World of Science by region: Europe and Mediterranean Basin

  • 60 years of the double helix (2013, EN), on the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and how it ushered it a revolution in medicine, agriculture, criminal investigation, insurance and even archaeology and palaeontology.
  • Sailing the Seas for Science (2013, EN,) interview on the current expedition of the Tara schooner, which is circumnavigating the Arctic Ocean to analyse the impact of the melting ice pack on marine life
  • Like it, want it? Print it! (2013, EN), on a workshop run by the new 3D Printing Shop of UNESCO’s Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
  • These are More than Flights of Fancy (2013, EN), interview on the Fly Your Ideas competition run by Airbus, which was placed under UNESCO’s patronage this year
  • Memory of the Earth (2013, EN), on the role geoparks play in preserving the memory of our planet’s history, which dates back 4.6 billion years, with a focus on European geoparks
  • Getting out of debt (2013, EN), on how countries of the Mediterranean Basin have become ecological debtors since 1961 and UNESCO’s plans to encourage countries to introduce the ecological footprint concept into Southeast European school curricula
  • Tales Set in Stone (2012, EN, ES, FR), retracing the impact of climate change and natural disasters over the past 30 000 years on human civilizations living around the Black and Mediterranean Sea basins
  • Weathering Uncertainty in the Arctic (2012, EN, ES, FR), on how indigenous peoples and scientists are working together to monitor climate change in the Arctic
  • The High Level of Research Promotes Israeli Science-based Industries (2012, EN, FR, ES), on the strong role played by the business sector in contemporary Israeli science
  • What Future for Nuclear Power? (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview of a Swiss expert on the prospects for nuclear power in light of diminishing uranium stocks
  • Environmental Crime Scene (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview of a French expert on the emerging field of environmental forensics
  • Nature is a Library from which Industry can Learn (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why the European aircraft industry is investing heavily in biomimickry
  • Fisheries in a Cod Climate (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why Norwegians of the north are confident that their local fishing economy will be able to withstand warmer waters better than the Norwegian economy as a whole
  • Why the Financial Crisis is also an Opportunity (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview of a French economist on why now is the time to green the global economy
  • Ageing Youthfully (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the latest medical advances for staying healthy longer, presented by a number of European specialists
  • Preparing for a Cosmic Disaster (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview of an Italian astronomer on why we should prepare for the eventuality of an asteroid colliding with our planet
  • Taking a Step Back (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why Malindi Watamu Biosphere Reserve in Kenya and Braunton Burrows–North Devon’s Biosphere Reserve in the UK have both concluded that retreat is the best policy in the face of the sea-level rise they are experiencing
  • Learning to Live with Drought in Europe (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on moves in Europe to adopt a drought policy and improve river monitoring in light of more frequent periods of drought on the continent
  • Rhön’s Gastronomical Ambassadors (2008, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), on the Rhön Biosphere Reserve in Germany, which has turned the art of local gastronomy into a socio-economic success
  • Mini-laboratories for the Middle-East (2007, EN, ES, RU), on how UNESCO’s global microscience experiments project is fostering experimentation in schools in the Middle East
  • The Very Real Success of the Avicenna Virtual Campus (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a UNESCO programme which is networking universities around an e-learning platform to promote the sharing of teaching resources around the Mediterranean Basin and broaden access to higher education in a region with growing student rolls
  • Using the Sun to Quench their Thirst (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on a project in Omayed Biosphere Reserve in Egypt to desalinate groundwater at the population’s request
  • Saviours from Space for Siberia’s Frozen Tombs (2006, EN, ES, FR, RU), on using remote sensing to identify buried tombs from a culture dating back 2500 years, in a race against time before melting permafrost destroys them
  • The Miracle of Light (2005, EN, FR), tracing the history of optics through the eyes of key Muslim scientists, whose work greatly influenced European science in the Dark Ages 1000 years ago
  • The Silent World Revisited (2005, EN, FR), on the return to a village built on the floor of the Red Sea 40 years earlier by French naturalist Jean-Yves Cousteau, in order to learn more about the sea and how the human body reacted to a prolonged stay under water.
  • A Tale of Five Cities (2004, EN, FR), on the work of a team of archaeologists, hydrologists and urban planners to save five jewels around the Mediterranean Basin
  • The Floating University (2004, EN, FR), on a ten-week research cruise for students in marine and Earth sciences from 25 countries who studied gas hydrates, mud volcanoes and other phenomena
  • The Pastoralists of Wadi Allaqi (2003, EN, FR), on the techniques pastoralists have developed in Wadi Allaqi Biosphere Reserve in Egypt to survive in a region where it only rains every few years; introduces the research done by the UNESCO-Cousteau Ecotechnie Chair within the biosphere reserve

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