Posted on November 19, 2018

As Stars of Science Season 10 draws to a close, viewers of Qatar Foundation’s edutainment reality TV show and supporters of science, technology, and innovation are being encouraged to cast votes for their favorite innovator this week.

Nour Majbour, Salim Al Kaabi, Sylia Khecheni, and Walid Albanna are the four Season 10 finalists. Neurological researcher Nour has her heart set on winning with her innovation, the ‘Parkinson’s Early Detection Kit’, a diagnostic medical kit that uses novel antibodies taken from blood samples to detect early stages of Parkinson’s disease. Engineer and artist Salim has created the ‘Safe Frankincense Varnish for Artists,’ a machine that produces an organic varnish that prevents artists being exposed to the toxic fumes found in commonly-used varnish, while still safeguarding paintings.

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Meanwhile, engineer Sylia has invented the ‘Home Privacy Drone Blocker,’ a household tool that secures families’ privacy by blocking hobbyists’ drones without damaging them; and neurosurgeon Walid’s innovation is a portable ‘Neurovascular Retina Analyzer’ that monitors patients after a stroke. The smart analyzer provides medical practitioners with vital information that could protect patients from the risk of recurring strokes.

In the Grand Finale episode, airing on Saturday, November 24, public voting will be combined with a vote from a panel of expert jurors to produce the results. Online voting will count for 50 percent of an innovator’s score, with the jury vote accounting for the remaining 50 percent. The winner will earn $300,000, while the second, third, and fourth-placed contestants will earn $150,000, $100,000, and $50,000 respectively.

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Online voting is now open and will close on Thursday 22 November, at 9am GMT. To determine who takes home the Stars of Science Best Arab Innovator title for Season 10, visit www.starsofscience.com, click on the ‘Vote Now’ icon, and choose your favorite innovator. If you believe you have what it takes to be successful on Stars of Science, the show is accepting applications for its Season 11 until the end of December 2018. Visit www.starsofscience.info/applynow/sos.html to register. 

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