Professor Mark Stoneking is a world-renowned geneticist in the field of human evolution. He (along with Professor Rebecca Cann and the late Professor Allan Wilson) is known for proposing the Mitochondrial Eve hypothesis in 1987. We caught up with Prof. Stoneking while he was in Malaysia to give a talk at the Monash University Malaysia in March 2015.
Issue 11 / 2015
Water is absolutely essential for the survival of every living thing on Earth including plants, animals and humans. Water is used for various activities throughout human daily life from domestic to industrial purposes. However, there are several causes of the deterioration of water quality. Natural phenomenon such as flood and soil erosion, as well as anthropogenic sources such as agriculture and industry wastes, are the main causes of water pollution. There is a high demand for clean water to satisfy the needs of rapid development and increasing human population. Therefore, water resources need to be well conserved and managed to ensure sustainable development.
This article highlights the positive ethical implications of in vitro meat production. Some of the key points mentioned are the advantages of lab grown meat over the conventional method of meat production, cost of implementing this new technology and the acquired health benefits.
We are constantly bombarded by all sorts of claims presented through the mass media purported to be scientific. However, many of these claims failed to pass rigorous scientific testings and are termed “pseudoscientific claims”. While by no means definite, pseudoscientific claims can be distinguished from scientific ones based on three criteria – falsifiability, scientific plausibility and communication among experts of the field. By using these three criteria, it is hoped that we can pick out genuine scientific claims from dubious pseudoscientific ones as we are incessantly bombarded by endless number of claims in today’s modern world.
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.