Masdar: The City of The Future


Masdar City will be the most sustainable urban development in the world. Powered by renewable energy, Masdar City combines passive and intelligent design to showcase how an urban environment can accommodate denser populations with fewer resources.


Masdar pursues clean, renewable energy development through two investment vehicles. Masdar Clean Energy builds some of the world’s most sophisticated and commercially driven clean energy projects. With a focus on mature technologies in solar and wind power, Masdar Clean Energy has invested over $1.7bn of equity across projects with a total value over $6.4bn.


Research and Development

Masdar Institute is an independent, graduate-level research university dedicated to advancing renewable energy and sustainable technologies. Anchored by highly specialised labs and a world-class faculty, students at the institute are engaged in the following studies:

Research Themes

-Water, Environment and Health
-Energy Systems
-Micro-systems and Advanced Materials

Project Areas

-Biomass-derived fuels
-Smart-grid applications
-Saltwater desalination
-Energy-efficiency technologies


Consultancy Services

Masdar offers two distinct consultancy services — project management in renewable energy and clean technology, and sustainability integration services.

The integrated project management consultancy of Masdar Special Projects is focused on project delivery aided by business and applications development. The team manages the process from initial client contact and idea generation to project completion and delivery.

Masdar’s sustainability team works on a wide variety of external projects, including consultancy work with other Abu Dhabi government entities such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Emirates Identity Authority.



The Richest Man In The World

 Bill Gates


William Henry “Bill” Gates, born October 28, 1955, is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer. At just 20, Bill Gates cofounded Microsoft with his childhood friend Paul Allen. Months before his 31st birthday, the company went public, making Gates a billionaire. He served as CEO of the software titan until 2000 and was its chairman and largest shareholder until 2014. Though he still sits on the company’s board, Gates — whose net worth sits a league above the rest at $87.4 billion — is no longer actively involved in Microsoft.

Gates is not only the richest man in the world, but he’s also the most generous. Since 1999, Gates and his wife have helmed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, one of the most powerful charities in the world. The foundation — which controls an endowment of more than $40 billion — aims to lift millions of people out of poverty, with a heavy focus on eliminating HIV, malaria, and other infectious diseases. The couple is also working on a plan to bring mobile banking to the 2 billion adults who don’t have a bank account. Also, Gates recently invested alongside Jeff Bezos in Grail, the company that’s creating a blood test to detect every form of cancer.

He’s also cofounder of the Giving Pledge, which he launched in 2010 with good friend and fellow billionaire Warren Buffett as a promise to donate 50% or more of their fortunes.

Top 8 Reasons Why You Should Exercise

You’ve been told that making exercise is good for you. Besides losing weight and building muscles. There are many other things the can bring you!

  1. You will Improve Your Memory
    Ever feel like you think a bit more clearly after a good workout? Not only is your brain getting more energy and oxygen, but many studies have shown that exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better. Of course, an intense workout right before a big exam could leave you more tired than smart—but the two are still undoubtedly linked.

  2. You will Boost Your Confidence
    Obviously, exercise can improve your appearance which can improve confidence, but there’s more to it than that. Exercise can also help you feel more accomplished and social (if you work out at a gym). Even if you don’t see immediate results in your body, that effort will make you feel better—and a bit of confidence can go a long way. Photo by chaoss (Shutterstock).

  3. You will De-Stress
    We all have stress in our lives, whether it’s the occasional rough day or a more serious, chronic problem. Stress can really wreak havoc with your mind, but studies have shown that exercise is a great way to combat it. Not only are those endorphins natural stress-fighters, but getting yourself into that exercise groove helps get your mind off the things stressing you out. Photo by Tess Mayer.

  4. You will Sleep Better
    If you ever have trouble falling asleep at night, the National Sleep Foundationsays at regular exercise can help you sleep better. The best time to work out is in the morning or the afternoon, rather than before bed—if you exercise too closely to bedtime, it can actually have the opposite effect! Luckily, there are other good ways to fill up that pre-bed relaxation time. Photo by Deeleea.

  5. You will Have More Energy
    It may seem counter-intuitive—after all, working out can drain your energy quite a bit—but regular exercise can actually make you feel more energized throughout the day. In fact, one study found that exercising in the middle of the day can leave you feeling more energetic and productive for the rest of the afternoon. You should still try to get in some walking throughout the day, but a midday workout could be a great pick-me-up. Photo by nasrul (Shutterstock).


  1. You will Get Sick Less Often
    Nobody likes getting sick, and exercise can help. A recent study found that people who exercised regularly were half as likely to get a cold than people who didn’t—which is odds I’d gladly take. Taking a good steam afterward can help, too. Photo by Anna Gutermuth.

  2. You will Live Longer
    It’s no secret that healthy living will keep you alive longer, but you might be surprised at how much. One study found that exercise improves life expectancy as much as quitting smoking. It really is true that sitting all day is killing you—and just a bit of regular exercise can stave off the reaper for awhile.

  3. You will Just Be Happier
    All this put together equals a much happier you. It’s not just those “runner’s high” endorphins—regular exercise can actually improve your life in oh-so-many ways. All you need to do is make it a habit—the University of Bristol found that people’s mood significantly improved on days they exercised, so find a way to fit a quick workout into your daily routine and you’ll be well on your way.

The Most Successful Youtuber!


Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg,  born on 24 October 1989, better known by his online alias PewDiePie, is a Swedish web-based comedian and video producer, best known for his Let’s Play commentaries and vlogs on YouTube.

Born in Gothenburg, Sweden, PewDiePie originally pursued a degree in industrial economics and technology management at Chalmers University of Technology. In 2010, during his time at the university, he registered his PewDiePie YouTube account. The following year he dropped out of Chalmers to focus on his YouTube channel, much to the chagrin of his parents. Having been refused support from them, PewDiePie began working at a hot dog stand to fund his videos. PewDiePie soon gathered a rapidly increasing online following, and in 2012, his channel surpassed one million subscribers.

Since 15 August 2013, PewDiePie’s channel has been the most subscribed user on YouTube, being surpassed briefly in November and December 2013 by YouTube’s Spotlight channel. Holding the position since 22 December 2013, the channel has reached over 46 million subscribers, as of July 2016. On 19 July 2014, the channel surpassed singer Rihanna’s Vevo account on YouTube to become the most viewed channel of all time, and as of June 2016, the channel has received over 12 billion video views. In 2016, Time magazine named him one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.”

PewDiePie refers to his fanbase as the “Bro Army”, and individual fans as “bros”. Through his Bro Army fanbase, PewDiePie has raised money for charities. Due to his popularity, PewDiePie’s coverage of indie games has created an Oprah effect, boosting sales for titles he plays.

Boston Tea Party


The Boston Tea Party  was a political protest by the Sons of Liberty in Boston, on December 16, 1773. The demonstrators, some disguised as Native Americans, in defiance of the Tea Act of May 10, 1773, destroyed an entire shipment of tea sent by the East India Company. They boarded the ships and threw the chests of tea into Boston Harbor. The British government responded harshly and the episode escalated into the American Revolution. The Tea Party became an iconic event of American history, and other political protests such as the Tea Party movementafter 2010 explicitly refer to it.

The Tea Party was the culmination of a resistance movement throughout British America against the Tea Act, which had been passed by the British Parliament in 1773. Colonists objected to the Tea Act because they believed that it violated their rights as Englishmen to “No taxation without representation,” that is, be taxed only by their own elected representatives and not by a British parliament in which they were not represented. Protesters had successfully prevented the unloading of taxed tea in three other colonies, but in Boston, embattled Royal Governor Thomas Hutchinson refused to allow the tea to be returned to Britain.

The Boston Tea Party was a significant event in the growth of the American Revolution. Parliament responded in 1774 with the Coercive Acts, or Intolerable Acts, which, among other provisions, ended local self-government in Massachusetts and closed Boston’s commerce. Colonists up and down the Thirteen Colonies in turn responded to the Coercive Acts with additional acts of protest, and by convening the First Continental Congress, which petitioned the British monarch for repeal of the acts and coordinated colonial resistance to them. The crisis escalated, and the American Revolutionary War began near Boston in 1775.

Zika Virus



What is the Zika virus?

The Zika virus is a mosquito-transmitted infection related to dengue, yellow fever and West Nile virus. Although it was discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1947 and is believed to be common across Africa and Asia, it did not begin spreading widely in the Western Hemisphere until recently — perhaps sometime in 2013, although its presence was not confirmed until May 2015, when it was identified as the “mystery disease” sweeping across northeast Brazil.

How does a mosquito transmit Zika?

Only female mosquitoes bite people: they need blood to lay eggs, while males drink plant nectar. In the female, the virus travels from the gut to the salivary glands and is injected into the next human victim. When a mosquito bites, it first injects an anti-coagulant saliva so blood does not clog its strawlike proboscis.

What areas is Zika likely to reach?

Zika is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite in daytime. The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, takes several bites for each blood meal and prefers biting people; it accounts for most Zika infections. This mosquito is common in the United States typically only in Florida and along the Gulf Coast, although it has been found as far north as Connecticut in hot weather.

The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, also can transmit the virus, but not as effectively. It bites many kinds of animals and is found as far north as Maine and Minnesota in summer, and also in Hawaii.

Can the Zika virus be sexually transmitted?

Yes. Although experts believe that the vast majority of Zika infections are transmitted by mosquitoes, sexual transmission has been reported in 10 countries, including the United States, France, Germany, Italy and New Zealand.

In all known cases as of late June, transmission has been from a man to a woman or to another man, not from a woman to anyone else. The Zika virus has clearly been transmitted by vaginal and anal sex, and possibly by oral sex.

Viral RNA has been found in semen more than two months after symptoms disappeared. Scientists believe the prostate or testes serve as a reservoir, sheltering the Zika virus from the immune system. In at least one case, a man who never had Zika symptoms transmitted it sexually.

Health authorities now recommend that women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant avoid contact with semen from men who have visited areas where the virus is transmitted. Pregnant women should abstain until they give birth, or should have sex only with partners using a condom.

To reduce the risk of sexual transmission, health authorities recommend that men who have visited areas in which the Zika virus is transmitted by mosquitos and who have had symptoms avoid unprotected sex for six months. Men who have had no symptoms should wait eight weeks.

How might Zika cause brain damage in infants?

Experts aren’t yet certain. Although it is known that the virus causes brain damage, the mechanism is still being studied. The virus can cross the placenta and attack fetal nerve cells, including some that develop into the brain. The radial glial cells, which form the initial “scaffolding” that guides other fetal brain cells into place, appear particularly vulnerable.

What is microcephaly?

An unusually small head, often accompanied by brain damage.
Babies with microcephaly have unusually small heads. Normally, some degree of microcephaly occurs in 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 10,000 of all births. In roughly 15 percent of cases, a small head is just a small head, with no effect on the infant.

But infection with the Zika virus causes a severe form of microcephaly. The brain may stop growing and be small and smooth, lacking the normal indentations. The long nerves connecting the eyes and ears to the brain may be damaged. Children may suffer from constant seizures or be born with permanently rigid limbs.

Microcephaly can also be caused by other infections of the fetus, including German measles (also known as rubella), toxoplasmosis (a disease caused by a parasite found in undercooked meat and cat feces) and cytomegalovirus.

Microcephaly may also result from alcoholism, drug use or some industrial toxins during pregnancy, or from severe malnutrition of the mother. It can be caused by complications of diabetes and by the genes like those that cause Down syndrome.

There is no treatment for the brain damage.

Is there a treatment?

No. The C.D.C. does not recommend a particular antiviral medication for people infected with the Zika virus. The symptoms are mild – when they appear at all – and usually require only rest, nourishment and other supportive care.


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