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Engendering a Balance: Where are all the females?

Engendering a Balance: Where are all the females?

As a female, I survived through my high school and undergraduate years without facing any gender-associated barriers. Indeed, to my youthful mind, it seemed like our predecessors had done their jobs to bring awareness to and eliminate gender inequality in modern society. However, once I stepped into working life, I realised this inequality wasn’t quite conquered yet.

To the Malaysian Scientist…

To the Malaysian Scientist…

To the Malaysian Scientist…Keep pressing on! Malaysia needs you.

Exploring an age-old question: Can we demystify skin color?

Exploring an age-old question: Can we demystify skin color?

by Dr. Ang Khai Chung In February 2009, while I was still a graduate student at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), I received a call from the Director of Academic Heritage Museum, Emeritus Prof. Dato’ Dr. Hood Salleh, to be present at his office. He introduced […]

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.

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.

Patterns and Measurements in Biomedical Engineering

Patterns and Measurements in Biomedical Engineering

Pattern recognition and objective measurement techniques in biomedical engineering are used to solve practical problems in medicine. The following examples (fruit classification and measurement) explain the concepts of pattern recognition and objective measurement techniques.

Why Consumption of Dietary Antioxidant Supplements May Not Work?

Why Consumption of Dietary Antioxidant Supplements May Not Work?

There have been accumulating evidences that suggest the consumption of large doses of dietary antioxidant supplements does not have significant medicinal effect and could be harmful in some cases.