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05 July 2020Lab Chat
With almost year-round sun and summer temperatures in excess of 50°C, the UAE is not known for its arable land nor its climate conducive to crop cultivation. It’s for that reason that the country imports more than 90% of its food needs, something which the government has been trying to address in the last few years.
In recent months, the logistical challenges imposed by coronavirus preventio...
28 June 2020Lab Chat
The Arab peninsula is not known for its reliance on renewable energy. Indeed, much of the region’s wealth and infrastructure has been built on the extensive oil reserves found beneath its soil. Even today, over a quarter of Middle Eastern power is derived from oil. For comparison, just 3% of that power comes from renewable sources.
Fortunately, the tide appears to be turning. Several Arab na...
21 June 2020Lab Chat
An Emirati robotics company has designed and launched a fleet of new automatons to help in the fight against COVID-19. Reliable Robotics, which is based in Dubai, has developed four robots with distinct capabilities, each of which can minimise human contact, aid social distancing and limit the spread of coronavirus.
The innovative technology could become a blueprint for how robots can help i...
14 June 2020Lab Chat
The UAE Minister for Energy and Industry has indicated that the country will undertake even more oil production cuts this month. In an official announcement, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris al Mazrouei said that Emirati output will drop by a further 100,000 barrels per day, on top of the previously agreed OPEC+ cuts.
The decision follows in the footsteps of fellow OPEC members Saudi Arabia a...
08 June 2020Lab Chat
With coronavirus having disrupted lives across the UAE and beyond for over two months now, many of us have spent an unprecedented amount of time indoors. One of the consequences of the imposed quarantine situation is that many people are no longer being exposed to direct sunlight for any prolonged period of time, leading to insufficient levels of Vitamin D in the body.
Vitamin D deficiency i...
31 May 2020Lab Chat
With year-round sunshine, a mean annual temperature of 29°C and less than 10 days of rainfall per annum, the UAE is one of the sunniest countries on the planet. It’s little wonder, then, that one of its Emirates is leading the way when it comes to solar-powered energy – although the affordability of that energy may constitute a surprise.
Abu Dhabi has announced plans to create a solar farm c...
25 May 2020Lab Chat
A collective of 20 of the foremost scientists, engineers and researchers from across the UAE have come together to investigate innovative new ways of containing the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. Citizen Science, as the group are known, are being spearheaded by the Technology Innovation Institute (TII) in their efforts to relieve the medical and social pressures that the virus is causing.
21 May 2020Lab Chat
At present, the UAE imports as much as 80% of its food supplies. However, the growing global population and dwindling resources mean that food security could become a very real problem in the foreseeable future, which is why the Emirati government is so keen to increase its self-sustainability with regard to the food sector.
While that’s an admirable ambition, it’s a trickier proposition to ...
17 May 2020Lab Chat
A clinical trial which utilises stem cells to combat COVID-19 is underway in the UAE for the first time. The treatment, which involves extracting stem cells from a patient’s bloodstream, activating them and then reintroducing them back into the patient’s lungs, is currently being tested at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.
However, those involved in the trials have stressed that the treatment is ...
13 May 2020Chem Chat
The Middle East, one of the world’s greatest oil producing regions, is facing a shortage crisis of unprecedented proportions. That’s because the prolonged lockdown measures being enforced across the globe to combat the spread of coronavirus have led to a sharp drop-off in demand, meaning that there is so much surplus crude on the market that traders are struggling for places to store it.