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Understanding Covid herd immunity

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This week I had two close relatives succumbed to Covid in less than 5 days of being tested positive. In Malaysia, this week also witnessed a high infection rate of over 7,000 daily and a death rate of over 100 patients. Other countries, such as Britain, are considering lifting restrictions. In the country, three milestones […]

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eSports mint 16-year old millionaires

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My son, Mohd Harfiq, is a man of fast pace. He rides mountain bikes during weekends and play video games for most nights. During week days, he organizes many events, such as youth events and eSport tournaments. I ask how big is the eSport in Malaysia and globally. He said eSport is very big!! My […]

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You can now taste caviar from Madagascar

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My Iranian MBA students proudly said that Iran produces the best caviar from sturgeons caught in rivers near the Caspian Sea. These sturgeons are now bred in commercial farms as wild sturgeons are declining in number. With the caviar selling at expensive prices in fancy restaurants, and travelers in first and business classes of airlines […]

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Snails offer path to the perfect glue

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At our small fruit garden at the back of our house in Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia, snails are a menace, eating young papaya leaves through the night. These slow-moving snails can be found in the morning before they manage to hide under the stones and small logs or run across my neighbour’s fence. We will […]

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US-China Trade War Affects Materials for New Energy Technologies

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New energy technologies require mineral resources such as copper, cobalt and lithium. A shift in the global energy system from fossil fuels- driven by cost reductions that are making new technologies  are increasingly competitive and by government policies to fight global warming and local pollution-is expected to result in steep increases in demand for some […]

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Sand: Under-The-Radar Key Global Commodity

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In late 2008 I was tasked by the then Chief Minister of the industrial state of Selangor of Malaysia, in which Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia is also located, to re-organize the state’s sand industry. The sand industry has been rife with illegal sand extraction and corrupt officials. The state collected only a small […]