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The potential for solar energy in the UAE

Steve Griffiths

Taking into account the rising cost of fossil fuels, the United Arab Emirates could economically generate more than 20GW of electricity from solar energy by 2030, said Steve Griffiths, executive director of Institute Initiatives at Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Abu Dhabi.  Read more

KAUST researchers win top places in contest to combat desertification

Two research teams from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) win the first and second place in the international  “Help to Avoid Desertification” idea contest, sponsored by Bayers MaterialScience.  Read more

Why waste money on the Mars landing?

The first image sent back from Curiosity upon landing. Part of the rover's wheels are visible as well as its shadow.

I woke up earlier than normal today and quickly rushed to my computer to watch Curiosity, a NASA rover, attempt to land on the surface of Mars. I wasn’t alone either, people all over the world either stayed up late or woke up early to watch the event. I found myself holding my breath as the rover tried to make the very tricky landing without crashing.  Read more

UAE turns to cloud seeding for rain

A jet disperses chemicals to act as seeds to increase rainfall.

This year, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) saw it’s warmest July since 2002, with temperatures peaking at 50.4°C. The country is now looking to science, hoping international meteorologists can help it develop it’s cloud-seeding efforts to relieve the heat.  Read more

Uncovered spyware may have been at work for years

Uncovered spyware may have been at work for years

A massive computer virus dubbed Flame or sKyWIper may have been targeting computers in the Middle East, and Iran in particular, for the past five years, according to a report by a research team involved in analysing the sophisticated computer code.  Read more

Securing food through science and technology

Securing food through science and technology

Over the next 20 years, the number of people living on Earth will continue to grow exponentially but the arable land will not increase. How can we feed this ever increasing population if the land we have available to grow food remains the same, making less food available per person?  Read more