Issue 6 / 2013

Meet the Scientist: Tan Sri Prof. Augustine Ong Soon Hock

Meet the Scientist: Tan Sri Prof. Augustine Ong Soon Hock

In 2012, Tan Sri Prof Ong was given the Merdeka Award in recognition for his “outstanding contribution to the research and development of the chemistry and technology of palm oil and for his significant role in advocating and promoting Malaysian palm oil industry to the world”. To date, Tan Sri Prof Ong is still actively involved in scientific non-government organisations, including the Malaysian Invention and Design Society (MINDS), which he founded in 1986.

Technology Transfer: Taking scientific discoveries from lab bench to marketplace

Technology Transfer: Taking scientific discoveries from lab bench to marketplace

After World War II, the U.S. government recognised the importance of scientific research for the country’s economic growth, public welfare and national interest. Technology transfer or commercialisation of technology became important in boosting innovation from private and governmental entities. Development or discovery of a pharmaceutical drug is an example of modern day technology transfer. Emergence of technology transfer has created alternative career options for scientists and engineers such as patent agents and scientific advisors.

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?

The Biologist and the Internet

The Biologist and the Internet

Biology is a field of discovering the truth about living things which are known to be very complex and complicated. To uncover the truth about any domain of interests from a pool of living organisms, several research methods are used. Technology plays a crucial role in accelerating information retrieval.

Doctoral experience in bug science at University of Georgia, USA

Doctoral experience in bug science at University of Georgia, USA

I met my main academic advisor, who was kind enough to drive over two hours from the university campus to pick me up. After collecting my luggage, he said “I think you should put on your coat. It’s kind of chilly outside.” Little did I know, that was the start of a life experience, which I will forever treasure.

Book Review: “This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future”

Book Review: “This Will Change Everything: Ideas That Will Shape the Future”

This Will Change Everything is a compilation of responses to the 2009 Edge question, “What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you live to see?” As one might expect, the responses more or less converged on a few common themes: climate change, biological engineering, nuclear war, ubiquitous computing, etc. But there were also a few more peripheral predictions: the discovery of a proof for the Riemann Hypothesis, the commercialisation of neurocosmetics, the evolution of masculine subjectivity, and the perfection of lie detectors, just to name a few.

Film Review: “X-Men: First Class”

Film Review: “X-Men: First Class”

In “X-Men: First Class” film, the general premise has been sufficiently adapted from its comic book series. X-Men film series have been created based on a team of “genetically-enhanced” humans, who carry mutations that confer them with special abilities. Particularly, this movie focuses on the relationship between Charles Xavier, Erik Lensherr and the origin of the “X-Men”.