Category Archives: Science

“Secretive” bureaucracy controlling WHO Tobacco Treaty is “a threat to public health” – new report

A recent report from the Royal College of Physicians concluded that vaping is “at least 95% safer” than smoking

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Prospects for Economical Fast Transportation across Africa

A unique transportation technology that can offer fast travel durations at competitive prices is being developed in such countries as South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and China. The International Maritime Organization (IMO) classifies the technology as a boat, except that it resembles an aircraft due to its central fuselage and presence of wings. However, commercial aircraft wings are designed to generate a powerful vacuum effect on the top side at high forward speeds, when the aircraft lifts off into the sky. The aircraft look-alike generates zero vacuum effect on the top side of the wings at any speed.

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At less than a week to global science forum, Next Einstein Forum launches global call for a new era in science and technology in Africa

700 participants from 80 countries already registered, 52% of them young people and 40% women

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Premium Education Event kicks off on 1 July

Eduweek, Honouring Excellence within the African Education Industry

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6th World Congress on Biotechnology

6th World Congress on Biotechnology going to be held during November 30-December 02, 2015, Hyderabad, India. Biotechnology-2015 is the premier event which brings together a unique and International mix of experts, researchers and decision makers both from academia, Biotech, Pharmaceutical and healthcare industry all around the globe to exchange their knowledge, experience and research innovations to built a biotechnology community. This forum enables a common platform where any participant can discuss their research in order to establish a scientific network that binds together the academia with industry leads to foster collaboration and to evaluate the emerging issues, technologies and innovations in the arena of biotechnology and allied fields to explore new possibilities and improving the existed opportunities.

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Microsoft and UNEP’s New Virtual World Plays Out Impact of Environmental Degradation and the Fate of the Planet

Open source technology allows scientists, for the first time, to simulate how all organisms on earth interact in a changing environment

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Tsetse fly genome breakthrough brings hope for African farmers / Understanding DNA code for carrier insect will help scientists working to control livestock disease

ROME, Italy, April 25, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect.

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Innovation under the Ugandan sun eLearning Africa 2014 programme now available online

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African EduWeek returns to Johannesburg to empower teachers with practical expo and workshops

Focus on technology to assist teachers in the classroom

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“If we want all the children of South Africa to have access to quality education, it implies that they should have access to technology to enable this engagement.”

Interview with Andre Christian, Education Business Development Manager at Intel, African EduWeek diamond sponsor.

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“In Silicon Valley more than 20% of scientific experts got their diplomas in Soviet Union or in Russia”

Exclusive interview with Mr Avbakar Nutsalov, General Director of RACUS, the Russian-African Centre for University Services.  RACUS will be exhibiting for the first time at the upcoming Career Indaba in Sandton in May.

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“At EduWeek I look forward to the opportunity to bring an innovative approach to the way we think about skills development.”

Interview with Gizelle McIntyre of the Institute of People Development and speaker at the upcoming Africa EduWeek.

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“Technology is not a panacea but needs to be incorporated in schools and classrooms.”

Quick interview with Graeme Bloch, independent education specialist and a longtime supporter and conference chair of African EduWeek.

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New architecture prize aims to raise stature of Canada

OTTAWA, April 3, 2014The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) Foundation announces the launch of one of the largest architectural prizes in the world — the Moriyama RAIC International Prize.

Distinguished Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama established the prize together with the Foundation. To be awarded every two years, the prize consists of CAD $100,000 and a sculpture designed by Canadian designer Wei Yew.

“My hope is that this prize will raise not only the stature of the RAIC internationally, but also the stature of Canada, and inspire Canadians and Canadian architects to aspire higher,” says Moriyama, 84.

The prize is open to any architect, firm, or collaboration in the world for an outstanding building or project. It may also be granted to a non-architect for an exceptional contribution to architecture. The winner will be selected through an open, juried competition.

Submissions are due by August 1, 2014. The first award ceremony takes place in Toronto on October 11, 2014.

In addition, three students of Canadian schools of architecture will each receive scholarships of CAD $5,000. They will be chosen on the basis of a written essay.

The prize reflects Raymond Moriyama’s passion for architecture that has the power to transform society through humanistic values such as social justice, equality, and inclusivity.

“It is not a lifetime achievement award,” he says. “Anybody, young or old could apply and have a chance of winning.” Criteria include design excellence, client satisfaction, and quality of detail.

The idea first came to Moriyama in 1976 while on a three-month walk in the footsteps of Buddha through India and Nepal. More recently, he made a gift to the RAIC Foundation to create the prize.

Toronto-based Moriyama & Teshima Architects is known for many critically acclaimed projects including the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa and the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

The Foundation promotes excellence in architecture and exchange between Canadian and international architects, clients, and policy makers. Supported by donations, it aims to raise a $5-million endowment for the prize.

“Raymond Moriyama conducted his practice with a rare degree of humanity and humility,” says BarryJohns, chair of the RAIC Foundation Board of Trustees. “The prize is a testament to his vision and generosity.”

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Moriyama’s biography:


Photo: Courtesy of Courtesy of Moriyama & Teshima Architects

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“It is the ability to write in an academic, informative style that often determines a learner’s success in matric.”

Interview with Hazel Bonarett, a teacher at Springs Boys High School in Johannesburg.  In July, she will address the African EduWeek E-learning session on Springs Boys High’s experience with e-learning, the impact on learners’ reading skills and how it changed the teachers’ pedagogy.

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Building a prosperous future at eLearning Africa 2014

More than ever before, Africans are turning to ICT-supported learning to grow their economies. In 2013, the eLearning Africa Report found that 40% of African technology-assisted learning professionals were using ICTs specifically for skills training, up from 18% the previous year.

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Saudi Pharmaceutical Company Holds Convention on Cardiovascular Diseases and related Health Problems

Riyadh, March 18, 2014: The second version of Tabuk Cardiovascular Convention (2ndTCC) created a think tank for discussing the current scenario of cardiovascular diseases that are prevalent in the MENA region. The Convention peeped into the challenges being faced by modern cardiologists and the latest advancements in the field of cardiology.

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