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Banana compost could boost crop yields, a study finds

[CAIRO] Using old banana trees to make compost may help boost crop yields while cutting down water and fertiliser use, according to an Egyptian researcher. After fruiting, banana trees could be converted into compost – Flickr/jeremy franchi Banana-based fertiliser could cut about 20 per cent of the water used in irrigating maize and lead to better yields and improved soil …

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Abu Dhabi Science Festival to engage over 500 university students

The Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC) has partnered with five universities to engage over 500 higher education students as ‘Science Communicators’ in the Abu Dhabi Science Festival

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Egyptian tech turns rice straw into paper, insecticide

[CAIRO] A new chemical pulping technology could eliminate waste by turning rice straw into paper and provide a cheap insecticide to control mosquitoes, according to Egyptian researchers.

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Sharjah to host 2nd Int Forum on tech transfer in Arab region

Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar, President of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) said that under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member of the UAE and Ruler of Sharjah, and the Honorary President of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation, ASTF is organizing in cooperation with the Licensing Executives Society – Arab Countries …

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11 Women Scientists Winners of Elsevier Foundation Awards

Kuala Lumpur, September 29, 2011 – The Elsevier Foundation, TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world and the Organization for Women in Science for  the Developing World (OWSD) announced today that they are recognizing eleven talented women scientists from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean for their research excellence. The announcement was made at …

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PepsiCo invests in Chickpea production in Ethopia

PepsiCo has set up a project it hopes will increase chickpea production and promote long-term nutritional and economic security in Ethiopia.

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Algeria plans further growth for science

[ALGIERS] Algeria is pressing ahead with further increases to its science budget, according to a report presented by the Ministry for Scientific Research at a meeting chaired by the country’s president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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Weevil detector could protect palm trees

[CAIRO] A machine that detects the red palm weevil, a pest that devastates palm trees across the Middle East and North Africa, could help farmers protect their crops. The tiny red insects burrow into the trunks of palm trees and devour them from within, so infestations known as “date palm AIDS” are usually unnoticed until the weevils have hollowed out …

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Iranian science shows world’s fastest growth

Iran has the world’s fastest-growing scientific output, measured by the number of peer-reviewed papers published in international journals, according to a report published this week (28 March). The number of papers rose from 736 in 1996 to 13,238 in 2008, says the UK’s Royal Society’s report ‘Knowledge, Networks and Nations’. Iran’s scientific collaboration with the United States is also on …

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Middle East must seize the moment for science

The political changes underway in Egypt and other countries of the Middle East signal an opportunity for science to flourish — but scientific vigour will not be enough to foster development, transparency and freedom, says Naser Faruqui.

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