How is the UAE using GENOMICS?

30 January 2023

Lab Chat

One of the leading children’s hospitals in the UAE has announced it will embark on a two-year trial of using genomics in critically ill youngsters in collaboration with an American expert on the subject. Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, which is located in Dubai, has inked an agreement with Illumina, a California-based global leader in genomics.

The announcement was made to coincide ...


ENERGY GLOBE AWARD 2022

23 January 2023

Enviro Chat

Dubai Municipality was the recipient of four first places across four different categories at the 2022 Energy Globe Award ceremony. Pioneered by the Energy Globe Foundation, the awards recognize the effort and ingenuity that the municipality has demonstrated over the last 12 months and beyond, as it fights to transition towards a more sustainable economy and combat the effects of manmade climat...


Abu Dhabi reduces Single-use PLASTIC BAG numbers by 90%

16 January 2023

Enviro Chat

Since the introduction of a ban on single-use plastic bags in all Abu Dhabi shops, supermarkets and other retail outlets on June 1st, their use has been reduced by a massive 90%. The move was pioneered by the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi, which wished to tackle the country’s poor historical record on plastic consumption and disposal.

The impact has been impressive. In the six months since th...


Who controls FUEL PRICES in the UAE?

09 January 2023

Chem Chat

In anticipation of the first public offering of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC)’s Distribution arm on the stock market this month, the company have published information about how they regulate their fuel prices in the country. Since August 2015, prices have been set afresh each month according to recommendations made by the Retail Pricing Committee.

This Committee, which is chair...


What is GRAPHINE?

02 January 2023

Enviro Chat

At just one atom thick, graphene is the thinnest material known to mankind. However, it’s made of stern stuff, being over 200 times stronger than steel. These incredible properties, alongside its ability to absorb light and conduct both electricity and heat, have earned it the moniker of the world’s “wonder material”.

Graphene was first isolated by scientists at the University of Manchester ...


How is the UAE using HEALTHCARE TECHNOLOGY?

26 December 2022

Lab Chat

The UAE has always been a hub of advanced technological prowess and cutting edge medical care, earning Abu Dhabi and Dubai reputations as medical tourism hotspots. Now, however, the Emirates are combining both of these disciplines in order to truly offer modern solutions to healthcare problems for the 21st century.

The use of technology in Emirati medicine and healthcare has been a constant ...


How is the UAE preparing Agriculture for CLIMATE CHANGE?

19 December 2022

Enviro Chat

Responsible for an estimated 25% of greenhouse gas emissions around the world, agriculture has an outsized impact on the environment. And the relationship is a mutually destructive one, too, since global warming and climate change have the potential to damage agricultural infrastructure, reduce crop yields and compromise food security.

In order to try and address this urgent issue, the UAE i...


NEW!.... Global Standard for “LABORATORY GRADE SEATING”

15 December 2022

Lab Design

The Scientific Equipment and Furniture Association (SEFA) is pleased to announce that on November 9, 2022, its Board of Directors unanimously approved SEFA-12-2022 – the first ever Laboratory Grade Seating Standard. This document should be referenced when purchasing seating for use in laboratory environments. For a limited time, we are offering a complimentary download of the SEFA 12 document f...


Why has the UAE brought forward OIL PRODUCTION CAPACITY expansion?

12 December 2022

Chem Chat

The UAE has announced it will target the expansion of its oil production capacity to five million barrels per day (bpd) three years sooner than previously expected. Originally slated to come into effect in 2030, the board of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), which is the state-owned oil company, has revealed it will now do so by 2027 instead.

The reason for bringing forward the exp...


How do OYSTERS impact the ENVIRONMENT?

05 December 2022

Enviro Chat

Production of food, whether it be from agriculture or aquaculture, often receives a bad rap in environmental terms. Growing crops and breeding animals to feed the world’s swelling population consumes vast amounts of energy and natural resources, as well as producing significant greenhouse gas emissions which pollute the air and contribute to global warming.

But while that might hold true for...


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