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Why do elephants have big ears?

During a hot day, we tend to sweat. However, elephants are unable to do so. Ever wondered how do they regulate their body temperature? Elephants...

Who came up with the practice of vaccination?

An English doctor and ‘The father of immunology’, Edward Jenner presented the gift of vaccination to the world. In 1796, he performed his famous experiment...

Rahim’s long and winding road to criminology

Dr Mohammad Rahim Kamaluddin says it all for criminology. It is a blend of science and the arts. It is multidisciplinary, involving psychology, forensics,...

Cancer-killing power of plants

Four species of Phyllanthus, herbs commonly found throughout the tropics and subtropics, pose great potential as nontoxic breast cancer treatments. While their therapeutic properties have...

What are rhinoceros’ horns made up of?

Rhinoceros or rhinos are large, herbivorous mammals that are commonly identified by their horned snouts. The word rhinoceros were derived from Greek words in...

How do bats navigate at night?

Ever heard the idiom ‘as blind as a bat’? It is commonly utilised to denote a person with poor eyesight. On the contrary, bats aren’t...

How do parrots mimic human speech?

If you’re wondering why parrots imitate sounds they hear, it’s because they’re social creatures. They feel a need to be able to interact and...

Langkawi rural folk to benefit from seaweed aquaculture project

LANGKAWI: Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation, is implementing Bioeconomy Community Development Programme (BCDP) initiative in Langkawi, with participation from the local community and...

Making biological drug with spider silk protein

SCIENTISTS at Karolinska Insti-tutet in Sweden have managed to produce synthetic lung surfactant using DNA sequence derived from spider silk proteins.      Surfactant is a...

Impact of global warming on mosquito-borne diseases

AS TEMPERATURES rise with climate change, mosquito season extends past the summer months in many parts of the world. The question has been how this...

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