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SIX Malaysian young scientists will be joining the annual Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany and three Malaysian undergraduate students will participate in the...

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A GOOD night of sleep entails about eight hours of blissful immobility--a state of near paralysis that, though welcome at night, would be inconvenient...

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Neuroscientists uncover secret to intelligence in parrots

Study shows evidence of convergence in bird and primate evolution. UNIVERSITY of Alberta neuroscientists have identified the neural circuit that may underlay intelligence in birds, according...

New study finds that e-cigarettes increase cardiovascular risk as much as...

THE usage of e-cigarettes containing nicotine has a significant impact on vascular functions claims new study. Research published in the SAGE journal, Vascular Medicine,...

Climate change will make rice less nutritious, putting millions of the...

BY KRISTIE EBI- Professor of Global Health and Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington RICE is the primary food source for more than...

Twice as predicted

FUTURE global warming may eventually be twice as warm as projected by climate models under business-as-usual scenarios and even if the world meets the...

Educators encounter molecular biology upfront

RAWANG: It is not always easy to introduce school students to the concepts of DNA in class as it could be hard for them...

New wasp species

RESEARCHERS from the University of Turku, Finland have discovered a new wasp species in the Amazon which has an exceptionally large stinger that surprised...

Why rabbits and parrots can see behind them?

ONLY two animals can see behind themselves without turning their head and they are rabbits and parrots. Their eyes are on the sides of...

Fall Armyworm keeps spreading and becomes more destructive

FALL Armyworm keeps spreading to larger areas within countries in sub-Saharan Africa and becomes more destructive as it feeds on more crops and different...

Self-sealing seed pods

An international team of researchers including members of the Max Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces has discovered a self-sealing mechanism in the seed...

In India, swapping crops could save water and improve nutrition

INDIA will need to feed approximately 394 million more people by 2050, and that’s going to be a significant challenge. Nutrient deficiencies are already widespread...

Speeding up photorespiration boosts crop production

PLANTS such as soybeans and wheat waste between 20 and 50 per cent of their energy recycling toxic chemicals created when the enzyme Rubisco—the...

Multi-nutrient rice against malnutrition

RESEARCHERS from ETH Zurich led by Navreet Bhullar from the Institute of Molecular Plant Biology have genetically modified (GM) one of the most commonly...

GMOs key to saving world from hunger

DURING the 68th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting held on June 24-29, Nobel Laureate Sir Richard J. Roberts delivered an Agora Talk about genetically modified...

What causes the difference in colour of egg yolks?

YOLK colour does not affect the flavour, nutritive value or quality of an egg. However, to some people who are concerned about their egg...

How do butterflies taste?

AS funny as it sounds, butterflies’ taste receptors are located at their feet, so they actually use their feet to taste. Their feet are...

Ancient DNA testing solves 100-year-old controversy in Southeast Asian prehistory

TWO competing theories about the human occupation of Southeast Asia have been debunked by groundbreaking analysis of ancient DNA extracted from 8,000 year-old skeletons. Southeast...

Southeast Asian forest loss greater than expected, with negative climate implications

RESEARCHERS using satellite imaging have found much greater than expected deforestation since 2000 in the highlands of Southeast Asia, a critically important world ecosystem. The...

Smart Bandages

A team of engineers led by Tufts University has developed a prototype bandage designed to actively monitor the condition of chronic wounds and deliver...

Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy

UNIVERSITY of British Columbia (UBC) researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their...

Meet NOTCH2NL, the humanspecific genes that may have given us our...

THE evolution of larger brains in the last 3 million years played an important role in our ability as a species to think, problem-solve,...

What part of candle is the hottest?

IN the years, prior to the use of candles, people used oil lamps. In 3000 B.C. for instance, the Egyptians were using wicked candles, but...

Why is a male birth control Illustration of a fetal pill...

BY ANDREJA GREGORIC MEN are still limited to only a few forms of birth control. Scientists are making constant progress but the birth control pill...

Kenya plants biotech cotton under national performance trials

KENYA is one step away from commercialising Bt cotton following the commencement of National Performance Trials (NPTs) to identify suitable varieties for different agroecological...

More clues that Earth-like exoplanets are indeed Earth-like

A NEW study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides new clues indicating that an exoplanet 500 light years away is much like Earth....

What causes nose bleed?

NOSEBLEEDS are common. This may look and sound scary, but they in fact rarely indicate a serious medical problem. The nose contains many blood...

DNA comes alive to form two students

KUALA LUMPUR: As part of the STEM initiative by Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan St. Mary, Laboratory Ind Resources (LIR) and Malaysia Biotechnology Information Centre (MABIC) were...

HIV vaccine shows promising results

NEW research published in The Lancet shows that an experimental HIV-1 vaccine regimen is well-tolerated and generated comparable and robust immune responses against HIV in healthy adults...

MTDC develops Industry 4.0-ready graduates

BANGI: As part of its commitment towards enhancing employability in the rapidly changing era and Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC)...

ISAAA: The ‘green’ way forward with biotech crops

BIOTECH CROPS offer enormous benefits to the environment as well as contribute to the enhancement of both, human and animal health. They also largely contribute...

Experts laud inclusion of ‘Climate Change’ in ministry

PETALING JAYA: The creation of the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology, Science, Climate Change and Environment by the new Pakatan Harapan Federal Government has...

How face blindness happens?

WHEN we see someone we know, the easiest way to remember someone is by their face. But not everyone can do this. Researchers estimate...

Golden Rice meets food safety standard

LOS BANOS, PHILIPPINES: GR2E Golden Rice, a provitamin A biofortified rice variety, completed its third positive food safety evaluation, this time from the United...

Is a common antimicrobial harmful to gut health?

SCIENTISTS have discovered that triclosan, an antimicrobial additive found in thousands of consumer products, causes colon inflammation and exacerbates colon cancer in mice. Their sobering...

The complete equation if only PM heads science portfolio

BY TAN SRI OMAR ABDUL RAHMAN  CONCERNS have been expressed on many occasions in the print media about the current less than-desirable state of science,...

A new understanding of how glucose makes you fat

GLUCOSE is the energy that fuels cells, and the body likes to store glucose for later use. But too much glucose can contribute to...

Green Cure

GREEN TEA could hold the key to preventing deaths from heart attacks and strokes caused by atherosclerosis, according to a research funded by the...

Researchers devise new way to discern what microbes eat

A NEW technique devised by researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Calgary provides a more in-depth look at the metabolism...

Blackcurrant dye could make hair colouring safer, more sustainable

WHETHER they’re trying to hide some gray or embrace a new or quirky colour, people adore hair dyes. But some of these dyes may be...

What happens when a black hole swallows a star?

AS the star gets sucked up into the black hole, a brilliant flare of light that echoes through space would burp back up hundreds...

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