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How the media can get agri-tech on the radar

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By Natalie Heng Better journalism can benefit farmers all over the world, raising awareness about major ethical issues, such as the use of genetically modified strains, but also informing smallholders about new technologies that can improve productivity. These are the conclusions of a panel discussion organised by SciDev.Net, in partnership with the Cornell Alliance for Science, on 10 June, at ...

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Gulf Medical University: The Highest in Demand Private Medical University in the UAE


As soon as the Gulf Medical University (GMU) opened its admissions for this academic year, the University admissions department received a whopping 4000+ applications for just around 300 seats. The admissions department is currently in the process of shortlisting and interviewing admission-seekers. The high demand, due to which very few seats are available, speaks volumes of GMU’s emergence as the ...

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Japanese Ambassador to the UAE visits Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

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Both parties discussed new ways to develop bilateral relations in the field of space science, technology and research. Dubai – The Ambassador of Japan to the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Kanji Fujiki, visited the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) where he met a number of executive officials, most notably, Engineer Salem Humaid Al Marri, Assistant Director General for Scientific ...

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India’s Prime Minister Modi Visits Masdar


The Prime Minister of India, H.E. Narendra Modi, and a delegation of senior government officials today visited Masdar . The delegation also toured Masdar City , one of the world’s most sustainable urban developments, and the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in a visit that underscores the UAE and India’s shared commitment to developing and adopting renewable energy and ...

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Computer system identifies cattle from nose prints

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By Ola Al-Ghazawy – SciDev.Net Egyptian scientists have developed a computer-based technique to identify cattle using nose prints, a study says. The system, devised by researchers at Beni-Suef University, uses computer algorithms to detect distinct features in cattle muzzle images to classify animals. This technique has already been applied to similar biometric tasks, such as identifying human faces. Monitoring livestock ...

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Bubble desalination latest effort to boost crop growth

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By Ian Randall – SciDev.Net Researchers in Australia are seeking to build a prototype ‘Bubble-Greenhouse’ that could provide remote, arid places with a low-tech, low-maintenance way to turn salt water into fresh water to grow food. The engineers from Murdoch University, who published their study last month in the journal Desalination, estimate that a 150 square metre Bubble-Greenhouse could produce ...

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Oman Air launches anti-credit card fraud initiative

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Oman Air has announced the launch of a new initiative to prevent credit card fraud. The campaign will see a tightening of checks on the validity of credit card transactions. It will be backed up with social media announcements, e-flyers and newsletters, aimed at raising awareness amongst customers of the potential for credit card fraud and the steps Oman Air ...

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Air Arabia and University Hospital Sharjah sign a service level agreement


Airline staff and dependents to benefit from dedicated healthcare facility Air Arabia has signed a Service Level Agreement with University Hospital Sharjah outlining a broad framework for healthcare services and education for the airline’s staff. As part of the agreement, the hospital will determine the primary, secondary and tertiary care needs of the staff and dependents and make referrals to ...

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Climate data project seeks to prepare poorer nations

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By Puneet Kollipara – SciDev.Net A global initiative to help developing nations prepare for the impacts of climate change will be piloted in Bangladesh, Colombia and Ethiopia, following its launch in the United States last week. The Climate Services for Resilient Development partnership has more than US$34 million worth of funding and goods to use to pool scientific data and ...

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National Vision Scholars undertake research at Texas A&M at Qatar


Maersk Oil sponsors Summer Engineering Academy for top Qatari students. DOHA, Qatar — Twenty-three exceptional Qatari students have been named National Vision Scholars in the inaugural Summer Engineering Academy (SEA), an elite, 10-day academic enrichment program at Texas A&M University at Qatar . SEA, which runs from 28 June through 9 July, is designed for academically outstanding Qatari students who ...

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