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HIGH VOLTAGE EEL

There are at least three species of electric eels (Electrophorus spp.), not just one as previously believed. Two new species have recently been described...

Hybrid wheat variety to be available by 2022 in Pakistan

BY MUHAMMAD LUQMAN HYBRID wheat variety will be available in Pakistan for commercial cultivation by the year 2022, helping the South Asian nation to increase...

SOFT TACTILE LOGIC …

Inspired by octopuses, researchers have developed a structure that senses, computes and responds without any centralised processing - creating a device that is not quite...

Commonly used antibiotics may lead to heart problems

SCIENTISTS have shown for the first time a link between two types of heart problems and one of the most commonly prescribed classes of...

A nexus approach to water, energy and food sustainability

BY PROF ABDUL KARIM ALIAS WATER, ENERGY, FOOD — all are essential to human life and all interconnected. However, achieving water, energy, and food security...

Hydrogel to repair heart damage

SCIENTISTS successfully conducted a first-in-human, FDA-approved Phase 1 clinical trial of an injectable hydrogel that aims to repair damage and restore cardiac function in...

Combination of wood fibers and spider silk could rival plastic

ACHIEVING strength and extensibility at the same time has so far been a great challenge in material engineering: increasing strength has meant losing extensibility...

Macaques and malaria

RESEARCHERS in Malaysia, with assistance from colleagues in USA and Singapore, have discovered that long-tailed macaques from Malaysian Borneo harbour a new species of...

Why doesn’t it get dark when you blink?

WHEN you first read the title above, you will blink your eyes automatically. Is it right? So, why doesn’t it get dark when you...

Disruptive technologies are changing Asian agriculture

AGRICULTURE has historically depended on disruptive discoveries and innovations to make big strides. With the re-discovery of Mendel’s laws, modern plant breeding started to ...

Jumping genes can speed-breed drought-resistant crops

RESEARCHERS from the University of Cambridge’s Sainsbury Laboratory (SLCU) and Department of Plant Sciences have discovered that drought stress triggers the activity of a...

Drinking tea improves brain health

A RECENT STUDY led by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) revealed that regular tea drinkers have better organised brain regions -...

From greenhouse gas to fuel

A GROWING number of scientists are looking for fast, cost-effective ways to convert carbon dioxide gas into valuable chemicals and fuels. Now, an international team...

Why do we have an appendix?

The appendix is a finger-shaped pouch connected to the large intestine. At best, people may see the appendix as a useless organ with no...

Enabling a successful AgriFood Innovation Park in Singapore: What should it...

BY PAUL TENG, ANDREW POWELL AND ROB HULME Background The success in growing an agrifood sector is considerably improved when supported by one or more agrifood...

Who pioneered the cycle-of-life?

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Cancer

BY MATAKA BANDA (KEELE UNIVERSITY, UK) & DR CHERN EIN OON (UNIVERSITI SAINS MALAYSIA What is cancer? THE word cancer originates from the Greek physician Hippocrates,...

A suitable appointment for a worthy cause

Datuk Abdul Rahman Mohamed Shariff Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia A FEW parties took to social media to question the appointment of Prof Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin...

50 million years to recover New Zealand’s lost bird species

HALF of New Zealand’s birds have gone extinct since humans arrived on the islands. Many more are threatened. Now, researchers reporting in the journal...

How do touchscreens work?

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How E. coli knows how to cause the worst possible infection

A PAIR of University of Virginia School of Medicine scientists have revealed how E. coli seeks out the most oxygen free crevices of your...

ONOCAT, innovation to deter stray cats

CATS are cute, making them pets among people. Yet many people feel uncomfortable or are extremely scared when cats approach them even though these...

HAR-GO, board game to implement food safety system

BY AZMAN ZAKARIA SERDANG: in Researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) have successfully developed HAR-GO Board (HACCP Ready Go), a HACCP board game based on...

Making education flexible and future-ready for Malaysians

BY MAZLAN HANAFI BASHARUDIN MALAYSIANS would now have greater access to education as they prepare to join the workforce in the era of Industry 4.0. Recently,...

Cool roofs can help shield against heat waves

NEW STUDY by researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) shows that if every building in California sported “cool”...

Farmers have choice to grow GM

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Giant ‘human-sized’ monster…

Scientists have identified a new species of giant penguin from fossils discovered in New Zealand. The extinct penguin lived in the Paleocene Epoch between...

Revolutionising the CRISPR method

TO DATE, for the most part, researchers could modify only one gene at a time using the CRISPR method. On occasion, they managed two...

A miniature stretchable pump for the next generation of soft robots

RESEARCHERS in EPFL’s Soft Transducers Laboratory (LMTS) and Laboratory of Intelligent Systems (LIS), in collaboration with researchers at the Shibaura Institute of Technology in...

New FAO DG takes office

ROME: Qu Dongyu (pix) marked his first day in office on Aug 1 as Director- General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the...

BORIS FOR BIOTECH …

Scientists see positive side on GM and genetic technologies regulation, after new UK PM Boris Johnson’s comments (“…let’s start now to liberate the UK’s...

Conference highlights issues linked to plastic usage and mismanagement

BY JAYASYALINY JAYARAJ SHAH ALAM : The third edition of the biennial youth conference entitled “Building Bridges for Sustainable Consumption and Production (BB4SCP)” was recently...

Sengenics – the functional proteomics company serving a niche market

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Researcher targets precision strike at cancer cells

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Hubble uncovers a ‘heavy metal’ exoplanet

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Is Malaysia ready to face agri challenges through gene technologies?

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PCR inventor, Nobel laureate Kary Mullis dies

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KL hosts landmark conference on Pseudomonas

KUALA LUMPUR : The 17th International Conference on Pseudomonas was hosted here for the first time. The five-day conference was attended by 200 exceptional...

Dark matter may be older than the Big Bang

DARK matter, which researchers believe make up about 80% of the universe’s mass, is one of the most elusive mysteries in modern physics. What...

Guacamole lovers, rejoice! The avocado genome has been sequenced

SCIENTISTS have sequenced the avocado genome, shedding light on the ancient origins of this buttery fruit and laying the groundwork for future improvements to...

Drone with LoRa technology helps breeders monitor livestock

BY ASMAHANIM AMIR BANGI: Now, the breeders need not worry about the health of their livestock anymore because they can monitor their livestock from as...

Voters want a ‘science-type’ presidential candidate

A LARGE majority of Iowans (74 percent) say it is important for the presidential candidates to talk about how science and scientific research will...

The ‘new normal’ cometh

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Bracing for the ‘new normal’ when 4IR kicks in

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