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Abu Dhabi now has its own means of analysing the genetic code of Covid-19. A team of scientists from several scientific institutions in Abu Dhabi have created a chemical solution which can extract ribonucleic acid, or RNA, from the virus. RNA acts as a messenger for cellular organisms to convey genetic information. Many viruses encode their genetic information using an RNA genome. Extracting RNA from Covid-19 is a key component in testing, as it enables scientists...

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How do you make a difference in the world? How do you actually bring about a change for the better? How do you do good things?  We asked three UAE residents how they implemented their ideas for bringing change not only to their own lives but also to the lives of others. Tatiana Antonelli Abella is the founder of Goumbook, an information resource on how to live in a greener, more eco-conscious way. After losing...

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When Hafsa Qadeer watches her brother Ahmed play the piano in front of an audience, she wonders if he really is disabled or if the world just has not yet learned how to fully include people of determination in society.  Ahmed, who is 17, is a self-taught pianist, composer and avid reader. He was also born with spina bifida, a birth defect involving an incomplete closing of the spine and its surrounding membranes.  He’s also...

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The world’s biggest solar power plant is being developed by an Abu Dhabi-led consortium. The Al Dhafra Solar PV (photovoltaic) plant will deliver solar energy to around 160,000 homes in the UAE — more than the Nour Abu Dhabi planet at Sweihan, which is currently the world’s biggest independent solar power plant. The consortium is led by the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company, Taqa, and Masdar, the renewable energy specialists in partnership with the French...

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More and more women these days are training like athletes, honing their physiques with daily HIIT sessions — sometimes back-to-back classes — as well as a string of challenges and races combined with spartan nutrition. According to Dr Rosalie Sant, an obstetrician-gynecologist at Primavera Medical Centre in Dubai and a member of the livehealthy.ae expert panel, the combination is not a good recipe for getting pregnant.  Are women having trouble conceiving due to rigorous exercise...

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Anyone intending to travel to the UAE by air must present a negative Covid-19 test result before boarding their flight, and they should also expect to be tested again on arriving in the country too. The new regulations come into force on August 1 and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) said they apply to all Emirati citizens, residents, tourists and transit passengers arriving at any airport in the UAE “irrespective of the...

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Danae Mercer radiates good health, but there was a time when she disliked her body so much that she was prepared to risk literally killing herself to achieve what she perceived to be perfection.  Thanks to the intervention of concerned and caring friends and teachers at the US university where she was a student, she made a full recovery. But the days of judging her body were far from over. Now she is a lifestyle...