Tag Archives: Science

Data doesn’t always tell the whole story

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By – Nicola Pearson – SciDev.Net Analysing ever-increasing amounts of data — particularly digital data — is generally considered the Holy Grail of categorising people’s behaviour to target services in line with it. This doesn’t just mean commercial, personalised marketing based on our online habits, but also, in development terms, directing policies to create and target services where they are most …

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Edible insects inch one step closer


By SciDev.Net – Andrea Rinaldi Farming insects on a large scale is no more of a biological or chemical hazard than other livestock farming, says a report by a European food safety body. The report, which looks at the potential of insects as food or animal feed, says the microbiological, chemical and environmental risks of insect farming are similar to …

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Richer nations dominate sustainability science tie-ups

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Sustainability science is becoming increasingly collaborative and global, a recent report found, but researchers say cooperation between scientists from the North and South remains scarce and unbalanced. Publication and citation data show that North-South collaboration has increased for all countries between 2009 and 2013, says Coralie Bos, a coauthor of the report Sustainability science in a global landscape, produced by …

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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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Japanese Ambassador to the UAE visits Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE

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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Masdar Institute and MIT Developing Innovative Renewable Energy Storage Technology


Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries Can Provide High Performance Energy Storage for the Future Electrical Grid Abu Dhabi – Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, an independent, research-driven graduate-level university focused on advanced energy and sustainable technologies is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop an innovative energy storage technology that can support renewable energy in the UAE. …

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UN readies tool to widen science and tech access

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By Inga Vesper – SciDev.Net A UN programme to improve access to research funding and technology for poor nations is set for approval this week, according to sources close to the negotiations. The Technology Facilitation Mechanism will include a website and, possibly, a mobile phone app that will unite all UN programmes related to science and research and development. It …

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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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UAE: Ministry of Education approves curriculum for 3rd semester examination of current academic school year


The Ministry of Education (MoE) has revealed that it has already approved the curriculum that will cover the third semester examinations of the current academic school year, especially for transitional classes and specific 12th grade subjects like science and literature. In line with this, the Ministry has already distributed copies of the full details of the approved curriculum, including essential …

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UAE attends International SPACE Symposium In Colorado for First Time


UAE Space Agency, Thuraya , Yahsat and EIAST educate industry leaders on developments of UAE space sector Abu Dhabi, UAE: UAE space industry leaders addressed international peers at the 31st Space Symposium in Colorado, USA, last week. Heads of the UAE Space Agency, Thuraya , Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) and the Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology …

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