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KAUST academics: Institution pushing the envelope through education, not protests

The King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is between a rock and a hard place – asked to condemn the flogging of a Saudi blogger, perhaps try to influence the sentence, in a country that doesn’t forgive opposition, and shuns dissenters.  Read more

Nobel laureates urge KAUST to openly decry harsh punishment of Saudi blogger

A group of 18 Nobel Laureates, “friends of KAUST,” Saudi Arabia’s foremost research institution, pleaded with the countries’ leading academics in an open letter to stand up against oppression of free thought; more precisely to openly decry the public flogging of blogger Raif Badawi.  Read more

What we can do to fight a diabetes pandemic

What we can do to fight a diabetes pandemic

On World Diabetes Day, the head of medical core facilities and research platforms at the King Abdullah International Medical Research Center in Saudi Arabia Mohamed Boudjelal writes to Nature Middle East’s House of Wisdom about the region’s type 2 diabetes nightmare, and what could be done, on the individual level, to prevent or at least ease the blow of the yet incurable disease.  Read more

Talking “rubbish” with Egypt’s environment minister

Talking "rubbish" with Egypt's environment minister

Sitting down with Minister of Environment Laila Iskandar at Alexandria’s ongoing Biovision conference, she talked to Nature Middle East about going back to the basics in terms of solid waste sorting and recycling–a thing that was overdue, according to her.  Read more

Qatar hones its national research focus areas

Qatar hones its national research focus areas

One year ago, Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) unveiled the Qatar National Research Strategy (QNRS), a long-term plan to create a knowledge economy in the small state. Today, during the Qatar Annual Research Conference, the foundation announced further honing their research targets to three broad areas: water security, energy security and cyber security.  Read more