In the News

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

New frog species discovered on remote Ethiopian mountain
The new frog was found by Postdoctoral Associates Sandra Goutte and Jacobo Reyes-Velasco, of NYU Abu Dhabi.
The London Economic | February 12, 2019

New ‘gold’ frog species measuring less than an INCH long and with elongated toes is discovered by scientists exploring a remote Ethiopian mountain
DNA sequencing of tissue samples taken from the minute frogs by a team at NYU Abu Dhabi confirmed that it was genetically different from any other species.
Daily Mail | February 12, 2019

UAE's corals suffer 'catastrophic' damage in record summer heat
The future of eight reefs in the Arabian Gulf is in doubt after high temperatures and low winds leave corals dying.
The National | February 02, 2019

Researchers call for improved conservation to save bony fish from extinction
Over-fishing is affecting almost half of all bony fish species in the Arabian Gulf
The National | January 20, 2019

As Disease Ravages Coral Reefs, Scientists Scramble for Solutions
As oceans warm, coral reefs are suffering not only from bleaching but from deadly outbreaks of disease. Researchers are developing remedies, but the key question is whether these solutions can work on a large-enough scale to save vast reef systems from Florida to Australia.
Yale Environment 360 | January 10, 2019

UAE research suggests 'Actin' is critical in genome regulation during formation of nerve cells
A new NYU Abu Dhabi study suggests for the first time that Actin, which is a cytoskeleton protein found in the cell, is critical to regulating the genome - the genetic material of an organism - during the formation of "neurons" or nerve cells.
Emirates 24|7 | January 02, 2019

UAE expat among 5 female scientists to win Dh83,400 Unesco fellowship
Dr. Basma Radwan, postdoctoral research associate in neuroscience at NYUAD is investigating the connection between stress and sleep to develop a treatment for mood disorders and depression.
Khaleej Times | November 26, 2018

A coral disease alert system
Chemicals that diffuse from coral surfaces into the surrounding seawater could be used as indicators of coral health.
Nature Middle East | November 06, 2018

Corals produce molecules that can help resist disease
Scientists report that corals, though they are stationary organisms, can alter their surroundings by producing unique molecules that can help recruit healthy microbiomes and fight parasitic microbes.
Daily Science | November 05, 2018

Thrill-seeking is an overlooked catalyst for political violence
New research pinpoints how a desire for excitement inspires support for violent extremism.
Pacific Standard | October 31, 2018

How to prevent political violence?
Exciting, peaceful activities: American Psychological Association says boredom may be driving rise in shootings and bombings.
Daily Mail | October 30, 2018

What Traits Do Employees Look for in Leaders?
Stereotypical male traits such as assertiveness and competitiveness are 'must-haves', says research.
Entrepreneur Asia Pacific | October 19, 2018

Sahara desert sand is finding a newer, quicker route to the Arctic, sparks global warming fears
Research carried out at New York University Abu Dhabi could have stark consequences for climate change.
The National | October 11, 2018

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 | 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. | 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. | 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. | 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

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