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Issue 10 Special Feature: Best of Scientific Malaysian Articles

Issue 10 Special Feature: Best of Scientific Malaysian Articles

To celebrate the milestone of the 10th Issue of the Scientific Malaysian Magazine, we conducted a poll among our readers and supporters to help us pick the best of Scientific Malaysian Magazine articles. Over the past three years (9 issues) we have published over a hundred articles, written by both Malaysian and international scientists, as well as science enthusiasts around the globe. We love many of them, but here are five of our readers’ most liked articles and why we think they are important.

Towards a scientifically-driven Malaysian society

Towards a scientifically-driven Malaysian society

For a fairly young nation, we have already had several impressive scientific successes: we have sent many scientific expeditions to the wintry Antarctica, tracked down and fought the deadly Nipah virus, and even sent an angkasawan to the outer space. Plus, we have even managed to clone the thorny beauty, our beloved D24. These achievements notwithstanding, there are still much to do to become a significant contributor of scientific knowledge at the world stage.

10 Things About 10

10 Things About 10

To celebrate the 10th issue of the Scientific Malaysian Magazine, I was invited to write an article about the number 10 in view of my mathematical background. Unfortunately, I must confess that the number 10 rarely ever pops up in the mathematics I do. Thanks to this invitation, however, I have learnt that there is a lot to be discovered by following the trail of the number 10, even if the results are sometimes unexpected.

Issue 10 Special Feature: Thoughts from the Magazine Team

Issue 10 Special Feature: Thoughts from the Magazine Team

The publication of all ten issues of the Scientific Malaysian (SciMy) magazine would not have been possible without the tremendous efforts and dedication by the magazine team. In this special feature, we asked our team members to share their experiences of being part of the magazine team.

Cancer Diagnosis: Why don’t we scan and test everyone to detect cancer?

Cancer Diagnosis: Why don’t we scan and test everyone to detect cancer?

It is well known that the survival rate of cancer patients is much higher if the cancer is diagnosed at an early stage. As medical technology evolves, there are now an abundance of scans and blood tests available to help doctors detect cancers and other diseases. Putting these two facts together, a natural question is: “Why don’t we scan and test everyone regularly so that we could pick up and cure more cancers?”

Meet the Scientist: Dr. Lim Boo Liat

Meet the Scientist: Dr. Lim Boo Liat

This is a two-part interview where Dr. Lim walked us through his journey of becoming an established zoologist in Malaysia. In the first part of this interview, we get to know Dr. Lim’s humble beginning as a Lab Assistant at the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) post World World II (WWII) in 1947 to eventually being offered a Master of Science (MSc.) degree without having a formal Bachelor (BSc.) degree.

The Night Watch: Working the night shift at CERN

The Night Watch: Working the night shift at CERN

The ATLAS Control Room (ACR) resembles a starship bridge at a lower level of alertness, with some individuals attempting to write analysis code, one of my neighbours watching a movie and another making conversation over Skype. We’re also nervously eyeing the shift leader’s banjo case, wondering when the instrument might come out to play. Welcome to the ACR late night special.

A Step Towards a Future in Cancer Research

A Step Towards a Future in Cancer Research

An undergraduate internship experience by Lim Mei Chee. Having lost my grandfather and cousin to cancer, I have long vowed to myself that one day, I will help in the quest to find a cure or to improve the situation. As a Biomedical Sciences student, I was given the opportunity to learn more about how our body systems work.