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Blind mice regain sight after single gene insertion

IT was surprisingly simple. University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, they were navigating...

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Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds

THE words “fly like an eagle” are famously part of a song, but they may also be words that make some scientists scratch their...

Tiny fibers create unseen plastic pollution

WHILE the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor...

Squid could provide an eco-friendly alternative to plastics

Self-healing fabric, abrasion-resistant coatings, precision drug delivery and smart textiles are among the potential applications of squid ‘ring tooth’ protein THE remarkable properties of a...

Could climate change cause infertility?

THE scientific community has long held an understanding about the effect of temperature on sperm production in mammals, but this new study sheds light...

Which animal can live longer without water?

WE are all amazed with height of giraffe whenever we see them at zoos. Giraffes spend about 80 percent of their day eating and they are...

Is nuclear power the key to finally reducing the CO2 footprint?

BY GILLES YOUINOU GERMANY is eager to do its part and aims to lower its CO2 footprint with aggressive development of wind and solar,...

From STEM to STREAM – Content, delivery, the critical factors

BY TAN SRI OMAR ABDUL RAHMAN THERE is a revived interest in STEM after our Minister of Education recently mooted the idea of STREAM as...

UKM earns the biggest fireflies research fund in Malaysia

BY ASMAHANIM AMIR IN ensuring that fireflies are preserved, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), has conducted a study of the insects and received the largest fireflies research fund in Malaysia. Chief Researcher...

UPM develops harvesting racks

By AZMAN ZAKARIA RESEARCHERS from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) have successfully developed racks for agricultural activities and drying of harvested crops by placing the racks under Photovoltaic (PV) structures at PV solar...

Why babies have more bones than adult?

WHEN human babies were born, they have around 300 bones in their body. As they reach adult-hood, we are left with only 206. This is because many of...

How long for light to travel from the Sun to the...

THE SUN is the heart of our solar system. It is known as yellow dwarf star, a hot ball of glowing gases. The distance from the Earth...

The eyes can now tell us more

PENANG: Recently, Jafri Malin, a Professor in Neurosciences and Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon together with a team of Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) academicians from the Department of Neurosciences at the School of...

‘Hello, how are you?’

A simple yet important question to foster a culture of caring towards struggling parents of special needs children. BY SARAH FAZALUL I AM different, not less..’...

Water that never freeze

Can water reach minus 263 degrees Celsius without turning into ice? Yes it can, say researchers, Led by Professors Raffaele Mezzenga and Ehud Landau, a group of physicists and...

Too much meat: Risk of early death

A DIET rich in animal protein and meat in particular is not good for the health, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland finds, providing further...

Life-saving biosimilar drugs need fast approval

FAST approvals would allow cancer patients in Malaysia access to the more affordable biosimilar drugs to treat cancer Malaysia is still lagging behind in terms of the availability of biosimilars in...

Maintaining fluid volume key to survival

Early detection and access to medical professionals who can help maintain a patient’s body fluid volume is critical for survival – reducing disease mortality from 20 per cent...

Indeed money (gold) grows on trees

Recent Kim Kim River toxic pollution incident has raised eyebrows and sparked anger of Malaysian public about the irresponsible act of water pollution. Although...

Water-bearing minerals on asteroid Bennu

A SOUTHWEST Research Institute-led team discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu. Using early spectral data...

Wearable sensors mimic skin to help wound healing

RESEARCHERS at Binghamton University, State University of New York, have developed skin-inspired electronics to conform to the skin, allowing for long-term, high-performance, real-time wound...

Researchers discover how bacteria cause infections

UNIVERSITY of Montana (UM)researchers have published new insights in the journal Science on how bacteria cause infections, which may help with future infection treatments. Rather...

‘Astrocomb’ opens new horizons for planet-hunting telescope

THE hunt for Earth-like planets, and perhaps extraterrestrial life, just got more precise, thanks to record-setting starlight measurements made possible by a National Institute...

How does a human calculator work?

MALAYSIAN ‘human calculator’ Yaashwin Sarawanan (pix) finished second in the finals of Asia’s Got Talent 2019 competition recently. We are all fascinated with his astounding...

Clues to Martian life found in Chilean desert

A ROBOTIC rover deployed in the most Mars-like environment on Earth, the Atacama Desert in Chile, has successfully recovered subsurface soil samples during a...

Science carnival to bring parents, children together

THE Sunway Nexis Mall at Kota Damansara is all set to come alive with a carnival that aims to raise science awareness and interest...

Sumatran rhinos ‘go missing’ in Sabah

THE Sumatran rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis) has not been seen in Sabah for a long time. This, is according to studies conducted at the Ulu...

Predicting the endgame in dengue

RESEARCHERS in Malaysia have identified two markers, obtained by a simple blood test, that might help with the early detection of mortality risk from...

New Bombali ebola virus found in Kenyan bat

RESEARCHERS have identified Bombali ebola virus in an Angolan free-tailed bat captured in the Taita Hills, southeast Kenya. No ebola viruses have been previously...

Engineers create ‘lifelike’ machines

TAPPING into the unique nature of DNA, Cornell engineers have created simple machines constructed of biomaterials with properties of living things. Using DASH (DNA-based Assembly...

Multiple factors determining policy decisions on science

THIS is what I always tell my students: “Decisions on science are not solely made based on scientific facts but politics, emotions, ethics, religious...

GM seeds market to rise in Asia Pacific

ASIA PACIFIC is projected to have the fastest growth in GM seeds market in the coming years. This is according to the analysis report...

Mozzie-born diseases to rise globally

OUTBREAKS of mosquito-borne illnesses like yellow fever, dengue, Zika and chikungunya are rising around the world. Climate change has created conditions favorable to mosquitoes’...

Under threat

ROME: The first-ever report of its kind presents mounting and worrying evidence that the biodiversity that underpins our food systems is disappearing – putting the future of our food, livelihoods, health...

Researchers show how coffee growers can optimise profits sustainably

AS is true for many agricultural products, the process for growing coffee is complex. Increased use of fertiliser and pesticides will likely lead to higher crop yields, but...

Eating mushrooms may reduce the risk of cognitive decline

A TEAM from the Department of Psychological Medicine and Department of Biochemistry at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS) has found...

Scientists capture bacteria that eat and breathe electricity

FOR the first time, scientists at Washington State University captured tiny creatures that can “eat” pollution and generate electricity in the process. The team, led Abdelrhman Mohamed...

Scientists crack genome of superfood seaweed, ito-mozuku

FOR the first time, researchers unveil the genome of ito-mozuku (Nemacystus decipiens), the popular Japanese brown seaweed, providing data that could help farmers better grow the health food. The study, published...

Blind mice regain sight after single gene insertion

IT was surprisingly simple. University of California, Berkeley, scientists inserted a gene for a green-light receptor into the eyes of blind mice and, a month later, they were navigating...

M’sian made aptamer-based biosensor makes its mark

KUALA LUMPUR: A locally developed aptamer-based biosensor is set to change the way we monitor human body, pathogens, food and environmental contaminants. The innovation also...

DNA can tell what’s really in your food

BY JOSIAH LIEW & DR JU LIN TAN MALAYSIA is a food paradise. When you are famished, just drop by your local eatery and you can easily find delicious meals...

UKM houses the largest biobank in Southeast Asia

BY ASMAHANIM AMIR THE largest Biobank in Southeast Asia that holds millions of blood and urine specimens for research studies is based on the Medical Molecular Biology Institute (UMBI), Universiti...

Treating hypertension with herbal remedies

BY MAZLAN HANAFI BASHARUDIN PENANG : It’s commonly known that many types of medicine nowadays have herbal sources, which have long been the practice. However, have we tried testing the medical...

‘Throat-lite’ enables fast and accurate diagnosis of disease

By AZMAN ZAKARIA AN INNOVATION in throat examination, ‘Throatlite’, which combines the use of the wooden tongue depressor or spatula with mini LED lights enables a faster and more efficient examination...

Second patient free of HIV after stem-cell therapy

A SECOND person has experienced sustained remission from HIV-1 after ceasing treatment, reports a paper led by researchers at UCL and Imperial College London. The case report, published in Nature and...

Gene-edited babies, so what’s our take?

DR REENA RAJASURIAR, HIV Scientist, Centre for Excellence for Research in AIDS, University of Malaya “Rogue scientist at work“ THE technology for gene editing is still not 100 per cent...

How high can a penguin jump?

Penguins have stocky builds and short arms. They use their arms mostly for paddling. Though penguins do not have the most athletic physiques in the animal kingdom,...

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