Report by Jasmine Leong. Photos by Xander Chong Creating a Bright Future through Science, Technology and Innovation: In October 2012, Scientific Malaysian (SciMy) was proud to be one of the co-organisers of the 4th Technopreneurship and Innovation Symposium and Exhibition (TISE) that was held in […]
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UNIVERSITY OF MALAYA 1000 GENOME CONSORTIUM PROJECT ON MULTIDRUG RESISTANT BACTERIA (UM 1K GENOME PROJECT)
The Project Collab aim is to foster research collaboration. In this section, we highlight a research project conducted at University of Malaya. Multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria is a major public health problem in the Asia Pacific region as well as globally. Although the regional disease […]
A chemist by training, but an ‘engineer’ in practice – such is the description that the SciMy team would like to tag on Prof. Norita Mohamed. With a good grasp of chemistry fundamentals, the chemist in her sets out to solve problems that have plagued two sectors, namely the waste environment and the chemistry education system. In a recent interview with the SciMy team, Prof. Norita elaborates on her research at removing/recovering heavy metals from the environment, as well as her involvement in improving the teaching of chemistry at the secondary and tertiary levels. Interview by Dr. Hooi-Ling Lee and Dr. Valerie Soo.
Professor Meharvan Singh – fondly known as “Sonny” – is a Texas-based neuroscientist with family roots in Kuala Lumpur. He studies how hormones (such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) affect brain functions, and how these hormones, or the lack of them, influence brain aging as well as the vulnerability of the brain to neurodegenerative conditions (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease) and certain brain cancers (e.g. glioblastoma). After being invited to serve the SciMy Advisory Board, Sonny recently shared his thoughts on science (and life!) in our inaugural live web interview session on March 2, 2013. Interview by Dr. Valerie Soo.
Despite the massive media coverage of the Higgs boson discovery on 4 July 2012, it is probably fair to say that the process of “discovering” a new particle remains a mystery to most. As one of the 5000 physicists nominally involved in the result from the ATLAS and CMS experiments, Khoo Teng Jian hopes to offer some insight into the background behind the boson buzz – a look at the lives of experimental high energy physicists.
On February 15, 2013, a 17 meter-long meteor exploded in the air above Chelyabinsk, Russia, releasing energy equivalent to the detonation of approximately 30 Hiroshima bombs, and injured over a thousand people. According to NASA, it was the largest meteor impact in about 100 years. The following day, the asteroid DA14, measuring three times as large, zipped past the earth at a hair’s breadth of 17,100 miles. Had it collided with the Earth, it would have no doubt triggered an even more cataclysmic aftermath. The unexpectedness of the Russian meteor and the temporal proximity of both events have captured the imagination of the public regarding apocalyptic large impacts. But just how often do large impacts occur and how greatly do they pose as existential threats to life on earth?