Thursday , 23 May 2019

Science & Tech

Islamic states urged to adopt ambitious science plans

[ISLAMABAD] Ambitious proposals to put innovation at the heart of research efforts across the Islamic world were approved by science leaders from member countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) last week (11–13 January).

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Algeria plans rapid green energy ramp-up

[ALGIERS] Algeria is aiming to generate 40 per cent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, energy minister Youcef Yousfi has announced. About 60 renewable energy projects will be launched to give a capacity of 3,000 megawatts,hetold a press conference held to announce the strategy (2 January).

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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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Sierra Leone: Saudi Arabia encouraged by progress in IT

Sierra Leone’s Information Attaché to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Middle-East and Gulf States early this week told a group of government officials, medical practitioners, academicians and businessmen in Riyadh about the Pan African e-Network project launched in Sierra Leone about a few months ago.

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George Clooney’s satellites keep watch over South Sudan

As South Sudan’s referendum on whether it should part company with the North enters its second day, satellites are monitoring the region for human rights abuses — an initiative of the actor George Clooney. The Satellite Sentinel project — a joint experiment by the UN’s Operational Satellite Applications Programme, Harvard University, the Enough Project, which focuses on human rights, and …

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Syrian inventor scheme bears fruit

[HOMS, SYRIA] Syrian academics are hailing a scheme to nurture inventors a success following a string of patent applications and international prizes for their students’ work. The Science of Invention and Development (SID) Team in Syrian Universities has been running for more than a decade and aims to train Master’s students and graduates on how to be inventors in their …

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Jordan steps into nuclear future

[AMMAN] Jordan is to enter the nuclear age with the announcement on 9 December that construction of its first nuclear research and training reactor will begin by February next year. The Jordan Centre for Nuclear Research, which will host the reactor, will be built at the Jordan University of Science and Technology, about 70 kilometres north of Amman.

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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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Africa, EU plan ministerial science policy dialogue

[CAPE TOWN] African and European heads of state are expected to endorse plans for a high-level science policy dialogue between the two continents when they meet in Libya next week (29–30 November). The agreement, which has already received support from African and European science ministers, could lead to them meeting regularly — bridging a perceived gap in relations between the …

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