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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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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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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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EGYPT: Education Minister reinstated amid winds of change

Six years after he was inexplicably sacked from his post as Egypt’s education minister, law professor Ahmed Gamal Moussa was sworn in last week as the new minister of both education and higher education.

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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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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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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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Egyptian climate change atlas sparks debate

[CAIRO] Claims that climate change will leave 4,000 square kilometres of Egypt under water and ten per cent of the population homeless have led to a dispute within the academic community about the country’s environmental future. An ‘Atlas of Risks of Climate Change on the Egyptian Coasts and Defensive Policies’, launched at a press conference in Cairo last month (3 …

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Islamic Analysis: Science reforms need to show results

Reforms of science and higher education must deliver results to gain support of society, says science policy specialist Athar Osama. Excellence in higher education and scientific research is not generally attributed to contemporary Muslim societies. For centuries, Muslims have gone through an equivalent of Europe’s Dark Ages and have longed for the dawning of another golden age of science.

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Nanotech offers more for health than nanodrugs

Nanotech in hygiene, fake drug detection and remote diagnosis will do more for health than nanodrugs, says Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb. All countries should be planning for nanotechnology’s impact on healthcare, even if developing countries are involved in nanotechnology research mainly to find new treatments.

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