By Tareq Hmaidi A 35-minute documentary that sheds light on the difficulties facing Arab scientists and students in forced exile is due to be screened this week (7 December) at the US National Academies of Science in Washington, DC. ‘Science in Exile’ was produced by the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)...
A new study published in The Lancet journal finds that Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed by an extremely low-calorie diet that leads to an average weight loss of 10kg. The study, conducted on 300 people in the UK showed that 86 percent of patients who lost 15 kilograms (33...
The 2018 Breakthrough Prize, dubbed as the "Oscars of Science", and with a combined prize money of $22million has been awarded in the fields of Life Sciences, Fundamental Physics and Mathematics at Silicon Valley. It is the sixth edition of the award, set up by leading billionaires of the world,...
Fluctuations in gravity that travels at the speed of light could help scientists have a better and quicker understanding of large, devastating earthquakes, shows a study. Such waves reach earthquake monitoring stations well before the seismic waves do. According to a report on Science, seismometers in South Korea and China picked...
Ten rivers are the sources of almost 90% of the plastic that reach the ocean, scientists have found. The Yangtze, the Indus, Yellow River, Hai River, the Nile, the Ganges, Pearl River, Amur River, the Niger, and the Mekong (in that order) are the ten rivers, finds a new study. Each...
A new generation cancer drug has shown to have an effect on controlling HIV, say a group of French scientists. The drug, nivolumab was found to reduce the HIV cells in the body and boost the immune response of a patient, the researchers said They found the result in a 51-year-old...
Nasa will launch a space sensor to measure space debris around the International Space Station (ISS), which is expected to provide more knowledge about objects smaller than a millimetre revolving earth in the space. Currently, the U.S. Air Force keeps an eye on about 23,000 objects larger than a baseball...
A new study by Australian scientists has found a group of “source” reefs that are considered the basis of a life support system for the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reefs in the world, located off the North Western coast of Australia. The 112 “robust source reefs” the scientists...
For research to have an impact, it needs to be used or applied in some way. Shutterstock Pauline Zardo, Queensland University of Technology Starting in 2018, Australian universities will be required to prove their research provides concrete benefits for taxpayers and the government, who fund it. Education Minister Simon Birmingham recently announced the...
Shutterstock Thumbi Ndung'u, University of KwaZulu-Natal HIV remains one of the continent’s most intractable health challenges. Tremendous progress is being made to understand the virus, the immune mechanisms that contribute to its control and for new antiretroviral drugs and vaccines to be developed to treat and prevent HIV. But much remains to be...

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