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15 November 2018Lab Chat
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has suffered extensively in the past due to droughts and a lack of clean and usable water. The dry heat generally experienced in the nation can lead to a mass of problems for residents, wildlife and the environment. A recent study has sparked concerns that droughts can in fact increase the amount of carbon dioxide in the air, impacting the environment further....
12 November 2018Lab Chat
Can You Turn Waste into Fuel?
Sustainable construction group Besix is planning to build a waste-to-fuel plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The UAE’s Ministry of Climate Change & Environment has recently signed an agreement with the shareholders of the Emirates RDF Company to move the development forward.
With a planned location in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain, the plant will turn 1,...
07 November 2018Lab Chat
The United Arab Emirates could be set to lift its long-standing ban on e-cigarettes. Government consumer watchdog, the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) has begun reviewing data to assess whether alternative tobacco products should be permitted.
Currently, alternative tobacco products are banned in the UAE due to concerns over their hea...
04 November 2018Lab Chat
With 2018 being National Geographic’s ‘Year of the Bird’, there’s no better time to raise awareness of the world’s fastest creature – the falcon.
Many of us mistakenly crown the cheetah as the fastest animal on earth. In fact, although cheetahs are the fastest land animals, they are 3 times slower than a falcon. The magnificent bird can dive at an impressive 240mph!
Read on as we take a c...
01 November 2018Lab Chat
Universities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have outdone themselves again in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019. Out of the 1,250 universities included in the index, 4 are based in the UAE – Khalifa University, United Arab Emirates University, American University of Sharjah and University of Sharjah.
The universities are ranked on teaching, research, citation index,...
29 October 2018Lab Chat
Despite not being in a seismic zone, the Emirates can still suffer the repercussions of nearby earthquakes. Iran, which lies across the Persian Gulf from UAE, is one of the most seismically active countries in the world. They experience a lot of earthquakes, measuring up to 7.7 on the Richter scale, occurring regularly.
Dubai and other nearby areas can also feel the tremors of the quakes fro...
26 October 2018Lab Chat
The most common concern for young drivers in the UAE is the rising fuel prices. Ford Middle East conducted a study over Twitter, quizzing 19,000 20-35-year-old motorists. Over 60% of respondents named fuel efficiency as the most important consideration when buying a car, much higher than motor power.
With the ever-increasing price of fuel, it’s becoming more and more important to young peopl...
23 October 2018Lab Chat
As of 1st January 2020, the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) are implementing a 0.5% sulphur cap on bunker fuels. The IMO’s decision could cost the global economy $1 trillion over 5 years and increase crude prices by 10% in 2020 alone.
This could be bad news for the Gulf, which is home to the world’s second largest bunkering hub – the UAE’s Port of Fujairah. While the Gulf is develo...
09 October 2018Lab Chat
On our wonderful planet, there are multiple natural resources that help make life easier. We use trees for making paper products and they provide us with oxygen. We use natural gas to heat our homes and coal to help us produce electricity. Freshwater fish are a staple in the American diet and we pump billions of barrels of oil out of the ground to fuel our automobiles.
But what happens when ...
02 October 2018Lab Chat
The UAE this month announced that it would be proudly sending the first ever Arab astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). Hazza Al Mansouri and Sultan Al Niadi overcame a gruelling selection process to achieve the coveted prize, with the news being announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed via his Twitter account.
“It's a new Arab achievement announcing the names of the first Ar...
27 December 2018Lab Chat