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  • Willing to die

    New research tries to understand the motivation behind blind devotion to frontline combat.

    13 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.136

  • Measuring sunlight

    A new software-based tool can forecast the intensity of sunlight across different geographical locations.

    13 September 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.137

  • In support of a science visionary

    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

  • Remote reefs

    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

  • Homing in on a stress-busting molecule

    New research unveils the mechanism by which corals-associated algae cope with highly saline waters.

    28 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.129

  • Archaeology from space

    Nature Middle East interviews renowned space archaeologist Sarah Parcak.

    24 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.127

  • ‘Vaccine’ against Abu Hilalain

    A vaccination-based approach enables researchers to understand how the harmful stimulant works.

    22 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.126

  • Scrutinizing MERS immune response

    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

  • DNA-binding lipids protect bacteria

    Intracellular lipid droplets help protect bacteria under stress by stabilizing their DNA.

    15 August 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.121

  • New way to rapidly identify gene function in malaria

    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

  • Underwater fairy rings

    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 hope for ALS

    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

  • The dust menace

    How dangerous are dust storms that transport microbial communities across countries?

    27 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.76

  • Arctic garbage patch

    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

  • Invisible Graphene

    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

  • Drilling the Dead Sea

    Dead Sea drill cores reveal worrying insights into ancient climate.

    20 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.70

  • The Egyptian Slicer

    Fossils reveal a complete picture of a new species of an ancient Egyptian animal.

    20 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.71

  • Keeping an eye on polio

    Early detection of polio is possible, thanks to a new algorithm.

    19 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.69

  • Splicing RNA behind cerebellar ataxia

    The RNA implicated in a congenital neurological condition that leads to developmental and learning delays.

    18 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.68

  • Bone-dry, ice-cold Mars

    How the red planet’s climate changed from warm and wet to harsh and dry.

    12 April 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.67

  • Laying down a carbon law

    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

  • Crop trade depletes global groundwater

    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

  • Growing transistors from solution

    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

  • Africa’s low-carbon future?

    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

  • Mapping dengue fever in the Middle East

    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

  • Watching the brain walk London

    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

  • Next-generation supercapacitors

    Laser treatment and a water-based electrolyte make stable supercapacitors.

    15 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.45

  • Ending the scourge of female genital cutting

    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

  • Microbes help corals take the heat

    New study sheds light on bacterial community dynamics and patterns of corals' heat-resilience.

    6 March 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.42

  • Smaller, faster routers and processors

    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

  • More than a grain of truth

    Geophysics and geoarchaeology uncovers sacred landscape of the Nile.

    28 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.39

  • Hunting for risk genes

    Geneticists zero in on two genes that increase the risks of rheumatoid arthritis among Arabs.

    21 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.35

  • Lego-like electronics

    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

  • Save and grow

    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

  • Making best use of a tolerant crop

    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

  • Urban living is starving the fertile land

    Increased urbanization of Egypt’s agricultural lands is damaging agricultural production, a new study warns.

    9 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.30

  • Solutions in salt

    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

  • A bittersweet crop

    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

  • Trapping carbon dioxide

    Scientists develop materials for selectively trapping CO2 that can be regenerated easily when fouled.

    2 February 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.27

  • Nerve cells that go the distance

    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

  • Wind, sand and speculation

    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

  • The aging brain

    Highlighting the link between aging, and changes to cell-type-specific genes.

    24 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.21

  • Designable Semiconductors

    Researchers investigate properties useful for rational design of semiconductors.

    16 January 2017; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2017.20

  • Location, location, location

    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

  • Will the songbirds keep singing?

    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

  • Probing Hepatitis C with gold

    Egyptian scientists develop affordable diagnostic technology of gold nanoparticles which uses HCV’s genomic signature.

    30 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.225

  • New gene linked to autism

    Scientists zero in on harmful genetic mutations that trigger autism.

    15 December 2016; | doi:10.1038/nmiddleeast.2016.222

  • A collision of the best of East and West

    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

  • Bridging the gap between academia and business

    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

  • Turning tradition on its head

    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

  • World AIDS Day: The fight is still on

    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 constitution not at peace with science

    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

  • Nature Arabic Edition launches

    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

  • Reversing the brain drain: a Lebanese model

    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

  • A university professor becomes Egypt's president

    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

  • Affordable fossil fuel: a human right?

    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

  • Save the deserts

    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