Monthly science column

Sharing knowledge across disciplines is key to the future

Maher Kayal - The National (UAE) - 10.02.2013

As the global appetite for energy grows, the way it is produced, distributed and consumed is undergoing a profound transformation. As educators, we need to prepare our students to confidently enter the job market and participate in finding solutions for tomorrow's energy... 

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Predicting air turbulence is almost like catching the wind

Fernando Porté-Agel - The National (UAE) - 13.01.2013

Clear air turbulence has long been a nuisance and a hazard to aircraft and passengers. It is invisible, unpredictable, and tends to strike when it is least welcome – during your in-flight lunch, for example...

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UAE can learn lessons from Europeans on renewables

Ralf Dyllick-Brenzinger - The National (UAE) - 09.12.2012

Abu Dhabi is on a mission to get 7 per cent of its power from renewable sources by 2020, and it is starting to show. The rooftop solar plant at the Masdar Institute is up and running... Read

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Sensors may be the solution to finding underground water leaks

Ian Smith - The National (UAE) - 11.11.2012

Around the world, close to 20 per cent of drinking water is lost to leaks in water networks, and that figure doubles in some developing countries, where resources to repair outdated infrastructure are lacking...

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How maths can prevent a repeat of the Heathrow airport chaos

Michel Bierlaire - The National (UAE) - 14.10.2012

In 2008, a chain of events that began with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom cutting a ribbon led to almost a week of chaos at Heathrow Airport. Passengers were stranded as mountains of luggage piled up, and hundreds of flights...

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Trick is to get light just right for our health - and wealth

Franco Vigliotti - The National (UAE) - 16.09.2012

Biologists, light physicists and architects are collaborating to make your day at the office less of a drag. As the relentless desert sun beats on the façades of UAE skyscrapers, millions of dirhams are spent to keep office workers cool...

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