Why is a Martian City Being Built in Dubai

05 November 2017

Lab Chat

What Dubai lacks in some areas, it certainly makes up for in innovation and exciting developments. The latest project in the UAE city is a massive Martian environment… But why? Read on to see why Dubai will soon be home to a Mars Science City, and how it will work. 

Simulating space 

While Dubai is known for its extravagance, it won’t be building the Martian city just for show. Instead, i...

Introducing the Smart Dubai Office

29 October 2017

Lab Chat

Dubai – the city of gold. It’s also known as the Vegas of the Middle East to some, but the city itself has other ideas. Back in 2013, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum launched the Dubai Smart City project, with the ambition to make Dubai the world’s smartest city. Part of that is the refurbishment of the Smart Dubai Office. Read on to see what makes it so special. 

Getting smart 

So,...

How Are Russia and Saudi Arabia Working Together

22 October 2017

Lab Chat

Accounting for just under 30% of the global total, Russia and Saudi Arabia are the two biggest exporters of oil in the world. And by some way too. Saudi Arabia is on top with around 17% of exports, with Russia making up a further 11% and the likes of Iraq, UAE and Canada contributing just over 6% each. 

With this chunk of exports in mind, it’s fair to say the two nations have quite a bit of ...

What is SESAME

19 October 2017

Lab Chat

The Middle East is fast becoming a hotspot for scientific innovation. That’s certainly the case with SESAME – the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East. Quite a mouthful, sure, but what does it mean? Read on as we explore what SESAME is, what it’s used for and what it means for the Middle East region. 

Introducing light synchrotrons

SESAME is the n...

When is Exercise Bad for Your Health

15 October 2017

Lab Chat

How much do you exercise through the week? Once, three times, or maybe every day? However much you do it, it’s generally accepted that it’s good for you. It makes your heart beat faster, gets blood flowing around your body and, of course, burns calories. However, according to new research, there may actually be times when exercise has no positive effect on the body – and it’s all down to air po...

Are the Gulf Nations Moving Away from Oil

11 October 2017

Lab Chat

With some of the biggest oil reserves in the world, it’s understandable the Gulf nations have a reputation as so-called ‘oil countries’. Indeed, the likes of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are heavily reliant on oil, with around 90% of exports down to fuel. There is change on the horizon, however. Read on to see how Gulf countries are diversifying their energy portfolio. 

Changing energy in the UAE...

A NEW APPLICATION OF PCR FOR BETTER PRECISION AND STABILITY

03 October 2017

Lab Chat

What is MT-PCR?

Polymerase chain reaction, or PRC, has been in use for nearly 30 years and is in use in all kinds of biomedical and medical laboratories.

What is New Pharma?

01 October 2017

Lab Chat

Big pharma – a popular name for the major pharmaceutical companies, working to create, manufacture and distribute drugs for all kinds of diseases. In recent years, however, it’s built up something of a bad reputation. Conflicting interests of big pharma, doctors and patients has led to big pharma being seen as greedy and corrupt. So, what is ‘new pharma’ – and how can it change that reputation?...

Environmental Pollution

28 September 2017

Lab Chat

The widespread use of triclosan (5-chloro-2-(2,4-dichlorophenoxy)phenol) in personal care products such as toothpastes and soaps has resulted in its release into the environment and subsequent detection in various water, sediment, and biological samples. 

What is BIODIESEL 5?

27 September 2017

Lab Chat

As the effects of climate change become more real, we’re seeing increased investment and research into the process – and how to stop it. Part of that is finding alternative sources of power which emit less harmful gases. That’s why biodiesel 5 has been developed – and is now being adopted in a number of countries. Read on to see what goes into it, and what impact it could have.

The effect of...

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