Monday , 24 September 2018

Science & Tech

NGOs call for international regulation of synthetic biology

More than 100 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have called for greater international oversight of the emerging science of synthetic biology – including a moratorium on the release and commercial use of synthetic organisms and their products until the potential risks are fully understood. Synthetic biology is a broad term covering new approaches to the development of biological functions and systems that …

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Carbonised red mud can treat water cheaply

Red mud, a by-product of alumina industries, can be ‘carbonised’for safe handling and the resulting material can be used to treat water contaminated with heavy metals, say scientists. Red mud, so called for its reddish iron content, turns into ‘carbonised’ red mud (CRM) that isenriched with carbon when it is used as a catalyst for ‘cracking’ methane and other hydrocarbons into different products. …

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Qatar Foundation-F.C. Barcelona partnership channels launched in main social media

Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development has launched new social media channels focused on its partnership with FC Barcelona to engage directly with followers and fans. The official channels in Facebook and Twitter aim to raise awareness about the two organizations and bring their fans the shared values and the joint programs that underpin their partnership. The initial campaigns …

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Creating an ‘energy Internet’ for the poor

The world’s poorest countries can jump directly from the pre-electricity era into a new industrial revolution through an “energy Internet” — the uptake of renewable energy shared through communication technologies, argues economist Jeremy Rifkin. “The great economic revolutions in history occur when new communication technologies converge with new energy systems”, writes Rifkin. And now — with industrial civilisation at a crossroads and the …

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UnitedHealthcare International Launches Strategic Alliance to Offer Insurance in the Middle East

Seamless coverage for UnitedHealthcare’s ‘Global Solutions’ expatriate insurance clients in eight Middle Eastern countries  DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Mar 14, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — UnitedHealthcare International, a UnitedHealth Group UNH +0.11% company, is offering international insurance coverage to employers with employees in the Middle East through a new strategic alliance with Dubai-based Al Sagr National Insurance Co. This new alliance will provide local …

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Prepaid Middle East Awards; Finalists announced ahead of the summit

Prepaid Summit: Middle East 2012 Conference, Expo and Awards Networking Dinner, March 21 2012 Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai www.vrl-financial-news.com  Inaugural Middle East Prepaid Awards in five key categories  More than 40 nominations across the region Local names such as Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and RAK Bank chosen in multiple categories including Product Innovation UAE retailers MAF Finance, …

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Commitment to the MENA delivers results, with positive outlook for 2012

Hikma Pharmaceuticals PLC (LSE: HIK) (NASDAQ Dubai: HIK), the fast growing multinational pharmaceutical group, with sales in more than 40 countries across Europe, MENA and the USA, reports its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2011. Group revenue increased by 25.6% to $918.0 million, with organic growth of 7.6%, in line with the company’s guidance. Adjusted operating profit grew by …

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Root-imaging technology could improve crop resilience

Mexican researchers have welcomed a breakthrough in imaging plant roots, saying it could help breeders develop new varieties of crops that can thrive in harsh conditions. The technique uses X-ray computed tomography to build up a three-dimensional image by scanning through 360 degrees, a technology commonly used in hospitals to diagnose soft tissue damage. Scans of plant roots in soil show the …

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Emerging Best Practices of Chinese Globalizers

Among China’s largest enterprises, “going out”—or globalization—is a central theme of business. Chinese companies are increasingly establishing operations in overseas markets. Along with this expansion comes the requirement to engage directly with local communities and improve them through corporate citizenship activities. However, the traditional view is that corporate citizenship will have a negative effect on corporate profits. As a result, …

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Global climate models ‘need regional sensitivity’

Global climate change models are of limited use to agricultural policymakers in some regions of the developing world, according to a report by theCGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). The report was launched at the Climate Models and Farm Crop Forecasting in South Asia and Africa meeting last month (21 February). It focused on Eastern and Western Africa, and the …

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