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10 July 2018Lab Chat
The Nipah virus is a relatively recently discovered infectious disease transmitted from animals to humans, with deadly effects on both. Named for the town of Kampung Sungai Nipah in Malaysia were it was first discovered in 1998, Nipah represents just one of an estimated two million known and unknown viruses that affect human health.
In the most recent outbreak of Nipah in Kerala, India, at l...
03 July 2018Lab Chat
The Mohammed Bin Zayed (MBZ) Species Conservation Fund is a charitable organisation devoted to preserving and restoring endangered species at home and abroad. Since its inception in 2008, the Fund has been instrumental in re-establishing all manner of endangered species in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas.
It is organisations like the MBZ Fund which have helped the UAE ...
28 June 2018Lab Chat
Crown Prince of the United Arab Emirates Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed and Russian President Vladimir Putin met at the beginning of the month to sign a landmark declaration. Among other things, the strategic partnership signals the countries’ intentions to continue working together on oil and gas policy.
The announcement confirms that alongside Russia, OPEC countries will continue to dictate oil...
24 June 2018Lab Chat
With a population of 1.3 billion people, India is the second largest country on the planet. What’s more, it’s projected to overtake China in populace before 2022, resulting in a considerable strain on its energy infrastructure. The third biggest consumer of crude oil behind China and USA, India imports 82% of its oil from abroad.
The United Arab Emirates undertook the first stage of an histo...
21 June 2018Lab Chat
In the latest report from the Environmental Performance Index (EPI), the United Arab Emirates have come top of the pile for marine protected areas. Continuing its excellent conservation efforts in the region, the UAE was recognised for its commitment to expand and maintain its natural resources.
Earlier this month, the UAE hosted the inaugural Regional Biodiversity Forum in Abu Dhabi. Over 1...
18 June 2018Lab Chat
Since HIV was first discovered in 1983, the deadly virus has claimed the lives of more than 35 million people, primarily through the contraction of Aids. Thanks to the progress of modern medicine, sufferers today can live long and happy lives with the disease, though locking down an effective vaccine against HIV has, so far, proven elusive.
Now, scientists in Germany are turning to an unlike...
07 June 2018Lab Chat
The registration period for the UAE’s Astronaut programme has now closed. Applicants could potentially become the first Emiratis in space, as the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre seeks to represent the nation at the International Space Station. So, with such an exciting prospect, how many people applied for the programme?
Launched in December 2017, the UAE Astronaut...
03 June 2018Lab Chat
Diet pills are taken by people that want to lose weight. But do you know what’s in them? In many cases, the answer is no. And it could include banned substances. The problem? It’s increasingly hard for countries to monitor the sale of these pills, which could cause serious health complications if taken. That’s why the UAE has issued a warning against a number of diet pills. Read on as we look a...