Monthly science column

Solar colours set to shine

Mohammad Khaja Nazeeruddin - The National (UAE) - Sun, 05/11/2014
While today’s silicon solar panels have become common, several factors – affordability, a complicated production process, and their bulky aesthetics – are holding them back...... Read
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How to turn research theories into commercial enterprises

Franco Vigliotti - The National (UAE) - Sun, 04/13/2014
When Gorkem Soyumer, an EPFL Middle East student, finished his master’s thesis, he was able to do what many young graduates only dream of – help turn his research into a business...... Read
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Coming soon to a shop near you – parcel drones

Jonathan Ledgard - The National (UAE) - Sun, 03/16/2014
Drones have a bad reputation. They kill, they spy. They loom overhead and remind us of our vulnerability. But in the next decade new forms of drones will gain a better reputation. The most profitable of these will be...... Read
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Big plans to power the future with microscopic algae

Christian Ludwig - The National (UAE) - Sun, 02/09/2014
Tiny, microscopic algae may seem like an unlikely replacement for today’s fossil fuels, but recent advances in technology are turning them into a candidate of increasing potential. In order to offer a viable alternative to oil or natural gas, t... Read
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‘Guardian angels’ for the elderly could soon be possible

Adrian Ionescu - The National (UAE) - Sun, 01/12/2014
Today, the elderly make up 4 per cent of the UAE’s population. Twenty years from now this figure could be three times as high, according to estimates by the Ministry of Social Affairs. Anticipating an ageing population, the Government has set a... Read
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A concrete solution to making greener building materials

Karen Scrivener - The National (UAE) - Sun, 12/08/2013
For every 20 tonnes of carbon dioxide that enter the atmosphere due to human activity, one comes from the kilns of cement factories. It is a paradox – concrete is arguably the most sustainable building material known to man, yet...... Read
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Venetian archives could turn into the oldest social network

Frederic Kaplan - The National (UAE) - Sun, 11/10/2013
Venice was home to the Google of the Middle Ages. The city was run by information hoarders, who for the sake of accountability compiled one of the most extensive archives of the pre-digital age. ... Read
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Traffic planners should not get bogged down in simulators

Nikolas Geroliminis - The National (UAE) - Sun, 10/20/2013
When cities grow, traffic often becomes the default excuse for almost anything. Late for a meeting? Blame traffic. Don’t want to go out? Blame traffic. City planners have several ways out of this problem. They can build their way out, by wideni... Read
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Power refugee camps and you empower their refugees

Hamed Ziadé - The National (UAE) - Sun, 09/15/2013
To refugees living in camps, the importance of light and electricity goes well beyond comfort – it stands for security, health, education and an improved quality of life. Yet nights are often dark in refugee camps around the world, which provid... Read
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Insight into coral food sources

Anders Meibom - The National (UAE) - Sun, 08/11/2013
Coral reefs are the jungles of our oceans. They are hot spots of biodiversity, breeding grounds for thousands of species and, as divers will attest, some of nature's most fascinating spectacles. They form the backbone of some of the world's m... Read