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Cytokine storm

An overreaction of the body's immune system

By Alison George

Diseases such as covid-19 and influenza can be fatal due to an overreaction of the body’s immune system called a cytokine storm.

Cytokines are small proteins released by many different cells in the body, including those of the immune system where they coordinate the body’s response against infection and trigger inflammation. The name ‘cytokine’ is derived from the Greek words for cell (cyto) and movement (kinos).

Sometimes the body’s response to infection can go into overdrive. For example, when SARS -CoV-2 – the virus behind the covid-19 pandemic – enters the lungs, it triggers an immune response, attracting immune cells to the region to attack the virus, resulting in localised inflammation. But in some patients, excessive or uncontrolled levels of cytokines are released which then activate more immune cells, resulting in hyperinflammation. This can seriously harm or even kill the patient.

Syrian team invents robot to prevent the spread of Covid-19

DAMASCUS, (ST)_Syrian "Genius Olympic team "has invented a coronavirus robot to check temperatures and to register a person's data in an accurate way. 
The robot invented by distinguished children under the suppervision of specialized engineers is equipped with a thermometer that receives Infrared radiation (IR) of human body .

A Syrian engineer launches the "virtual teacher" initiative with the participation of Arab volunteers

Despite of the fierce terrorist war waged against their country, the Syrians have remained resilient and they have been ready to face the latest developments through mixing the culture of life and volunteering with the technology, particularly in the domain of taking precautionary and preventive measures against the Coronavirus through launching various initiatives such as the initiative of the virtual teacher ” V Teacher”.

The “V Teacher initiative, which is a platform for distance education, was launched by IT engineer Walid al-Shayeb from Aleppo province, with the participation of about 376 volunteers and 40 teachers from Syria, Lebanon and Egypt.

Al-Shayeb, in a statement to SANA, noted that the initiative aims to help the teachers and students to continue the current semester from their homes for free in light of the current circumstances.

He indicated that the platform works according to the “Module” Open Source Software (OSS) which is used by the universities around the world to organize the distance education in the same way it is used by the Syrian Virtual University.

New Technology using solar energy invented by Syrian Student under supervision of Syrian Professor

Despite the long harsh years of the war against their country, the Syrians, prove every day that they are a steadfast and civilized people and that Syria deserves life.  .

Marah F. Mariam is a living and sincere example of Syrian youth, Those who triumphed over war ,ignorance and destruction with the power of their will, knowledge and culture, have succeeded in being ambassadors of their country in all international scientific forums.

Professor Carlo Y. Makdisie, supervisor of the research presented by the student Marah, said: "The research presented by Marah to the first international conference, which is the Portable Field Hospital Fed From Solar System Depends On Interleaved Boost Converter (IBC), embodies the optimum utilization of the solar system technologies and the solutions that this technology provides during unusual circumstances".

Syrian comes first among foreign students at Beijing University

Beijing (ST):  Syrian engineer Fadi Waleed Farha has come in first rank for the year 2019 as the best foreign student in Beijing University for Science and Technology, China.

In a statement, Fadi said that he came first due to the research papers he submitted and the cultural and scientific activities he took part in the university, noting that he participated in the annual festival held by the University and presented a paper about Syria's eventful history and rich civilization.