Egypt Science & Nature
Egypt's EFG Hermes looks to manage renewable energy projects: energy head
Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
Ancient mummy DNA reveals surprises about genetic origins of Egyptians
Who were the ancient Egyptians? Mummy DNA reveals surprising clues
Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic
Saudi and Chinese businesses join forces on Egyptian solar projects
2018-01-18 00:19:46 Saudi Arabia's ACWA Power has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction contract to China's Chint Group for three solar photovoltaic power plants in southern Egypt. ACWA Power, which develops both power and water desalination projects, said that the total investment value of the projects was $190 million, and that they would have a total capacity of 165.5 megawatts. The contract for the deal was signed Tuesday at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi   Read More ...
Extraterrestrial rock found in Egypt looks like nothing found in our solar system before, scientists say
2018-01-11 18:37:29 Mysterious extraterrestrial rocks are unlike anything ever found on Earth, according to scientists. The Hypatia stone – pebbles found in Egypt, which once came from a huge rock that was several metres wide – have long been known to have come to Earth from somewhere else. But new research shows they are even more alien than we thought, having been formed outside of our solar system and even before our sun existed   Read More ...
Egypt's EFG Hermes looks to manage renewable energy projects: energy head
2017-12-25 16:38:54 CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian investment bank EFG Hermes aims to manage renewable energy projects totaling 400-500 megawatts in the north African country in the coming three years, said the bank’s energy head Bakr Abdel Wahab. EFG Hermes, one of the largest investment banks in the Middle East, is currently active in the renewable energy sector in Europe through a green company called Vortex   Read More ...
Research: The marginalized dimension in our fight against cancer | Yehia Abugabal | TEDxGUC
2017-12-18 17:08:08 There are a multitude of dimensions to consider when dealing with how to overcome medical diseases. One dimension in particular however, is marginalized when compared to its peers; and that is Scientific Research. In this talk, Dr. Yehia Abu Gabal, founder of the International Institue for Cancer Research in Egypt,and was recognised by Forbes among their annual 30 Under 30 list,will dicuss the underlying power and effect of Scientific Medical Research in combating medical diseases in Egypt. Dr. Yehia Abugabal has practiced clinical Oncology at Ain Shams University's Faculty of Medicine for 6 years. During this time, Abugabal has also coordinated the yearly Breast Gynecological International Cancer Conference held in Egypt   Read More ...
Whale fossils seen in natural reserve of Egypt(1/6)
2017-09-29 08:00:28 Whale fossils are seen in Wadi Al-Hitan, or the Valley of Whales, in Fayoum Governorate, Egypt, on Sept. 27, 2017. Wadi Al-Hitan, or the Valley of Whales, is a paleontological site in the Fayoum Governorate of Egypt. Wadi Al-Hitan contains invaluable fossil remains of the earliest, and now extinct, suborder of whales, Archaeoceti. It was designated a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in 2005   Read More ...
Egyptian renewable energy projects get $210 million boost
2017-09-06 00:25:51 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 ...
AIIB announces $210 mln support for renewable energy projects in Egypt
2017-09-05 11:30:22 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 ...
Egypt finalises deal with Russia for first nuclear plant
2017-09-05 06:38:10 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 ...
Egypt finalizes deal with Russia for first nuclear plant
2017-09-04 17:36:29 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 ...
Egypt finalizes deal with Russia for first nuclear plant
2017-09-04 17:11:40 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 ...
Egypt reaches deal with Russia to build its first nuclear power plant
2017-09-04 17:01:00 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 ...
Military contest on environmental safety held in Xinjiang (1/4)
2017-08-07 08:30:10 Egyptian soldiers participate in an international military competition on environmental safety in Korla City, Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Aug. 6, 2017. Teams from China, Russia, Belarus, Iran and Egypt competed in the contest that included reconnaissance of chemical and biological weapons, collection of samples, identification of toxic agents, decontamination of equipment, and shooting. (Photo: China News Service/Wang Xiaojun)   Read More ...
BRIEF-Charles River Laboratories' Board increase size of board from nine to ten
2017-07-06 13:41:50 * 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 ...
Ancient DNA reveals role of Near East and Egypt in cat domestication
2017-06-19 20:41:53 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 ...
Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
2017-06-01 12:02:26 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 ...
Mummy DNA Reveals Unexpected Findings On Ancient Egyptian Ancestry
2017-06-01 09:09:44 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 ...
The first genome data from Egyptian mummies is in
2017-06-01 00:51:25 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 ...
Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
2017-06-01 00:15:56 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 ...
Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
2017-05-31 16:11:13 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 ...
Who's Your Mummy? Genetic Secrets Of Ancient Egypt Unwrapped
2017-05-31 08:21:34 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 ...
Ancient mummy DNA reveals surprises about genetic origins of Egyptians
2017-05-31 07:07:59 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 ...
Who's your mummy? Genetic secrets of ancient Egypt unwrapped
2017-05-30 22:48:32 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 ...
Who were the ancient Egyptians? Mummy DNA reveals surprising clues
2017-05-30 22:26:30 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 ...
Korea shares nuclear communication knowhow with developing world
2017-05-16 15:30:48 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 ...
The Science of the 10 Plagues
2017-04-12 12:23:57 What do you do next, after turning a nation's water supply into blood? If you're following Moses' playbook, you inundate them with frogs. For the second plague, Moses allegedly conjured vast quantities of frogs that swarmed into people's homes — even finding their way into the Egyptians' beds, ovens and cookware. As it happens, the phenomenon of "raining frogs" has been reported multiple times throughout history and in a range of locations around the world   Read More ...
Egyptian Researchers Turn Shrimp Shells into Biodegradable Plastic
2017-03-03 01:07:24 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 ...
Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic
2017-03-02 20:47:26 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 ...
Egyptian researchers turn shrimp shells into biodegradable plastic
2017-03-02 18:36:44 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 ...
The Canis Minor Constellation
2016-12-24 01:27:10 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 ...
Study of bat vocalizations shows they are communicating with one another
2016-12-23 15:01:14 (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 ...
Ups & Downs: The Evolution of Elevators
2016-12-21 12:37:41 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 ...
The Canis Major Constellation
2016-12-17 00:39:25 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 ...
The Canes Venatici Constellation
2016-12-02 21:04:30 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 ...
The Nile: Longest River in the World
2016-11-30 01:29:16 The Nile River, considered the longest river in the world, is approximately 4,258 miles (6,853 kilometers) long, but its exact length is a matter of debate. Flowing northward through the tropical climate of eastern Africa and into the Mediterranean Sea, the river passes through 11 countries: Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. The Nile has two major tributaries:   Read More ...
Geospatial work identifies high-risk flooding areas
2016-11-10 14:05:41 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 ...
The Cancer Constellation
2016-11-07 02:45:22 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 ...
Chambers Hidden in Great Pyramid? Scientists Cast Doubt
2016-10-18 13:12:03 A group of scientists has just claimed to have discovered two unknown voids or cavities within the Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest pyramid ever constructed in Egypt. Such cavities can be signs of hidden burials or rooms and as such, media outlets across the world immediately ran headlines touting this "discovery." even went so far as to proclaim that "secret rooms" had been found in the Great Pyramid. However,   Read More ...
Molecules, Vol. 21, Pages 1235: Chemical Composition, Antibacterial and Phytotoxic Activities of Peganum harmala Seed Essential Oils from Five Different Localities in Northern Africa
2016-09-22 15:39:39 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 ...
Skin Proteins from Mummies Reveal How Ancient Egyptians Died
2016-09-20 00:49:30 An international team of researchers has identified hundreds of proteins in skin and muscle samples from 4,200-year-old Egyptian mummies, finding signs of diseases that may have caused their death. Published in the journal Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society A, the groundbreaking study shows that proteins isolated from ancient mummified tissue can reveal inflammation, immune response and possibly cancer. The researchers collected four skin samples and one muscle biopsy from   Read More ...
Rosetta Spacecraft's Last Move: A Daring Dive Toward Comet Pits
2016-09-16 15:42:22 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 ...