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UAE’s first astronaut returns safely home

Hazza Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut, along with astronauts Nick Hague and Aleksey Ovchinin, returned to Earth safely, after completing his eight-day scientific mission aboard the International Space Station, ISS. The hatch closing of the Soyuz MS-12 took place at 08:20 UAE time. The spacecraft undocked from the ISS, …

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UAE, Russia in scientific-industrial talks

Moscow has hosted the second meeting of the UAE-Russian Industrial, Technological and Scientific Cooperation Team. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Mattar Hamed Al Niyadi, Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Industry, and Alexei Vladimirovic, Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce of Russia. During the meeting, both sides highlighted …

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UAE launches nanomaterials testing campaign

National Centre of Meteorology, NCM, has launched nanomaterials testing campaign in cloud seeding operations through the UAE Research Programme for Rain Enhancement Science, that investigates the efficiency of unique and innovative new cloud seeding materials through flights and testing that took place from Al Ain Airport over the Northern and …

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Refreezing arctic on scientific agenda

If planting more trees can replenish forests and remove carbon dioxidefrom the atmosphere, then could we also repopulate the Arctic with ice? That’s a question posed by a team of Indonesian designers with an eye-catching response to the climate crisis: iceberg-making submarines. The idea, recently named runner-up in an international design competitionappealing …

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Autonomous weapons a threat to all, experts say

Even if world governments consider a ban on autonomous weapons that can kill without human input, their use by terrorist actors will still remain as a threat to humanity, an internationally known expert told the Emirates News Agency, WAM, in an exclusive interview. “I think a number of governments are …

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Biosecurity to be part of UAE higher education

Members of the National Biosecurity Committee have recommended including educational materials on biosecurity into the curricula of universities and higher education institutes. The recommendation came during the Committee’s second meeting for 2019, during which discussions were held on preparations for the UAE’s fourth Biosecurity Conference. The conference, scheduled to take …

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Strategic partnership between China and Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park

The Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park, SRTIP, discussed, with a Chinese delegation, the launch of strategic partnerships that aim to promote technology transfer between the park and Chinese research and development organisations. The delegation’s visit aims to explore available investment opportunities for Chinese investors operating in innovative technological sectors …

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Dubai Economy pushing R&D innovation

Dubai Economy has unveiled a platform initiative to facilitate research and development, R&D, collaboration between the different ecosystem operators in the emirate, which is expected to accelerate innovation in Dubai. It is also aimed at consequently supporting the mission and strategy of Dubai Economy to promote the competitiveness and sustainable …

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Camel dung key to UAE cement industry

Thousands of tonnes of camel dung are being used to fuel cement production in the northern United Arab Emirates, cutting emissions and keeping animal waste out of landfill. Under a government-run scheme, farmers in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah drop off camel excrement at collection stations. It is then blended …

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Robo-advisors recieve go-ahead in Abu Dhabi

The Financial Services Regulatory Authority, FSRA, of Abu Dhabi Global Market, ADGM, today issued its regulatory framework for Digital Investment Managers (also known as ‘robo-advisors’), operating in ADGM. Digital Investment Managers provide investment management services using algorithm-based tools and technology to interact with more tech-savvy clients. This technology allows investment …

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Richard Branson launches spaceship programme

British billionaire Richard Branson plans to make his company Virgin Galactic the first space tourism firm to go public, Branson said in a statement on Tuesday. Virgin Galactic and its sister manufacturing organisation, The Spaceship Company, took steps towards becoming the first publicly listed human spaceflight company, German news agency …

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Campus rating system launched in UAE

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, said that the ambitious vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, has helped the emirate take advantage of its strategic …

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Secure micro-processors pioneered in Abu Dhabi

NYU Abu Dhabi, NYUAD, researchers have designed a Co-processor for Partially Homomorphic Encrypted Execution, CoPHEE, a microprocessor that provides support for data privacy using cryptography. The project is led by NYUAD Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Michail Maniatakos, with contributors including research engineers at NYUAD’s Centre for Cyber …

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