1. Chip Can't Be Hacked

    Landmark achievements in IT security are happening at NYU Abu Dhabi. For the first time, researchers developed a computer chip with security implemented at the lowest possible level, the hardware level. "Logic-locked" chips can't be hacked or copied, providing future users with new guarantees of security for their devices.

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    How Do Coral Reefs Survive in the Hottest Sea on Earth?

    The Arabian region contains some of the most unique but understudied coral reef ecosystems on Earth. Corals in the Arabian Gulf survive extreme sea temperatures — 36 degrees Celsius or higher in the summer — and are more heat tolerant than any other corals on the planet.

  3. NYU Abu Dhabi is a Hub for Social Science Fieldwork

    NYU Abu Dhabi's unique location in the Middle East makes it an ideal headquarters for social scientists conducting field research in dozens of countries to better understand complex global societies, past and present.

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    NYUAD's First Airline Cargo Logistics Course Really Takes Off

    There’s a flurry of activity behind the large glass doors of the Madrid meeting room in Etihad Cargo’s head office in Abu Dhabi’s Masdar City. The bright afternoon light streams in through large picture windows as students from New York University’s degree-granting campuses — eight from NYU Abu Dhabi, three from NYU Shanghai, and one from NYU New York— prepare to present interactive applications and product prototypes to senior Etihad Cargo officials.

  5. NYU Abu Dhabi Research Responds to Vital Local and Global Challenges

    NYU Abu Dhabi is pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge for the Middle East region. NYUAD, together with Abu Dhabi, is leading and growing as a global center of groundbreaking intellectual and artistic scholarship for the 21st century.

  6. Bedouin Nabati Poetry in the Arabian Peninsula

    For centuries, Nabati poetry has been a touchstone of identity and tribal values in the Arabian Peninsula.

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    Experts Test Game Theory On World's Top Tennis Players

    John Wooders, professor of economics at NYU Abu Dhabi, doesn’t play tennis, and as a fan he most enjoys watching his son on the court. But he does have a professional interest in the sport: Wooders has found a way to use the performance of the world’s top tennis players to test game theory.

  8. Scientists Examine Coral Reef Health in the Arabian Gulf

    NYU Abu Dhabi, on Abu Dhabi's Saadiyat Island, sits only about a kilometer away from a massive coral reef that's trying to survive some of the most extreme environmental conditions in the world.

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    How Smart Cities Can Beat Their Traffic Troubles

    Everybody talks about traffic congestion, and yet it just seems to keep getting worse. But now three NYU Abu Dhabi engineers are laying the groundwork for a new form of data-driven cooperation with police and municipal authorities, designed to move vehicles around the city more efficiently.

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    Voices of a Generation

    Two years ago when Ayisha Khansaheb, research assistant at NYU Abu Dhabi, started work on a historic study about the personal histories of elderly women in the UAE she wasn’t quite sure how she would get in touch with her research subjects.

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    Space Science With Earthly Ties

    Scientists at the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi are onto something that seems out of this world: the idea that modern techniques used by astrophysicists to study the inside of the Sun can improve the way geophysicists on Earth image oil and gas reservoirs.

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    Engineering to Protect Coastal Cities

    As climate change raises sea levels, feeding storm surges, coastal cities are increasingly at risk. How can vital transportation networks be protected in such scenarios? NYU Abu Dhabi's Samer Madanat, dean of engineering, is working with researchers at the University of California at Berkeley (UCB), where he once taught, to help answer that question.

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    Rhyme or Reason

    Scholars already know that societies present and past, everywhere in the world, make music and move to music because rhythm is largely biological, it’s simple human nature. But the role of culture in this seemingly universal experience is not yet fine tuned.

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    Research That Starts By Building Trust

    Every kind of scholarly research can be intensely demanding at times, but few disciplines are as immersive as ethnography. Just ask Zeynep Ozgen, assistant professor of social research and public policy at NYU Abu Dhabi. As a political sociologist, Ozgen studies “religious social movements, and the relationship between culture and politics more broadly.”

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    Research Subjects “more willing to work with me” Because of NYU Abu Dhabi

    Daniel Karell, associate professor of sociology, travels a few times a year to places like Afghanistan and Pakistan to visit historical archives and interview local people about their life experiences.

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    "Fieldwork is essential"

    Melina Platas, assistant professor of political science, spends several months per year conducting research throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Fieldwork, she said, is essential in her line of work to gain first-hand insights about unique social and political processes.

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    “Abu Dhabi is an exciting place to be a social scientist"

    Morgan Hardy, assistant professor of economics, spends about one quarter of each year conducting fieldwork in various regions of Ghana. Her primary interest is in development economics, with a topical focus on firms, labor markets, and social networks.

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    NYUAD an “ideal place for a scholar working in Africa”

    Jonathan Andrew Harris, NYU Abu Dhabi assistant professor of political science, says “being in the field and understanding the day-to-day of my informants helps me build a more complete theoretical picture of governance problems in Kenya.”

  19. 10 Capstone Projects That Prove NYUAD Students Are Global Thinkers

    10 Capstone Projects That Prove NYUAD Students Are Global Thinkers

    NYU Abu Dhabi students come to the UAE from all over the globe with unique perspectives, educational goals, and career aspirations. Capstone projects by the graduating class often reveal how personal experiences can be combined with four years of education in Abu Dhabi to address vital challenges in our increasingly globalized society.

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    NYUAD Student Research Tackles Issues of Real Importance for the UAE

    Over four years of study, many NYU Abu Dhabi students from all over the world become champions of innovation and progress for the UAE, choosing Capstone research that can make a real difference, in the real world around them.

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    What Kind of Boss is the Best Motivator?

    In many workplaces today, diversity is ubiquitous. NYU Abu Dhabi psychology major Dinara Mukhayarova, Class of 2017, grew up in the UAE has worked in many diverse employee pools as an intern. These workplace experiences, she said, inspired her to pursue Capstone research that explores the relationship between team diversity and employees' willingness to comply with demands from a supervisor.

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    Student Research Explores Emirati Men's Gendered Experiences of State-Promoted Women's Work in the UAE

    Lauren Clingan, social science major, spent four months tracking down two dozen Emirati men to ask about their gendered experiences of state-promoted women's employment in the UAE.

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    NYU Abu Dhabi is Research “Headquarters” For Improving Life in African Communities

    Yaw Nyarko, professor of economics and native of Ghana, is the director of NYU Abu Dhabi’s Center for Technology and Economic Development (CTED), a comprehensive research center devoted to the study and application of innovative and cutting-edge technologies that can significantly improve economic growth in developing countries around the world.

  24. Nanoparticle Development Set to Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

    A new nanoparticle developed by scientists of the Trabolsi Research Group at NYU Abu Dhabi could change the future of how drug delivery systems are used in the treatment of cancer.

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    How Research in Political Science is Rapidly Evolving

    Experimental research has expanded markedly in political science over the past 30 years.

  26. Startup Central

    Got a great business idea, or some extra cash to support one? Get started on your startup adventure with startAD at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  27. NYUAD Chemist Brings Digital Courseware to Schools in Kenya

    NYUAD Chemist Helps Bring Digital Courseware to Schools in Kenya

    Learning science is about to get a whole lot cooler for hundreds of high school students in Kenya. An international project co-led by an NYU Abu Dhabi chemist will deliver digital education materials such as interactive modules, online simulations, and even virtual chemistry experiments to many classrooms.

  28. Resident Expert Curating Art in the Digital Age

    Resident Expert: Curating Art in the Digital Age

    “Screen media — whether films, television or web series, video games, augmented-reality (AR) apps, and so forth — have important insights to contribute to ongoing discussions in the sciences, humanities, and social sciences.”

  29. Massive Study Aims to Understand Rising Rates of Disease Among UAE Nationals

    The UAE has one of the highest rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the world but the reasons for this are unclear. Until now, there have been no studies done in the UAE that can provide reliable answers as to why these diseases are so common in UAE Nationals.

  30. Who Am I? The Fascinating Science of Self-Identity

    Who Am I? The Fascinating Science of Self-Identity

    One of the main ways individuals come to understand their lives — and their identity — is through the creation of personal narratives.

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    Chemists Use Superabsorbent, Reusable Powder to Remove Oil From Water

    Efficient removal of contaminants like oil and toxic dyes from water sources is an issue of global importance. Oil spills can be devastating to both the environment and the economy because cleanup is costly and damage to the ecosystem is sometimes irreparable.

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    Resident Expert on Philosophy: Like Math, But With Words

    Gabriel Oak Rabin, assistant professor of philosophy, is interested in the relationship between the mind and the body, and their relations to consciousness. In this Q&A, he talks about the discipline of philosophy, some of the questions philosophers address, and ways that consciousness can (or can’t) be explained.

  33. NYU Abu Dhabi's Universe of Virtual Galaxies

    At first glance, it’s almost like staring at a desktop screensaver: seemingly random bursts of color pulsate and sway on screen, as points of light spin, collide, and explode. But this is no screensaver. It's the simulated birth and evolution of a virtual galaxy — billions of years of space activity condensed into 120 seconds — created on a supercomputer by scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi.

  34. New Climate Model Captures Key Features of Central Pacific El Nino

    New Climate Model Captures Key Features of Central Pacific El Niño

    Scientists working at NYU Abu Dhabi have developed a sophisticated new theoretical model that may lead to more timely, accurate forecasts of the central Pacific El Niño (CP El Niño), an important global weather-maker.

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    Sizing up a Distant Star With Astonishing Precision

    The science of figuring out what stars are actually shaped like has taken a giant leap forward.

  36. Littering Experiment Challenges Popular Theory on Bystander Intervention

    Littering Experiment Challenges Popular Theory on Bystander Intervention

    What would you do if you saw a stranger disregarding common rules of conduct in society like talking on a mobile phone during a movie or littering in public? Would you confront them? Call them out to deter them from doing it again? Or just let it slide?

  37. Abu Dhabi Students Launch Math Education Program in Uganda

    Abu Dhabi Students Launch Math Education Program in Uganda

    Three students from NYU Abu Dhabi — one senior and two alumnae — have launched an education program in Africa designed to get resource-strapped teachers and students excited about mathematics.

  38. Smoking shisha at home puts non-smokers at risk, researchers warn

    Smoking Shisha at Home Puts Non-Smokers at Risk, Researchers Warn

    Shisha smokers have another reason to huff and puff. A new study by the NYU Abu Dhabi Public Health Research Center has revealed that secondhand smoke from shisha is more harmful than secondhand smoke from cigarettes. Their findings are based on data collected from smokers’ homes in the UAE.

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    Resident Expert: Unexpected Causes of Slow Economic Development

    NYU Abu Dhabi Global Professor of Economics François Bourguignon, who was the chief economist of the World Bank from 2003-07, has spent decades studying the benefits and sources of equality of incomes – and the roadblocks to it. Bourguignon, one of the planet's leading experts on the subject, has launched a huge study of how institutions – political, social, and otherwise – can alter a country's income equality level and slow down development.

  40. The Conversation: The Unpredictability of the US Election 2016

    Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, professor of political science at UAE University and the chairman of the Arab Council for Social Sciences, chats with Adam Ramey, professor of political science at NYU Abu Dhabi, about the upcoming US presidential elections, and compares how Donald Trump or Senator Hillary Clinton would be received by Middle Eastern leaders if elected to become president of the United States in November.

  41. NYUAD Students to Build Eco-Home Ideal for Rural UAE Living

    NYUAD Students to Build Eco-Home Ideal for Rural UAE Living

    NYU Abu Dhabi students will design and construct a solar-powered, high-efficiency home on campus as part of a regional competition to create sustainable homes for people who live in the UAE's non-urban areas.

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    Chemists Develop “Breakthrough” Crystal That Can Self-Repair Overnight

    Imagine a future where buildings and roads can self-repair cracks; cogs installed deep inside complex machines can independently heal structural wear and tear; smartphones can automatically mend their broken screens; all without human intervention.

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    Finding Culturally Sensitive Ways to Study Social Behavior in the Middle East

    Designing meaningful experiments is a familiar challenge for scientists. In the fast-growing field of experimental social science, however, researchers may encounter difficulties quite different from those facing white-coated laboratory investigators.

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    Resident Expert: How Oceans Are Helping Us Predict Future Weather

    Shafer Smith and other scientists at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Prototype Climate Modeling are developing sophisticated computer models to help improve climate prediction and bring more certainty to what the Earth's weather will look like in the future. Smith, associate professor of mathematics, focuses on variables in our oceans and the significant role that oceans play in global climate change.

  45. Specialized Lab Aims to Advance Liver Disease Research

    Specialized Lab Aims to Advance Liver Disease Research

    Kirsten Sadler Edepli, associate professor of biology, says NYU Abu Dhabi's "beautiful genomics center" is vital to the promising liver research projects she will be pursuing on campus.

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    Voter Anger May Cloud Judgment on Key Election Issues, Study Finds

    Common sense says the most important issue in American elections is the state of the economy. If the economy is good, voters stick with the incumbent party or politician; if it is bad, they vote for change. Or so the thinking goes.

  47. The Conversation: Melting Glaciers and Rising Seas

    David Holland and his team of researchers at NYU Abu Dhabi's Center for Global Sea Level Change are trying to figure out how melting ice sheets in Antarctica and Greenland will influence global sea level. Since many of the world’s cities are built at sea level or slightly above it, rising seas will reshape the coastlines as we know them today.

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    Understanding the Complex Science of Human Development

    One of the great mysteries of life is the process by which organisms begin as one cell and develop into creatures composed of many. Think about it — a human, who started as a single cell, is made up of trillions in adulthood.

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    Resident Expert: Afghanistan at a Crossroads

    Peace and redevelopment efforts in Afghanistan were dealt a major blow on July 22 when a suicide attack in Kabul killed 80 peaceful demonstrators and injured another 231, the city's deadliest attack in more than 15 years.

  50. Low Income Earners Less Trusting, Study Finds

    Low Income Earners Less Trusting, Study Finds

    Trust is an important element of every society. From business, to politics, to personal relationships, trust plays a critical role in allowing these institutions to function smoothly.

  51. Students Pursue Research That Could Help Save Lives

    Students Pursue Research That Could Help Save Lives

    Giving back to local and international communities runs deep in the hearts of students at NYU Abu Dhabi — from every day volunteer work in the UAE to building houses for families in Thailand.

  52. Surviving the Heat

    Surviving the Heat

    Ocean temperatures are rising and this change will have huge consequences — not only for life in the ocean, but for humans as well.

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    Historic UAE Research: Rare Interviews, Untold Stories

    NYU Abu Dhabi is working across borders and disciplines to tell the story of the UAE and Middle East region as it has never been told before and also developing important programs that will contribute to the country’s next chapter, particularly for young Emirati scholars.

  54. The Conversation: Fighting Malaria

    NYUAD scientists are looking for new insights into the study of malaria, a complex disease that killed 438,000 people in 2015, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Researchers traveled to Burkina Faso to figure out how genetics might be responsible for the wide variation in the severity of the disease.

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    Ramadan Recipes

    The Holy Month of Ramadan is an occasion of fasting but also a special time for loved ones to share Iftar meals each day. NYU Abu Dhabi graduate Mariko Kuroda brings to life some of the special culinary moments of Ramadan — from dinnertime menus to after-dinner memories — for her final Capstone research project called Ramadan Recipes.