Friday , 19 October 2018

Science & Tech

Hydropower ‘could supply Africa’s entire power needs’

Hydropower could supply all of Africa’s electricity needs if cross-border cooperation was stepped up, according to a UN report launched last week (12 March) at the World Water Forum in Marseilles, France. Africa currently generates just one third of its electricity from hydropower, but could learn from cooperation and training programmes between India and some Western countries, according to Ulcay Unver, coordinator …

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Anxious wait for scientists on Rio+20 talks

Science campaigners find out today whether they have managed to get more attention paid to science and technology in negotiations leading up to the Rio+20 summit later this year (20-23 June). National delegations begin informal discussions in New York today (19–23 March) on the text that will form the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The international science and …

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Tunisia: “Transforming Partnerships towards a Green and Inclusive Africa”

The African Development Bank (AfDB) will hold its fourth annual Partnerships Forum on 22 – 23 March 2012 at Hotel Ramada Plaza-Gammarth in Tunis. The theme this year is “Transforming Partnerships towards a Green and Inclusive Africa”. Participants will include representatives of bilateral and multilateral donors, business sector, private foundations, knowledge institutions and CSOs. The choice of Inclusive and Green …

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Islam Analysis: Reviving a culture of entrepreneurship

The Muslim world and donors should use nongovernmental networks to nurture the dormant seeds of entrepreneurship, says Athar Osama. Entrepreneurship and innovation may look like inherently Western ideas in the twenty-first century. Yet they have been part and parcel of Muslim societies even before the heyday of the earliest Islamic Empire. Mecca, the birthplace of Islam, was long known as being …

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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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