Issue 2 / 2012

The Marie Curie Fellowship at CERN: A Personal Account

The Marie Curie Fellowship at CERN: A Personal Account

A personal account of a Malaysian working at the site of the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, written by Yi Ling Hwong. It was a hot and humid day in the peak of summer in July 2008. I was in a room somewhere inside CERN, too early in the morning, and too casually dressed for…

Understanding Earthquake

Understanding Earthquake

Earthquakes continuously pose unremitting threats to our young, 10,000-year-old, civilization. There are ample evidences to map a complete profile of vulnerabilities which we have been facing in the recent past. The devastations of Acehnese and Thai coasts (2004), Kashmir…

Revealing the reality of PPSMI

Revealing the reality of PPSMI

Teaching of Mathematics and Science in English (PPSMI), the brainchild of then Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad, was implemented in 2003. Try picturing us 30 years on after the abolishment of the PPSMI, what…

Project Collab: Earthquake geology of Southeast Asia

Project Collab: Earthquake geology of Southeast Asia

Research Title: Earthquake geology of Southeast Asia Name of researcher: Dr Afroz Ahmad Shah (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) Category: Researchers Abroad Keywords/Tags: earth sciences, earthquake, geology Research Summary: In many parts of the world, active faults are too poorly understood to allow even rudimentary quantification […]

Project Collab: Nutraceutical powder and beverages

Project Collab: Nutraceutical powder and beverages

Research Title: Nutraceutical powder and beverages Name of researcher: Kelvin Soo (Furley Bioextracts Sdn. Bhd.) Category: Researchers in Malaysia Keywords/Tags: biotechnology, food technology Research Summary: Furley Group of Companies started as a humble food ingredient trader comprising of two individuals. As the customer base grew, […]

Project Collab: Computing with artificial and biological neural networks

Project Collab: Computing with artificial and biological neural networks

Research Title: Computing with artificial and biological neural networks Name of researcher: Dr Tomas Maul (University of Nottingham Malaysia) Category: Researchers in Malaysia Keywords/Tags: biology, computing, neural network Research Summary: My main research interests revolve entirely around Neural Computation. Together with several PhD students and […]

Molecular Medicine Made Easy in Poetry

Molecular Medicine Made Easy in Poetry

This is the era of molecular medicine If you are not in it, you are out of fashion Every disease now has genetic notion From colo-rectal cancers to disturbed emotion Everyone is talking about DNA Which could be obtained from victim or prey Policemen, judges, fear we allay…

Film Reviews: Through the lens of a scientist

Film Reviews: Through the lens of a scientist

The Sun is dying in 2057. A group of professionals consisting of astronaut, physicist, biologist, medics and engineer from diverse backgrounds are onboard of a spaceship (deliciously-named as Icarus II) in a mission to re-ignite the Sun with a nuclear bomb constructed from all of Earth’s fissile materials. On their journey to the Sun, they receive a distress signal from an external source in the outer space. This forces them to make a coin-flip decision whether to make a detour heading to the distress signal or to continue with their journey whose success of re-igniting the Sun is entirely theoretical. A series of pulsating and nail-biting events follow with a rising crescendo of death-defying situations brought into the finale.