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The PhD graduate’s quandary in Malaysia: where are all the jobs?

The PhD graduate’s quandary in Malaysia: where are all the jobs?

One of the films that best allegorises the experience and purpose of pursuing a PhD degree is the sublime 2012 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi directed by David Gebb. Jiro, regarded by food critics and fans alike as the world’s greatest sushi chef, has spent decades mastering the art of preparing the best rice and fish for sushi.

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.

Stem cell therapy – challenges from  bench to bedside

Stem cell therapy – challenges from bench to bedside

by Mohammad Firdaus Abdul Aziz “The lack of clinical evidence to support stem cell therapy puts patients at risk of receiving at best ineffective, and at worst unsafe or even harmful treatments, raising calls for a campaign to raise awareness and educate patients about these […]

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?”

Lessons from the Baling Earthquake

Lessons from the Baling Earthquake

A magnitude 3.8 earthquake shook Baling (Kedah, Malaysia) at 8.26am, 20th August 2013. This raised some of the fundamental questions regarding the causes of earthquakes in Malaysia and primarily, our understanding and preparedness to handle earthquake disasters.

Sustainable Development

Sustainable Development

To secure our future, we need to ask ourselves some tough questions. Here is one such question: Do you think that Malaysia is doing enough? To be more precise, are we as a nation, doing enough to ensure the sustainability of the country’s development?

Enhancing Safety and Sustainability of Malaysian Refineries

Enhancing Safety and Sustainability of Malaysian Refineries

Despite a good safety standard developed through ages of practices, oil refinery accidents still occur in this 21st century. Even though, in recent years, there have been no major oil refinery hazards causing serious casualties reported in Malaysia, there are safety issues which Malaysian oil refinery management should be cautious about.

Re-shaping and Re-designing Our Lego Land

Re-shaping and Re-designing Our Lego Land

The humankind had really gone a big way to reconstruct its Lego-dreamland. Today, there are over 20 megacities worldwide. Unlike Lego-bricks though, the world’s resource is finite. In other words, what humans are doing is merely a ‘nature reconstruction’. Is it possible for us to build our dreamland which assimilates well into the nature’s ecosystem?