Middle East North Africa Science Platform
Could ancient Babylonian astronomers have predicted the latest solar eclipse?
Babylonian clay tablets record the earliest total solar eclipse seen in Ugarit on May 3, 1375 BC. Babylonian astrologers kept careful records about celestial happenings including the motions of Mercury, Venus, the Sun, and the Moon on tablets dating from 1700 to 1681 BC and identified a total solar eclipse on July 31, 1063 BC, that "turned day into night," and the famous eclipse of June 15, 763 BC, recorded by Assyrian observers in Nineveh.
'Some scholars suggest that the ancient Babylonian stargazers could (and did) predict solar eclipses that weren't even visible from Babylon. Their knowledge would continue on with the peoples around them and following them, including the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Middle Eastern astronomers. '
A new synchrotron particle accelerator for the MENA is now open in Jordan; the Synchrotron light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME). The Middle East’s first major international research centre for science application research.
Jordan is set to have its first-ever operational drought monitoring system as a result of collaboration between different organizations.
Lake Urmia in Iran, once the second largest saltwater lake in the world, had dried out. Years of efforts to bring water back to Lake Urmia have eventually succeeded.
At the edge of the Sahara desert in Morocco under the scorching sun lies an important mega structure harnessing an abundant source of energy. One of the largest solar projects in the world is being built in phases with a potential to provide electricity to a million people .
Rabat – Over 100 energy officials united at the world’s largest solar power plant in Ouarzazate for the World Bank’s launching of the “Middle East and North Africa Concentrated Solar Power Knowledge & Innovation Program” (MENA CSP KIP), designed to support MENA officials exploring the potential of concentrated solar power (CSP) as a sustainable source for their countries’ energy demands.
A major conservation concern prompts strategic tree management to enhance forests as an opportunity to conserve bird species.
The Arabian leopard Panthera pardus nimr is a vulnerable and endangered subspecies that inhabits the mountains of the Arabian Peninsula. In Oman steps are taken to protect it in the mountains of Dhofar.
Meteorology records were broken on Thursday, July 21, 2016 when the temperature in Mitribah, Kuwait was reported to have reached 54°C (129.2°F). If confirmed, this would be the hottest temperature recorded outside of Death Valley, California.
World Meteorological Organization - WMO - 14-11-2016 :'
It is very likely that 2016 will be the hottest year on record, with global ... that they are at a sufficiently high level for 2016 to remain on track for the title of hottest year on record.'
The burden of diabetes has increased faster in low-income and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Age- standardised adult diabetes prevalence in 2014 was lowest in northwestern Europe, and highest in Polynesia and Micronesia, at nearly 25%, followed by Melanesia and the Middle East and North Africa.
Prevalence of stroke symptoms : first national data from Lebanon.
This is the first study conducted in the Middle East, assessing self-reported stroke symptoms among stroke- free residents.
The MENA region is facing extreme weather events. Plant genetic research underpins crop production and safeguards against the impacts of alterations in weather due to climate change.
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to win mathematics' Fields medal passes away. She is the first woman and the first Iranian to be honored with the award, known for her work in the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces. “Mirzakhani specialized in theoretical mathematics that read like a foreign language by those outside of mathematics: moduli spaces, Teichmüller theory, hyperbolic geometry, Ergodic theory and symplectic geometry,” Stanford press announcement.
Hottest temperature in Iranian city
Ahvaz city in southwest Iran recorded the country’s hottest temperature , 53.7C, ever recorded on Thursday 29th June 2017.
If confirmed, this may match the world record for the most extreme
high temperature in modern time.
Hot spots in the Gulf region and Arabian Peninsula are projected to endure heatwaves challenging human survival and adaptability if climate change is left unchecked.
Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy
Earth Day Network’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide.
World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking action to tackle the water crisis. Today, 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated.
One Quarter of 1 % of Turkey’s Surface Area Is Sufficient to Meet All the Power Demand with PV by 2050!
BRUSSELS- Algeria and the European Union (EU) signed Monday, in Brussels, an agreement on EU funding of a EUR10 million supporting programme for the development of renewable energies and the promotion of energy efficiency in Algeria.
Gender in Agribusiness Investments for Africa (GAIA) is now accepting applications from institutions and enterprises for the 2017 AWARD AgTech Innovation Challenge for West and North Africa. GAIA has been launched by African Women in Agricultural Research and Development to increase agribusiness investments in technological and business model innovations that help bridge the gender gap in African agriculture and particularly those that enhance the positive participation of African women in agricultural value chains across the continent.
HESPAL aims to help create the next generation of senior academics who can maintain international quality standards at Palestinian universities .
EU collaboration projects
The Middle East Research and Innovation Dialogue MERID project is a coordination and support action funded by the EU framework programme for research and innovation to intensify and encourage R&I cooperation between the EU and the Middle East region, directly involving partners from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine.
Scientific projects targeting cooperation between MENA and EU scientists. EUROSUNMED focuses on the potential for plentiful solar power to adapt solar technology to the region's environment.
I posed this question to a professor at a university in Jordan. The answer was no. This led me to start exploring the reasons behind
this and how to resolve them.
An increasing number of new solar energy technologies are invented every year, the successful development of which depends heavily on accurate measurements of performance, reliability, and durability.
Sustainability Week is a global platform that addresses the interconnected challenges that affect the widespread adoption of sustainable development and clean energy.
Zayed Future Energy Prize
Submissions for the 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize are open.
Our world is increasingly embracing innovative solutions in order to create a sustainable future, and the Zayed Future Energy Prize is a unique platform that recognises and rewards today’s innovators for their contributions to change.
EU H2020 international research
International Cooperation is vital if research is to fully tap its potential. Active and more strategic international cooperation will also contribute to achieving the EU's wider policy objectives.
The Middle East Science Fund
The Middle East Science Fund is an initiative to support young scientists and education in the sciences throughout the region.
Innovation & Economic Development
The mission of the Innovation & Economic Development department is to help maximize KAUST’s contribution to the economic diversification of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its transformation to a knowledge- based economy.
The Fogarty International Center
Middle East and North African (MENA) Region Information, Grants and Resources
Prince Sultan Bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water is a leading, global scientific award focusing on cutting- edge innovation in water research.