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Monthly Archives: November 2017

US consumers confused with ‘organic’ and ‘non-gm’ food labels, survey shows

MANY consumers are getting confused with the “organic” and “non-GMO” labels, according to a national survey conducted by sci­entists at the University of Florida...

Bangladesh releases high-yielding disease-resistant wheat variety to farmers

AS wheat farmers in Bangladesh struggle to recover from a 2016 outbreak of a mysterious disease called “wheat blast,” the coun­try’s National Seed Board...

India-IRRI engage in rice talks

LOS BANOS, PHILIPPINES: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Resilient Rice Field Laboratory (RRFL) at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) recently. While...

S’pore University develops microfibre sensor for healthcare

A RESEARCH team from National University of Sin­gapore (NUS) has developed a soft, flexible and stretch­able microfibre sensor for real-time healthcare monitoring and diagnosis....

Why do coffee beans have to be roasted?

ALL coffee lovers know that the roasting of the coffee bean can influence the taste of the coffee quite heavily. Why is this process...

Power up energy efficiency in crops

BY SHAWN KENG IN a resource-demanding world, humans have developed green technologies which are energy efficient and minimal in carbon footprint. Now, imagine the engi­neering...

Maximising plant growth through light manipulation

PENANG: Associate Profes­sor Dr S Sreeraamanan from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) School of Biological Sciences presented his project during the pitching session at...

Cyanobacteria: The Versatile Superhero

CYANOBACTERIA are simple, primitive life forms related to bacteria. They’re often bigger than bacteria and live either as single cells or in colonies. You...

Taste, not appearance, drives corals to eat plastics

SCIENTISTS have long known that marine ani­mals mistakenly eat plastic debris because the tiny bits of floating plastic might look like prey. But a new...

ASM scripts blueprint for Malaysia 2050

THE Academy of Sciences Malaysia (ASM) recently launched the “Science and Technology Foresight Malaysia 2050” gearing up to the changing landscape with the advent...

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