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How Stars Spin

Center for Space Science astrophysicists measure precise rotation pattern of Sun-like stars for the first time.

NYUAD Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Department of Health – Abu Dhabi

Landmark Agreement

NYUAD has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Health — Abu Dhabi to better understand the causes of chronic diseases among Emiratis, including diabetes and heart disease.

National Academy of Sciences

National Academy of Sciences

NYU Abu Dhabi faculty Paula England and Claude Desplan were among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates who were elected.

Glacier GPS

Drastic Measures

2017 was among the hottest years on record and Greenland is melting faster than ever before.

Edward Smith

Deep Sea DNA

Arabian Gulf coral reefs could hold the key to climate change survival.

Man sleeping

Sleep Talk

The eye-opening link between sleep and depression.

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

Shisha Danger

Smoking shisha at home puts non-smokers at risk, study warns.

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NYU Abu Dhabi science faculty and researchers are frequently featured in local and international media.

What it’s like at the ground zero of climate change
When a glacier breaks up, the images can be breathtaking — and a sobering reminder of the trouble we are in. Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson managed to document one of these moments when he was in Greenland with scientists earlier this year.
CNN | September 24, 2018

Distant Whirling-Dervish Stars Spin in Super-Weird Patterns
"In space, you have continuous data," study lead author Othman Benomar, a stellar scientist at New York University Abu Dhabi, told Space.com.
Space.com | September 21, 2018

Harsh climate: The struggle to track global sea level rise
A loud rumble jolted climate scientist David Holland just before he went to sleep inside his bear-resistant dome. The thundering sound grew louder as he watched a chunk of ice about a third the size of Manhattan break away from the Helheim glacier.
Reuters | September 20, 2018

Astrophysicists measure precise rotation pattern of sun-like stars for the first time
Scientists at the NYU Abu Dhabi Center for Space Science used observations from NASA's Kepler mission and asteroseismology—the study of sound waves traveling inside stars—to determine with precision how Sun-like stars rotate, which no other scientific method has been able to achieve.
Phys.org | September 20, 2018

In Greenland, a glacier's collapse shows climate impact - Video
Perched on a cliff above Greenland’s Helheim glacier, I tried calling my wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before I could leave a message, an explosion broke the arctic silence.
Reuters | September 20, 2018

Inkless pen to protect secret documents
Researchers have prepared a light-emitting organic material that can be used to print patterns, write documents and even encode secret codes on a filter paper using just sunlight.
Nature India | August 31, 2018

We use neural ‘auto-correct’ for ambiguous sounds
Our brains have an “auto-correct” feature that we deploy when re-interpreting ambiguous sounds, a team of scientists has discovered. Its findings, which appear in the Journal of Neuroscience, point to new ways we use information and context to aid in speech comprehension.
Emirates News 24|7 | August 25, 2018

New study of Emiratis provides further evidence that smoking medwakh leads to heart disease
Medwakh and shisha have been linked to mouth bacteria that can result in heart attacks
The National | August 12, 2018

Humidity-Drive Motility in Feather Grass Awns
Scientists from New York University Abu Dhabi provide a remarkable example of an evolutionary adaptation in the humble Stipa awn, which boasts a sophisticated system of dispersal and self‐burial of their seeds into the soil by utilizing fluctuations in aerial humidity
Advanced Science News | July 24, 2018

Expanding ‘dead zone’ in Arabian Sea raises climate change fears
In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast “dead zone” the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame.
India.com | July 17, 2018

Dramatic Video Captures Moment Towering Iceberg Splits from Greenland Glacier
Scientists in eastern Greenland captured an incredible scene on video: the moment an iceberg measuring 4 miles (6 kilometers) long, separated from the Helheim Glacier and drifted away.
Live Science | July 10, 2018

Could a UAE plant hold the key to developing a low-cost blindness treatment?
NYUAD graduate Yumi Gambrill spent a year working to identify a chemical with anti-cataract properties found in a plant called Cleome rupicola.
The National | July 07, 2018

Heat-resistant corals in the Middle East could save the world's dying reefs
Coral reefs are in crisis. being wiped out by rising sea temperatures — a consequence of climate change. But in one region, some corals are withstanding the heat.
CNN | June 27, 2018

Coral mass spawning is all about timing
Scientists think studying reef's rite of reproduction is vital to its future.
SF Gate | June 21, 2018

Organic Crystals Twist, Bend, and Heal

Panče Naumov, NYU Abu Dhabi, Naba K. Nath, National Institute of Technology, Meghalaya, India, and colleagues have engineered a molecular soft cocrystalline structure that bends and twists reversibly and without disintegration when stimulated by high temperature, mechanical force, or under UV light.
Chemistry Views | June 18, 2018

Emirati astronomer collaborates with NYUAD on black holes research
Thabet Al Qaissieh built an observatory as a hobby and is now working with one of the most prestigious universities in the world. David Russell, an assistant professor of physics at NYUAD, is leading the university’s research team.
The National | June 18, 2018

NYUAD professor named Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute Fellow
New York University Abu Dhabi’s Associate Professor of Chemistry, Pance Naumov, has been named a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard University.
Emirates News Agency | May 31, 2018

Maritime history found in the coral walls of RAK ghost town
The walls of Jazirat Al Hamra contain nearly 12 million pieces of coral and each is a clue to the past, say NYUAD researchers.
The National | May 17, 2018

Giant Waves Nearly Half a Million Miles Across Seen on the Sun for the First Time
Huge, slow-moving waves that drive Earth's weather and shape the swirls in Jupiter's atmosphere also exist on the sun, new research reveals.
Space.com | May 21, 2018

Unprecedented U.S.-British project launches to study the world’s most dangerous glacier
This research will help determine the melt rate beneath Thwaites glacier and the ocean dynamics that are driving that.
The Washington Post | April 30, 2018

NYUAD to research sea level rise in Antarctica thanks to $2.1 million science grant from UK
The research will investigate possible global disruptions due to climate change.
The National | April 30, 2018

Abu Dhabi scientists' study of shrinking glaciers is subject of new film
The two-hour documentary visits scientists around the world to understand how the climate system works and how man-made carbon emissions are already affecting our planet.
The National | April 15, 2018

Planetary neighbors can influence habitability, for better or worse
Planetary scientists at New York University Abu Dhabi and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory studied 147 extrasolar planetary systems with giant planets.
United Press International (UPI) | April 04, 2018

NYUAD study into sign language and brain function 'shows how similar people are'
Studies involving New York University Abu Dhabi are helping to provide a detailed localisation for certain neural processes involved in language.
The National | May 27, 2018

'It could be a game-changer': the case for a UAE deep space radio telescope
Joseph Gelfand, associate professor of physics at New York University Abu Dhabi feels building a deep space radio telescope in the UAE would be a game-changer for astronomy and could inspire new generations of students to study science and engineering. 
The National | March 25, 2018

New research sheds light on the perception of motion
A team of biologists has deciphered how neurons used in the perception of motion form in the brain of a fly - a finding that illustrates how complex neuronal circuits are constructed from simple developmental rules.
Emirates News Agency | March 24, 2018

5,000 Emiratis join first phase of major health study
The UAE Healthy Future study, a first-of-its-kind one investigating the root causes of high levels of diabetes, obesity, and heart disease in the UAE, has reached a critical milestone, securing the participation of over 5,000 Emirati volunteers, out of the required 20,000.
Khaleej Times | March 21, 2018

NYUAD Hackathon Encourages Use Of Tech For Social Change In The Arab World
The three-day “programming marathon” (in its seventh edition) will see computer science professors, founders of startups, technology professionals, and even venture capitalists from across the globe come together at New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) to lead teams of skilled computer science students.
Entrepreneur Middle East | March 06, 2018

Experts convene at NYU Abu Dhabi to discuss the future of space
The Centre for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) convened a meeting of senior members of the UAE space sector and international scientists recently on Future Directions in Heliophysics. Heliophysics is the science of how sun’s interior influences the atmosphere of the sun and its planets.
Broadcast Pro ME | January 28, 2018

Detection of a westward hotspot offset in the atmosphere of hot gas giant CoRoT-2b
We present thermal phase observations of the hot Jupiter CoRoT-2b obtained with the Infrared Array Camera (IRAC) on the Spitzer Space Telescope.
Nature Astronomy | January 22, 2018

NYU Abu Dhabi team designs portable device to detect E. coli in 20 minutes
NYU Abu Dhabi’s (NYUAD) International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team has received the university’s first gold medal at the Giant Jamboree in Boston, USA, for its project E.coLAMP.
The Gulf Today | January 15, 2018

Breakthrough in food poisoning detection wins gold for NYU Abu Dhabi
Device built by students to discover E.Coli bacteria wins top prize at a major US contest.
The National | January 14, 2018

Going through a phase
Chemists are finding fascinating phase-change phenomena that make crystals jump and pop.
‘It started as a curiosity,’ recalls Pance Naumov, now an associate professor at NYU Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. ’One of my postdocs came to me and said: “I can’t get hold of my crystals, they are escaping!”’
Chemistry World | November 10, 2017

State-Of-The-Art Facility Will Aid the UAE's Mission to Mars in 2020
New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) is reaching for the stars – after launching plans for the UAE’s first ever space data hub.
Time Out Abu Dhabi | October 22, 2017

'Unhackable' Electronic Chip Being Developed in Abu Dhabi
With the evolution of technology and manufacturing process giving way to less safety, researchers at New York University Abu Dhabi have just received a grant to deploy their work into a solution.
The National | October 22, 2017

NYUAD to Host UAE's First Space Data Centre
A new data centre at New York University Abu Dhabi will host crucial scientific data collected by space observatories.
The National | October 21, 2017

Physics "Tweezers" Help Study the Engine Room of the Cell
George Shubeita, a professor of physics at New York University Abu Dhabi, studies the mechanisms by which tiny molecular motors move these cargoes. He observes the motors with superresolution microscopes and uses optical traps, commonly known as optical tweezers, to engage the motors in a “tug-of-war” game that allows him to measure their strength.
Uncommon Descent | October 16, 2017

Explorer Robert Swan's Message to UAE Youths on Climate Change
UAE pupils were given a taste of the adventurous life when explorer Robert Swan took centre stage at NYU Abu Dhabi campus this week to inspire them to make positive changes in the world.
The National | October 04, 2017

There's Something Fishy Going on with Climate Change
Researchers at NYUAD have shed light on the potential ecological effects of global warming with a study on the diets of local reef fish.
Abu Dhabi World | October 03, 2017

Probing a New Algae Species for Clues into Plant Adaptation
An investigation of the genome and phenome of a green alga called Chloroidium sp. UTEX 3007 has revealed, for the first time, certain adaptive traits that help algae acclimate to desert environments. But what sets apart this new species, which scientists at the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) have discovered and sequenced, from other types of green algae?
Nature Middle East | September 12, 2017

Researchers develop unique green alga that may provide alternative to palm oil
Gulf News | August 21, 2017

Coral study underlines benefit of having world-class institutions in the region
The National | August 12, 2017

Molecular biology study by Abu Dhabi researcher has cancer breakthrough potential
The National | July 29, 2017

Meet the filmmaker who's leading the new science wave
Forbes | June 12, 2017

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NYU Abu Dhabi science research is frequently featured in local and international media.