19/08/14 7:54 AM
Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) has awarded 13 grants to PhD scientists in Qatar conducting research in the fields of social sciences, engineering and technology, and natural sciences.
QNRF announced that the awarded candidates of the first cycle of the Postdoctoral Research Award (PDRA) are from Qatar University, Texas A&M University at Qatar (TAMU-Q) and Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute (QEERI).
One of the awarded proposals from TAMU-Q will investigate an efficient way of converting carbon dioxide into methanol to reduce emissions and develop low-cost, efficient and sustainable alternative energy resources. Meanwhile, a proposal from Qatar University will seek to develop inexpensive, high-performance electric generators by converting heat energy from the sun into electrical energy.
19/08/14 7:53 AM
Students from an American university have visited its branch campus at Qatar Foundation to analyze the changing world of media technology from a Gulf perspective.
Graduate students from Georgetown University’s Washington, DC campus came to Georgetown University - School of Foreign Service in Qatar (SFS-Qatar) for a masters-level program, New Communication Technologies in the Arab World: Perspectives from the Gulf, studying how the evolution of information and communication technology is shaping culture.
The visitors took part in hands-on research and classroom learning during their three-week study tour, which ended on 5 June 2014. The program featured speakers and experts from organizations including Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Qatar Museums, Northwestern University in Qatar, and SFS-Qatar’s Center for International and Regional Studies.
12/08/14 8:05 AM
Vodafone Qatar is offering four hours of international calling for free for life with its new Postpaid plan, SuperSaver 150. All new and existing customers, moving into the SuperSaver 150 Plan, will get to enjoy four free international hours for life in addition to 1 GB of local data and other local offers.
Customers wishing to avail of this offer will need to subscribe before 31 August 2014. On top of that, all Postpaid customers can use Bill Control feature, where Postpaid customers can now limit their monthly bills to their desired limits.
12/08/14 8:02 AM
Sidra Medical and Research Center and international experts discussed the prevention and treatment of fetal malformation, a problem that results in approximately 3.2 million disabilities every year globally, during the Sidra Symposia Series event.
Fetal malformation, also known as birth defects or congenital malformation, is a problem that happens while a baby is developing inside the mother’s body. Most birth defects occur during the first three months of pregnancy. The most common serious congenital disorders are congenital heart defects, neural tube defects and Down’s syndrome.
Birth defects are a diverse group of disorders, which may be caused by a wide range of factors, including inherited disorders caused by gene defects or chromosomal abnormalities, maternal exposure to chemicals, medicines or drugs such as alcohol or tobacco or infectious diseases, such as syphilis and rubella (German measles). Unfortunately, for most birth defects, the cause is unknown.