A World of Science by theme: Engineering and technology

  • 60 years of the double helix (2013, EN), on the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and how it ushered in a revolution in medicine, agriculture, criminal investigation, insurance and even archaeology and palaeontology.
  • 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
  • A Little Technology can go a Long Way (2013, EN), on a UNESCO project to help Maasai women in Tanzania make their homes safer and more comfortable
  • 'If More Women owned Mobile Phones, There would be More Development’ (2013, EN), on how mobile phones and Internet are remodelling development approaches in Uganda
  • Preserving the Memory of the World (2013, EN), provides examples of human ingenuity over the past 2000 years that have been inscribed on the Memory of the World Register, to mark the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s eponymous programme
  • Genetic pollution is Permanent (2013, EN), interview on the ethical implications of synthetic biology, which borrows techniques from engineering to create new life forms
  • Bridging the Digital Divide (2012, EN, ES), on a CERN-UNESCO Digital Library School which is training librarians and IT specialists, in order to foster the development of digital libraries in Africa
  • Science is a Universal Language (2012, EN, ES), interview of a woman researcher and inventor who is blending enterpreneurship with philanthropy to harness biotechnology to social progress
  • The High Level of Research Promotes Israeli Science-based Industries (2012, EN, ES, FR), on the strong role played by the business sector in contemporary Israeli science
  • As Chemists, We are Designers (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on using laser to cure cancer
  • What Future for Nuclear Power (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on the prospects for nuclear power in light of diminishing uranium stocks
  • Where would we be without Chemistry? (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the omnipresence of chemistry in our daily lives and its role in industry (comes with a pull-out Periodic Table)
  • Science without Borders (2011, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the growing trend towards internationalization of science, engineering and science diplomacy, based on the findings in the UNESCO Science Report 2010
  • Nature is a Library from which Industry can Learn (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why the aeronautics industry is investing heavily in biomimickry
  • The Rise of Innovation in India (2010, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the impact of policies in India to foster innovation, taken from the UNESCO Science Report 2010
  • Back to the Moon (2010, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on the little-known reasons for the race to the Moon
  • Preparing for a Cosmic Disaster (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), on why we should prepare for the eventuality of an asteroid colliding with our planet
  • The New Faces of the Universe (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU) on the latest discoveries in astronomy and what they owe to technology
  • Mission to Mars (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU) on an imaginary journey to Mars in the year 2030, an article targeting the young
  • Out of Africa (2009, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), interview on new methods of dating human migration out of Africa, including the use of x-ray techniques like synchrotron radiation
  • Megacities of Tomorrow (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, RU), forecasting how the geosciences and engineering will shape the world’s most populous cities in the decades to come
  • The Art of Engineering a Better World (2008, AR, EN, ES, FR, MLY, RU), presents the winning innovations of engineering students from North and South who were asked to design a project together combining poverty alleviation and sustainable development
  • Far from the Nanohype (2007, EN, ES, FR), on maximizing the benefits and minimizing the risks of nanoscience and nanotechnology
  • 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
  • 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
  • Arsenic Filter Stalks Silent Killer in Bangladesh (2006, EN, ES, FR), on the invention of a filter to protect the Bangladeshi population from groundwater contaminated by naturally high levels of arsenic
  • Controlling Malaria, the Vampire of the Technological Age (2005, EN, FR), on a biological weapon developed to eradicate malaria from southern Iran
  • A System for Managing the Planet by 2015 (2004, EN, FR), on a global scheme which recognizes that land, atmosphere and oceans are not separate systems but interlocking parts of a single Earth system and that we thus need to combine existing observing systems into a single overarching system to improve global monitoring of the environment
  • The Age of Renewables has Now Begun (2004, EN, FR), interview on the growing interest in renewable energy at a time of rising oil prices
  • The Solar School (2004, EN, FR) follows UNESCO’s summer school in photovoltaics
  • Bringing a Little Sunshine to People’s Lives (2003, EN, FR), on the installation of a solar village in Niger and the wider ramifications for developing countries of the spread of solar energy
  • What Future for Open Science? (2004, EN, FR), on the growing temptation to privatize or commercialize government-funded public-interest science
  • Towards Knowledge Societies (2003, EN, FR), interview on the difference between information societies and knowledge societies


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