What Chemicals does “BLACK HENNA” contain?

25 July 2019

Chem Chat

For centuries, henna has been used as a natural dye to tint skin, fingernails and hair, as well as different kinds of fabrics and materials. In its natural form, henna is made from the henna plant, known as Lawsonia inermis in Latin, and has no unwanted side effects.

However, over recent years there has surfaced a growing market for “black henna”, which is not created solely with the henna p...

UAE launches the world’s biggest “SINGLE SOLAR FARM”

18 July 2019

Lab Chat

The UAE may have built its wealth upon the vast reserves of oil beneath its territory, but it is doing its utmost to diversify the country’s economy and energy supplies away from fossil fuels. That much is certainly clear with the launch of Noor Abu Dhabi, the largest single solar farm of its kind in the world, which started operations at the beginning of the month. The farm has a maximum capac...

Do “SUNSCREEN CHEMICALS” get into your blood

14 July 2019

Chem Chat

The chemicals used in sunscreen and sun-tan lotion could be infiltrating our bloodstream, according to a new study from the Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research, which operates under the umbrella of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The researchers discovered that four different chemicals found in four commercially available sunscreens were present in levels above the government thr...

More UAE businesses commit to “BANNING SINGLE USE PLASTIC”

11 July 2019

Lab Chat

Dubai Airports is the latest business to commit to outlawing single-use plastic in its premises, joining a growing number of UAE companies which are taking a stand against plastic pollution. The firm, which manages both Al Maktoum International Airport and Dubai International Airport, revealed last month that it would be banning items such as shopping bags and cutlery made from plastic from the...


07 July 2019

Chem Chat

Texan petrochemical company Chevron Phillips has placed a $15 billion bid for Canada-based plastics and chemical company Nova Chemicals. Although Nova is based in Calgary, Alberta, it is owned by the Abu Dhabi investors Mubadala Investment Co, who have been looking to offload this particular asset since the beginning of the year.

Given that Mubadala originally acquired Nova for a fraction of...

Mercury Pollution in Fish and Enviro: Recent Research and Findings

01 July 2019

Lab Chat

Mercury is a ubiquitous heavy metal that biomagnifies at successively higher levels in the aquatic food chain. It can have adverse effects on the fish population itself as well as on both humans and fish-eating wildlife.


Recent Researches

Mercury is a powerful neurotoxin and a persistent environmental contaminant that accumulates in the tissues of fish in regions where artisanal scal...

How did UAE students save “188m GALLONS of WATER”?

27 June 2019

Lab Chat

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has recognised the efforts of almost 30,000 students from public and private schools across the Emirate by presenting them with this year’s Conservation Award. Cumulatively, the students achieved never-before-seen reductions in electricity and water consumption, translating to financial savings of Dh24 million (£5.15 million).

The secret of th...

Should restaurants display “CALORIE CONTENT”

20 June 2019

Lab Chat

Dubai is soon to become the first city in the United Arab Emirates to require restaurants to display calorific content on their menus. As of November, all restaurant chains with more than five branches, including many fast food outlets, will be required to inform customers of the number of calories they will be eating with each purchase. In January, that will be extended to restaurants and eati...

How did Costa celebrate “WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY”?

16 June 2019

Lab Chat

Costa Coffee UAE commemorated this year’s World Environment Day by offering free coffee to any customer who brought in a reusable cup to any of their outlets across the country. The national incentive was geared towards raising awareness over the danger of waste pollution (especially with regard to single-use coffee cups) and encouraging caffeine addicts to carry a cup with them wherever they g...


11 June 2019

Lab Chat

Last week, Dubai celebrated “World No Tobacco Day”, an annual event that takes place around the world on the 31st May each year. Its aim is to raise awareness about the health threats posed by cigarette smoking and to encourage people to give up the habit. This year’s theme focused on the relationship between tobacco and lung health, with a specific focus on how the former damages the latter.


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