Transplant gives new face to burned firefighter

Updated 18 November 2015

Transplant gives new face to burned firefighter

NEW YORK: A New York hospital says a volunteer firefighter has received the most extensive face transplant ever performed. The Mississippi man was badly burned in a fire 14 years ago.
The surgery, announced on Monday, took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Forty-one-year-old Patrick Hardison is still getting physical therapy in New York but plans to return home in time for Thanksgiving.
He said he looks forward to being able to drive again, with his eyesight restored to normal.
The transplant covers his skull, reaching over his face and down to his collarbones in front, and down far enough in back that it leaves only a tiny patch of his own hair at the bottom.
Hardison was injured in 2001 when the roof of a burning home collapsed.


UAE’s MeznSat satellite set for launch in Russia

Updated 28 September 2020

UAE’s MeznSat satellite set for launch in Russia

DUBAI: MeznSat, the UAE Space Agency’s latest satellite, is set for launch from the Plesetsk space center in northwestern Russia today as part of the country’s ambitious space strategy.

MeznSat, which detects greenhouse gas concentrations, was built by students from the Khalifa University and the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. The probe once in orbit will send data to the two universities’ ground stations, where it will be analyzed and processed, state news agency WAM reported

“Climate change has widely been attributed to the increase in GHGs in the atmosphere as a result of human activities. The impacts of climate change are expected to include shortage of water quantity and quality in most arid and semi-arid areas, and low agricultural productivity throughout the tropics and subtropics, accompanied by damage to ecosystems and biodiversity in these areas, and changes in forests and other ecosystems,” the space agency said in its website.

“Carbon Dioxide and Methane are the two most prevalent Greenhouse gases. Both emissions (methane and carbon dioxide) have to be addressed and monitored in order to effectively reduce the impact of climate change,” it added

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and Vice President of UAE, earlier reviewed plans to send the first Arab mission to the moon by 2024 to be manned by Emirati astronauts.

The UAE’s new 2021-2031 strategy particularly covers the Mars Exploration Project “Hope Probe” 2117 Strategy, the Astronaut Program, the Satellite Development Program and the UAE Space Sector Sustainability Program.