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Destination Morocco: Solar impulse successfully lands in Madrid for technical stopover

Under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI and upon invitation of the Moroccan Agency for Solar Energy (Masen), the Solar Impulse aircraft of Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg has completed half the leg of its flight to Morocco. The prototype landed successfully in Madrid-Barajas airport at 01:28AM (UTC+2) this morning. This strictly technical layover is also a chance to change pilots …

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Malaria vaccine candidate ‘could be grown at home’

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 24 May 2012. An incredible development in the fight against Malaria has arisen. Researchers in America have discovered a way rural communities in the third World can harvest their own mosquito vaccine using home grown algae. A potential malaria vaccine produced by genetically-engineered algae could allow people to grow their own vaccine at …

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UAE: Your chance to change the world!

The International Telecommunication Union, a UN specialized agency for communications and technology, is launching Young Innovators Competition 2012 edition: Youth Innovation for Development and needs your help to spread the word about it. We consider your engagement with social entrepreneurial issues and hope that you would help us discover new talents. We hope that through the networks of X we could reach out to more …

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June 5th, closing date of the 8th The Arab Technology Business Plan Competition TBPC

22 countries submitted 76 proposed projects and ASTF invite the entrepreneurs in the UAE and all countries of the Maghreb and Mashreq to participate. Dr. Abdalla Alnajjar, President of the Arab Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) in Sharjah declared that the closing date of the 8th Arab Business Plan Competition (TBPC) will be in June 5th, 2012, instead of May 15th, after that ASTF …

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Supporting Inclusive Business Models in East Africa

The Business Call to Action (BCtA), will host a panel discussion and reception featuring senior representatives from two of Kenya’s leading companies, Equity Bank and Safaricom. The event will take place at Sarova Stanley, Wednesday, May 16 at 18:00. Attendees at this event will hear private sector representatives speak about current trends in East Africa’s inclusive business landscape and have …

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Egyptian wins US$100,000 African Innovation Prize

This article was originally published on the SciDev.Net Website 14 May 2012. An invention that allows people to access mobile phone networks has won the prestigious African Innovation prize.  The antenna, which allows mobile phone companies to upgrade their networks more easily, is hoped to be rolled out throughout Africa.   An Egyptian engineer has designed a base-station antenna that can …

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How innovation is flourishing at the grassroots

SciDev.Net reporters across the developing world describe exciting initiatives aimed at supporting innovation in local communities and remote areas. From small-scale hydro-powered electricity in Malaysia to cost-saving solar pumps in Pakistan, communities across the developing world are devising ingenious solutions to improve their livelihoods and promote sustainable development. They face many hurdles — from fostering collaboration between community members and technical experts, to acquiring …

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Power to the people

By: Marc McIlhone – AfricanBrains An invention originally designed for the use of campers and backpackers has the potential to bring vital electricity to isolated rural communities throughout the developing World. The PowerPotTM is an innovative power generator that produces electricity using state-of-the-art thermoelectric technology and has been road tested in rural villages in Ghana with great success. Designed to be used …

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Supporting grassroots innovation: Facts and Figures

Adrian Smith and colleagues explore grassroots innovations, their potential for development and challenges facing practitioners. Turning ideas into new products, services or practices often requires systematic steps in a process of innovation. Conventional policies for promoting innovation link entrepreneurial firms, science institutes, investors and policymakers, and aim to keep up with advancements in promising technologies. But innovation also takes place below …

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The PowerPot: New Technology Promises to Bring Electricity to the Developing World

To address this challenge, Power Practical, based in Salt Lake City, Utah, has developed the PowerPot, a thermoelectric generator that doubles as a cooking vessel. When placed on a stove or fire it converts the transfer of heat into electricity. This makes it useful for charging phones, meaning it could be a literal life saver. Designed for use over an open …

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