23 Feb 24Lab Chat
10 March 2023Lab Chat
A study conducted by an Emirati university is investigating the effect of isolation and confinement on the mental health of astronauts. Undertaken by the American University of Sharjah (AUS), the research assessed various physical and mental health parameters of six subjects who were isolated in conditions similar to those experienced in space for eight months.
It's hoped that the findings o...
03 March 2023Enviro Chat
The UAE is set to serve as a reliable partner in supporting India’s renewable energy goals, according to a senior official in the Dubai Chambers of Commerce. Speaking late last month, CEO and President Mohammed Ali Rashed Lootah told assembled journalists on the fringes of the India-UAE Partnership Summit that the two nations were “old energy partners” and he expected more cooperation to follow...
27 February 2023Chem Chat
The Emirati renewable energy company Masdar is joining forces with German utilities firm Uniper SE with a view to producing green hydrogen in the UAE. Together, the two businesses plan to construct a green hydrogen facility that will be commissioned within the next three years and will be powered by almost 1.3GW of solar power.
The announcement is the latest concrete collaboration between th...
27 February 2023Enviro Chat
First Plastic Recycling Plant Planned for the UAE
The UAE is in the early stages of building the country’s first food-grade recycled plastics plant, according to the Ministry of Industry and Advanced Technology (MoIAT). The plant, which will be capable of processing 12,000 tonnes of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic per annum, is scheduled to be located in Abu Dhabi in the coming year...
22 February 2023Lab Chat
A total of 11 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and cooperation agreements were penned at last month’s Riyadh Global Medical Biotechnology Summit. The event, which was the second iteration after its successful inauguration last year, is intended to bring together national, regional and international stakeholders in the field of biotechnology.
Through the gathering of the world’s best minds...
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...
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