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First ‘Falling Walls Lab’ held in Cairo

Members of the jury at Falling Walls Lab, Cairo.

The Middle East’s first ever ‘Falling Walls’ Lab, a fast-paced competition, attracted a reasonable crowd this week in the German Science Center Cairo (DWZ Cairo). One after the other, 13 candidates climbed on stage to present, in three minutes, their innovative idea, groundbreaking research or fresh business model in front of a jury from academia and research.  Read more

Eyewire: Solving mysteries of the brain through gaming

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While some may be familiar with the concept–made famous by Foldit, a pioneer online video puzzle where you “fold” protein as part of a University of Washington research project–the crowd at Bibliotheca Alexandria were blown away by a similar game model: Eyewire, neurology’s first ever computation game, open to laypeople.  Read more

Science from the lab to entrepreneurship

Science from the lab to entrepreneurship

Chemist Hassan Azzazy, associate dean of graduate studies & research at the American University in Cairo (AUC), has been working for years on a technology to use nanoparticles of gold to diagnose Hepatitis C, a disease that affects 14.7% of Egyptians. The end result is a cheaper testing technique that takes a fraction of the time the current two-step Hepatitis C test takes.  Read more

El-Baz wants to solve Egypt’s problems from space

Following the recent and ongoing political upheaval in Egypt, Farouk El-Baz, the Egyptian-born director of Boston University’s Center for Remote Sensing, is suggesting his major development corridor construction project as a solution to Egypt’s biggest problems again, hoping the new government may be more attentive.  Read more

State of science in non-Arab Spring states

State of science in non-Arab Spring states

The Arab Spring brought much hope for a science renaissance that would drive development across a region that has been rather stagnant for too long. However, for countries that overthrew their regimes, this has not yet fully materialized due to ongoing instability and turmoil.  Read more