Go back to the enewsletter The Nile RitzCarlto

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo, Egypt, opened its doors on 22 October 2015. The property, which reopened under the stewardship of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., will offer leisure and business travellers an opulent retreat in the heart of the city.“Cairo is a city that fuses the majesty of the past with the pulse of the present and the promise of the future,” stated Herve Humler, President & COO, The Ritz-Carlton.“Visitors over the centuries have been drawn by its ever-evolving mix of history, trade and culture, which continues to draw adventurists, as well as families and business travellers to this vibrant city. With millennial travellers seeking luxury as part of their travel experience, the Nile Ritz-Carlton Cairo marries this “bucket-list” city with world-class services. This has not only made Cairo more appealing but has also given us the opportunity to raise our first Ritz-Carlton flag on the banks of the Nile.”The hotel features 331 rooms, with ultramodern facilities including an Olympic-size pool as well as meeting rooms, ballrooms and business facilities. Gourmands visiting Egypt will also be spoilt for choice with an array of dining venues, spanning Arabian, Italian and Continental cuisine.“Cairo is a vibrant destination and no matter what your purpose in visiting the city, business or leisure or visiting family, there is always a sense of discovery. The past has left a strong imprint on the personality of the city but its dynamism comes from its ever-evolving cultural and social scenes. For the global tourist, it is this tasteful fusion that appeals and keeps Cairo current,” added Humler.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

Watch this new polymer defeat some supersticky sea creatures

first_img By Andrew WagnerAug. 17, 2017 , 2:00 PM Watch this new polymer defeat some supersticky sea creatures Too many mussels can make for a sticky situation. The bivalves will take any opportunity to attach themselves to an underwater object. They can clog pipes, destroy scientific equipment, and damage dams and boats. Now, scientists have found a way to fight back. Researchers report today in Science that they have developed a polymer lubricant that prevents the mussels from glomming onto underwater surfaces. The key to the mussel’s cling is byssal thread, a sticky fiber the animal secretes as soon as it detects a solid structure. The new lubricant repels organic matter, so the scientists hypothesized that it would prevent the mussels from noticing the surface beneath them and grabbing on. In testing, Asian green mussels (Perna viridis) poked their tacky appendages out at the surface—but couldn’t grab hold. After 8 weeks of submersion in the waters of Scituate, Massachusetts, plates coated with the mussel-repelling polymer only averaged four mussels per square centimeter. The plates without it averaged 118 per square centimeter. There is still testing to be done before this antimussel material will reach the market. But for scientists and sailors alike, it could be a life-saver.last_img read more