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January 24, 2011 - Abu Dhabi, UAE - Scott Kennedy, the assistant dean of research, stands on a balcony with a wind tower used to cool the courtyard at Masdar Institute in Abu Dhabi, UAE, behind him...The Masdar Institute, which lies in the desert on the outskirts of Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, is one of the more high-profile of the new research ventures. The university’s $1 billion self-powered campus is a testing ground for environmental building techniques. Erected on an elevated platform to catch desert breezes, it is serviced by a fleet of subterranean electrical cars. A wind tower cools its main courtyard, while an array of solar panels on its roof provides all the university’s power.  ..(Photo by Andrew Henderson for The Chronicle of Higher Education )