Sunday , 19 August 2018

Science & Tech

Egypt’s turmoil: a wake-up call for Arab science

The discontent behind recent protests in Egypt carries lessons for how both science and journalism are handled across the Arab world. For most Egyptians protesting vociferously — and ultimately successfully — in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere over the past two weeks, the state of the nation’s science will have been far from the top of their complaints.

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Islam Analysis: S&T ministerial body needs a revival

Islamic nations’ ministerial committee on S&T cooperation must refocus on policy leadership or risk losing relevance, says Athar Osama. Last month, 22 ministers of science, technology and innovation met in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, to discuss the state of science and technology in the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) member countries.

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Seawater greenhouse plan for Jordan

[AMMAN ] Seawater greenhouses, solar power plants and other new green technologies will be brought together in Jordan in an attempt to turn its desert into a producer of crops, fresh water and electricity.

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Africa: Time to make agricultural research a top priority

Recent protests over food prices underline a key message from a new report about the potential dangers of neglecting agricultural research. The ousting of Tunisia’s president last week, and unrest in other nations such as Algeria and Sudan, has many causes — but rising food prices have been one of the underlying themes.

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Islamic states urged to adopt ambitious science plans

[ISLAMABAD] Ambitious proposals to put innovation at the heart of research efforts across the Islamic world were approved by science leaders from member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) last week (11–13 January).

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Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up

[ALGIERS] Algeria is aiming to generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, energy minister Youcef Yousfi has announced. About 60 renewable energy projects will be launched to give a capacity of 3,000 megawatts,hetold a press conference held to announce the strategy (2 January).

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AfricanBrains launches African Education Summit 2011

The African Education Summit is a landmark event to bring together the key stakeholders and institutions under one roof to face the challenges of maintaining the levels of both public and private sector investment. The summit is aimed at generating concrete output with an innovative agenda focussing directly on the needs of investment in education & technology across Africa. The agenda will have …

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Sierra Leone: Saudi Arabia encouraged by progress in IT

Sierra Leone’s Information Attaché to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle-East and Gulf States early this week told a group of government officials, medical practitioners, academicians and businessmen in Riyadh about the Pan African e-Network project launched in Sierra Leone about a few months ago.

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George Clooney’s satellites keep watch over South Sudan

As South Sudan’s referendum on whether it should part company with the North enters its second day, satellites are monitoring the region for human rights abuses — an initiative of the actor George Clooney. The Satellite Sentinel project — a joint experiment by the UN’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme, Harvard University, the Enough Project, which focuses on human rights, and …

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Syrian inventor scheme bears fruit

[HOMS, SYRIA] Syrian academics are hailing a scheme to nurture inventors a success following a string of patent applications and international prizes for their students’ work. The Science of Invention and Development (SID) Team in Syrian Universities has been running for more than a decade and aims to train Master’s students and graduates on how to be inventors in their …

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