March 31, 2015 -- Updated 4:10 pm GMT

Princess Madeleine Gives Out Science Prizes

Posted in: Sweden

On Wednesday at Stockholm’s Concert Hall, Princess Madeleine was on hand to give out the Goran Gustafsson Prize, which is distributed by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science.

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Ever since 1991, the prize has honored those in the fields of mathematics, physics, chemistry, molecular biology and medicine. It is the highest award for natural scientific research in all of Sweden.

Each winner gets 4.5 million kronor in research funding over a period of three years, and a personal prize of $100,000.

The recipients of the prize include William Agace from the Biomedical Center in Lund. He won the medicine portion for his research to clarify the normal intestinal immune system and its changes in the case of inflammatory bowel diseases.

Johan Elf, a professor at Uppsala University, got the molecular biology prize for his work on individual proteins and DNA.

The mathematics award went to Par Kulberg from the Royal Institute of Technology. He earned the prize for his studies on dynamical systems and number theories.

Gothenburg University’s Mehlig Bernhard’s studies on how rain and planets are formed got him the physics prize.

As for the chemistry prize, that went to Yi Luo for his work on molecular electronics, synchrotron X-ray studies and dissemination of non-linear optics.

Source: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

Sheikh Ahmed Laid to Rest

The brother of the President of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Abu Dhabi, was laid to rest on Wednesday. In accordance to Muslim tradition, Sheikh Ahmed bin Zayed al-Nahyan was buried a day after his body was recovered from a Moroccan lake where the glider he was flying in crashed on Friday.

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In Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh’s body was brought into Sheikh Zayed Mosque on a stretcher with the UAE flag covering it. Ahmed’s brother, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan, along with an imam, led the prayers during the funeral. The mosque is the same one built by Ahmed’s father, and it is where his father lies.

Afterwards, the stretcher was carried out of the mosque and brought to an ambulance. The vehicle than drove away to bury Sheikh Ahmed in a nearby cemetery.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Khalifa received condolences from the rulers of the other emirates and government officials.

Since the death of his brother, Khalifa has received condolences cables from all over the world, including King Mohammed VI of Morocco, King Abdullah II of Jordan, King Abdullah and Crown Prince Sultan of Saudi Arabia, and King Juan Carlos of Spain.

Now the question is what will become of Sheikh Ahmed’s Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), the world’s largest sovereign fund. TIME magazine is reporting that there will be power struggle between the Sheikh’s 17 brothers, especially with Crown Prince Mohammed’s powerful clique. The magazine says Ahmed’s ADIA was one area in Abu Dhabi’s economy not controlled by Mohammed. Christopher M. Davidson, senior lecturer at Durham University and author of Abu Dhabi: Oil and Beyond, suggests the Crown Prince and his brothers are likely to move on ADIA. “Then they will control virtually all of Abu Dhabi’s economy,” he told TIME.

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Davidson also says that the Dubai ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, may put his hopes on son-in-law, Sheikh Mansour, who is one of the Crown Prince’s full brothers. “Dubai will be hoping that whoever replaces [Sheikh Ahmed] will be someone who is more open to assisting Dubai, rather than this drip-feed of financial assistance Abu Dhabi has been giving Dubai, little by little, humiliating them every step of the way,” Davidson said.

But at the same time, one of Ahmed’s full blooded brothers may succeed him, particularly elder brother Saif, who is the Interior Minister. Also, Sheikh Khalifa might want to place one of his own sons in charge of ADIA.

Source: AFP, TIME magazine