A simple approach reduces the resistance of a thin-film organic transistor.
12 December 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.154
A simple approach reduces the resistance of a thin-film organic transistor.
12 December 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.154
Male túngara frogs are free to sing their hearts out in the cities, and the females love it.
12 December 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.155
Biomedical research must start with solid infrastructure. But much more is needed to put research centres on the international map, writes Mohamed Boudjelal1 .
12 December 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.156
Hundreds of stone tools and cut-marked animal bones found in Algeria provide evidence that the early ancestors of humans began manufacturing tools in North Africa earlier than previously thought — and they were skilled butchers.
4 December 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.153
Stone handaxes in the Saudi Arabian desert indicate that an ancient style of tool making belonging to our hominin ancestors continued till as recently as 190,000 years ago.
30 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.151
Modifying the surface chemistry of aluminum could promote significant advances in rechargeable battery technology.
30 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.152
Ambulances are being intentionally targeted in Syria as part of a war strategy, reports a study.
29 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.148
Targeting two of the parasitic species that cause leishmaniasis may soon be possible using an existing drug and a related spin-off.
28 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.146
A novel method for generating durable nano-catalysts for splitting water may contribute to efficient solar power storage solutions.
28 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.147
Sperm-like microrobots could be future drug carriers.
14 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.144
Surveys reveal that female genital mutilation has dropped significantly across much of Africa.
8 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.141
Chemicals that diffuse from coral surfaces into the surrounding seawater could be used as indicators of coral health.
6 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.140
Studying Red Sea peculiarities could help predict future global trends in coral reef growth.
2 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.137
Homo species dispersed into the green grasslands of the Arabian Peninsula between 300,000 and 500,000 years ago.
2 November 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.138
A porous solid-state material that can filter unwanted contaminants from natural gas could transform the production of gas-based fuels.
31 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.135
Electrical properties of cells can be detected efficiently by a 3D biological transistor.
30 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.133
The numbers of babies born by caesarean section has doubled globally, calling into question the cause of this trend.
26 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.131
Countries that ban corporal punishment are less violent for youth to grow up in.
24 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.130
Sea level rise threatens Mediterranean UNESCO heritage sites.
22 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.128
How did Middle Eastern solar power become so cheap, and what can we learn from it?
15 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.127
Two genes are found to influence male fertility while another represses female flower organs.
12 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.126
Understanding vegetation changes on the tundra could improve predictions on the impacts of climate change.
9 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.125
Detailed structural mapping of a channel reveals a molecular interaction that regulates calcium entry into cells.
8 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.124
A well-preserved tool found in a Moroccan cave suggests that unique bone implements were used by the Aterian culture over 90,000 years ago.
4 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.123
An overlooked greenhouse gas effect of methane is surprisingly strong over desert regions, including the Sahara and Arabia.
2 October 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.122
Anti-oxidants present in date fruits last long enough in the bloodstream to have a potential health effect.
26 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.119
Wildlife is trafficked under authorities’ noses through some of the region’s major airports.
26 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.120
There’s new evidence against dairy skepticism, especially for low- and middle-income countries.
24 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.114
Controlling the formation of gold–platinum alloy nanoparticles unleashes the catalytic power of single platinum atoms.
24 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.118
A combination of four proteins can reprogram cells inside an ulcer to encourage wound healing.
23 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.117
Their fertility and offspring are at stake.
22 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.113
An analysis of the rotation of stars similar to our Sun could provide insight into stellar magnetic fields.
20 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.112
Physical activity in some Arab countries is among the lowest in the world.
19 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.110
Paris Agreement success could benefit from blockchain solutions, says Jon Truby1 , director of Qatar University’s Centre for Law and Development.
19 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.111
Modified T cells that selectively adhere to brain tumour blood vessels could lead to improved cancer immunotherapy.
12 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.106
More efficient solar cells could be just one benefit of learning to control perovskite nanostructures.
12 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.107
The sensors can also monitor humidity and temperature.
12 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.108
A carefully designed membrane coating enhances the storage capacity and performance of lithium-sulfur batteries.
7 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.104
Readily-made, tuneable perovskite nanocrystals light the way to better images.
7 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.105
The treatment for dormant TB can be shorter and safer than the current standard, increasing likelihood of patient compliance.
5 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.102
A low dimensional water-resistant coat increases stability and efficiency of solar cells.
5 September 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.103
Defects in the SPPL2a gene hinder the immune system from fighting weak microbes.
29 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.97
A law professor in Qatar proposes solutions to alleviate Bitcoin’s negative impact on the environment.
29 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.98
A bilayer film can store data by exploiting electron spin.
28 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.95
Analyses of trace elements in artefacts from 9th century Samarra, in Iraq, show a sophisticated production and regional trade of glass.
28 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.96
Analyses of fossil teeth lead to new insights into the arrival of lemurs on Madagascar.
23 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.94
Isotope analyses of ancient Egyptian copper artefacts reveal mainly local metal sources and early trade links.
16 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.93
An artificial optical structure that changes the frequency of laser light has been fabricated in three dimensions for the first time.
12 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.91
Corals and micro-algae have been together since the age of the dinosaurs.
10 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.92
A novel method for controlling the electrical currents within a superconducting device shows promise for high-speed memory storage in future computers.
9 August 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.90
Drawing on her experience establishing a state-of-the art lab in Jordan using minimal resources, Rana Dajani discusses her role in world-class research.
31 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.88
Habiba Al Safar and Guan K Tay discuss the rising tide of precision medicine in the Middle East and how the West can be used as a model.
30 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.87
A healthy alpha-N-catenin protein is required for embryonic nerve fibres to reach their final destinations.
27 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.85
Links between skill sets prevent low-income workers from getting better-paying jobs.
26 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.84
Sarah Hiddleston looks at a Syrian artist’s work at the intersection of science and art.
25 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.82
An algorithm that ultimately maps skill sets in the workplace, and the marriage of art and science in a Cambridge-based artist's installations.
25 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.83
A new approach marks step forward in efforts to suppress cancer cell generation.
23 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.80
A new method established in Saudi Arabia enables scientists to study nanoscale interactions between blood stem cells.
23 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.81
Scientists create nanoshells that focus light like a convex lens, to boost their efficiency.
22 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.78
Defects in RIPK1, a protein implicated in inflammation and cell death, can lead to chronic immune system disorders.
22 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.79
Everything is illuminated: New study explains how Neanderthals started the first fire.
20 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.77
Scientists identify a protein with an essential role in egg cell maturation.
18 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.76
Embedding carbon nanotubes in polymer films creates highly sensitive sensors as per new research.
17 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.75
Listen to Pakinam Amer present the latest in science news in the Arab world.
16 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.74
Finding snapshots from human history inside ancient genomes.
12 July 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.73
The escalation of armed conflicts has caused dramatic population declines of endangered local species, ultimately putting humans at risk.
30 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.63
Scientists show how their “Swiss cheese” hypothesis explains how corals tolerate ocean acidification.
30 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.72
A new genetic map links genes and proteins to disease.
29 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.71
Researchers lay the principles to guide the design of ideal catalysts in propylene synthesis.
27 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.69
Scientists illuminate genetics underlying a rare disorder of the immune system.
27 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.70
A very flexible and attachable gel gives off different electrical signals as it changes shape.
25 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.68
A new thin-film device can switch between different states by controlling heat flow.
23 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.67
Scientists harvest water from dry air in the Arizona desert using a device powered only by sunlight. But how practical is it?
8 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.66
Better understanding of the genetic basis of Nephrotic Syndrome can aid the hunt for therapeutic targets for this chronic kidney disease.
6 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.65
Sedeer el-Showk on a book that offers a new take on old questions.
5 June 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.64
Scientists show that magnetic fields can be used to make porous nanochains that can be loaded with drugs for specific targeting.
30 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.61
A new genetic study improves understanding of the genetic basis of PCD making for more appropriate counselling of affected families.
30 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.62
Scientists create a new brand of bendable, self-healing single crystals.
29 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.60
Exceptionally smooth junctions between metals and semiconductors show great promise for improving the performance of electronic devices.
17 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.58
Marine scientists have discovered the world’s largest oxygen-depleted zone in the Gulf of Oman.
14 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.57
Scientists use 3D materials for better solar energy harvesting.
13 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.56
Scientists exploit the power of a simple, polymer-based tool to detect toxic chemicals in soil.
12 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.55
Gigantic swirls of solar plasma show that the sun has ‘planetary waves’ similar to those on Earth.
11 May 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.54
Scientists develop a creative drug delivery system for use in targeted cancer therapy.
24 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.53
Record-breaking efficiencies for solar cells can be achieved by perfecting arrangements of quantum dots.
23 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.52
Diamonds in meteorites, remnants of a lost Mercury-to-Mars-sized planet, offer astronomers a glimpse of the early solar system.
17 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.50
Researchers comb the human genome for the roots of hair colour.
16 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.48
Finger bone fossil reveals the complex human migrations out of Africa during a time when Saudi Arabia was wet grassland.
9 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.43
Discussing the advent of archaeology in Saudi Arabia with the head of the Palaeodeserts Project.
9 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.44
An ancient fossil finger, stone tools and animal remains give insights into Arabia and puts the peninsula on the human evolution map.
9 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.45
High-resolution imaging reveals evolutionary history hidden in our inner ear.
5 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.42
Researchers shed light on how a mutated gene mediates brain degeneration typically associated with Parkinson's disease.
4 April 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.41
KAUST scientists create new techniques to optimize underwater wireless sensor networks.
29 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.40
Humans in the Near East, North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa were interacting in the Stone Age, DNA from 15,000-year-old skeletons shows.
28 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.32
Scientists in Saudi Arabia develop marine tracking devices that are lighter and less invasive.
28 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.33
Shark Bay seagrass meadows have released millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide when devastated by marine heatwaves, new study reveals.
22 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.31
Plant remains from the Libyan Desert reveal that our ancestors cultivated weedy crops.
21 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.30
Scientists devise a new way to make superconductors using superlattices.
20 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.29
A nanoporous carbon composite membrane enables quicker desalination.
18 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.28
Cells in the retina of deep-sea fish species may be adapted for twilight vision
17 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.27
Scientists and artists at Imagine Science Abu Dhabi meditate on the issues at the intersection of science, technology, and art.
14 March 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.26
A new statistical modelling technique could show decision-makers where to focus resources to improve achievements of sustainable development targets.
28 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.24
New study debunks two commonly held views about domesticated and wild horse ancestry.
28 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.25
New study challenges previous assumptions that bird species are rich in diversity in higher altitudes.
27 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.22
The frequency and severity of bleaching events have been increasing for three decades, affecting the ability of corals to recover between bleaching incidents.
27 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.23
Scientists warn against the negative impact of honeybees’ introduction on wild bees and native plants in South Sinai.
26 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.21
Biologists track down genes that help breed multi-drug resistance in tuberculosis.
22 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.20
I’ve encountered even more prejudice as a researcher from the Middle East than as a woman working in Saudi Arabia, says Malak Abedalthagafi.
20 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.19
How a KAUST marine biologist teamed up with a Stanford robotics expert to design the world's first humanoid submarine robotic diver.
19 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.18
Researchers combine the best of both materials in a hybrid membrane for gas separation.
18 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.17
The deletion of a gene is identified as a major cause of a syndrome that causes neurodevelopmental disorder.
17 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.16
Find provides crucial new data, re-writing the story of human evolution and our dispersal from Africa.
10 February 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.15
Tracing a renaissance of space science in the Arab region.
31 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.9
Returning researcher brings home a quest for cosmic understanding.
31 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.10
The UAE’s is aiming for Mars, with a programme to catalyse high-tech innovation, inspire youth, and diversify the nation’s economy.
31 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.11
TRAPPIST-North is a first foray in exploration of space for the country.
31 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.12
Sedeer el-Showk on a history of modern space science in the Arab world.
31 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.13
Jörg Matthias Determann talks astronauts, observatories and nationalism in the Arab Middle East.
31 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.14
Scientists create a more efficient gas-absorbing, single-crystal catalyst.
30 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.8
Scientists unearth near-complete remains of a school-bus-sized dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous era, around 94 to 66 million years ago.
29 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.7
This is how the UAE is managing its scarce natural resources in the face of harsh environmental conditions.
21 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.6
A climate model that simulates El Niño can help predict droughts in the Arabian Peninsula.
18 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.5
Mitogenomes reveal that women were on the move in the Mediterranean in the 1st millennium BCE.
16 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.4
Scientists exploit molecule-like zero-dimensional nanocrystals.
15 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.3
A new review highlights the impact of declining oxygen levels in the open ocean and coastal waters due to increasing temperatures and nutrient discharge.
13 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.2
Reciprocity between nations stabilises international cooperation.
9 January 2018; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2018.1
Focusing malaria control on hindering its transmission could lead to less virulent infections.
24 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.176
Scientists look to the past for food security solutions.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.168
In a dry region, scientists are investigating sustainable ways water can be treated and used to grow food.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.169
Scientists are looking for new ways to desalinate water using energy resources that reduce dependence on dwindling fossil fuels.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.170
Peter Rogers, Gordon McKay research professor of environmental engineering and professor of city and regional planning at Harvard University, entertains the scenario of a region without freshwater.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.171
Changing weather patterns in the Middle Eastern region will impact the availability of fresh water.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.172
Producing enough freshwater in today’s Middle East and North Africa can be a difficult, energy-intensive task, which makes it difficult to grow enough food to supply the burgeoning population.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.173
Seawater and saltwater ecosystems offer promise for a region running out of freshwater supplies.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.174
Mangroves are saltwater-tolerant, natural carbon reservoirs; this Arab visual artist is trying to save them.
20 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.175
Scientists invent ultra-flexible solar cells to harness the sun’s energy.
19 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.167
Researchers investigate how fish will respond to the ongoing acidification of their environment.
18 December 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.166
Humans are “voracious users of artificial lighting” and it’s getting worse.
30 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.164
Conflict over Nile water is rooted in population growth and poor soil productivity.
30 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.165
Scientists create non-toxic, magnetic nanoparticles to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
29 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.162
Earth's nights are getting brighter, and it's bad news for everyone.
29 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.163
Scientists probe subatomic particles to reveal their secret structures.
27 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.161
Political uncertainty, protracted economic crisis and rapid development pose challenges to heritage conservation in the archaeologically rich Kurdish region of Iraq.
23 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.160
New research may explain why MERS infections occur even without direct contact with camels or other carriers.
22 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.159
The domestication of large animals led to larger wealth gaps in post-Neolithic Eurasia than in early societies in the Americas.
21 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.158
Robust corals in the northern region could outlive the rest of the population by a century.
19 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.157
This biocompatible micro-battery can power up implantable dental braces.
8 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.156
First major Khufu structure found in centuries as particle physics meets ancient history.
2 November 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.155
Researchers set up a modeling system to track fungal spore dispersion across continents, and Yemen presented as a key location.
30 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.154
Scientists invent a safe, cheap process for making a hydrogen-generating nanocatalyst.
26 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.152
Bacteria from the mouth can replace normal, gut microorganisms under some circumstances, potentially contributing to bowel disease.
26 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.153
Changes in summer flooding of the Nile are driven by volcanoes as far away as Iceland.
25 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.151
Mundane but consistent daily movement, not just recreational sports, can protect the middle-aged against cardiovascular disease, wherever they are.
19 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.150
Fourth Millennium BCE pottery holds clues to how Neolithic people in Sudan domesticated sorghum.
18 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.149
A new experiment uses a non-precious metal nanoparticle catalyst to create amine-based compounds.
17 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.148
Scientists make an ultrathin material for storing the sun’s energy.
16 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.147
A new suture-less sealant engineered from a protein derived from human tissue is effective for wound closure in dynamic tissues.
15 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.146
Highlighting the first large-scale research into prehistoric human DNA from sub-Saharan Africa.
8 October 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.145
An agricultural endeavor in Aqaba is using saltwater to alleviate Jordan's strain on food, energy and freshwater production.
30 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.143
The targeting of environmental infrastructure in war has become an end in itself, with long-term implications for human welfare and ecosystems.
30 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.144
The results of simulations of an ocean warming scenario are at odds with the Metabolic Theory of Ecology.
27 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.140
A burden of mammalian viruses makes camel a breeding ground for novel human diseases.
27 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.141
Scientists invent small, high-performance transistors suitable for high-resolution displays.
27 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.142
New method of gene synthesis preserves epigenetic marks in resulting genes, optimizes yield and can be automated.
26 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.138
Scientists make versatile nanoparticles that can ferry drugs that can treat diseases like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s.
26 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.139
New research tries to understand the motivation behind blind devotion to frontline combat.
13 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.136
A new software-based tool can forecast the intensity of sunlight across different geographical locations.
13 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.137
A recent study on Wilms Tumour has identified pathways to genetic mutations that may increase future efficiency in treatment.
11 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.135
Ismail Serageldin, former director of the Alexandria library and renowned international figure, is sentenced to prison following retirement.
31 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.133
Scientists use satellites to get a more complete view of Red Sea coral reefs — and what they observe is fascinating.
30 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.131
Sarah Parcak on the ethics and future trajectory of space archaeology in the region.
30 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.132
New research unveils the mechanism by which corals-associated algae cope with highly saline waters.
28 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.129
How has historical movement impacted Lebanese populations?
28 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.130
Scientists connect the dots on a new signaling cascade in diabetes.
27 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.128
Nature Middle East interviews renowned space archaeologist Sarah Parcak.
24 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.127
A vaccination-based approach enables researchers to understand how the harmful stimulant works.
22 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.126
Scientists make a nanoporous membrane for making filter devices.
16 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.123
A new study opens up potential routes for the future treatment of Galloway–Mowat syndrome, an extremely rare but deadly genetic kidney and brain disease.
16 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.124
This first-ever analysis of blood cells from Middle East respiratory syndrome survivors highlights their immune response to the disease.
16 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.125
Intracellular lipid droplets help protect bacteria under stress by stabilizing their DNA.
15 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.121
A combined genetic and mathematical modelling approach helps scientists interpret genetic information in the parasite population with high precision in considerably less time.
15 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.122
What are those mysterious patches of bare land cropping out in green meadows under the sea?
9 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.120
New insights into the workings of the gene associated with degenerative brain diseases provide potential targets for treatment.
2 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.119
A highly sensitive experiment leads to the observation of a new exotic quantum magnetic phase.
30 July 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.118
Biologists uncover how fluorescent corals survive at low-light depths.
20 July 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.117
A commonly used statistical approach is missing associations between DNA variations and disease.
19 July 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.115
Researchers have identified non-inherited mutations prevalent in individuals with autism.
19 July 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.116
Self-assembling nanoparticles could pave a potentially promising therapeutic route.
18 July 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.113
Scientists have developed an eco-friendly material that can be used as a biodegradable pesticide carrier.
6 July 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.112
Scientists use atom-thin semiconductors to make efficient solar cells.
5 July 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.111
Diplomatic row undermines burgeoning scientific collaboration in the Gulf.
29 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.110
Scientists develop a method to probe the patterns of DNA molecules in a fluid.
21 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.107
A DNA repair protein could be a new therapeutic target for diseases like atherosclerosis and retinopathy.
21 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.108
Inside one of the world’s largest onsite archaeological labs.
21 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.109
Scientists take a new leap in non-invasive drug systems development.
20 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.105
Scientists zero in on a mutated gene that wreaks havoc in the brain and puts its victims in wheelchairs.
20 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.106
Fossils found in a Moroccan cave illuminate the origins of mankind.
8 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.103
Scientists use sugar to expose the role of pollutants in coral bleaching events.
7 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.101
The 300,000-year-old skull segments carry insights into the origins of our species and connect Morocco with complex evolutionary changes taking place across Africa.
7 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.102
Researchers present a new energy-saving technique for removing water vapor from natural gas.
6 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.100
The story behind rebuilding a solar barque that belonged to the ancient king Khufu.
2 June 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.99
Deciphering the past at the genetic level reveals that ancient Egyptians are closely related to Near Easterners.
31 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.98
Scientists opine on a new stem cell therapy for some epigenetic diseases.
30 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.97
A rare form of a gene implicated in glaucoma has a surprisingly strong protective effect against it.
29 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.94
Primary and metastatic breast cancers can be stunted by depleting the UBR5 protein.
29 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.95
Scientists screen drug targets and drug compounds against each other to identify new drugs for new targets.
29 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.96
Carbon catalyst reduces CO2 emissions while making fuel.
28 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.93
New synthesis technique enables researchers to create asymmetric molecular monolayers.
27 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.92
Researchers showcase a film that can filter molecules by sensing their shapes.
26 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.91
Scientists weigh in on three intriguing archaeological discoveries in Egypt.
25 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.90
Two teams of Arab and American researchers are ‘tantalizingly close’ to generating primordial blood stem cells in the lab.
22 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.89
Protein implicated in cancer can be a promising target for therapy.
21 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.88
Finding inspiration for a cancer cure deep in the ocean.
20 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.87
The Middle East’s synchrotron opens today in Jordan, signaling the start of one of the region’s top collaborative research projects.
16 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.85
Ancient metal holds new clues to copper mining in ancient Arabia.
16 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.86
Climate change will up Nile flow variability, but to exploit flood periods, more water storage is needed.
15 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.84
DNA repair mechanism proves vital for mitochondrial integrity.
14 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.83
Scientists reveal new clues to iron mining in ancient Arabia.
11 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.81
Scientists invent a new technique to study aberrant epigenetics and allow targeted corrections.
11 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.82
Scientists invent bendable supercapacitors that are thinner than a human hair.
9 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.80
Jordan is trying a new software for better drought management.
5 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.79
Scientists invent a system that can now destroy the memory of an electronic device on-demand, remotely, to prevent data misuse.
2 May 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.78
Modern-day domesticated horses lost their genetic diversity within the past 2,300 years.
28 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.77
How dangerous are dust storms that transport microbial communities across countries?
27 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.76
The sensors can help make hydrogen fuel, detect toxic acids.
25 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.74
Trillions of small pieces of floating plastic are coagulating in remote waters near the frozen north.
25 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.75
Researchers show that a very thin layer of graphene can be “invisible” to an underlying growing crystal.
24 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.73
A sunlight-powered device pulls fresh water out of dry air.
22 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.72
Dead Sea drill cores reveal worrying insights into ancient climate.
20 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.70
Fossils reveal a complete picture of a new species of an ancient Egyptian animal.
20 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.71
Early detection of polio is possible, thanks to a new algorithm.
19 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.69
The RNA implicated in a congenital neurological condition that leads to developmental and learning delays.
18 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.68
How the red planet’s climate changed from warm and wet to harsh and dry.
12 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.67
Scientists have developed a roadmap for carbon emissions reduction, but it will be a hard sell in some Middle Eastern countries.
10 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.63
An interdisciplinary study has allowed scientists to understand the role of the SMARCD2 gene in haematopoietic development.
9 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.59
The import and export of crops drawing on groundwater is threatening food and water security in the Middle East and elsewhere.
6 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.58
Researchers find a way to grow transistors from solution without compromising their performance, promising cheaper and more ecological electronics.
31 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.56
An Egyptian team documents a new species of fossilized catfish.
31 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.57
Scientists use ‘a chemical trick’ to alter light emissions from metal atoms.
30 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.55
A new study identifies low-cost, low-impact, and highly accessible wind and solar electricity resources in 21 African countries.
29 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.54
Scientists trace back the roots of some diseases to faulty genes and specific blood proteins.
27 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.52
An underreported mosquito-borne disease is wreaking havoc across Egypt and the region but few are paying attention.
27 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.53
New techniques in experimental psychology show complex brain interactions behind memory and strategy when we navigate.
26 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.51
Laser treatment and a water-based electrolyte make stable supercapacitors.
15 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.45
In the clamour for policy-makers’ attention, science advisers need a forum to be heard.
14 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.43
A look at FGC practices using a cultural evolutionary approach can help policy makers understand why eradication efforts are not very successful.
14 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.44
New study sheds light on bacterial community dynamics and patterns of corals' heat-resilience.
6 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.42
Scientists have managed to manipulate wave propagation through liquid crystals with potential for improving communication systems.
4 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.41
Geophysics and geoarchaeology uncovers sacred landscape of the Nile.
28 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.39
Researchers describe a new developmental syndrome in which brain hemispheres fail to connect.
27 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.38
A second Earth is not just a matter of if but when, scientists say.
22 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.37
Geneticists zero in on two genes that increase the risks of rheumatoid arthritis among Arabs.
21 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.35
A gene mutation could make colorectal cancer patients resistant to chemotherapy.
21 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.36
Instability in DNA replication results in a developmental brain disorder.
14 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.33
Researchers present a new etching technique that combines a soft and hard mask in a single entity.
14 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.34
Water scarcity and depleted soils are forcing the region to find sustainable ways to make use of its vast wastelands and water from the sea.
9 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.28
The complexity of quinoa’s genome brings the promise of improving and expanding crops in hostile environments previously unfit for agriculture.
9 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.29
Increased urbanization of Egypt’s agricultural lands is damaging agricultural production, a new study warns.
9 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.30
Off the the western coast of the United Arab Emirates is a unique facility that aims to find new ways to help address the region’s food and energy demands.
9 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.31
Quinoa is a promising crop packed in a bitter shell, but can this super food become a staple in this region?
9 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.32
Scientists develop materials for selectively trapping CO2 that can be regenerated easily when fouled.
2 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.27
Newly discovered direction and distance nerve cells in the brains of Egyptian fruit bats could help scientists understand how the brain conducts complex computations and why Alzheimer’s patients are often spatially disoriented.
30 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.26
Researchers link four new genomic loci to changes in a key brain structure.
28 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.24
The shamal of 2015 was down to hot dry weather and unusual easterly wind patterns, not war in Syria. But is this a sign of things to come?
28 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.25
Scientists unveil a promising therapeutic target for T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
27 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.23
Highlighting the link between aging, and changes to cell-type-specific genes.
24 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.21
New carbon membranes with unique porous structures are promising.
24 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.22
Researchers investigate properties useful for rational design of semiconductors.
16 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.20
Spatial patterning is significant in the development of neural diversity, investigation into fruit fly optic lobes shows.
15 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.19
Conservation biologists depict cheetahs’ journey towards extinction.
12 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.12
By the end of the century birds migrating farthest south for winter will find it hard to find food.
11 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.1
Egyptian scientists develop affordable diagnostic technology of gold nanoparticles which uses HCV’s genomic signature.
30 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.225
Scientists use small organic molecules to prevent transistors’ degradation.
29 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.224
International initiatives use satellite imagery to monitor Syria’s catastrophic loss of cultural heritage.
21 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.223
Scientists zero in on harmful genetic mutations that trigger autism.
15 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.222
The upcoming generation of Arab scientists has to be mentored differently, says Mohamed Boudjelal.
13 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.216
Award-winning Moroccan nuclear physicist Rajaâ El Moursli talks to Nature Middle East about her pursuit of excellence in her home country and the elusive “God particle” abroad.
13 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.217
Hoping to build a bridge between academia and business, a professor of chemistry at the American University in Cairo (AUC) has created a spin-off company specialized in novel diagnostics, the first of its kind in Egypt.
13 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.218
Ramy Karam Aziz is causing ripples in his circles through unorthodox mentorship methods. But is bucking the trend bearing fruit?
13 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.219
Middle-Eastern minds creating a ripple effect.
13 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.220
Refugee exodus reshapes the Syrian hydrological landscape.
12 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.221
A large study of Saudi patients reveals new genetic causes of disorders associated with dysfunctions in the cell’s ‘antenna’.
5 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.199
On this World AIDS Day, the Arab world has to remember that despite having a low prevalence of HIV and AIDS, prevention efforts need to be dramatically scaled up.
1 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.215
A new technique allows scientists to measure the shape and structure of moving stars with unprecedented precision.
30 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.212
Laser-beam-induced heat and a nano-wrap reveal heat diffusion patterns in living cells.
30 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.213
A group of researchers have come up with a way to assemble a protein sensor inside plant cells to detect previously unclear chemical signalling.
30 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.214
An efficient nano-synthesis method promises high-performance solar cells.
28 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.211
This novel technique can extend our knowledge of the human gut microbiota.
27 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.210
Balancing temperature makes for smarter light-harvesting polycrystalline films
26 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.209
Climate change is forging a connection between science and religion in the Islamic world.
22 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.208
Gene therapy partially restores vision in rats. The new technique enables scientists to repair genes in adult tissues.
21 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.207
CO2 emissions stabilize worldwide, but keep rising in Arab countries.
17 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.206
New understanding of molecular functions in epilepsy gives insights that can potentially prevent mutation in children.
14 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.205
Epigenetic reprogramming can sensitize cancer cells that are resistant to chemotherapies.
13 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.204
Scientists invent a technique that allows them to fine tune the properties of silver atoms.
9 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.201
Genetic analysis of tuberculosis strains reveal how they adapt to their human hosts.
9 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.202
Climate change has a life raft in the Paris agreement, but is the Arab world on board?
6 November 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.200
Analyzing plant micro-fossils down to the cellular level is a ‘magical’ gate to understanding the past.
31 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.197
Genetics plays an important role in fertility, major new study reveals.
31 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.198
These new nano-carriers promise more efficient and less toxic delivery to healthy cells.
30 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.196
A brain chemical can potentially reverse depressed state.
29 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.195
Millions of base pairs of previously unseen human DNA added to current genetic databases.
27 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.194
Researchers are working to overcome the paucity of Middle Eastern genomics data.
25 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.193
Dramas that raise local arguments against dangerous practice could bring change.
23 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.192
Strong quantum coupling in a superconducting circuit leads to new exotic hybrid states of light and matter.
20 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.191
Scientists invent a technique that can print transistors, sensors in sticker formats using a 3D printer.
17 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.185
Scientists zero in on genes that shape human behaviour, but that can also trigger autism.
17 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.186
Technological advancements in the region have created new archaeological opportunities, but cooperation, funding, and a big-picture approach is needed.
10 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.184
Scientists trace rice in New world to African origin.
4 October 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.178
Scientists synthesize a fibre that can generate hydrogen and fresh water from wastewater.
30 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.144
Scientists ‘cage’ platinum clusters to fire chemical reactions.
29 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.143
Researchers engineer solids that can heal themselves after being cracked and re-anneal when completely broken — not unlike living organisms.
26 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.140
Study reports on distinctive microbial communities thriving deep within the central rift of the Red Sea.
26 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.141
A bacterial microbe that lives within one of Africa’s ancient staple crops reveals a protective streak.
26 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.142
Researchers hope to dispel misconceptions about the safety of water-pipe smoking.
25 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.138
Multifunctional polymers exhibit different physical characteristics in response to varying stimuli.
25 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.139
Scientists look at Qataris' exome sequences to anticipate response to two common blood-thinners.
24 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.137
Scientists create “sandwich-like” nanoporous material to better lithium-ion batteries.
19 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.136
Algae, previously overlooked, can play an important role in trapping carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
18 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.135
Scientists develop an autopsy-based program that can uncover secrets of stubborn cancers.
15 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.133
Region’s first central soil information repository can be a valuable resource for science and education.
15 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.134
New enamel mapping reveals the exact composition of human teeth.
14 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.132
Scientists find answers in viral genes from bats, camels and humans.
13 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.130
Scientists create a catalyst to generate hydrogen from water using sunlight.
13 September 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.131
New solar energy technology is efficient and low cost.
28 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.128
Malnutrition and displacement leave South Sudanese vulnerable to visceral leishmaniasis with increased risk for the wider region.
28 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.129
A large “reference panel” of full genetic data allows researchers to more accurately infer information from cheaper-to-obtain partial genomes.
24 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.127
Diverse microbes work together for optimal use of resources.
23 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.126
Whale shark populations in the Gulf are largely male and have novel heat-coping mechanisms.
15 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.125
Ibrutinib targets microRNAs that reduce the expression level of tumour suppressor genes.
14 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.122
Fish change their circadian rhythm to tolerate the high CO2 levels in the ocean due to climate change.
14 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.123
Scientists make an array of out-of-plane sensors that can track the vital signs of the human body.
11 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.120
Zewail City of Science and Technology, the legacy of Arab chemist Ahmed Zewail, is strapped for cash.
11 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.121
Distinct genetic evidence explains why congenital heart defects have low occurrence among siblings.
5 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.118
Nobel laureate and laser femtochemistry pioneer Ahmed Zewail dies at age of 70 leaving behind many science breakthroughs and an enduring legacy.
3 August 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.117
This is how eruptions of supervolcanoes are controlled.
31 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.116
North West European and North West African winter rainfall systems fundamentally affected.
26 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.115
Gene testing should be done early for the diagnosis of intellectual disability.
24 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.114
A comprehensive analysis of Middle Eastern genes shows substantial diversity and interbreeding among various sub-regions and with peoples of other continents.
23 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.113
These new materials can easily separate propane from propylene — a usually difficult and energy intensive process.
21 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.111
Scientists make versatile transparent materials for smart devices.
21 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.112
Researchers have assembled a reference genome to reflect the variants in Middle Eastern populations.
20 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.110
Researchers find a bias in the process of elimination that causes some cells to form antibody sites while others are cast off.
19 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.109
Fiery, loop-shaped magnetic fields rise from the Sun’s interior at a slower speed than previously predicted.
17 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.108
Advanced understanding of gene development shows how butterflies can see a wider range of colours.
10 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.107
The Qatar Exoplanet Survey (QES) has discovered three new “exoplanets” outside our solar system.
7 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.105
Tumour cell clusters circulating in the blood of cancer patients could provide a means of early cancer detection.
7 July 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.106
A team of researchers devised a way to increase the bandwidth of optical communication by up to 100 fold.
30 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.104
Shrouded in a haze of artificial light at night, not only do we lose the capacity to gaze at the stars but our health and the ecology suffer too.
26 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.103
The crystalline detectors could also potentially be useful in space.
24 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.101
Measuring the performance of electronic circuits made out of organic components needs to improve.
24 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.102
Many researchers believe they are losing more of the few academic freedoms they previously had.
21 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.97
Biologists trace the cause of congenital deafness to a mutated gene expressed in the inner ear.
20 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.94
A new genetic marker predicts if patients will respond and provides potential for alternate treatments.
15 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.92
Three-dimensional graphene films can store charge and even hydrogen.
15 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.93
Scientists present a new way to harvest sunlight and generate hydrogen fuel.
4 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.85
Quantum mechanics could claw back ‘information loss’ in the equations describing black holes.
1 June 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.83
Oil fuels Saudi Arabia’s rise as a regional science powerhouse.
30 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.78
Disturbing statistics show the return of Aleppo boil in conflict zones and neighbouring regions as people are displaced across borders.
27 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.82
Scientists hope this will expand treatment options.
26 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.80
Supermassive black hole winds keep galaxies turned off, scientists theorize.
26 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.81
Scientists develop a superior material for separating acetylene gas from ethylene.
25 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.79
Scientists develop a nanocarrier system that can potentially diagnose and target cancer.
23 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.76
Scientists invent a ‘super’ imaging technique capable of scanning the seafloor for oil deposits.
23 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.77
New technique allows scientists to manipulate re-arrangement of atoms in nanostructures.
16 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.66
Moroccans are turning to an unconventional source in response to the country’s water crisis.
16 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.67
Scientists crack the genetic code for climate adaptive corals.
15 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.61
A worldwide study of human genomes has found evidence of the association of five new gene locations with glaucoma.
14 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.59
The molecular underpinnings of the Venus flytrap’s carnivorous lifestyle are illuminated in this new study.
14 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.60
Scientists develop a thermogel to destroy disease-causing bacteria
9 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.52
In Aleppo, the danger caused by fighting is compounded by a lack of medical staff.
9 May 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.53
A public health crisis looms if measures are not taken to quell the misuse of antivirals by some veterinary drug manufacturers.
28 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.49
New studies carry potential for creating much more efficient water desalination systems in the Gulf.
28 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.50
Scientists invent a flexible bilayer film that shrinks and expands in response to light.
28 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.51
Gene singled out in pathogen’s drug-resistant response.
20 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.48
Scientists explain how algae help corals tolerate extreme heat in the Arabian seas.
17 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.43
Scientists find a way to inhibit a membrane protein that triggers a heart disease.
6 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.39
Graft-versus-host disease resulting from blood and marrow transplantation can be early diagnosed by measuring CXCL10 protein in blood.
6 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.40
Analysis reveals changing patterns in social media in the run-up to major events.
6 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.41
Flexible, low-power inverters made using two different semiconductors on a single substrate.
6 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.42
Scientists identify a gene mutation that causes one of the body’s proteins to initiate a chronic inflammatory response leading to repetitive fevers and severe skin lesions.
4 April 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.38
Scientists develop efficient solar cells for producing hydrogen fuel.
29 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.37
As the Zika virus makes its mark in the Americas, what is the risk of it taking hold in the Middle East and North Africa?
17 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.35
Scientists synthesize knotted molecular structures using anions.
16 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.31
Researchers find a new method to gain greater control over surface plasmons — particles at metal surfaces used in sensing devices.
10 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.28
This real-time movie uncovers the possible roles of specific genes in brain disorders.
9 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.27
Scientists synthesize high-performance skin made from paper, tape and kitchen products.
7 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.26
Scientists solve the atomic structure of an enzyme that breaks down carbohydrates to understand how it works.
6 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.25
How our brain cells communicate to wake us up or send us to sleep.
4 March 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.22
The death of an Italian PhD student in Egypt plus documented impingements on academic freedoms may compromise research collaborations with international peers.
29 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.21
Bioengineered cows may be the answer in the fight against MERS-CoV.
28 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.20
Scientists use stem cells to replace damaged liver cells in blood-fluke-induced liver fibrosis.
24 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.18
Gut bacteria may counter the effects of malnutrition.
24 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.19
Modification of a potent chemotherapy drug eliminates a damaging side effect.
23 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.16
Imagine Science Film Festival, the Arab world’s ambitious science forum, aims to change the public’s approach and understanding.
17 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.13
A combination of nanocarriers have reportedly proved efficient against breast cancer and breast cancer stem cells subpopulation.
17 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.14
Effects of heat-induced mechanical strains on semiconductors can be exploited to make smarter electronic devices.
17 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.15
Scientists uncover how a flowering plant evolved to thrive in sea.
12 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.10
New nanocomposite material combines the hardness and strength of minerals and the multifunctionality of organics.
12 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.11
A copper oxide promises to yield materials for low-power memory devices.
4 February 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.9
Trade-offs may shape the migratory decisions of white storks.
27 January 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.6
The deserts of an ancient ocean become home to the Middle East’s first climate change museum.
26 January 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.5
New material improves state-of-the-art solar cells.
20 January 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.4
Scientists identify the jaw mechanics that allowed dinosaurs to feast on fish.
14 January 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.3
Insights into how natural pain-relievers work may help develop “smarter” painkillers.
13 January 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.1
Premalignant and malignant lesions can be reversed by restoring the expression of p53 tumour suppressor gene.
31 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.252
Scientists create relatively cheap, highly efficient hybrid solar cells.
29 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.251
Scientists discover how viral genes convert an innocuous bacterium into a deadly one in reef-building corals.
28 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.249
The Arab world is plagued by worrying environmental issues, but research could be its saving grace.
28 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.250
Ibn Al-Haytham’s scientific skepticism should be emulated across the Arab World.
22 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.248
Camels are the hosts in which new strains of the Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome Coronovirus (MERS-CoV) evolve and pass to humans.
21 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.247
Three leading Gulf region scientists share their views on COP21’s final agreement.
17 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.244
Negative emissions technologies are promising but have limits.
16 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.243
Circular forms of RNA are much more abundant in platelets than previously thought, reports a new study.
15 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.242
Climate scientists call for revisions to the COP21’s final draft agreement.
12 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.238
Building a synchrotron, a project aimed at bringing together previously warring Middle East nations, is finally close to completion.
11 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.237
For the first time, a gene mutation that implicates impaired iron transport in the pathogenesis of an immunodeficiency has been identified.
10 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.234
Scientists illuminate the microscopic phenomena that trigger superconductivity in iron selenide crystals.
10 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.235
Scientists find a way to make electricity from heat by poking fullerene molecules.
10 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.236
Global emissions of CO2 may be unexpectedly slowing down worldwide, but some Arab states are seeing rapid rise.
7 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.233
HIV and AIDS infections are rising sharply in the Middle East and North Africa.
1 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.231
Researchers have developed highly efficient 2D semiconductors that can be used to make flexible or transparent displays.
1 December 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.232
Scientists have made stable, highly light-sensitive crystals.
27 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.230
Founder of the Muslim World Science Initiative Athar Osama talks about its big plans to revitalize the Muslim world’s ailing science universities.
16 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.222
Gene sequencing unveils the secrets and history of date palms.
16 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.223
Scientists have designed a fabrication technique that might soon allow developing world medical units to afford the latest digital X-ray technology.
15 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.221
The human-honeybee partnership goes back at least to the beginnings of agriculture.
12 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.218
A report calls for reform in Muslim-world universities, but is there a roadmap?
10 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.217
Scientists catch a glimpse of how adsorbed gas atoms interact with each other on porous crystals.
9 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.212
Scientists create a stem-cell-generating nanobrush.
9 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.208
A University of Jordan cell therapy centre promises to succeed where traditional medicine has failed, thanks to stem cell research.
8 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.207
The first study into the interaction between antiprotons finds a strong attractive force.
4 November 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.206
Scientists make strain-absorbing, flexible transistors on a metal-based platform.
29 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.200
A novel technology uses nanoparticles that ‘trick’ light into near-complete absorption, making it one of the thinnest dark materials.
28 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.198
Six years after President Obama’s inspiring Cairo speech, scientist Navid Madani reflects on what changes his words have generated, and what still needs to be done.
28 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.199
Region could endure heat waves of up to 75 °C by century’s end, study predicts.
26 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.197
Gene linked to Alzheimer's offers hope for therapy without side-effects.
21 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.196
Scientists make a wearable and stretchable metal antenna that can wirelessly transmit data.
15 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.189
Corals in the Middle East are the perfect model for adaptation to extreme environments. Although research into how they survive is in its infancy, the findings range from promising to fascinating.
15 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.190
Can previously unknown algae save coral reefs from the damage expected from climate change?
15 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.191
Overfishing is unbalancing the region’s coral reef habitats by culling their top predators.
15 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.192
The very existence of deep-sea corals in their extreme Red sea environments opens new horizons for research.
15 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.193
The study of epigenetic mechanisms in regional corals is essential to securing the future of reefs everywhere.
15 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.194
New studies in the region lift the veil on a coral ecosystem, thriving with biodiversity.
15 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.195
A research team from KAUST synthesizes porous adsorbent based on rare-earth metal for soaking up normal paraffins.
14 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.185
Structural properties of nanosized sheets made of synthetic peptides open up exciting avenues for the synthesis of protein-mimetic materials.
13 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.184
Scientists develop a software-based method that can provide insights into molecular organization of the cells.
12 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.182
Scientists discover full extent of Back-to-Africa gene flow.
12 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.183
Twenty new genes may be implicated in blood pressure and other diseases.
8 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.177
Cacti may not have high water demands, but they are still among the most threatened groups of plants in the world.
5 October 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.176
A global health study finds non-communicable diseases now place the greatest health burden on the Arab World.
30 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.175
Scientists make highly porous membrane using copolymers for separating molecules from a solution.
29 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.174
A team of researchers generate a beam of short, high-power pulses in the mid-infrared region with a repetition rate of one hundred million pulses per second.
26 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.173
A cholera task force has been established in Iraq following an outbreak which experts fear will spread.
23 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.172
Sequencing the genomes of a relatively isolated population can provide insights into the biological mechanisms of disease.
17 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.170
A team of chemists devised a strategy to make the production of diesel oil from plant fats much less wasteful.
17 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.171
Scientists produce nanosensors that can detect signature mutated proteins involved in breast cancer.
16 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.167
Discovery of a cheap metal-based catalyst may pave the way for hydrogen-fuel-based economy.
16 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.168
Outdoor air pollution could be causing over three million deaths per year, predominantly in infants and adults over thirty.
16 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.169
Climate change model predicts Arctic Ocean may act as a sink for increased CO2 in the atmosphere in the future.
15 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.166
New gene locations have been implicated in increased susceptibility to coronary artery disease.
8 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.162
Nanoparticles coated with sialic acid could be the next therapeutic tool in the fight against sepsis.
7 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.161
The orbits of planets in a binary star system can be severely disrupted by the gravity of their companion star.
1 September 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.157
Scientists have designed new protein tags that can be easily detected and that overcome limits present in current ones.
31 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.155
The relative rates of molecular motors determine where DNA replication stops.
31 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.156
New computational methods for medicinal clinical trials can speed up drug discovery.
30 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.153
Researchers reveal a new ‘more efficient’ catalyst for electrochemical reduction of CO2 to CO in water.
30 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.154
First high-res ‘direct’ images of DNA revealed at KAUST.
28 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.152
New sensor can read even the smallest fluctuations in blood pressure and human voice.
27 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.151
Conflict, economic recession and favourable policies in a few countries have surprisingly reduced air pollution in the Middle East since 2010.
21 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.143
A unique database shows that non-native plant species originate largely from the northern hemisphere.
19 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.142
Scientists pinpoint “genetic stretch of DNA” behind bone marrow disorder
18 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.141
Researchers from around the world identify the role of hundreds of mice genes with unknown function.
17 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.140
“Clock neurons” help fruitflies adapt to the seasons.
16 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.138
Scientists create monolayer semiconductors with many potential applications in electronics.
16 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.139
As conflict rages in Yemen, the country faces severe water shortage.
15 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.137
A large number of algorithms can be used to evaluate the toxicity of compounds and identify risks to humans early.
12 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.136
As the expanded Suez Canal is inaugurated today with much fanfare, biologists warn of a mass migration of Red Sea fish into the Mediterranean’s fragile ecosystem.
6 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.133
Rheumatoid arthritis may soon benefit from microbial-based diagnosis and therapies.
6 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.134
New fabrication techniques are producing efficient ceramic fuel cells that operate at low temperatures.
5 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.132
Nature Middle East speaks to the region’s most prominent science communicators about their efforts to spread knowledge and debunk myths in the Arab world.
3 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.129
Nature Middle East scanned the region's social media for its top science communicators, and these six researchers stood out.
3 August 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.130
The adaptive dynamics of reef fish revealed at the molecular level.
29 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.124
Researchers create ultrathin nanotubes that can be used in solar cells.
26 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.123
New study identifies genes involved in major depressive disorder.
24 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.122
22 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.120
UAE’s Masdar develop model to forecast country’s climate changes.
22 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.121
Biological pump stronger than thought, as phytoplankton plunge traps carbon dioxide fast and deep into ocean waters.
18 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.119
Scientists show how ciliary dysfunction could be related to ciliopathies.
15 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.117
Scientists have found two specialized structures present within a single-cell marine plankton have evolved to form an “eye."
15 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.118
A decade of warming waters may be causing bacteria to shrink.
12 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.116
Scientists ‘film’ molecules to understand why seemingly identical molecules interact differently with light.
9 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.114
A mutation in a single gene may be responsible for two previously unlinked diseases.
9 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.115
Scientists create unconventional thin carbon films with excellent sensitivity and selectivity for biomolecules.
8 July 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.113
Roles of worker bees change as they get older, gene regulation study finds.
30 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.108
Scientists look deep inside the molecular structure of hybrid perovskite, a promising new material for solar energy.
28 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.106
Budding women researchers can learn a thing or two from these prominent scientists.
23 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.105
Researchers in the Arab region are turning to an old adversary of bacteria in the hope of finding an alternative for antibiotics.
22 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.102
A virus may be responsible for influenza infections, but genetics may also play a role.
22 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.103
Researchers produce thin films of a material that is able to move in response to water and light.
22 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.104
Scientists believe they have identified Egypt as the ancient gateway for modern humans out of Africa.
18 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.101
New research identifies a pivotal gene in multiple sclerosis, linking it to the most important genetic factor that drives the disease.
16 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.100
Delivery of drugs “on demand” may be possible using new tiny capsules.
7 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.97
New modifications into old antibiotics can treat stubborn infections, says fresh research.
1 June 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.94
New research following the appearance of newly formed volcanic islands, a rare event, shows that the southern Red Sea region is more volcanically active than what was once thought.
31 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.93
Rare genetic mutations, with possible severe effects including intellectual disability and death, identified.
30 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.91
Squeezing information-processing electronics into “irregular, asymmetric” devices is less exhausting with these nanoscale fin-shaped transistors.
30 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.92
A gene identified in mice and humans could offer a target for new analgesic drugs.
26 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.89
Masdar Institute in UAE has set up a facility to test new solar energy technologies in the Gulf harsh weather.
21 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.88
A newly discovered mechanism for gene splicing in the brain could explain some mysteries of the brain.
20 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.86
A combination drug may be helpful to prevent cardiac failure in patients dependent on regular blood transfusions.
20 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.87
Climate change has caused trees to increase the carbon concentration within their cells to adapt to rapid changes
17 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.84
A novel study of megacities’ energy and material flow finds a close correlation between electricity use and size of urbanized area.
11 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.82
An accident that discharged tonnes of phosphate into the Nile River does not have health or environmental implications, despite widespread fears
9 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.81
Scarce medical supplies, water and fuel shortages and thousands of wasted vaccines are a looming catastrophe for conflict-ravaged Yemen.
4 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.80
New study advances understanding of the genetic bases for “small brains," a neurodevelopmental disorder that hampers intellectual abilities.
3 May 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.79
Statin therapy can ease burdens of HCV complications.
30 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.78
Old texts can give us new clues about Ebola, say Nico Nagelkerke and Laith J. Abu-Raddad.
28 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.75
Researchers discover another case of evolutionary loss of endosymbiotic organelles, a remarkably rare event.
26 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.74
The Middle East is a prime candidate for benefit from research into traumatic brain injury, but such study lacks academic and political support.
23 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.72
Scientists make new hybrid supercapacitors that offer fast, high-charge storage and can be fitted inside thin electronic devices.
20 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.71
As the Large Hadron Collider is restarted, physicists suggest mini black holes could be on the horizon.
12 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.66
New research pinpoints mutation causing neurodegenerative cerebellar ataxias, offering pathway for better treatment.
12 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.67
Combined RA/arsenic treatment reduces abnormal white blood cells in acute myeloid leukaemia patients.
7 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.64
Researchers pinpoint genetic mutations behind one form of photosensitivity that occurs with epilepsy.
7 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.65
Call for intervention on ‘dangerous’ water pipe habits which are highest in the Middle East.
6 April 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.73
An optical chip that emulates control over extreme weather events could improve prediction and reduce telecommunication network interruption.
31 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.62
A new centre at the American University of Beirut hopes to bring policymakers the benefit of science to aid decision-making.
30 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.61
Red sea coral reefs may be more tolerant to heat than other coral reefs around the world, but climate change may be straining their tolerance to its limit.
25 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.57
A new computational technique can now provide clues, not only into how intracellular pathogens interact with hosts, but also how they hide and survive.
24 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.56
New research shows that dilution is a major limiting factor in the utilization of a significant fraction of deep oceanic dissolved organic carbon (DOC).
19 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.53
Researchers at King Saud University in Riyadh will use attosecond laser technology to take a closer look at melanin and how it works.
16 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.49
Saudi research highlights safer option for weight reduction procedures among children.
16 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.52
Avian flu cases have soared in Egypt, and now experts say bad practices, lack of information and lax policies could lead to an H5N1 pandemic.
12 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.48
Qatari researchers have found that ovarian cancer cells communicate with blood vessels to resist a commonly used anti-cancer drug.
11 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.46
New research shows that gene regulation evolves fast in the strains of the bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens.
10 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.44
The Middle East’s first science film festival hopes to inspire more scientists to look to art to communicate their work.
4 March 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.39
With no new cases recently reported, the WHO says its efforts to contain Syria’s polio outbreak are working, but experts are reluctant to declare it has been wiped out.
25 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.38
An international team of scientists has identified, for the first time, a glaucoma-causing gene that is consistent across ethnic groups.
24 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.36
A team of researchers discovered a new class of semiconductors with tunable bandgaps that can be used to make electronic devices.
23 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.34
Over the next decade, one in four Saudis is very likely to get a heart attack, and some of those may be fatal, reveals a new study.
23 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.35
16 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.31
A certain type of T lymphocytes may serve as a reservoir in the body to protect against cancer relapses.
11 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.26
Researchers design an improved electrocatalyst to selectively convert CO2 to CO.
11 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.27
Genome screening identifies protein critical to a tick-borne parasite, and explains resistance to current treatment drug.
11 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.28
New study shows why a certain condition can cause rapid uncontrolled mutations that can trigger cancers in children.
10 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.25
A new technology can produce a certain type of smooth crystals that may be as efficient as silicon in solar cells
9 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.23
Researchers pinpoint three different mutations of a protein that cause abnormalities in the human brain.
4 February 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.22
Scientists set out to determine the Middle East’s best sites for new observatories to study the stars.
28 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.17
A new model in which the cosmos is filled with a “quantum fluid” suggests that there was no Big Bang – and could explain the origin of two mysterious components of the universe.
28 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.18
26 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.16
Up to 5,000 Egyptian children a year could be infected by hepatitis C through their mothers.
22 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.15
11 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.9
Jean-Luc Bredas and Marc Vermeersch believe that a concerted move in Saudi Arabia toward renewable energy sources, including solar, is essential.
5 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.1
Despite year-round sunshine, UAE’s solar energy ambitions have always faced challenges. In 2008, Abu Dhabi launched an ambitious project to establish one of the world’s most sustainable eco-cities.
5 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.2
In a region with abundant sunlight, researchers are turning to an innovative technique to exploit its power: miniscule quantum dots or semiconducting crystals
5 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.3
Desertec's ambitions of meeting regional demand and providing 15% of Europe's electricity needs by 2050 through a super grid were dashed only five years into the project. Here's why.
5 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.4
The region may be 'sunburnt,' but it's still struggling to reach its solar power potential.
5 January 2015; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2015.5
Despite it being a year of unrest in the region, investment in science in the Middle East has paid off in 2014.
30 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.288
Male Barbary macaques socialize with other males as a stress-coping mechanism, study reveals.
29 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.286
Two new studies reveal more about humpback whales - the Arabia Sea harbors the populations' most isolated and genetically distinct types and these carry a skin disease not previously known to affect them.
22 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.283
A recent report by the World Bank on gender assessment showed that half of Jordan’s educated females were unemployed, despite a growing awareness of the importance of women’s role in science.
22 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.285
21 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.281
21 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.282
10 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.278
Certain types of RNA may be a target to protect certain neurodegenerative diseases
7 December 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.277
Ensuring access to clean, fresh water is among the major problems faced by the world’s growing population. As global water resources dwindle, the abundance of available seawater becomes an obvious option to fulfill water requirements through desalination.
26 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.273
Syrians and their neighbours are paying a hefty price for the collapse of Syria's healthcare system; with infectious diseases spreading and crossing borders, as a side effect to conflict.
24 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.271
A study suggests that North Africans domesticated cereal crops at least 500 years earlier than previously thought.
23 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.269
In the not-too-distant past, biomedical research was conducted almost exclusively in North America and Western Europe. While Asia and South America have made impressive strides in contributing to scientific output over the past two decades, the Arab world is still lagging.
20 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.263
The aim of science education in the Middle East should be to develop a bold generation who are armed with skills to make a difference – who will build progressive communities and nations – and confidently take us into the 21st century.
20 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.268
17 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.267
The rapid change of lifestyle in the Middle East over the past few decades have led to soaring rates of diabetes across the whole region.
14 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.265
Doctors and researchers say that type 1 diabetes is rapidly on the rise in the Middle East and call for intervention to stop it from spiraling out of control.
14 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.266
The Qatar Digital Library opens up the rich history of the Gulf region to the public.
11 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.264
9 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.262
1 November 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.261
30 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.257
Two Egyptian scientists managed to crystallize two proteins of the hepatitis C virus in space in an effort to discover new cures.
29 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.260
Researchers show that it is possible to make such a ‘tractor’ laser beam that traps and pulls objects towards the source of illumination.
28 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.259
27 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.255
27 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.256
In glaring contrast to its rich history, Arab astronomy today is in a miserable state, by all indicators. There is good potential, however, and a number of steps can and must be taken now to reverse the decline, say astrophysicist Nidhal Guessoum.
22 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.258
Researchers analyse the DNA of different camel species to understand their evolution, hoping to uncover cures for common human disorders and to predict the effects of climate change.
21 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.252
New research reveals the unusual molecular mechanism by which the MERS virus infects host cells.
20 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.250
20 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.251
16 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.247
Country-wide campaigns to combat schistosomiasis in the 1960’s and 70’s may not be the major cause of the Egypt’s hepatitis C epidemic. Widespread breaches of hygiene in medical care are largely responsible.
14 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.246
Researchers from the American University of Beirut (AUB) identify an algae species that can be a possible source of superfood and cheap renewable energy.
9 October 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.245
Researchers believe that droughts may have led to the destruction of ancient civilizations in the Fertile Crescent.
29 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.243
The Middle East has a large concentration of wild-growing crops that scientists say must be protected if we are to tackle food insecurity.
29 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.244
As the Islamic State takes over large areas of northern Iraq, science research and education grinds to a near halt.
25 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.238
25 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.239
24 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.237
23 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.235
23 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.236
A brown algae found in the Red Sea contains compounds that researchers suspect may help develop an inhibitor for some strains of HIV.
22 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.234
Dozens of Syrian children in Idlib have died after receiving a vaccine, raising concerns for future vaccination campaigns amid suggestions the doses may have been wrongly mixed.
17 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.226
16 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.224
15 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.223
14 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.220
14 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.221
The Syrian civil war is creating an uneducated generation — burdening social systems in countries of refuge, and forcing children into illegal labour.
7 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.215
Conflicts in the region are robbing children of education, healthcare, sanctuary, innocence and peace of mind, and this dark legacy will most likely span generations.
7 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.216
Across the Arab world many children are showing signs of severe psychological distress and support efforts are often futile in the face of continuing raging conflicts.
7 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.217
Schools in Iraq continue to struggle, limiting learning opportunities for the country’s youth. Educational indicators show a marked decline as wars, sanctions and sectarian strife have stripped Iraq’s education system of resources.
7 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.218
Thirty years of conflict, sanctions and a mass exodus of medical professionals has severely compromised the health of Iraqi children. And there’s no respite on the horizon.
7 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.219
4 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.211
Researchers find that a previously misidentified coral is actually a new species endemic to the Red Sea.
3 September 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.210
31 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.209
28 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.208
26 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.205
Juvenile whale sharks gravitate towards the central coast of the Saudi Arabian Red Sea near Al-Lith to a gathering point. Scientists hope this will help improve conservation efforts of the vulnerable fish.
26 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.206
25 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.204
24 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.203
13 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.201
13 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.202
10 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.200
7 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.198
The threat of an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Middle East is very real. The region must improve its preparedness to fight off the disease, and in the worst-case scenario, to respond to it.
6 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.197
A host of enzymes essential for the survival of the malaria parasite and its reproduction suggest the potential of new drugs to stop transmission of the deadly disease.
3 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.194
3 August 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.195
27 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.193
22 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.192
Air quality in holy sites of Saudi Arabia sharply deteriorates during the pilgrimage seasons, exposing pilgrims to dangerous gases.
21 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.190
17 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.189
16 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.187
14 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.183
13 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.181
13 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.182
10 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.176
10 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.179
10 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.180
8 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.174
Researchers uncover how some crystals can jump large distances when exposed to ultraviolet light, which could pave the way to actuators driven by light instead of electricity.
7 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.173
6 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.172
2 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.170
A fossilized monkey tooth excavated in Abu Dhabi provides fresh insights into the evolution of Old World monkeys
2 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.171
1 July 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.169
Climate change is expected to increase the spread and severity of rust diseases, further threatening food security. To combat stripe rust, greater investments in research and regional coordination are essential.
30 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.166
30 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.167
30 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.168
28 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.162
28 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.163
A model that tests algae strains in artificial, closed environments shows potential in producing alternative biofuel but experts have yet to decide how feasible it is regionally.
24 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.159
Researchers sequence genome of a certain bacteria strain for the first time as fears grow over antibiotic resistance.
23 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.158
An atlas of gene loci involved in human metabolism may help produce new treatments for diseases such as diabetes and cancers.
22 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.157
18 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.152
As the impact of war brings terrible injury and disease, Syria’s few remaining medical workers are battling against the odds to care for a desperate population.
18 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.153
Scientists use laser pulses to steer outcome of chemical reactions.
15 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.151
12 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.149
10 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.147
9 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.145
9 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.146
5 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.136
The WHO has not declared MERS-CoV an epidemic yet, due to current low human-to-human transmission. But is there reason for concern?
2 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.131
2 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.133
How did a small laboratory attached to a private hospital in Saudi Arabia isolate and identify what later came to be known as the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV)?
2 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.134
First discovered in Saudi Arabia in September 2012, the MERS-CoV has recently spread further from the Middle East across most continents of the world.
2 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.135
With the number of reported cases of MERS sharply increasing and doubling in just one month, is there reason for concern, or can we still stop the spread of the disease?
1 June 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.132
A newly-identified compound could stop the spread of dangerous coronaviruses, but is still a long way from clinical trials.
30 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.130
29 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.127
28 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.126
22 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.124
An estimate of congenital birth defect rates shows a higher incidence of anomalies among live births in Arab countries compared to those in Europe, North America and Australia. The problem is compounded by a lack of reliable genetic services in all but a handful of Arab countries.
21 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.122
20 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.121
18 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.118
14 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.117
A new solar-power research facility in Saudi Arabia will spearhead the kingdom’s shift to alternative energy sources.
12 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.116
As MERS cases spike in Saudi Arabia, scientists have identified antibodies to neutralize the virus.
6 May 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.114
30 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.112
29 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.108
Changing an accent may no longer be enough to disguise a person's origins, scientists say. They have developed an algorithm that predicts a person's likely birthplace to within 50 kilometres.
29 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.109
Saudi Arabia is reaching out to pharmaceutical companies to develop a MERS vaccine, but some researchers argue it could be a waste of resources.
28 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.107
28 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.105
25 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.102
24 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.101
Climate change and regional instability are taking a toll on farmers in the Middle East and worsening water and food insecurity.
23 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.99
Scientists have identified a gene mutation that can cause intellectual disability, seizures and ataxia that could help improve personalized cancer therapy.
17 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.94
16 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.93
A polio case has been identified in Iraq, the latest country in the region to confirm an instance of the virus since it broke out in war-torn Syria and spread across the region.
15 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.92
Genomic data reveals African cattle were originally domesticated in the Middle East
10 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.89
Winds of change blow through research centres and universities operating in the Middle East.
2 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.80
2 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.81
Jean M. J. Fréchet, vice-president for research at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), talked to Nature Materials about the achievements of this institution since its foundation in 2009 and its contribution to shaping research attitudes in Saudi Arabia.
2 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.85
The Middle East is rich in human and natural resources, but many of its countries need a cultural and scientific transformation to reach worldwide recognition in education, research and economic productivity. Several institutions are making a positive impact, kindling hope for a successful 'science spring'.
2 April 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.86
An online data collection tool in Iraq will help scientists and policymakers in improving food security.
31 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.79
Evidence of cancer in a 3,000-year-old skeleton could help scientists understand the evolution of the disease.
30 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.78
26 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.76
The few healthcare workers remaining in Syria are working under insurmountable challenges.
24 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.73
21 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.60
21 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.61
20 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.71
Fossil find sheds light on little-known origins of placental mammals in Africa.
20 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.72
18 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.68
13 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.63
Non-European research partners participating in projects under the auspices of the Horizon 2020 initiative, are not being attributed equal ownership of intellectual property of the science.
13 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.65
Coral reef found off the shore of Iraq, despite sediment and pollution, widens scope of country's biodiversity.
12 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.62
10 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.59
A fact-finding mission into a cluster of deaths of important species' of sea turtles in Egypt has found fishing practices and fishermen's practices were the biggest cause of the mortalities.
9 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.58
Mesopelagic fishes' biomass much greater than previously estimated, study finds.
6 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.57
5 March 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.56
Global concerns continue over threat of MERS pandemic, but pharma companies disinterested in developing drugs.
26 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.55
23 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.54
A recent study into the potential of the drug DCQ show the compound could be effective in fighting breast cancer, and could also prevent other cancer cells from spreading through the body.
19 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.50
17 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.49
Fossils found in Egypt give clue about the origins of island's sucker-footed bats.
14 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.47
12 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.45
Study into salt intake reduction campaigns in four Eastern Mediterranean countries shows they can save lives and money.
11 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.42
10 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.41
6 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.39
5 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.37
5 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.38
An Egyptian and German collaboration begins a major study into the prevalence of Parkinson's disease in rural Egypt.
3 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.35
Tomb of an unknown pharaoh has offered the first proof of a forgotten "Abydos dynasty."
1 February 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.32
30 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.30
Some chameleons will often resolve fights through changing colours, rather than engaging physically.
23 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.24
22 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.23
Researchers suggest a regional approach to the problem of national healthcare systems strained by conflict in the Middle East.
21 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.21
20 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.19
19 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.17
In a first for the region, fossilized remains identify specific dinosaur species from millions of years ago when the area was covered by lush vegetation.
14 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.14
13 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.13
12 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.12
While recent events in the Arab world have focused on political upheaval, the region is now in dire need of a new revolution to reform the cultures of education and research, says Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail and Sherif Sedky.
9 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.5
8 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.6
6 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.1
5 January 2014; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2014.0
30 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.257
Recent findings point toward the possibility of turning back the years in the lab, but it's not happening any time soon, says Sameh Ali.
29 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.256
24 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.246
Amid speculation over the basis of religion, some are asking if religious fundamentalism is a sign of a deep disorder, rather than deep faith.
22 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.245
18 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.244
Endangered marine turtles dying of injuries after being released by Spanish fishing fleets, while in the Eastern Mediterranean they are hunted for meat.
17 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.243
Health workers are trying to contain a polio epidemic in Syria, but a mass immunization programme is being undermined by the danger of the conflict.
15 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.242
Fears rise for Latin American industry as devastating disease hits leading variety in Africa and Middle East.
14 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.241
13 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.240
11 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.239
10 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.237
4 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.234
3 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.233
1 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.228
More Arab states are acknowledging the presence of HIV/AIDS epidemics among certain groups, but there are many pieces of the puzzle missing.
1 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.229
Policies that accommodate sociocultural factors must be adopted in the Middle East, a region still with a strong opportunity for prevention.
1 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.230
While drug taking and prostitution are harshly judged in the region, efforts to reduce exposure to HIV are hampered by fears that harm reduction programmes offer tacit approval for risky behaviour.
1 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.231
Stigma and a lack of awareness about the virus mean many carriers are ignorant of their condition, while access to testing and treatment is far from adequate, report says.
1 December 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.232
28 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.227
Tuberculosis transmission between immigrant domestic workers and Saudis is raising risk to public health.
24 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.219
22 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.218
18 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.216
13 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.212
A recent breakthrough for one small research group is a further sign of progress in the region.
13 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.213
The potential for Middle Eastern stem cell research is great, but there are problems at the roots of a burgeoning field, according to Samia J. Khoury & Ali Bazarbachi.
13 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.214
Research centres in the Middle East are not at the cutting edge of stem cell technology and individual scientists are fighting to keep up with their international peers.
13 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.215
12 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.211
6 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.204
4 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.203
As Syria's immunization program declines; a polio outbreak threatens to spread through the region.
1 November 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.201
31 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.200
30 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.195
Inexperienced medical personnel in Syria are turning to modern technology to try to save lives during the war.
30 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.196
30 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.198
24 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.187
Education in the Arab world must equip students with more than textbook learning as they go forward into an uncertain future, says Rana Dajani.
23 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.186
22 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.185
20 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.183
17 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.181
Government policies are not responding to an alarming rise in the number of cases.
15 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.145
Cancer is the fastest growing killer in the Middle East and a united front is needed to tackle a looming health crisis.
15 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.146
New study may lead to a genetic test for type 2 diabetes patients to ascertain cancer risk.
15 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.147
15 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.144
The discovery of corals in warm nutrient-poor waters in the Red Sea offers a look at adaption to environmental changes.
12 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.179
10 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.177
River systems that flowed through the Sahara made human migration from Africa possible through harsh desert conditions.
10 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.178
8 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.174
7 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.172
3 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.171
Agricultural researchers in Lebanon are hoping to change the ploughing methods of farmers to increase yields and profits.
2 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.169
A Phoenician temple site buried 40 years ago upon the outbreak of civil war is found by archaeologists.
2 October 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.170
30 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.166
27 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.165
Study suggests transmission of the virus is more complex than previously thought.
25 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.164
Lifestyle changes across the Arab world have caused a steep rise in obesity, with women most affected.
23 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.161
19 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.158
A team of Middle Eastern researchers has isolated enzymes from one of Earth's most extreme environments and aims to patent them for a variety of biotechnological applications.
17 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.157
16 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.156
11 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.154
9 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.151
8 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.150
The war in Syria is laying waste to ancient monuments and artefacts, while archaeologists and citizens scramble to protect what they can.
5 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.149
Jordan has been praised for its investment in STI, but must overhaul its education system and change policies to allow innovation to flourish.
3 September 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.143
29 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.138
28 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.136
As political unrest continues in Egypt, thieves have attacked a museum in the country's south, stealing or burning evidence of thousands of years of history.
20 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.130
Aid organizations are failing to deal with the rapidly increasing number of Syrian refugees due to poor long-term planning.
19 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.129
18 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.128
15 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.127
13 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.125
Countries on the Arabian Peninsula are vying to attract young scientists to their universities.
8 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.124
Fossil found in Morocco is common ancestor to sea life with fivefold body symmetry.
6 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.122
The founding father of a coastal resort wants it to be Egypt's science and research hub.
5 August 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.120
31 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.118
30 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.117
29 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.114
As millions of Muslims plan their pilgrimage to Mecca, health officials have dampened fears about the rampant spread of a coronavirus first discovered in Saudi Arabia.
28 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.113
24 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.109
23 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.107
New study reveals that useful bacteria inside coral tissues could be an indicator of reef health.
23 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.108
22 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.106
16 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.103
Young researchers from the Arab world are missing the opportunity to mix with people from the highest echelons of science.
15 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.102
11 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.100
Politics and not evidence informs the ongoing disagreement between Egypt and Ethiopia over the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.
11 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.99
Separate studies tackle the ecological niche of Madurella species and how humans are predisposed to infection.
9 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.97
8 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.95
4 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.93
Sameh Soror aims to attract more Arabs to the international society of early-career scientists.
2 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.90
1 July 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.91
19 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.89
17 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.88
13 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.87
11 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.86
10 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.85
4 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.84
Technology based on reverse osmosis has been used to produce filtration membranes that make water desalination a more feasible prospect and may help solve Egypt's acute water shortage.
3 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.83
2 June 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.82
A new UNESCO report looks at how ICT is being used in education across five Arab states.
30 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.80
Meteorite impacts thousands of years ago may have helped to inspire ancient religion.
30 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.81
The Dry Systems programme launched last week in Amman aims to help farmers exposed to the effects of climate change.
29 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.78
Rapidly changing lifestyles are increasing the prevalence of asthma across all the Middle East, but especially the Gulf region.
29 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.79
23 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.77
Outdoor air pollution may be a leading cause of mortality in the rapidly growing United Arab Emirates.
22 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.76
19 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.75
Graduating from Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q), 20-year-old Iqbal El-Assaad is possibly the youngest Arab doctor ever.
16 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.73
16 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.74
The discovery of a population of simians with a naturally occurring hepatitis B infection has improved prospects in the search for a treatment.
15 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.72
13 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.71
12 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.70
9 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.69
8 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.68
The number of women embracing scientific careers in the Arab world is growing fast, but opportunities to thrive are still limited.
7 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.67
In a quantum setting, scientists may be able to transmit information over vast distances without the need of a physical medium - at least theoretically.
6 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.66
2 May 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.65
29 April 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.64
On the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, we consider Qatar's much-criticised construction industry and ask how safety is addressed in this city of perpetual high-rise building.
28 April 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.62
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Four Arab countries have their eyes set on using nuclear energy to generate electricity, but various hurdles may slow their programmes.
23 April 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.60
As Egypt's Hepatitis C epidemic continues, health officials are calling for an overhaul of hospital practices and a public education programme to control its spread. Others say that, while a renewed focus on prevention is laudable, improved treatment is also needed.
18 April 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.58
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The desperate plight of Syrians fleeing conflict does not end when they escape to Lebanon.
10 April 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.54
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Nature Middle East speaks to a renowned geneticist who hopes his work tracing Lebanon's heritage will help build bridges between divided communities.
31 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.46
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A survey of health professionals in Lebanon shows that reporting of safety breaches is undermined by a culture of fear.
18 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.37
15 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.36
Widespread use of diesel power generators degrading air quality.
12 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.34
7 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.31
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6 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.32
The fossilized tooth of a rare primate found in Egypt represents the existence of a species that was thought to have become extinct some four million years earlier.
5 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.28
5 March 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.29
26 February 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.27
Satellite images of fresh water stores in the north-central Middle East reveal a drastic drop in fresh water across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
21 February 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.26
Archaeologists draw comparisons between the fall of the Akkadian empire more than 4,000 years ago and the crises in contemporary Syria.
18 February 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.25
Study highlights how Levant populations can trace their ancestors to an African father and European mother.
16 February 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.24
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Female scientists with a range of expertise ranging from agriculture to mobile technology were honoured at an awards ceremony in Cairo this week.
9 February 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.20
The World Bank finds that a large trans-border project to channel water from the Red Sea to the shrinking Dead Sea is feasible environmentally and economically.
5 February 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.19
New initiative to provide free, open access, high-quality education materials in Arabic, with a focus on science and technology.
3 February 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.18
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Poliovirus found in sewage samples in polio free Egypt has officials worried.
29 January 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.14
28 January 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.13
Opportunities to boost science exist in Egypt, but will not be enough alone to transform the country's research landscape, according to a new prestigious report.
21 January 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.10
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Scientific surveys raise concerns about the living conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip and their access to healthcare and food.
20 January 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.8
Two explosions struck the University of Aleppo on Tuesday killing scores of students and refugees taking shelter from ongoing violence.
17 January 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.6
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IDEAL will help Lebanese universities secure grants, manage projects and market innovative research.
2 January 2013; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2013.182
The lack of a specific science research budget for Iraq's new fiscal year has researchers concerned that vital funds will be allocated to other sectors deemed more worthy.
19 December 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.179
17 December 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.178
Mars subsurface exploration technology brings new hopes of better characterizing groundwater in the hyper-arid deserts of the Middle East.
13 December 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.177
Several countries in the Middle East and North Africa are especially vulnerable to effects of climate change as extreme temperature events set to become the new norm.
11 December 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.175
A group of university students have launch an online radio station in Egypt dedicated to all things science.
9 December 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.172
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The newly-mapped Arabian oryx genome should improve breeding programmes to increase diversity in surviving populations.
5 December 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.171
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Fight for campus access symptomatic of larger problems facing scientific research.
23 November 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.164
A survey of refugees in southern Algeria finds obesity and malnourishment a problem among long-term refugees.
23 November 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.165
Decapitated and battered turtles washed up on the shores of a lake in northern Egypt has environmental groups and governmental teams looking for answers.
22 November 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.163
An Egyptian administrative court ruled on Sunday in favour of Nile University in its ongoing dispute with Zewail City for the right to call the Sheikh Zayed campus their own.
19 November 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.162
Ancient Egyptian embalmers may have adorned mummies to preserve an image of bodily completeness, but two artificial toes appear to have served a purpose, making them the earliest prosthetics.
18 November 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.161
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Even though more women than men study science in the Arab world, they are vastly underrepresented in science careers.
8 November 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.156
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5 November 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.152
Egypt's courts are today scheduled to rule on the legality of the committee which produced a new draft constitution. Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb believes adopting this draft would be a setback for education and science and calls for the committee to be replaced.
23 October 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.151
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News, comments and summaries of all research published in Nature can now be read in Arabic in the new Nature Arabic Edition.
18 October 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.149
Smoking tobacco from water pipes may be as harmful as cigarettes, despite popular opinion.
17 October 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.148
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A country's efforts to keep doctors and biomedical scientists after they qualify often fail owing to a lack of a clear strategy. Mohamed H. Sayegh and Kamal F. Badr argue they have developed a model in Lebanon, one which could be scaled up and implemented elsewhere.
4 October 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.143
Analysing ear-bones to track the journey of fish from juvenile to adults opens new opportunities for effective marine conservation.
27 September 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.141
20 September 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.136
Researchers document periods of drought across the Middle East from fossil pollen and charcoal from the Nile delta in Egypt.
20 September 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.137
Researchers design and engineer a surface that can allow liquids to boil without bubbling.
19 September 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.135
Despite having to send all of its expatriate researchers out of Syria due to the fighting there, ICARDA has managed to keep up its research programmes and safeguard data from years of research.
16 September 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.133
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Researchers discover a rare form of hereditary autism that might be treatable by putting patients on a special diet.
7 September 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.130
3 September 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.127
Researchers keen to work in burgeoning, high-tech universities and research centres in Islamic countries must negotiate religious and ethical issues that have not been discussed in the past.
30 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.125
Researchers describe a devastating genetic development disorder.
28 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.124
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The Algerian researcher Noureddine Melikechi is one of many Arab science researchers who had to leave his country to continue studying and pursue a bright career abroad.
22 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.119
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Researchers have identified another mutation to the riboflavin transporter genes that causes Brown–Vialetto–Van Laere syndrome.
17 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.118
An archaeological site earmarked for development on the coast of downtown Beirut has angered preservationists. However, archaeologists suggest the site may have been wrongly identified in the first place.
16 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.116
Over half a million medieval pages from the British Library that focus on the Persian Gulf region will be digitized and made available in English and Arabic online for free.
12 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.114
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Islamist academics are gaining power in the Middle East and North Africa. But to build science needs liberal input, argues Ehsan Masood.
9 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.112
The United Arab Emirates is set to be the first Arab country to build a nuclear power plant after approval from the country's nuclear regulator and securing a supply of uranium.
7 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.109
Designing new semiconductor polymers may overcome the inefficiency caused by "charge traps".
5 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.108
1 August 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.107
New advances in colloidal quantum dot technology open the way for super efficient solar cells.
31 July 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.106
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Physicians in the Middle East should develop bespoke methods to treat psychiatric illness which address the region's cultural, ethical and genetic peculiarities.
24 July 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.103
A controversial award for life sciences from UNESCO sponsored by Africa's longest serving president has been awarded, despite strong opposition from human rights groups. The winners argue, however, that the prize may not be so detrimental for the developing world.
21 July 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.101
A new study from Lebanon indicates acute food contamination, prompting calls for legislation to outlaw unhygienic practices.
17 July 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.100
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The genome of a hardy plant reveals the secrets of survival in stressful conditions.
12 July 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.98
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Scientists have developed a DNA sequencing technique which can identify new disease-causing mutations and improve diagnosis.
26 June 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.91
Egypt's scientific community is hoping for a renaissance based on engineering and technology, ushered in by the election as president of an engineer with an academic background in material science.
25 June 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.90
While fossil fuel subsidies in Egypt are now making energy affordable to people, the large expenditure cost makes them unsustainable, and it is time for them to go, argues Lama El Hatow. The Egyptian government does not need to look afar for examples on how best to do it.
22 June 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.89
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As governments and conservationist gather for the Rio Earth summit 2012, desert conservationists are calling on governments to stop neglecting desert ecosystems. Sarah Durant, a conservation biologist at the Zoological Society of London working to save the Saharan cheetah, explains what she found in the deserts of Africa and what needs to be done to help save them.
14 June 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.85
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Initiative aims to find ways to protect farmland in Iraq from the rising levels of salt in soil.
27 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.78
A new gene mutation linked to defects in cilia motility.
21 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.77
Scientific research can be a driving force for development, but proper processes need to be implemented to ensure policymakers get the best scientific advice.
20 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.76
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Researchers mapping underground water reserves in Africa find huge reservoirs, but warn this may not be a magic bullet solution to the continent's increasing need for fresh water.
12 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.72
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Plants from the past may hold clues to producing food in the future — the genome of ancient cotton from Egypt could help guide the development of drought-tolerant crops.
7 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.68
With the first presidential elections in Egypt ever less than two months away, presidential hopefuls discuss how they will give education and scientific research a central role in their programmes to develop the country. But can they fulfill these ambitious promises?
6 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.67
3 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.65
Newly discovered genetic variants affect brain size, suggesting they may have a role in conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and depression.
3 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.66
Property dispute dogs Egypt's plans for a science city.
2 May 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.64
30 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.63
19 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.60
The newly sequenced genome of a species of bacteria from the Red Sea could pave the way for large-scale production of a rare anticancer drug.
18 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.59
A distinctive colour pattern in cattle is caused by a novel gene mutation mechanism.
17 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.56
Researchers set up a nation-wide study of dementia in Lebanon, hoping to better address the needs of people living with ageing-associated diseases.
17 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.57
12 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.55
Umbilical cords are in demand for therapies that exploit neonatal stem cells, but some private cell banks are accused of taking advantage of parents.
9 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.51
The Arab world cannot afford to ignore curiousity-driven basic research in favour of applied research, if the different states hope to produce an enlightened science culture at home.
8 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.52
4 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.49
Andrew Robinson discovers gems in a grand overview of ancient Egypt and the life of a pioneer in Egyptology.
4 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.50
2 April 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.46
30 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.44
Researchers demonstrate entangled photon emission suitable for quantum computers.
29 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.43
Participants put politics aside to find cash for construction of Middle-East synchrotron.
28 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.41
27 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.40
DVD drive turns graphene into a fast, high-density supercapacitor.
22 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.39
Archaeologists develop large-scale method to identify ancient human settlements.
21 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.38
Poor dietary habits and environmental conditions in fast-growing urban settings are increasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases for children in Arab states.
20 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.36
18 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.33
Genome sequencing reveals a new gene mutation implicated in an inherited form of hypertension.
15 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.34
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Targeting secondary metastatic lesions in addition to the primary tumour might be more effective in treating ovarian cancers.
7 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.29
6 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.28
Four young female researchers are trailblazing their way to becoming leading stem-cell scientists in Qatar's thrust to become a top country of research.
5 March 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.26
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This article appeared in
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Nanoscale welding method could be used to make cheaper and more efficient transistors, transparent electrodes and solar cells.
19 February 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.19
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This editorial appeared in
15 February 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.18
Computer X-rays allow researchers to discover remnants of prostate cancer in an Egyptian mummy, supporting the idea that cancer hav\
e been around for a long time.
12 February 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.15
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Enzyme structure reveals biological mechanism underlying diversity of natural medicines.
24 January 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.5
23 January 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.1
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Researchers induce stem cells to form fat tissue.
15 January 2012; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2012.2
29 December 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.172
26 December 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.171
An engineer was catapulted from Tahrir Square to Egypt's cabinet and fought to rebuild science.
22 December 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.170
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Enzyme structure reveals biological mechanism underlying diversity of natural medicines.
4 December 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.162
30 November 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.159
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24 November 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.157
Dubai's artificial islands are affecting marine ecosystems.
17 November 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.155
With the demise of Gaddafi, Libyan scientists are looking to international partners to restart a valued agriculture research project.
17 November 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.156
15 November 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.153
8 November 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.152
Arab children with autism are beginning to receive the latest education methods developed in the West at new specialized institutes, but the region also has something to offer autism researchers in the rest of the world — consanguineous marriages.
1 November 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.148
Western satellite campuses plan for growth.
28 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.149
26 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.146
25 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.144
Algeria will host the northern Africa hub of the Pan African University, which should open its doors to postgraduate students in September 2012.
24 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.143
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Qatar tries to lure more nationals to pursue biomedical research careers.
11 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.136
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4 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.134
First 'true single molecule sequencing' of ancient DNA.
4 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.135
2 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.132
1 October 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.131
Eight months after joining the street protests that led to President Mubarak's downfall, Egyptian university professors are once again taking to the streets, this time to call for reforms to the appointment of university leaders.
29 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.129
25 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.127
Signs of impending social and political change may lie hidden in a sea of news reports.
21 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.125
20 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.124
Novel signalling mechanism discovered in flowering plants.
18 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.123
Abu Dhabi might be the next hotspot for research into next generation algae biofuels
14 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.122
13 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.121
The Red Sea has experienced a sharp warming in its waters since the mid-1990s faster than the global averages, according to a recent study published in Geophysical Research Letters.
8 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.119
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6 September 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.118
Revolutions in Libya and elsewhere have raised hopes for science in the Arab world. But progress will be slow, cautions Rana Dajani in
31 August 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.115
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Mummy analysis finds that fat-based product held styles in place.
23 August 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.110
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16 August 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.107
Zahi Hawass was fired as Egypt's antiquities minister in mid-July. Before being ousted, Hawass discussed the looting of Egypt's treasures during the revolution, his quest for Cleopatra's tomb and that hat with Scientific American.
15 August 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.106
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While HIV prevalence is usually thought to be limited in the Arab world, concentrated epidemics are starting to show up in several countries among the marginalized community of men who have sex with men.
2 August 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.98
28 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.95
The Red Sea could be a rich source of extreme enzymes for industry and biotech
28 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.96
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Researchers must always keep the race on to find new resistance varieties of wheat to stay one step ahead of wheat rust, which threatens the staple food crop that billions around the world depend on.
20 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.92
Arab young researchers at the Nobel laureate meeting in Lindau seek connections with international peers.
18 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.91
13 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.89
Small nation has big plans for science.
11 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.88
10 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.87
As South Sudan prepares to become Africa's newest nation, government plans to build an independent higher education system are in disarray and universities remain closed.
8 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.86
Egypt has the highest prevalence of hepatitis C worldwide. And the epidemic will soon peak. Prevention demands political will, ample funding and a change in mindset.
7 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.83
7 July 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.85
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Yemen's political instability may make it difficult to control locust breeding.
30 June 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.79
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Tunisia turns to dinosaurs to boost interest in science.
19 June 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.72
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Who can protect Yemen's invaluable natural treasures during times of political upheaval and change?
25 May 2011; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2011.61
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The challenges students in Egypt face while pursuing their PhD's is deterring many, as they question whether it is worth all the trouble and the costs.
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Researchers face moving hundreds of kilometres as universities relocate from north to south.
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Beware the urge to direct research too closely, says Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail. History teaches us the value of free scientific inquisitiveness.
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As the protests in Yemen intensify, foreign and local biologists are worried about the future of conservation efforts on the biodiversity rich island of Socotra.
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Staff and students of Nile University fear the worst as they are prevented from moving onto a new purpose-built campus while accusations of corruption are investigated.
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The article originally appeared in Nature on 7 March 2011
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Science and technology will be indispensable to the development of any nation in the future. Universities and scientists must interact with the wider community to breed the needed science culture.
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Egyptian scientists look to the future, discussing how they can join in rebuilding their country after Mubarak, in power for 30 years, resigns.
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Nature Middle East was on the streets of Cairo to listen to the demands and hopes of scientists protesting against President Mubarak's regime
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A chapter in the newly-released UNESCO Science Report 2010 outlines the challenges science and technology face in the Arab world due to a lack of innovation and poor funding. However, it also touches on a number of promising developments in the region which may lead to a science renaissance.
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A drive in Saudi Arabia to open up local universities to cutting edge research at reputed science centers worldwide has King Saud University "twinned" with a Max Planck physics laboratory. How successful can such efforts be?
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Syria experienced a serious drought from 2006 until 2009. The severity of the effects of the drought has now reached a level which is forcing people to change their coping techniques or to leave the affected region. Mahmoud Solh, director general of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), headquartered in Syria, explains the current situation.
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Now that the swine flu pandemic is officially over, can Middle Eastern countries justify the money spent to face a disease that had little effects worldwide?
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With all our advances in astronomy, is there no simple, scientific solution to the annual saga of "when do we start the month of Ramadan", asks Nidhal Guessoum.
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If necessity is the mother of invention, she is hard at work in Gaza, thanks to the Internet and cloud computing.
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A small, unusually well-preserved impact crater in the desert of southwestern Egypt may force scientists to reassess the hazards posed by small meteorites.
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If Arab scientists want to play a role in climate change policy in the Arab world, then they desperately need to offer better-informed science, argues Ibrahim Abdel Gelil.
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