New National Geographic Series Chasing Answers Spotlights KAUST’s Emergence as a Global Scientific Research Hub

Chasing Answers


Four-part documentary delves into groundbreaking work conducted by teams of staff and students

THUWAL, Saudi Arabia, May 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — National Geographic is shining the spotlight on Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Chasing Answers, a new four-part series that explores the emergence of the Thuwal-based institution as a hub for groundbreaking scientific research and development in the region and the world. The documentary, produced by National Geographic, will premiere on National Geographic (English) and National Geographic Abu Dhabi (Arabic) on Wednesday, June 1st at 9pm KSA.

Home to elite scientists from all over the world, KAUST focuses on research that applies science and technology to areas of global concern. The series delves into three areas in particular – human need, social advancement and environmental sustainability – highlighting important projects with significant impact on both nature and mankind.

Episodes include Powering the Future, which will take a look at a team of KAUST researchers, as they spend countless hours tackling climate change and testing alternative energy solutions. Red Sea Explored is a deep dive into projects that include underwater internet and coral spawning.

Chasing Answers


The episode (Feeding) The 10 Billion Challenge shows the inroads being made by the KAUST team in answering the ever-daunting question of how to feed the world’s growing population. We Are Doers focuses on a group of problem-solvers as they look for ways to use technology to help overcome issues ranging from the global microchip shortage to filling knowledge gaps in our understanding of the past and our ambitions for the future.

Chasing Answers will air at 9pm KSA time each Wednesday for four weeks starting June 1st.

About King Abdullah University of Science & Technology 

Established in 2009, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is a graduate research university devoted to finding solutions for some of the world’s most pressing scientific and technological challenges in the areas of food and health, water, energy, environment and the digital domain. KAUST is a curiosity-driven, interdisciplinary problem-solving environment, with state-of-the-art labs, distinguished faculty talent, and 20 research areas related to these themes.

KAUST brings together the best minds from around the world to advance research. More than 100 different nationalities live, work and study on campus. KAUST is a catalyst for innovation, economic development and social prosperity in Saudi Arabia and the world, with research resulting in novel patents and products, enterprising startup businesses, collaborative regional and global initiatives, and original published papers.

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TigerGraph’s Graph for All Million Dollar Challenge Winners Impress With Innovative Solutions to Global Issues Using Graph Technology

Top Projects Address Mental Health, Refugee Support, Detecting Organized Crime, Fighting Global Misinformation, and More

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 25, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — TigerGraph, provider of a leading graph analytics platform, today unveiled the winners of the Graph for All Million Dollar Challenge — awarding $1 million in cash to game-changing, graph-powered projects that analyze and address many of today’s biggest global social, economic, health, and climate-related concerns. The winning projects, announced at this week’s Graph + AI Summit, were hand-selected by the global judging committee from more than 1,500 registrations from 100+ countries. Mental Health Hero claimed the $250k Grand Prize for creating an application to help provide greater access and personalization to mental health treatment.

“From addressing mental health issues to supporting Ukrainian refugees to predicting how supply shocks will spread through the world economy, the submissions we received tackle real-world concerns and demonstrate innovative approaches to resolving them with graph technology,” said Dr. Yu Xu, founder and CEO of TigerGraph. “We wanted to create a challenge that produced new and innovative applications of graph technology and the global community did just that. The overwhelming focus on global issues in this challenge shows that regardless of geography, we all share many of the same concerns and challenges, and that graph technology can help address them.”

Graph For All Million Dollar Challenge Winners
After extensive review by the global judging committee, consisting of 32 experts from industry, academia, and TigerGraph, the following are the 15 award-winning projects.

Graph For All Million Dollar Challenge Grand Prize Winner
Grand Prize, $250,000: Mental Health Hero – Mental Health Hero is a graph-based approach to solving one of the largest public health epidemics today: the prevalence of untreated mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. According to the CDC, 400 million people globally are not receiving essential treatment for their mental health disorders [1]. Additionally, only 40% of adults with mental illness are estimated to receive treatment for it [2].

Graph For All Million Dollar Challenge Top Awards
Most Impactful 1st place, $100,000: UAWelcome – The global refugee crisis reached a new level of awareness with the war in Ukraine. In response, UAWelcome created a platform that uses graph technology to connect individual refugees and their needs with a fast-growing community of volunteers and the limited and scattered resources. Their application is already in use connecting volunteers and scattered resources with Ukrainian refugees and helping refugees seek asylum in the U.S.

Most Innovative 1st place, $100,000: Universe Planner – A multiverse-metaverse planning app that allows users to solve complex problems by tapping into and leveraging social knowledge. It also socially connects users to others working on the same or similar mission, plan, or task.

Most Ambitious 1st place, $100,000: ShockNet – Allows users to adjust assumptions, investigate the predicted chains of shocks through the world economy, and identify ways to avoid economic crises by gaining visibility into how and why shocks spread. ShockNet includes an app that allows policymakers to visualize and adjust the model to better understand how to offset or avoid a future crisis.

Most Applicable 1st place, $100,000: BioDex – BioDex combines our natural curiosity with the motivation of gaming. By gamifying the experience of connecting to nature, players can snap images of nature, identify its species, and display its properties in real time while striving to identify as many species as possible and contributing biodiversity information to research.

Women Who Graph, $30,000: Diagnosx – After seeing first hand in the ER the dual struggles of patients not understanding their health conditions and doctors trying to draw pictures to help explain conditions, Bree Day knew there had to be a better way. Her idea to get 3D models to illustrate breadth and depth of a patient’s diagnosis into all patients’ hands is realized in Diagnosx. The application presents a 3D model of a patient’s diagnosis and medical history to better illustrate the findings and diagnosis, and decrease disparities in doctor/patient communication.

Most Popular, $20,000: Multimodality Cancer Graph – Many diseases are related to each other, and complications from a certain disease could cause another. Through the power of graphs and machine learning, this project aims to uncover new disease links and help researchers better prepare for future pandemics or emerging diseases.

Additional Winners
Most Impactful

  • 2nd place, $50,000: Fact-Checker: Fighting Misinformation at Scale – A multi-platform, multi-lingual, real-time fact-checking system powered by machine learning and graph technology.
  • 3rd place, $25,000: Project Athena – An automatic, generic knowledge graph framework that builds itself from textual unstructured data and uses natural language to query and apply data.

Most Innovative

  • 2nd place, $50,000: RepoLinks – A graph that shows the dense, complex interconnections between software developers, programming languages, and software projects, to better understand factors such as skill sets, productivity, and technology evolution within organizations.
  • 3rd place, $25,000: Gemini – An eclectic news search engine that cuts through the noise and allows readers to dig deep into a specific topic or explore multiple facets of the news they are most interested in.

Most Ambitious

  • 2nd place, $50,000: Finding Drug Interactions in Silico with Graph – Identifies drug interactions and potential side effects using graph machine learning during the pharmaceutical development process.
  • 3rd place, $25,000: Candoor – A social networking site for people seeking to connect with others for candid conversations on anything from professional industry advice to tips for pursuing a hobby.

Most Applicable

  • 2nd place, $50,000: TigerGraph for United Nations (UN) Data – Makes UN data, the most robust dataset in the world, easily accessible to anyone by harnessing the power of graph technology.
  • 3rd place, $25,000: BiasCheck – A cool new Google Chrome extension that fosters critical thinking by identifying bias/accuracy of all news sources. The technology also allows users to explore specific topics with differing viewpoints that challenge the status quo.

The Graph for All Million Dollar Challenge judging committee was comprised of the world’s brightest and most recognizable data scientists, professors, PhDs, distinguished engineers, and founders of global companies focusing on artificial intelligence (AI), analytics, knowledge graph, and other industry experts with deep knowledge of graph technology, graph use cases, and graph deployments. The judging committee included eight PhDs, three academics from top universities, an NSF Graduate Research Fellow, a marine geoscientist, and a 2x Kaggle Grand Master. TigerGraph engineers and product experts also joined the panel as employee judges.

“Wow! The creative use of graph and data in these solutions really shows how a graph approach with the right data can address so many global issues,” said Juan Sequeda, principal scientist, and Graph for All Million Dollar Challenge judge. “What is truly exciting is that most of these projects can be expanded and applied in many different situations and use cases in the future. The projects serve as templates that can be adjusted, augmented, and adapted for other situations, helping make life better for even more people. Like the project created to help Ukrainian refugees, while it is excellent for refugee situations, that same application could be used to help people impacted by natural disasters throughout the world.”

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TigerGraph is a platform for advanced analytics and machine learning on connected data. Based on the industry’s first and only distributed native graph database, TigerGraph’s proven technology supports advanced analytics and machine learning applications such as fraud detection, anti-money laundering (AML), entity resolution, customer 360, recommendations, knowledge graph, cybersecurity, supply chain, IoT, and network analysis. The company is headquartered in Redwood City, California, USA. Start free with

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‫جی بی اے سے دوستی کی آواز: چین اور نیدرلینڈز کے تعلقات کی 50 ویں سالگرہ کے موقع پر زوہائی کا آن لائن کنسرٹ

زوہائی، چین، 25 مئی 2022 /ژن ہوا ایشیانیٹ/– 23 مئی کو چین اور نیدرلینڈز کے درمیان سفارتی تعلقات کی 50ویں سالگرہ کی یاد میں زوہائی اوپیرا ہاؤس اور رائل کنسرٹ جیبوو دونوں میں مشترکہ طور پر ایک آن لائن کنسرٹ منعقد کیا گیا جس کا مقصد “سمندروں اور پہاڑوں پر دھنیں” تھا۔ زوہائی میونسپل پیپلز گورنمنٹ کے انفارمیشن آفس کے مطابق جب موسیقی براعظموں اور سمندروں میں رقص کر رہی تھی تو زوہائی اور ایمسٹرڈیم پہلے سے کہیں زیادہ ایک دوسرے سے جڑے ہوئے تھے اور گہری دوستی کا جشن منا رہے تھے اور ایک بہتر مستقبل کے منتظر تھے جو ایک دوسرے کے ساتھ تعمیر اور اشتراک کے منتظر تھے۔

جاز، پیانو سولو، ونڈ میوزک، کورس، فیوژن میوزک اور دیگر سمیت 13 پرفارمنسز تھیں۔ کنسرٹ میں دونوں ممالک کے عالمی معیار کے موسیقاروں اور فنکاروں – نیڈرلینڈز بلیزر اینسیمبل، سنفونیا روٹرڈیم، زوہائی گولڈن جاز آرکسٹرا، چینی گلوکار لیو یوتونگ، چینی ڈرامہ پلم بلوسم ایوارڈ جیتنے والے او کیمنگ اور کیونگ ژیا وغیرہ شامل تھے۔ منتظم نے اسے “سب سے زیادہ واضح مقامی خصوصیات کے ساتھ موسیقی کی گفتگو قرار دیا جو وقت اور جگہ سے بالاتر ہیں”۔

کنسرٹ کے چیف ڈائریکٹر یان جیہونگ نے کہا کہ لنگنان ثقافت اور زوہائی شہر کے بہت سے عناصر اس محفل میں منظر عام پر آئیں ہیں، ہم نوجوانوں اور ویٹیلیٹی کے شہر زوہائی کو دنیا کے سامنے پیش کرنے کی کوشش کرتے ہیں۔

سماعتوں کے لئے شام کی دعوت کا آغاز آسمان سے پھولوں کی پتیاں گرنے کے ساتھ ہوا، جو ایک کلاسیکی کینٹونی گانا ہے۔ ژوہائی موسیقاروں کے کمپوز کردہ بہت سے اصل گانے بھی متعارف کرائے گئے جن میں خصوصی اقتصادی زون کی دلکشی کی نقاب کشائی کی گئی جو جدید، ساحلی اور بین الاقوامی ہے۔

سنفونیا روٹرڈیم نے چین میں ایک معروف محب وطن گیت ‘مائی مدر لینڈ’ پیش کیا۔ زوہائی گولڈن جاز آرکسٹرا نے چین میں نوجوان موسیقی کی صلاحیتوں کو فروغ دینے کے لئے سنفونیا روٹرڈیم کے ساتھ گہرے تعاون کا آغاز کیا۔ قابل ذکر بات یہ ہے کہ نیڈرلینڈز بلیزر اینسیمبل کی یہ پہلی کوشش ہوگی جو عالمی شہرت کی حامل ہے اور اپنی اہم آرٹ تعلیم کو نیدرلینڈز کی سرحد سے باہر پھیلانے کی کوشش کرے گی۔

400 سال پہلے ہی چین اور نیدرلینڈز میری ٹائم سلک روڈ کے ذریعے اقتصادی، تجارتی اور ثقافتی تبادلے شروع کر چکے تھے۔ دونوں ممالک نے نومبر 1954 میں چارج ڈی افیئرز کی سطح پر سفارتی تعلقات قائم کیے جسے مئی 1972 میں سفیر کی سطح پر اپ گریڈ کیا گیا۔ گزشتہ 50 سالوں سے اقوام متحدہ جیسے کثیر الجہتی فریم ورک اور نظام کے تحت قریبی تعلقات نے اقتصادی تعاون، سائنس اور ٹیکنالوجی، پائیدار ترقی اور عالمی امن کو فروغ دینے میں کئی فائدے حاصل کئے ہیں۔

گہرے تاریخی اور ثقافتی ورثے کے حامل نیدرلینڈز کے چوتھے سب سے بڑے شہر یوٹریکٹ کے ساتھ ژوہائی کے بڑھتے ہوئے قریبی تعلقات چین اور نیدرلینڈز کی مسلسل بڑھتی ہوئی دوستی کا مظاہرہ ہیں۔ چین کے باقی دنیا سے جڑنے کے لئے ایک اہم پل کے طور پر زوہائی نے نومبر 2013 میں یو ٹریکٹ کے ساتھ دوستانہ تبادلے کا آغاز کیا تھا۔اگلے برسوں میں، دونوں شہروں نے سرمایہ کاری، تجارت، سائنس اور ٹیکنالوجی، ثقافت، سیاحت، تعلیم، صحت کی دیکھ بھال وغیرہ میں اشتراک کو مزید گہرا کیا ہے۔ زوہائی سے نائن اسٹار کارپوریشن نے وہاں اپنا یورپ سیلز سینٹر قائم کیا۔ 2019 میں یو ٹریکٹ میں ایک تصویری نمائش دی چارم آف زوہائی کا انعقاد کیا گیا جس میں مقامی لوگوں کو شہر کی منفرد خصوصیات، ثقافت اور تاریخ کی تعریف کرنے کی دعوت دی گئی۔

اعداد و شمار سے پتہ چلتا ہے کہ حالیہ برسوں میں چین اور نیدرلینڈز کے درمیان دو طرفہ تجارت اور سرمایہ کاری کے حجم میں اضافہ ہوا ہے۔ یہ نتیجہ اخذ کرنا مناسب ہے کہ نیدرلینڈز یورپ کے ساتھ تعاون کے لئے چین کا گیٹ وے ہے۔ آگے دیکھتے ہوئے، زوہائی اور یوٹریکٹ مشترکہ طور پر اپنی دوستی کے گیت میں ایک اعلی نوٹ حاصل کے لئے تیار ہیں۔ ثقافتی اور عوام سے عوام کے تبادلے کے ذریعے دونوں ممالک کے لوگوں کے مربوط دل ہمارے دو طرفہ تعلقات مسرت کا باعث بنیں گے جس سے چین اور یورپی یونین اور چین نیدرلینڈز کے تعلقات کی ترقی میں زیادہ تعاون ملے گا۔

ماخذ: ژوہائی میونسپل پیپلز گورنمنٹ کا انفارمیشن آفس

Section 144 imposed due to PTI’s efforts to disrupt peace: Tarar

Punjab Government Spokesperson Atta Tarar has said, section 144 has imposed because the PTI wants to disrupt peace in the country.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, today (Wednesday) the Spokesperson said, a control room has been set up to monitor violence and police will take swift action against law violators.

Atta Tara said PTI members have collected weapons for mobilization and police heavy ammunition during two raids.

Source: Radio Pakistan