Archive by date | February 2011

Synchrotron project weathers Middle-East storm

Cross posted from <a href= “”>Nature News SESAME experiment pushes on despite revolutions and assassinations. Geoff Brumfiel When members of international scientific projects meet, it’s typically a mild affair. But at the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East (SESAME) there is a sense that the stakes are considerably higher. At a gathering last year, project members held a minute of silence in remembrance of Masoud Alimohammadi, the Iranian physicist and fellow participant who was killed by a car bomb in Tehran. In November, a second member of the Iranian delegation was assassinated. As pro- and anti-government  … Read more

‘Deep fury’ of Egyptian scientists

Cross posted from Nature News Michael Harms, director of the Cairo office of the German Academic Exchange Service, offers a view from the Egyptian capital. Quirin Schiermeier As the protests against President Hosni Mubarak gather pace across Egypt, the growing possibility of regime change is inspiring hope among many sectors of the population. The swelling number of protestors has seen academics add their voices to the call for change (see ‘Scientists join protests on streets of Cairo to call for political reform’). But the volatile situation in the country inevitably means uncertainty for the scientific enterprise, and a stronger future  … Read more

Protests in Egypt turn bloody

Protests in Egypt turn bloody

“ProtestsThe several millions people strong peaceful protest held in cities all over Egypt on Tuesday, 1 February, gave way to serious confrontation on Wednesday. Clashes between protesters and pro-regime supporters (accused of being regime thugs on several news channels) have left at least three people dead and more than 1,500 injured.  Read more