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The 'Cool Story' of Qatar's World Cup Stadiums
The 'Cool Story' of Qatar's World Cup Stadiums

The 'Cool Story' of Qatar's World Cup Stadiums

The mastermind behind the cooling technologies for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 stadiums, has revealed the details of the whole process. Nicknamed ‘Dr Cool’, Dr Saud Ghani, professor of mechanical engineering at Qatar University led the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) research project resulting in the development of the cooling technologies in the stadiums for the upcoming World Cup.

QNRF-Funded Research Leads to World-Class Roads in Qatar
QNRF-Funded Research Leads to World-Class Roads in Qatar

QNRF-Funded Research Leads to World-Class Roads in Qatar

Research funded by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), a member of Qatar Foundation (QF), has resulted in stronger and more sustainable roads in the country with advanced national standards for pavement construction. “Road quality is driven by specifications - if you specify old technology, you get lower quality. Similarly, if you update your specifications and technologies, the road construction industry steps up its game to deliver to high specifications,” said Dr Eyad Masad, professor at Texas A&M University at Qatar, who led the research.

Qatar’s Oldest Known Natural Pearl Bead Discovered in Ancient Grave
Qatar’s Oldest Known Natural Pearl Bead Discovered in Ancient Grave

Qatar’s Oldest Known Natural Pearl Bead Discovered in Ancient Grave

A local excavation mission led by Qatar Museums’ (QM) Excavation and Site Management head Dr Ferhan Sakal has discovered the oldest known natural pearl bead in Qatar, corresponding to the earliest human settlements on the peninsula. Dated to 4600 BCE, the historic find was enclosed within a grave at Wadi Al Debaian, one of the country’s oldest Neolithic sites, QM said in a statement Wednesday.

CMU-Q Project Aims to Draw Interactive Map of Qatari Dialect
CMU-Q Project Aims to Draw Interactive Map of Qatari Dialect

CMU-Q Project Aims to Draw Interactive Map of Qatari Dialect

A research team of Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar (CMU-Q), a Qatar Foundation partner university, is working on exploring and analysing dialects in Qatar. "Our main goal is to expand Qatar's knowledge base when it comes to the Qatari dialect, heritage, culture, and identity," says Zeinab Ibrahim, teaching professor of Arabic studies and the lead principal investigator on the project to create an interactive map of the Qatari dialect.

QU’s CLD Publishes New Book on Technology and Law
QU’s CLD Publishes New Book on Technology and Law

QU’s CLD Publishes New Book on Technology and Law

The Centre for Law & Development (CLD) at Qatar University (QU) has recently published a book entitled “Big Data Analytics and Its Impact on Basin Water Agreements and International Water Law: A Study of the Ramotswa Aquifer.” The monograph addresses a new emerging issue on the use of disruptive technologies for environmental governance. These technologies include artificial intelligence, big data, blockchain and many others. The authors addressed in the book the use of big data in the context of a specific transboundary groundwater: the Ramotswa Aquifer shared between South Africa and Botswana.

Qatar Keen to Enhance Food Security System in Islamic Countries
Qatar Keen to Enhance Food Security System in Islamic Countries

Qatar Keen to Enhance Food Security System in Islamic Countries

Hosting Islamic Organization for Food Security (IOFS) Forum confirms Qatar’s keenness to enhance the food security system in Islamic countries and build their capabilities in this significantly vital sector, by transferring Qatar’s experience in food security to Islamic countries, as Qatar has invested heavily in food and agricultural policies, infrastructure, market updates, ports and storage reserves.

Boot Camp Supported by QNRF Presents a Creative Space to Design New Tools for Educating the SDGs
Boot Camp Supported by QNRF Presents a Creative Space to Design New Tools for Educating the SDGs

Boot Camp Supported by QNRF Presents a Creative Space to Design New Tools for Educating the SDGs

Maker Majlis at the College of Islamic Studies (CIS), in collaboration with Qatar Scientific Club, held an ‘SDG Education and Design Boot Camp’ on January 29, where participants learned, explored, and developed educational tools to teach the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN-SDGs). The interactive boot camp is part of the major Qatar National Research Fund cluster grant “SDG Education in Qatar” and the first workshop of its kind designed to create SDG-related educational tools.

'A Cell Bouquet' by Sidra Medicine Wins QNRF Contest
'A Cell Bouquet' by Sidra Medicine Wins QNRF Contest

'A Cell Bouquet' by Sidra Medicine Wins QNRF Contest

Collaborative researchers from Sidra Medicine and Qatar University have won the Best Representative Image of an Outcome (BRIO) competition hosted by Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) to illustrate research outcomes using imagery to appeal to a broad, non-specialist audience. The images are evaluated on originality, scientific importance, and visual impact in photography and illustration.

Book Highlights Implementation of Recycled Aggregate in Construction
Book Highlights Implementation of Recycled Aggregate in Construction

Book Highlights Implementation of Recycled Aggregate in Construction

The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (MoECC) has announced the launch of a book titled 'Implementation of Recycled Aggregate in Construction' at a special ceremony held as part of the ongoing Doha International Book Fair (DIBF). The launch took place in the number of ministry officials and members of the public. Dr Mohamed bin Saif al-Kuwari, who led a research initiative that sought to explore the wider use of recycled and local materials in government projects, highlighted different aspects of the book.

Qatar’s Efforts to Achieve Food Security are Paying Dividends
Qatar’s Efforts to Achieve Food Security are Paying Dividends

Qatar’s Efforts to Achieve Food Security are Paying Dividends

Qatar’s quest for food security and sustainability has received much attention since the blockade and all the sectors in the country have shown the ability to prioritize it and align actions for its realization. Local food production has boomed over the past four years, and farming activities have increased across Qatar. Several market and governmental incentives were put in place to facilitate producers and consumers in supporting local products.

Pandemic Has Huge Effect on Qatar’s Medical Research Institutions
Pandemic Has Huge Effect on Qatar’s Medical Research Institutions

Pandemic Has Huge Effect on Qatar’s Medical Research Institutions

In response to the pandemic, Texas A&M University at Qatar launched a Covid-19 program encouraging applicants to develop models and algorithms to support the university’s response and the understanding of its effect on people.

Broadcasting and national identity construction in Qatar
Broadcasting and national identity construction in Qatar

Broadcasting and national identity construction in Qatar

Doha: Since the development of satellite broadcasting, the role of TV has increased as a significant definer of national identity and people’s perception of themselves and the world around them. Across the world, TV broadcasting has formed a significant tool since its appearance in carrying content loaded with cultural, historical and national heritage. A typical way of looking at TV content that leads to the construction of a national identity and how TV content unifies nations is studying the way broadcasters report national celebrations for instance. 

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DeSIGN: Guided Practice for Sign Language

DeSIGN: Guided Practice for Sign Language

Children learn and practice their vocabulary through interaction with parents and friends as well as through formal instruction at school. However, for deaf children, sign language is the main...
Calcium channels determine how life begins, and ends
Calcium channels determine how life begins, and ends

Calcium channels determine how life begins, and ends

Ongoing work at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) is investigating how intracellular calcium (Ca2+) signaling pathways are involved in the very beginning of life as they prepare the...
Taking gas-to-liquid technology to the next level
Taking gas-to-liquid technology to the next level

Taking gas-to-liquid technology to the next level

In the 1920s, two German scientists—Franz Fischer and Hans Tropsch—developed revolutionary chemical reactions that could transform gas into liquid. These reactions proved particularly...
Researchers build the case for wind and wave studies in Qatar
Researchers build the case for wind and wave studies in Qatar

Researchers build the case for wind and wave studies in Qatar

For the first time, fine detail about the wind and wave conditions around the coast of Qatar has been recorded. By arranging the most sophisticated equipment available on the edge of a 500-meter...
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