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UKM low-vision specialist receives VIWA Award 2019

BY MUHAMMAD FIKRI ABDULLAH BANGI: Prof Datuk Dr Rokiah Omar (pix), Professor of Optometry and Vision Science Programme, Faculty of Health Sciences (FSK), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and the Low-vision Specialist received...

UTM graduate deploying IR 4.0 robotic solution in Mexico

BY HAFIZAN HAMZAH JOHOR BAHRU: The huge amount of experience gained from an internship session, and as a part-time software engineer have enabled one of the Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) graduates...

Recycling waste materials to produce energy, biochar

BY DR DALJIT SINGH KARAM SINGH KLANG: Researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) and Biochar Malaysia Association (BMA) visited Tex Cycle (P2) Sdn Bhd (Tex Cycle), a scheduled waste management plant here...

Biogenes signs exclusive licensing agreement with IUKL

BANGI: Biogenes Technologies Sdn Bhd (Biogenes), a Malaysian-based company in the field of molecular diagnostics and genomics has signed a licensing agreement with Infrastructure...

Why don’t birds on power lines get electrocuted?

Have you ever wondered why birds sitting on power lines don’t get electrocuted? Electricity can be very dangerous. We’re always told as children to...

Are plastics the devil of the day?

PLASTICS are so versatile and convenient for use in our day-to-day lives – and being cheap – makes them so omnipresent. Being here, there and everywhere...

Deadly box jellyfish antidote discovered using CRISPR

RESEARCHERS at the University of Sydney have discovered an antidote to the deadly sting delivered by the most venomous creature on earth -- the...

Taiace takes the cake for outstanding financial feat

TAIACE Engineering Sdn Bhd (Taiace) – a diversified company serving a large spectrum of industries received the “Best Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) for...

Biosimilars – A case of more for less

CONTRARY to popular opinion, biologics, a large molecule typically derived from living cells and used in the treatment, diagnosis, or prevention of disease, have...

Step towards light-based, brain-like computing chip

A TECHNOLOGY that functions like a brain? In these times of artificial intelligence, this no longer seems so far-fetched — for example, when a...

Communicating science, in the right way

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Banana disease boosted by climate change

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Changing business landscape with supercomputers

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Report: Nature in dangerous decline

NATURE is coordinator declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history - and the rate of species extinction is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report...

ISAAA appoints M’sian as global coordinator

BY JOSEPH MASILAMANY PETALING JAYA: Malaysian science journalist, Dr Mahaletchumy Arujanan was overwhelmed by mixed feelings when informed of her new role as global coordinator for the International Service for the Acquisition...

The Philippines yields new species of early human

AN international team of researchers have uncovered the remains of a new species of human in the Philippines, proving the region played a key role in hominin...

Physicists train robotic gliders to soar like birds

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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

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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...

Marsupial lived among Arctic dinosaurs

A RESEARCH team has discovered a previously unknown species of marsupial that lived in Alaska’s Arctic during the era of dinosaurs, adding a vivid...

Wormholes can exist

A HARVARD physicist has shown that wormholes can exist: tunnels in curved space-time, connecting two distant places, through which travel is possible. But don’t...

Peeling back the darkness of M87

SUPERCOMPUTERS at The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) enabled researchers to confirm the accuracy, and interpret features of, the...

Researchers Get Humans to Think Like Computers

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Boy Or Girl? It’s In The Father’s Genes

A NEWCASTLE University study involving thousands of families is helping prospective parents work out whether they are likely to have sons or daughters. The...

Arsenic-breathing life discovered

ARSENIC is a deadly poison for most living things, but new research shows that microorganisms are breathing arsenic in a large area of the...

India could meet air quality standards

INDIA could make a major dent in air pollution by curbing emissions from dirty household fuels such as wood, dung, coal and kerosene, shows...

Clean, cheap fuel cells for cars

ADVANCEMENTS in zero- emission fuel cells could make the technology cheap enough to replace traditional gasoline engines in vehicles, according to researchers at the...

New battery to store clean energy

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Flu virus’ best friend: Low humidity

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How the snail’s shell got its coil

RESEARCHERS from the Tokyo University of Science, Japan, have used CRISPR gene editing technology to make snails with shells that coil the ‘wrong’ way,...

Royal jelly and honey bee vaccines

UNIVERSITY of Cambridge Researchers have discovered that honey bees are able to share immunity with other bees and to their offspring in a hive...

Unusual hybrid schistosomes in Malawi

RESEARCHERS from the UK and Malawi have described the unusual occurrence of novel schistosome (parasitic worm) hybrids infecting children along the Shire River Valley....

Trapping Viruses Inside a Cell

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How new proteins evolve

A NEW study published in Nature Ecology and Evolution led by scientists from the University of Chicago challenges one of the classic assumptions about how...

Susceptibility to infections

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Eczema and food allergy

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Walnuts help lower blood pressure

WHEN combined with a diet low in saturated fats, eating walnuts may help lower blood pressure in people at risk for cardiovascular disease, according...

SLOWEST ATOM DECAY..

Around 1500 meters deep in the Italian Gran Sasso mountains is the underground laboratory LNGS (Laboratori Nazionali del Gran Sasso), in which scientists search for...

Uncovering secrets of ancient rock art

PREHISTORIC rock  paintings  are a source of fascination across the world. Aside from their beauty, there’s deep meaning in these strokes, which depict ancient...

TESS finds its first Earth-sized planet

A NEARBY system hosts the first Earth-sized planet discovered by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanets Survey Satellite, as well as a warm sub-Neptune-sized world, according to...

Mystery of the universe’s expansion rate widens with new Hubble data

ASTRONOMERS using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say they have crossed an important threshold in revealing a discrepancy between the two key techniques for measuring...

Genes linked with liver cancer

RESEARCHERS at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), an affiliate of City of Hope, provide the first summary of the experimental evidence supporting the...

How do plants communicate with each other?

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Mathematician’s breakthrough on non-toxic pest control

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How does brain perceive colour?

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Researchers crack the peanut genome

WORKING to understand the genetics of peanut disease resistance and yield, researchers led by scientists at the University of Georgia have uncovered the peanut’s...

Why cockroaches die on their backs?

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