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Can Camels help combat HIV?

18 June 2018

Lab 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...

A Laboratory Hub

13 June 2018

Lab Chat

How Many People Applied for the UAE Astronaut Programme?

07 June 2018

Lab 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?

An impressive response

Launched in December 2017, the UAE Astronaut...

Why Has the UAE Banned Some Diet Pills?

03 June 2018

Lab 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...

What is Pay as You Throw?

31 May 2018

Lab Chat

In the modern day we generally want more, buy more and – as a result – throw away much more. Whether it’s food, gadgets or clothes, the throw-away society is well and truly in force thanks to consumerism. And it means local, national and international authorities are now looking at ways to cap this waste. One solution put forward by the Dubai Municipality is “pay-as-you-throw” – but what exactl...

How is EMIRATES Using Plastic Waste?

29 May 2018

Lab Chat

From harming wildlife to packing out landfills, plastic waste is a fast-increasing problem around the world. And, whether it’s governments, businesses or even individual consumers swapping products they buy, it’s up to everyone to fix it. While some may duck and dodge their responsibility, Emirates airlines are looking for innovative ways to play their part. Read on as we look at how they’re ut...

Can Renewable Energy Replace OIL for the UAE?

27 May 2018

Lab Chat

The UAE has long relied on its huge oil reserves. But fossil fuels won’t last forever. Combine that with a growing concern for the environmental impact of the oil industry and you have a clear sign that it’s time to diversify the UAE economy – along with that of several other oil-dependent countries. But how exactly?

A seemingly ‘like-for-like’ replacement would be to replace an energy-based...

What is the SCIENCE AGENDA 2031?

21 May 2018

Lab Chat

Science is at the forefront of future plans for the United Arab Emirates. From attracting new scientists to innovating aspects of everyday life, the UAE is certainly looking to become something of a science hub. And that’s something that’s underlined by the Science Agenda 2031. Read on as we look at what the agenda entails.

Announcing Science Agenda 2031

The National Advanced Science Agen...

Have Oil Cuts Rectified the Over Supply Problem?

19 May 2018

Lab Chat

Since late 2016, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has been imposing oil cuts on its members, along with allied nations such as Russia. The aim was to stop oil being oversupplied and increase its price as a result. So, more than a year down the line, has it worked? Read on as we look at how effective OPEC’s production cuts have been.

The introduction of production cuts...

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