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Monthly Archives: October 2017

There’s a darker side to mushrooms

You had a hearty meal and then succumb to diarrhoea, vomiting and nausea. You think it is food poisoning. You might be right about...

What happens when you stare at the solar eclipse?

THERE are no pain receptors to inform your brain that the retinas are being fried. It is more likely to that many of us are...

Biotechnology – Cuba narrates its success story

The Petri Dish Editor-in-Chief MAHALETCHUMY ARUJANAN speaks to HE Ibete Fernandez Hernandez, the Cuban Ambassador to Malaysia and gets a glimpse of the country’s...

Uganda parliament passes biotech law

THE long-awaited National Biosafety Act of 2017 has been an voted into law by the Parliament of Uganda recently. Biosafety Bill 2017, previously known as...

The armour of the future

BY ARUNA GANESAN GOWNS and saris made out of silk are all-time women’s favourite choice of clothes. Just a few years back a rare golden...

Why food left out for too long be dangerous for consumption?

SOMETIMES we accidentally leave out food for a while in the open while we go about our work. While the uncovered food in itself...

How do tornadoes form?

A TORNADO is a violently rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction...

What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?

DIFFERENTIATING a migraine headache from a traditional headache, and vice versa is important. It can mean faster relief through better treatments. Headaches are unpleasant pains...

Africa’s most notorious insects – the bugs that hit agriculture the hardest

BY ESTHER NDUMI NGUMBI, Research Fellow, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Auburn University THE dreaded crop-eating fall armyworm continues to spread across Africa like wildfire....

What is colour blindness?

MOST people take the ability to see life in bright colours for granted. They make sure the colours of their clothing match, get hungry...

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