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legacy”>Explaining the Muslim pilgrimage of hajj

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC

Muslims start the hajj by circling the Kaaba, the black, cube-shaped house of God. UmmSqueaky, CC BY-NC Ken Chitwood, University of Florida Around 1.7 million Muslims have gathered this year in the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the annual pilgrimage – the hajj. The five-day pilgrimage is a once-in-a-lifetime obligation for all Muslims who have the physical …

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KAUST Research: Rebuilding Marine Life

The ability of the ocean to support human wellbeing is at a crossroads. The ocean currently contributes 2.5% of the global GDP and provides employment to 1.5% of the global workforce, with an estimated output of US $1.5 trillion in 2010, expected to double by 2030. Yet, as attention focuses on the ocean as the last frontier to support further …

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KAUST Research: Improving water security for food crops

KAUST Research: Improving water security for food crops

With groundwater resources depleting, and global food production increasing, KAUST scientists are using remote sensors to measure water use in agriculture. Shoe-box sized satellites called CubeSats capture daily images of agricultural fields in high-resolution detail. Applying advanced machine learning techniques and big-data analysis, the information is used to improve crop management—from water usage to plant and soil conditions. Efficient crop …

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KAUST Research: New research into 6G aims to bridge the digital divide

By the end of 2018, there were nearly 4 billion people without internet connectivity in the world. Almost 75 percent of the unconnected population is located in 20 countries and is concentrated in rural, low-income and low-literacy areas. Acknowledging its paramount importance, the United Nations now recognizes internet connectivity as an important and basic human need and includes “universal and …

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