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Egyptian renewable energy projects get $210 million boost
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) has announced as much as $210 million in debt financing in order to "tap" the renewable energy potential of Egypt. In a statement on Tuesday, the Beijing headquartered AIIB said the project would comprise 11 solar power plants with an "aggregate" capacity of 490 megawatts and would help the country to meet its pledges under the Paris Climate Agreement   Read More ...
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AIIB announces $210 mln support for renewable energy projects in Egypt
The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) announced Tuesday that it would provide up to 210 million U.S. dollars in debt financing to tap renewable energy in Egypt. The project will consist of 11 greenfield solar power plants with an aggregate capacity of 490 MW, according to an AIIB statement. "We are supporting this project because it contributes to Egypt's renewable energy capacity and will help position the country as a regional energy hub, which will have economic benefits for the entire region," said D   Read More ...
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Egypt finalises deal with Russia for first nuclear plant
Cairo - Russian media say Egypt has finalised a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations. The reports Monday came after Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit. The nuclear plant will be built in Dabaa, about 13km northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast   Read More ...
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Egypt finalizes deal with Russia for first nuclear plant
CAIRO (AP) — Russian media say Egypt has finalized a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations. The reports Monday came after Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit. The nuclear plant will be built in Dabaa, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast   Read More ...
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Egypt finalizes deal with Russia for first nuclear plant
CAIRO (AP) — Russian media say Egypt has finalized a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations. The reports Monday came after Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit. The nuclear plant will be built in Dabaa, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast   Read More ...
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Egypt reaches deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant
CAIRO - Russian media say Egypt has finalized a deal to build a nuclear power plant with funding from Moscow after nearly two years of negotiations. The reports Monday came after Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit. The nuclear plant will be built in Dabaa, about 130 kilometres (80 miles) northwest of Cairo on the Mediterranean coast   Read More ...
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BRIEF-Charles River Laboratories' Board increase size of board from nine to ten
* Charles River Laboratories International - on July 1, board of directors of co increased size of board from nine to ten - SEC filing Source: () Further company coverage: * Versapay Corp- Royal Bank Of Canada enters agreement with Versapay to offer ARC to business customers under RBC brand Source text for Eikon: Further company coverage: CAIRO, July 6 Egypt will hike electricity prices by up to 42 percent this fiscal year for households but keep energy subsidies in place three years longer than expected, Electricity Minister Mohamed Shaker said on Thursday   Read More ...
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Ancient DNA reveals role of Near East and Egypt in cat domestication
DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade hub Egypt. The DNA analysis also revealed that most of these ancient cats had stripes: spotted cats were uncommon until the Middle Ages   Read More ...
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Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
WASHINGTON - DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 70 miles (115 km) south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted   Read More ...
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Mummy DNA Reveals Unexpected Findings On Ancient Egyptian Ancestry
For the first time, scientists have come up with findings from mummy DNA. And after having analyzed the genetics of over a hundred mummies, these researchers now believe they can trace their ancestries. As it turns out, they don’t have much in common after all with the DNA of modern-day Egyptians. As the Verge related, it was even thought by many that mummies don’t preserve any DNA   Read More ...
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The first genome data from Egyptian mummies is in
Modern Egyptians have more DNA from sub-Saharan Africa than , according to the first genome data on mummies. The findings are helping researchers gauge the impact of history on Egyptians' genetics. The international team of researchers analyzed DNA from 151 mummies from the archaeological site of Abusir el-Meleq. The site is along the Nile River in Middle Egypt. The mummies date from about 1400 B   Read More ...
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Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
By Will Dunham. WASHINGTON (Reuters) - DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 70 miles (115 km) south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted   Read More ...
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Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 115 km south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted   Read More ...
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Who's Your Mummy? Genetic Secrets Of Ancient Egypt Unwrapped
Washington: DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 70 miles (115 km) south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted   Read More ...
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Ancient mummy DNA reveals surprises about genetic origins of Egyptians
For the first time, scientists have extracted full nuclear genome data from ancient Egyptian mummies. The results offer exciting insights into how different ancient civilizations intermingled and also establishes a breakthrough precedent in our ability to study ancient DNA. The international team of scientists, led by researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, sampled 151 mummified remains from a site called Abusir el-Meleq in Middle Egypt along the Nile River   Read More ...
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Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
WASHINGTON DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa. Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 70 miles (115 km) south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted   Read More ...
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Who were the ancient Egyptians? Mummy DNA reveals surprising clues
Mummies from ancient Egypt have revealed another secret — some of them share very little of the sub-Saharan African ancestry that dominates the genetic heritage of modern Egyptians. Egypt key points Key points Genetic analysis done on 93 mummies that lived in an important centre in ancient Egypt Ancient genome from this area contains no sub-Saharan DNA that dominates the genetic profile of modern Egyptians It more closely resembles the genetic heritage of modern people from the Near East and Levant The discovery, published today in Nature Communications, suggests the African heritage evident in modern Egyptian populations may have been the result of the slave trade down the Nile in the past 1,500 years   Read More ...
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Korea shares nuclear communication knowhow with developing world
Korea Nuclear Energy Agency (KNEA) communication director Kim Seung-kyeom, second from left, poses with Namira El Sayed, third from left, a chief engineer at the Egyptian Nuclear Power Plants Authority, and other participants during a workshop at the KNEA headquarters in Seoul, April 24. / Courtesy of KNEA The Korea Nuclear Energy Agency (KNEA) has been sharing its communication knowhow and expertise with Egypt, the Philippines and other developing countries   Read More ...
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Egyptian Researchers Turn Shrimp Shells into Biodegradable Plastic
CAIRO — Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly grocery bags and packaging. Six months into their two-year project, the research team has managed to create a thin, clear prototype using chitosan, a material found in the shells of many crustaceans. "If commercialized,   Read More ...
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Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic
CAIRO Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly grocery bags and packaging. Six months into their two-year project, the research team has managed to create a thin, clear prototype using chitosan, a material found in the shells of many crustaceans. The   Read More ...
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Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic
CAIRO — Researchers at Egypt’s Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly grocery bags and packaging. Six months into their two-year project, the research team has managed to create a thin, clear prototype using chitosan, a material found in the shells of many crustaceans. “If commercialised,   Read More ...
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The Canis Minor Constellation
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of all the then-known 48 constellations. This treatise, known as the Almagest, would used by medieval European and Islamic scholars for over a thousand years to come, effectively becoming astrological and astronomical canon until the early Modern Age. One of these constellations was Canis Minor, a small constellation in the northern hemisphere. As a relatively dim   Read More ...
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Study of bat vocalizations shows they are communicating with one another
(Phys.org)—A trio of researchers with Tel Aviv University has found that when Egyptian fruit bats make noises in their colonies, they are actually communicating with one another. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, Yosef Prat, Mor Taub and Yossi Yovel describe their study of 22 captive bats for over two months and what recordings of them revealed. Scientists have known for some time that most bats make   Read More ...
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Ups & Downs: The Evolution of Elevators
The need to move things to the next level has been recognized for thousands of years. Elevators have a long history, going from a platform attached to a rope pulled by a human to the smooth, electric rides in boxes that we now enjoy. Invention and evolution Vertical lifts may have been used to build the pyramids in Egypt. However, the first recorded use came in the third century B.C.,   Read More ...
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The Canis Major Constellation
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of all the then-known 48 constellations. This treatise, known as the Almagest, would used by medieval European and Islamic scholars for over a thousand years to come, effectively becoming astrological and astronomical canon until the early Modern Age. One of these constellations included in Ptolemy’s collection was Canis Major, an asterism located in the southern celestial   Read More ...
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The Canes Venatici Constellation
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. His treatise, known as the , would be used by medieval European and Islamic scholars for over a thousand years to come. Today, this list has been expanded to include the recognized by the IAU. One of these is known as Canes Venatici, a small northern constellation that is bordered by   Read More ...
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Geospatial work identifies high-risk flooding areas
UT Dallas researchers and their colleagues have developed geospatial science methods to help the Egyptian government determine how to avoid flooding in a coastal mountain region. The government wants to develop the area for tourism, but flash flooding and associated hazards have hampered efforts, said Dr. May Yuan, Ashbel Smith Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences. "We developed methods in geospatial information sciences (GIS) to combine all the environmental factors associated   Read More ...
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The Cancer Constellation
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. His treatise, known as the Almagest, would be used by medieval European and Islamic scholars for over a thousand years to come. One of these constellations is Cancer, which is represented by “the Crab”. As one of the twelve constellations of the zodiac, this medium-sized constellation is located on the ecliptic   Read More ...
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Molecules, Vol. 21, Pages 1235: Chemical Composition, Antibacterial and Phytotoxic Activities of Peganum harmala Seed Essential Oils from Five Different Localities in Northern Africa
Abstract Peganum harmala L., also known as Syrian rue or Pègano, is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Zygohpyllaceae family, and is widely used in traditional medicine. The chemical composition of essential oils of P. harmala seeds from five different regions of Northern Africa (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) was studied by GC and GC-MS analyses. A total of 105 compounds were identified, the main components being oxygenated monoterpenes   Read More ...
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Rosetta Spacecraft's Last Move: A Daring Dive Toward Comet Pits
The last-ever maneuver of the on Sept. 30 will take it toward several active pits on the "head" of Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, European Space Agency officials said. Rosetta's descent will take it to a spot next to a 425-foot-wide (130 meters) pit informally named Deir el-Medina, which refers to a structure that had a similar appearance in an ancient Egyptian town. Many of originate in pits such as Deir el-Medina.   Read More ...
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The Constellation Camelopardalis
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. Until the development of modern astronomy, his treatise (known as the ) would serve as the authoritative source on astronomy. This list has since come to be expanded to include the that are recognized by the (IAU) today. One of these modern additions is Camelopardalis, otherwise known as “the giraffe”. Located   Read More ...
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The Constellation Caleum
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. Until the development of modern astronomy, his treatise (known as the ) would serve as the authoritative source on astronomy. This list has since come to be expanded to include the that are recognized by the (IAU) today. One of these constellations is Caleum, which was discovered in in the 1750s   Read More ...
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The Constellation Boötes
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. Until the development of modern astronomy, his treatise (known as the ) would serve as the authoritative source of astronomy. This list has since come to be expanded to include the that are recognized by the (IAU) today. The constellation Boötes (pronounced Bu-Oh-Tays) is one of these constellations, and was also   Read More ...
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Making bricks from regolith (because there's no Home Depot on Mars)
Moses and Aaron, the Old Testament tells us, had to make bricks without straw before their people could leave Egypt and begin the journey to the Promised Land. Bob and Dick have to figure out how to make from regolith before their people can leave Earth and begin colonizing Mars. Regolith is the Martian equivalent of what would be called dirt or soil on our planet. Bob and Dick are   Read More ...
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Sentinel-1A spots potential oil slick from missing EgyptAir plane
The Sentinel-1A radar satellite has detected a potential oil slick in the eastern Mediterranean Sea – in the same area where EgyptAir flight MS804 disappeared early yesterday morning on its way from Paris to Cairo.   Read More ...
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The Constellation Auriga
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. His treatise, known as the , would serve as the authoritative source of astronomy for over a thousand years to come. Since the development of modern telescopes and astronomy, this list has come to be expanded to include the that are recognized by the (IAU) today. One of these is the   Read More ...
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The Constellation Aries
In the 2nd century CE, Greek-Egyptian astronomer Claudius Ptolemaeus (aka. Ptolemy) compiled a list of the then-known 48 constellations. His treatise, known as the , would serve as the authoritative source of astronomy for over a thousand years to come. Since the development of modern telescopes and astronomy, this list has come to be expanded to include the that are recognized by the (IAU) today. Of these constellations, Aries –   Read More ...
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Researchers demonstrate hydrogen atoms on graphene yield a magnetic moment
(Phys.org)—A team of researchers with members from institutions in Spain, France and Egypt has demonstrated that hydrogen atoms on graphene yield a magnetic moment and furthermore, that such moments can order ferromagnetically over relatively large distances. In their paper published in the journal Science the group describes experiments they carried out in attempting to cause a sheet of graphene to become magnetic, how they found evidence that it was possible   Read More ...
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Mediterranean loggerhead turtles dying in waters off the Middle East and North Africa
Thousands of loggerhead turtles are killed annually in areas of Syria, Libya and Egypt and Tunisia where they travel to find food, a new study led by researchers at the University of Exeter has highlighted. Robin Snape, a postgraduate research student with the Marine Turtle Research Group at the Centre for Ecology and Conservation at Penryn Campus and a team of fellow conservation biologists found that many adult loggerhead turtles   Read More ...
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