after the revolution, Egypt is drawing up a new strategy for promoting scientific research, aiming to harness the knowledge of its scientific diaspora, ease the commercialisation of research results, and protect technology imported from abroad.

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Wikipedia to be free on mobiles in Africa, Middle East

[NAIROBI] Millions of people in Africa and the Middle East will be able to benefit from free, unlimited access to the online encyclopaedia Wikipedia through their mobile phone, starting later this year.

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Egypt and UNECA ink IT deal

Egypt and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) have signed an agreement to boost and maintain cooperation on information and technology projects in Egypt and across the region.

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Egypt’s scientists savour post-revolution year

[CAIRO] Scientists have been reflecting on the astonishing gains that the Egyptian revolution has delivered them, as the first anniversary of Egypt’s Tahrir Square uprising approaches next week (25 January).

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Maroc Telecom deploys fiber cable to Spain

Moroccan mobile operator Maroc Telecom announced on Tuesday that it has begun deployment of an international high speed fiber optic cable between the North African country and Spain.

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Arab Science & Technology Foundation open office in Khartoum

Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) opened an office in the “Africa City of Technology ACT” in Khartoum

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Tunisia: Microsoft Engages Youth in Rural North-West

A group of approximately 105 Tunisian students gathered in Ain Draham (located in north-western Tunisia near the Algeria border) on the weekend of December 16th for a technological forum sponsored by Microsoft.

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Libya: 10 Percent of Seats Reserved for Women

Ten percent of the seats in a proposed Libyan constituent assembly will be reserved for women, a draft electoral law published on Monday said, triggering harsh reaction from a human rights watchdog.

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