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THE ongoing transition from coal to natural gas and renewables in the U.S. electricity sector is dramatically reducing the industry’s water use, a new...

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Secrets to insect adaption to climate change discovered in moth

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Genetically engineered species occur naturally

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First Argentine GM potato to be released in 2020

AFTER being de-regulated during August 2018, the National Council of Technical and Scientific Research (CONICET) started last week the formal process to register the...

GE increases availability of organic seeds

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FDA nod for ultra low gossypol cotton for consumption

THE US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an ultralow gossypol cottonseed, ULGCS, to be utilised as human food and animal feed. ULGCS is...

New way to develop drought-resilient crops

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Arthropods formed orderly lines 480 million years ago

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Mars once had salt lakes similar to those on Earth

MARS once had salt lakes that are similar to those on Earth and has gone through wet and dry periods, according to an international...

Science diplomacy to address the haze issue

BY TAN SRI OMAR ABDUL RAHMAN, Senior Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia, Chair, Dialog Rakyat Organising Committee THE HAZE conundrum has now joined national unity...

The 5Ws and H of Science continues…

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The 5Ws and H of Science

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First D-8 hi-tech park in Malaysia by end-2020

THE Developing-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation (D-8) has proposed the establishment of its very first hightechnology industrial park in Malaysia by the end of...

Primary school pupils engaged in robotics

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A second interstellar visitor has arrived in our solar system

BY RAFI LETZTER FOR the second time ever, astronomers have detected an interstellar object plunging through our solar system. But this time, researchers think they...

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Breath-in medication for TB is viable

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New way to turn heat into electricity

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Most complete exploration of fly landing maneuvers to advance future robots

TO INSPIRE advanced robotic technology, researchers in the Penn State Department of Mechanical Engineering have published the most complete description of how flying insects...

Daily exposure to blue light may accelerate aging

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Biotech experts gather at White House Summit

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Study: India-Pakistan nuke war will kill millions

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Ants: Jam-free traffic champions

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Scientists find early humans moved through Mediterranean earlier than believed

An international research team led by scientists from McMaster University has unearthed new evidence in Greece proving that the island of Naxos was inhabited...

Easy programming with ProjectMika

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Changes in weather intensity of weather events can be catastrophic

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Large-scale genomics for wheat improvement

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Hornless cattle now possible thanks to genome-editing

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Fermentation technology for ‘nicer’ coconut water

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Three inspiring Malaysian women scientist awarded L’OréalUNESCO Fellowship

THE L’ORÉAL FOUNDATION, is celebrating the achievements of three distinguished women scientists in Malaysia by awarding them its prestigious L’Oréal UNESCO Fellowship for Women...

Empowering the importance of forest through education

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New haptic arm places robotics within easy reach

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Lithium-ion batteries yield Nobel for three

STOCKHOLM: Three scientists won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work leading to the development of lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy...

Gimme six! Researchers discover ayeaye’s extra finger

THE WORLD’S weirdest little primate has gotten even weirder, thanks to the discovery of a tiny extra digit. A study led by researchers from...

Look ma, no barcodes!

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Pre-empting intruders and fires

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Drones to buzz in digital agriculture

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MTDC pushes Industry 4.0 at conference and exhibition

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Pos Gob adventure for 200 participants

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Limestone forest conservation campaign

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