MIT, Harvard scientists find way to produce solar power without sunshine — Boston com

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The material absorbs the sun’s heat, stores that energy in chemical form and can release it on demand, according to researchers.


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Understanding telematic theatre – Is it worth trying? — British council de article by Christopher Hewitt, Florian Feigl and Lydia Ciesluk

The term telematic theatre refers to the use of web technologies to transmit images and sound between two or more locations, with performers at each site interacting with each other. Images from both locations are merged on screen, which gives members of the audience the impression that they are in the same space as the performers.

Florian Feigl (right) at Sophiensäle, Berlin (Image © Christopher Hewitt)

Florian Feigl (right) at Sophiensäle, Berlin (Image © Christopher Hewitt)


This technology was at the heart of the telematic piece “Dissolved – The Uncanny Valley”, which was simultaneously performed at Beaconsfield in London and Berlin’s Sophiensäle in March 2014. It was a co-operation between Station House Opera and two Berlin-based artists – Florian Feigl and Christopher Hewitt. In this interviewed the creative partners explain their ideas and conceptual approach to the project.

How are you two connected with Station House Opera, the pioneers of telematic theatre?

Christopher Hewitt: I got to know their founder, Julian Maynard Smith, in the 1990ies when I still lived in London. Florian and I first met around the same time at the Panacea Festival in Stockholm. I connected both of them when Station House Opera aimed to re-make their production Roadmetal, Sweetbread. The company searched for someone to replace Julian in the new version. I suggested Florian Feigl, since his conceptual interests merge so perfectly with Julian’s. Their works are alike in a way that they are actually not about the obvious things you see on stage. The audience can only see the tip of the iceberg. Florian’s and Julian’s work can often be colourful and charming, using the imagery of theatre, while actually focusing on an abstract conceptual investigation of complex structures.

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Aga Khan to open 30 outreach centres throughout Tanzania — IPP Media com

Aga Khan Health Service Tanzania (AKHST)

In a bid to support government efforts in improving health and sending services close to wananchi, the Aga Khan Health Service Tanzania (AKHST) plans to open over 30 outreach centres and as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the hospital will set up free camps for cancer screening, diabetes, blood pressure and kidney ailments.

The Aga Khan Hospital Chief Operating Officer Sisawo Konteh made the announcement earlier this week when he addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam.

“Our aim is to help people by providing quality health services at affordable prices. Patients should not hesitate to come to the centers because we have considered their income status,” he said.


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Peace Kowomera Growers Coop society, Uganda: Every bag of Coexist Coffee provides one child with one week of access to a school — Coexist Coffee video







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Mina Mawani To Lead Canadian Women’s Foundation — The Weekly Voice com

Mina Mawani To Lead Canadian Women's Federation

Mina Mawani To Lead Canadian Women’s Federation

Toronto: The Canadian Women’s Foundation recently announced the appointment of Mina Mawani as its President and CEO. Mina is best known for leading transformations as CEO of the Aga Khan Council for Canada, where she successfully contributed to the planning of a new Ismaili Centre and Museum in Toronto


Q: What are the remaining challenged for women in Canada. According to some critics, perhaps, the pendulum has swung the other way as far as women’s equality is concerned to give women a distinctive advantage?

Many Canadians believe the gender gap is a thing of the past. But unfortunately, women and girls still face disproportionate levels of violence and poverty simply because of their gender.

Women are at a much higher risk for domestic violence and sexual assault. Every night in Canada, about 6,000 women and children are forced to sleep in a shelter because it’s not safe for them at home. And in one year alone, 473,900 Canadian females over the age of 15 experienced a sexual assault.


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Exceptionalism in the Middle East and North Africa — A video interview with Stathis Kalyvas, Yale University on Reset Doc org


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“If you look at the broader region of the Middle East, what you observe is a large number of wars. Right now, a war is going on in Syria, another civil war is going on in Afghanistan, there is conflict in Libya, before that there was Iraq and Iraq is not finished yet, there was Lebanon…It looks like the region of the Middle East suffers from many different civil wars, suffers from a lot violent conflicts. Why does the wider MENA region continue generating wars, while armed conflicts declined worldwide after the Cold War?” asks political scientist Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science & Director, Program on Order, Conflict and Violence at Yale University. The reasons are “international interests, transnational revolutionary factors and parochial, local divisions, but also stronger counterhegemonic ideologies which keep the conflicts going.” We interviewed Professor Kalyvas during our Istanbul Seminars 2013.

Interview and Editing: Nina zu Fürstenberg
Filmmaker: Anna Fanuele


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Al-Ummah Europe: Will be held between the 16th and 24th of August at Outward Bound, Lake District, UK for 15-18 year old

Al-Ummah Europe is back and to be better than ever before!


Situated in the tranquil and scenic surrounds of the Lake District, will return to Howtown, the custom-built Outward Bound activity centre on the shores of Lake Ullswater.

This year’s programme will be held between the 16th and 24th of August. Applications for both Participants and Facilitators are open until April 30th, 2014.

If you are between the ages of 15 and 18, and are eager to embark on a journey of a lifetime, join at Al-Ummah Europe this summer.



Ismaili org writes: About Al-Ummah Europe 2014

Al-Ummah 2014, a nine-day long residential programme, aims to empower the youth of today’s Jamat by inspiring participants to:

  • Challenge themselves with a multitude of spine-tingling activities, from gorge walking to rafting to an overnight expedition; pushing themselves to…

  • Develop into ambassadors and future leaders of the Jamat by strengthening their leadership skills and gaining a real understanding of what it means to be Ismaili in the Industrialised world, and finally…

  • Become a more confident individual and leave Al-Ummah having shared fantastic experiences with life-long friends and acquired the confidence and ability to clearly articulate their ideas.

Since its creation in 1982, Al-Ummah has instilled cultural and religious identity among hundreds of participants. Here are some comments from those who attended last year’s Residential:

“Al-Ummah is a very positive life changing experience. You form lifelong friendships; gain a better attitude towards challenges and difficulties; build confidence and test your physical and mental boundaries!”

“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to attend this camp and regularly keep in touch with my Al-Ummah friends from around the world. Al-Ummah will always remain part of my bloodstream.”

“Al-Ummah is an exciting, whirlwind journey alongside talented young leaders of tomorrow. It pushes you out of your comfort zone by immersing you in an environment which is physically, emotionally and intellectually challenging, all at the same time.”

“The programme brings out the best in you and you are guaranteed to leave with memories filled with smiles and laughter!”

“The diversity of participants gives an insight into and an appreciation of different cultures, formed from a common tradition, with an evident unspoken bond present between all.”





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