01 Dec 23Enviro Chat
20 February 2023Lab Chat
p>The UAE continues to be a global leader in stem cell research, prompting one industry expert to say he was “totally blown away” by the advances being made in the country. Professor Pekka Katajisto, who serves as director of the MetaStem Centre of Excellence at Finland’s University of Helsinki, made the comments on a recent trip to the Emirates.
Through the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Centre and th...
13 February 2023Enviro Chat
Three computer science students studying at Canadian University Dubai have come up with an ingenious contraption aimed at slashing food waste, generating renewable energy and fostering good habits among the general public: the Digi-Bin.
The concept works via a dual receptacle bin, with one container for general waste and one for food waste. The smart capabilities of the Digi-Bin mean it can ...
06 February 2023Enviro Chat
An international study co-authored by scientists from Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi has concluded that dust storms are becoming more common and more intense due to manmade climate change. The primary driver of such weather phenomenon is an increased incidence of airborne “rivers” of water vapour, which cause significant downdrafts and whip up dust.
These water vapour rivers are found with ...
30 January 2023Lab 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 ...
23 January 2023Enviro 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...
16 January 2023Enviro 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...
09 January 2023Chem 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...
02 January 2023Enviro 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 ...
26 December 2022Lab 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 ...
19 December 2022Enviro 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...
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