Tag: science

    The survey team gathers more than 230 samples in Marmul concession area

    A survey conducted by the National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation (NFRCEC) has collected over 230 samples that recorded the presence of Arabian wolf, striped hyena, Arabian gazelle, hare, honey badger, red fox, Blandford fox and Ethiopian hedgehog. The National Field Research Centre for Environmental Conservation (NFRCEC) at the Diwan of Royal Court conducted […]

    Due to microplastics, people become resistant to antibiotics – research

    Researchers at the George Brown School of Engineering at Rice University in the United States say that microplastics in the environment are a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Eurekalert states. A study in the Journal of Hazardous Materials describes how the ultraviolet aging of microplastics in the environment make them apt platforms for antibiotic-resistant genes […]

    Great Barrier Reef could face another mass bleaching by the end of January, forecast says

    Corals across large parts of the Great Barrier Reef could be hit by mass bleaching for the fourth time in just seven years by the end of January, according to a forecast from a United States government agency. Scientists are hoping La Niña conditions might yet stave off threat from predicted heat accumulation in northern […]

    A new form of life on Earth began to multiply: scientists created the first “living robots”

    Scientists have engineered what they say are the first self-replicating ‘robots’ ever made from living cells. Xenobots or “living robots” created from stem cells began to create new ones in a petri dish. The unique features of the new robots will allow them in the future to cleanse the oceans of microplastics, detect and eliminate […]

    What is the “3.5% rule” beloved of climate protesters?
    27 Nov 2021

    Mobilizing a certain proportion of the population will not guarantee a movement’s success, believe The Economist journalists. Let’s get through their opinion. Last weekend, 100,000 activists marched through Glasgow, where the UN’s climate summit was taking place, demanding that governments do more to tackle global warming. Many carried the banners of the Extinction Rebellion (XR), […]

    Mentally mapping location: cats keep an eye on their owners, even if they can’t be seen

    Scientists from Japan conducted an experiment that showed that cats can know where their owner is, even if they cannot see it. The study involved 23 cats and 27 cats between four and six years old. 27 animals lived in a cat cafe, and the rest were domestic. Scientists used it as a stimulus for […]

    ‘Zero-COVID is not going to happen’: experts predict a steep rise in US cases this winter

    Total US deaths from COVID may reach 1 million by spring as vaccination rates remain lower than 60%, The Guardian states. Activists, many of who brought ashes of relatives who died from COVID, gather outside the US Capitol to call for action to prevent future pandemics. A steep rise in COVID-19 cases in Europe should […]

    Online participation in Oman Green Hydrogen Summit is now free for students, non-corporates
    09 Nov 2021

    The organizers of the Green Hydrogen Summit Oman (GHSO) have now opened up online access to the high-profile event, without the registration fee, to a broad segment of interested individuals with a stake in supporting a clean energy future for Oman and the wider world, Oman Observer reports. GHSO, the nation’s premier international forum on […]

    Researchers study cyclone-prone regions in Oman
    03 Nov 2021

    A study conducted by a team from the Sultan Qaboos University on the areas in Oman most prone to cyclones can help plan for future adverse weather events, Times of Oman reports. Published in July, the research studied the effect of cyclones in the governorates of Muscat, Al Batinah and Al Sharqiyah, which are at […]

    UAE public asked to help with dolphin sighting project

    Citizen science data helps researchers in the UAE to understand marine life in the region. Scientists have compiled sightings of dolphins, porpoises, and even whales from members of the public in the Arabian Gulf between 2012 and 2019 through the UAE Dolphin Project Initiative. Now efforts are being stepped up to encourage more people to […]