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Mustering a milder mustard

THE mustards, broccolis and cab- bages of the world share a distinct and bitter taste. Some consider the flavor of cruciferous plants their strongest...

‘Make it simple, please’

FOR six years, Ugandan policymakers and journalists have expressed frustrations about the difficulty in appreciating scientific terminologies and messages presented about biotechnology. On many occasions,...

Study: Cigarette butts hamper plant growth

NEW research has discovered that cigarette butts - the most common form of litter on the planet - significantly reduce plant growth. Led by academics...

Ramping up Malaysian entrepreneurs to go a notch higher

BY SAMIRA RASUL A special dialogue session was hosted by the Research Management & Innovation Complex, University of Malaya recently. The speaker, Rekha Pai Kamath, is...

Why is blood red?

A small paper cut in the finger and we can see red blood oozing out. A common assumption is that the presence of haemoglobin causes...

Abuse of antibiotics takes us one big circle to square one

BY SADEQUR RAHMAN The story of the discovery of penicillin is enchanting.  An overworked microbiologist goes on holiday, opens plates with bacteria growing on them,...

Who discovered the existence of galaxies other than our Milky Way?

IN the early 1900s, astronomers were debating the makeup of spiral nebulae — cloudy, spiral-shaped objects found throughout the night sky. Were they gas clouds...

Why are clownfishes not stung by sea anemones?

The   partnership between clownfish and sea anemones is one of the most iconic in the animal world. Unlike in Pixar’s film Finding Nemo, clownfish...

Bangladesh agriculture leaders keen to adopt biotech cotton

Bangladesh,the first country to plant biotech eggplant, is ready to adopt biotech cotton. This was expressed by the research and development leaders of the...

Merging of science and culture at futuristic energy expo in Astana

Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan was selected by the Bureau International des Expositions to host the Expo 2017 under the theme “Future Energy” which...

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