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Turkish scientists create 'talking hands' for deaf

Source : AA / 22 Apr 2014

Two young Turkish scientists have built a prototype of "talking gloves" that translate sign language into vocal language, helping people with hearing and speech impairments make their voices heard. 


Asian pollution fueling storms across Northern Hemisphere – study

Source : RT / 16 Apr 2014

Increasing levels of pollution in Asia are strengthening storms over the Pacific Ocean, a study has revealed. Scientists warned these changes could have a radical knock-on effect on climate systems around the world if left unchecked.


Ethiopia to build geothermal power plant in July

Source : World Bulletin / 08 Apr 2014

Ethiopia will build a 1000-megawatt geothermal power plant in July, Alemayehu Tegenu, minister of water, irrigation and energy, said Monday.

The Korbete Power Plant, to be built in the Afar Regional State at a cost of some $2 billion, is expected to be fully operational within six years.


Ministry of Education Addresses “Horizon 2020” Program

Source : WAFA / 08 Apr 2014

Ministry of Education and Higher Education Sunday held a seminar in Al-Quds Open University to address “Horizon 2020,” a European Union sponsored program aiming at boosting scientific research and innovation.


Food quality will suffer with rising carbon dioxide, field study shows

Source : Science Daily / 07 Apr 2014

For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies.


Tusk clue to Saudi desert's green past

By Frank Gardner / BBC / 05 Apr 2014

Deep in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, a team led by Oxford University has made a startling discovery: a giant, 325,000-year-old tusk belonging to an extinct species of elephant, remarkably preserved and embedded by an ancient lake.

It is vivid proof, say archaeologists, that giant beasts once roamed lush and fertile plains where today the wind-blown sand covers the searing Nafud Desert.


UN climate chief urges radical clean-up of oil, gas industry

Source : Reuters / 04 Apr 2014

The U.N.'s climate chief called on the oil and gas industry on Thursday to make a drastic shift to a clean, low-carbon future or risk having to leave three-quarters of fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

"The time for experimentation, for marginal changes and for conditional response is now over," Christiana Figueres told the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA) in a speech in London.


Kazakhstani muslim scientist proves Navier-Stokes equations

Source : IINA / 01 Apr 2014

Mukhtarbay Otelbayev, a professor at the Eurasian National University’s department of methods of mathematical simulation, published a paper in the Mathematical Journal in which he proves the existence of a solution to an equation deemed one of the hardest in the world. The Navier Stokes Equation is One of seven Millennium Prize problems, which were set by the Clay Mathematics Institute in 2000.       


Climate change boosts risk of war, hunger: UN

Source : AP / 01 Apr 2014

Global warming makes feeding the world harder and more expensive, a United Nations scientific panel said.

A warmer world will push food prices higher, trigger “hotspots of hunger” among the world’s poorest people, and put the crunch on Western delights like fine wine and robust coffee, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded in a 32-volume report issued Monday.


World's most powerful VHF radar to be overhauled in Russia

Source : Voice of Russia with Interfax / 31 Mar 2014

The Daryal early warning radar, based near the town of Pechora in the Komi Republic, will undergo in-depth modernization without being taken off duty before 2016, Aerospace Defense Forces spokesman Col. Alexei Zolotukhin said.

"Given the Daryal early warning radar's large modernization potential, all of its key systems will be upgraded without taking the radr off duty, which will make it more reliable in operation, enhance its tactical and technical characteristics, and lower energy demand," he said.


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