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Malaysian carbon tax could pave way to renewable energy future

People, Technology19 Apr 2016University of Malaya
If Malaysia doesn’t take action to control its carbon emissions through a carbon tax, the damage caused by climate change over a 95-year period could cost the country more than 40 trillion Malaysian ringgits (US$9.1 trillion).
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Animal-inspired whiskers key to new navigation technology

Technology15 Apr 2016IOP Publishing
Researchers have developed artificial whiskers that allow robots to “see” the surroundings in dark and murky places by analysing the way the whiskers respond to water and air flow.
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Bringing sexual violence out of the shadows

Culture, People13 Apr 2016International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Led by a feminist network based in India, researchers and advocates across South Asia are building the case for new legal and medical responses to sexual violence, while empowering victims to speak out.
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Microfilter allows non-invasive diagnosis of fetal abnormalities

Medicine, Technology11 Apr 2016The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
A new method could allow physicians to diagnose fetal genetic abnormalities during pregnancy without the risks involved in current techniques.
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Plant metabolite promises more effective chemotherapy

Medicine, Science04 Apr 2016The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
Apigenin, a natural metabolite found in plants and vegetables, is poised to improve chemotherapy significantly.
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Study weighs pros and cons of GMO mandatory labelling

People, Science01 Apr 2016Asia Research News
Malaysian researchers have concluded that mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods is justified, based on an extensive review of international scientific and legal frameworks related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
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Energy recycling heats up

Technology30 Mar 2016Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
Scientists have developed a novel system that recovers energy normally lost in industrial processes.
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Brain maps highlight autism disorders

Technology25 Mar 2016Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Brain maps of people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) show different levels of connectivity between parts of the brain compared with typical individuals.
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New graphene-coated “e-fabrics” detect noxious gases

Technology25 Mar 2016Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute(ETRI)
Scientists in Korea have developed wearable, graphene-coated fabrics that can detect dangerous gases present in the air, alerting the wearer by turning on an LED light.
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Bending light with silicon nanoparticles

Technology25 Mar 2016The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Researchers in Singapore are using “nanoantennae” to manipulate light beams. This may open the door to the development of new light-based technologies.

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