Malaysia’s bio-based industry recorded an approved investment worth RM6.81 billion from 283 certified local biotechnology companies. Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) Minister Datuk Seri Wilfred Madius Tangau said the investment was a 2.2% increase from RM6.6 billion recorded in 2016. “The investment was made through bio-based firms who had received the BioNexus status from Mosti through Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corp Sdn...
The Budget 2018 speech by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Prime Minister and Finance Minister: Prospering an Inclusive Economy, Balancing Between Worldly and Hereafter, For The Wellbeing of the Rakyat, Towards the TN50 Aspiration Mr Speaker Sir, I beg to move the Bill intituled "An Act to apply a sum from the Consolidated Fund for the service of the year 2018...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $9.6 million in available funding for projects to support the development of new biobased products and biomaterials from renewable sources such as crops, trees, and waste materials from farmland and forests. Funding is made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the...
Petronas Chemicals Group Bhd (PetChem) has approved a final investment decision for an Isononanol plant within the Pengerang Integrated Complex in Pengerang, Johor, for a total investment cost of US$442 million.
Celgene is licensing rights to develop its TORC1/2 inhibitor CC-223 in East and Southeast Asia to Antengene, and CRO Tigermed will help the latter with clinical development.
A Singaporean biotechnology company working on experimental cancer drugs is listing in Taiwan, potentially opening the door for more foreign peers to go public on the island.
KUALA LUMPUR: Inisiatif dan program Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation adalah pelengkap kepada strategi empat fasa di bawah Pelan Pemulihan Negara. Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Mohd Khairul Fidzal Abdul Razak, berkata antaranya adalah Rangka Tindakan Bioekonomi yang dijangka akan dilancar pada suku ketiga tahun ini. Katanya, rangka tindakan itu akan menentukan hala tuju pembangunan bioekonomi Malaysia, di samping mengenal pasti cabaran dan aktiviti...
KUALA LUMPUR: The 359th Drug Control Authority (DCA) meeting today approved the use of Comirnaty vaccine produced by Pfizer-BioNTech for children aged 12 and above. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Comirnaty was earlier approved for conditional registration on June 8 for active immunisation of individuals aged 18 and above.
PARIS: Global food import costs are expected to rise 12% in 2021 to a record due to surging commodity prices and robust demand during the COVID-19 crisis, the United Nations food agency said. The world's food import bill, including shipping costs, is projected to reach $1.715 trillion this year, from $1.530 trillion in 2020, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)...
Scientists and policymakers recognise that climate change and biodiversity loss are interconnected, but in practice they are largely addressed in their own domains. Followers of the biodiversity loss crisis, therefore, welcomed last week's report on a joint workshop by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Platform on Science-Policy Advice on Ecosystems and Biodiversity (IPBES).
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla told CNBC on Wednesday he expects life could return to normal for developed countries by the end of this year and the rest of the world by the end of 2022. By the end of next year, there should be enough Covid-19 vaccine doses for most world leaders to successfully inoculate their populations against the virus, Bourla...
NEW YORK, June 18 — US scientists said yesterday they had developed a sticky wall coating that repurposes ingredients used in hair conditioners to trap aerosolised droplets, and hope it will become another tool in the fight against Covid and other airborne diseases. The substance can be applied to surfaces such as plexiglass dividers to capture respiratory droplets, rather than...
Humans pride themselves on being able to multitask, especially under pressure. But it turns out that we aren't the only ones who are organized: Researchers from Japan have discovered that plants balance genome maintenance with organ growth by organizing different responses to DNA damage. In a study published in Science Advances, a research team led by Nara Institute of Science and...
The multinational ice cream manufacturer Froneri - a joint venture between Nestlé and R&R Ice Cream - has placed an order with MPG Manifattura Plastica S.p.A for 100 million plastic cups made from TotalEnergies Certified Renewable Polypropylene for their iconic brand Coppa del Nonno. This renewable polypropylene produced from bio-based naphtha offers virgin-like performances with a reduced carbon footprint...
KUALA LUMPUR (June 16): The Government announcement of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) is viewed as a strategic initiative and timely and will direct the country towards normalcy and sustainable economic development. Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Bhd (BPMB) president and group chief executive officer (CEO) Arshad Mohamed Ismail said the comprehensive measures introduced, particularly the acceleration of the nationwide vaccination programme...
Developers of COVID-19 vaccines may have a chance to do more than round up the usual suspects, that is, the bits of viral material that are used to help B cells recognize and respond to SARS-CoV-2. These bits have been known to correspond to parts of the infamous SARS-CoV-2 spike. Recently, other bits have come to light. Their functions...
GEORGE TOWN, June 16 — The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry may submit proposals for the approval of the Penang south reclamation (PSR) project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be withdrawn, its deputy minister II Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said today. He said there is a possibility for his ministry to propose to the Department of Environment (DoE) and...
A new method for using bacteria to produce animal feed – or plastic or medicine – is in the works at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. “This is truly a completely new invention,” says researcher and project manager, Linda Bergaust. Her team, including inventor, Professor Lars Bakken, and Professor, Svein Jarle Horn, is one step closer to a solution...
COVID-19 secara tersiratnya mengubah gaya hidup manusia menjadi lebih kreativiti dan berinovasi. Setiap musibah menjadi ujian yang mungkin hadir dalam pelbagai bentuk termasuk wabak melanda dunia kini. Dalam sejarah dunia, ia boleh dilihat umpamanya apa dilakukan Louis Pasteur, iaitu ahli sains terkemuka pada abad ke-19.
KUALA LUMPUR, June 16 ― Malaysia has the highest number of people living with diabetes in Asia with a one-in-five ratio. Despite ranking the top prevalence rate in the region however, it appears that Malaysians do not fully understand the disease and its consequential health complications. The inaugural Malaysian Diabetes Index (MDI), which polled 2,539 respondents recently found that there is...
There are many factors for parents to consider when buying food and produce at the market. Apart from nutritional value, one should also pay attention to food safety and quality. Food safety means ensuring the food is safe from chemical, physical or biological risks, beginning from production until consumption.
The development of the palm oil industry has contributed significantly to the increasing export of the commodity and the well-being of the smallholders. Hence, we need to increase the productivity of palm oil to ensure the export competitiveness of the country and to enhance the economy of the oil palm growers, particularly the smallholders.
IN facing the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, policymakers, scientists, medical staff, and IT and data specialists are flooded with terabytes of pandemic and case history data. As a consequence, they now face the demanding task of analysing voluminous data for policy formulation, decision making, predicting and managing future outbreaks.
Its very difficult to start a business story without mentioning about the pandemic, in this case the medical industry which is at the centre of the storm is currently facing unprecedented pressure due to Covid-19 patients. However this scenario is mostly affecting the public hospitals, whereas the private facilities are running at low capacity due to peoples apprehension of...
Published in a recent issue of Fish and Fisheries, the authors note that: “The capacity for aquaculture to provide an alternative source of fish and seafood to capture fisheries was once promoted as a tool to reduce demand for wild fish and thus tackle overfishing. But, to date, there is little evidence to suggest that aquaculture growth has successfully reduced...
Some plastic waste is invisible: Shampoo, laundry detergent, and other common products often use tiny capsules made of microplastic as an ingredient. Those capsules then wash down the drain and can pollute waterways. A startup spun out of the University of Cambridge wants to replace those capsules—and other plastics that are hard or impossible to recycle—with a plant-based material...
KUALA LUMPUR: Economists have projected Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) to grow around four per cent in 2021 following the announcement of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) yesterday. United Overseas Bank (Malaysia) Bhd (UOB Malaysia) senior economist Julia Goh and economist Loke Siew Ting said the estimated period under the planned phases is in line with the bank's assumptions when it...
Commonplace pharmaceuticals, such as ibuprofen, can carry with them an inherent flaw in their atomic structure, which pairs the active, beneficial ingredient with a potentially ineffective—or even toxic—counterpart. New research could hold the key to more easily isolating the good while removing the unwanted.
ALOR SETAR: Kerja menanam padi di kawasan Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Muda (MADA) seluas 100,685 hektar sudah menghampiri 94 peratus siap dengan 332,010 beg benih padi sah (BPS) sudah diagih kepada pesawah. Pengerusi MADA, Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman, berkata kerja penanaman padi berjalan dengan lancar, walaupun ketika sekatan pergerakan penuh kerana aktiviti itu diklasifikasi sebagai perkhidmatan perlu bagi menjamin rantaian makanan negara.
Think about where our energy comes from: drilling rigs and smokestacks, windmills and solar panels. Lithium-ion battery packs might even come to mind. We probably don’t think about the farms that comprise over one-third of Earth’s total land area. But farms can also be an energy source. Barcelona-based battery company Bioo is generating electricity from the organic matter in soil and creating...
NATIONAL food security is a key pillar in the overall strategy of national development due to its reciprocal relationships with other socio-economic fields. An effective national food security strategy will create availability and affordability, therefore help save on household expenses. On the Government side, most of the country’s allocations can be channelled to other deserving sectors.
Amidst the debate on how the Covid-19 pandemic has disrupted international trade, it is also interesting to observe how the pandemic has raised the profile of vaccine trade and trade policy in combatting this global health crisis through the production and distribution of vaccines. Trade is key to deploying vaccines globally, while trade policy is crucial in ensuring the accessibility...
KUALA LUMPUR, June 9 — The 2021-2025 National Food Security Policy Action Plan (DSMN) which was approved at the Cabinet Committee Meeting on National Food Security Policy yesterday, can ensure Malaysia’s preparedness in facing a food security crisis. The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry, in a statement today, said the plan focused on all four dimensions of food security in...
Global solar power developers are slowing down project installations because of a surge in costs for components, labor, and freight as the world economy bounces back from the coronavirus pandemic, according to industry executives and analysts interviewed by Reuters. The situation suggests slower growth for the zero-emissions solar energy industry at a time world governments are trying to ramp up...
EVERY risk comes with an opportunity. This is key in actuarial science as a field that is helpful in the evaluation of risk. Risk analysis and management are no stranger to professional actuaries, as they deal with different types of risks daily. They calculate, assess and analyse potential risks that may impact businesses, to help clients mitigate the cost of potential...
Many months after their initial infection, some Covid-19 patients are still suffering a baffling constellation of symptoms. More than a year since the pandemic began, scientists are starting to unravel what is causing long Covid and how they can treat it. When Melissa Heightman set up the UK's first post-Covid-19 clinic at University College London Hospitals (UCLH) in May 2020,...
How is aquafeed evolving to become much more sustainable and what can we expect to see in the future? Building on past advances, new innovations are being realised with oil and protein aquafeed ingredients that replace oil and meal from both fish and terrestrial crop sources. In addition, there is active investigation in many countries of highly-sustainable ‘circular’ feeds...
(June 10): Europe’s biggest airlines are seeking to deflect moves to tighten carbon curbs by favoring an increasingly discredited offsetting program, according to climate watchdog InfluenceMap. Carriers are pushing to retain the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation over the European Union’s more rigorous Emissions Trading System, the think tank-said Thursday. While Corsia was developed by the United...
KUALA LUMPUR (June 8): The Ministry of Finance (MoF), under the recently launched MyDIGITAL, will ensure that payments for all government services will be made on a cashless basis by 2022, its Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said. He said this will lead to higher transactional security, better coordination, enhanced communications on anti-corruption initiatives, and greater ease of sharing information.
In the words of the great Yogi Berra, “Everything takes longer than it takes.” While the US of A is making great strides at vaccinating its people, Europe and Asia are lagging behind, and India and Africa are having major outbreaks. Since no one is safe while more variants of the COVID virus keep appearing, we will not be...
If you've indulged in a chocolate dessert lately, there is a good chance that its cocoa came from Ivory Coast. This West African country is the largest producer of cocoa in the world, where more than 40% of all cocoa beans originate. With more than six million people working in cocoa in the country, it is Ivory Coast's largest export...
KUALA LUMPUR: Masyarakat perlu lebih bertanggungjawab dalam menguruskan pembuangan sisa domestik secara sistematik serta mengelakkan penggunaan plastik sekali guna dan memilih bahan asas terbiodegradasi bagi memastikan kelestarian lautan. Pensyarah Kanan Fakulti Pengajian Maritim, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu (UMT), Dr Izyan Munirah Mohd Zaideen, berkata lautan dan persekitarannya sentiasa berdepan isu keselamatan dan kesihatan disebabkan aktiviti manusia.
A PAIR from Malaysia has been named second runner-up at the 2021 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) App Challenge which ended last Saturday. Alvine Choo and Christine Choo’s entry named “Wanderer” was designed to offer a safer shopping experience for the public amid the Covid-19 pandemic. In a statement yesterday, New Zealand as the host nation announced that the Malaysian duo will...
The elderly and chronically ill have been the most vulnerable to COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic. In a new study, researchers demonstrate how cellular senescence may contribute to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In addition, they show that senolytic drugs (which selectively remove senescent cells from the body) significantly reduced mortality in older mice upon infection from a beta-coronavirus closely...
Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali said the export revenue of agricommodity products had recorded RM68.1 or 17.6 per cent of the country's total export revenue.
In pursuit of its 2030 ambition to reduce the use of fossil fuel-based plastics by half before the end of the decade, Kimberly-Clark announced a partnership with the biotech company RWDC Industries to advance sustainable technology for consumer products that provides much-needed solutions to the world's single-use plastics problem. The collaboration brings together Kimberly-Clark's deep experience in nonwoven technologies and...
KUALA LUMPUR, June 8 — African countries, especially Senegal, offer immense business opportunities to exporters from various sectors as the continent grapples to meet the rising needs of an emerging economy. As such, it is the right time for Malaysian companies to enter the African market, said Halal Development Corporation Bhd’s (HDC) chief executive officer Hairol Ariffein Sahari. He said sectors...
Pharmaniaga Berhad (Pharmaniaga) remains cautiously optimistic for its second quarter ending June 2021 and expects to record better performance by focusing on operational efficiencies and fiscal discipline throughout its value chain, including the supply and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines in the country. Pharmaniaga is poised to fulfil its contractual obligation towards the Government by distributing a total of 12 million doses...
Concerns about excessive use of antibiotics in the Australian poultry and livestock sectors has prompted an alliance of medical, environmental and animal welfare organisation to write to the UK’s Secretary of State for International Trade, asking if the issue is being taken seriously in new trade deals. The letter, delivered by the Alliance to Save our Antibiotics to Liz Truss,...
JAKARTA, June 9 — Alarmed by the mountains of plastic waste leaching into Indonesia’s waters, two best friends are taking on the environmental menace by turning crisp bags and shampoo packets into paving bricks. Ovy Sabrina and Novita Tan launched Rebricks after their country drew headlines as the second-biggest producer of marine waste in the world, behind China.
MOODY’S Investors Service Inc expects Malaysia’s GDP to grow by slightly above 5% in 2021 in its latest forecast, as a result of the newly imposed Full Movement Control Order and the potential extension of the related restrictions. “The economic rebound this year, despite the latest tightening of restrictions, will continue to be supported by the government’s economic stimulus —...
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd menerusi anak syarikat milik penuhnya, Duopharma (M) Sdn Bhd (DMSB) dijangka membekalkan 6.4 juta dos vaksin Sputnik V. Pembekalan vaksin tertakluk kepada pemenuhan syarat yang masih ada di bawah perjanjian pembekalan iaitu persetujuan vaksin oleh Pihak Berkuasa Kawalan Dadah Malaysia, serta terma dan syarat pembekalan lain.
High rates of malnutrition can lead to a loss in gross domestic product (GDP) by as much as 4%-5%, according to an assistant representative in Turkey for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). "The impact of nutrition on economic growth would appear to operate directly, through nutrition's effect on labor productivity, as well as indirectly, through improvements in...
Bright Biomethane has partnered with Australian company Eneraque to build a biogas upgrading facility. The project will represent Bright’s first biogas upgrader build in Australia and will be constructed for energy company Jemena at the Sydney Malabar wastewater treatment (WWT) site. Biogas from Sydney Water will be purified into biomethane for distribution through the grid. The Malabar Biomethane Project is expected...
The domain of national food security is a key pillar in the overall strategy of national development dueto its reciprocal relationships with other socio-economic fields. An effective national food security strategy will create availability and affordability, and therefore help save on household expenses. On the government side, most of the country’s allocations can be channeled to other deserving sectors.
Advancements in the field of advanced therapy redeem the promise of curative treatments for severe and life-threatening diseases. Meanwhile, ten gene and cell therapy products have been launched to the US market1 and more than 1100 advanced therapies are in the pipeline. Moreover, their application is expanding from rare and ultra-rare diseases to more common indications with larger patient population....
Remember FarmVille, the agriculture-simulation social network game that once had tens of millions of players glued to their screens every day, for hours at a time, tending cartoon patches of land? Now that game has been brought off screen into real life. Well, not off screen exactly. Users can download the Aquaville app, select the type of plants they want grown...
One of the most poignant cartoons of our times shows a fishmonger telling a customer who asks for a plastic bag to hold the fish she has bought that “it’s already inside”. Meaning, the plastic is in the fish. There is a whole backstory behind that line, of course. Plastic pollution has become so serious that up to 80% of all...
FINANCE Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz’s press release on the performance of the first quarter of 2021 (Q1 2021) indicates that the economy is gradually recovering. The gross domestic product (GDP) for Q1 had only contracted by 0.5% year-on-year (yoy), i.e., in comparison to Q1 of 2020. Furthermore, this compares to a contraction of -3.4% for Q4 of 2020. This meant...
LAST year brought on a global health crisis that impacted the effectiveness of healthcare systems worldwide. Countries with top-notch healthcare facilities saw interruptions and sometimes a complete system breakdown of their state-of-the-art facilities. The pandemic exposed patients, who were already vulnerable to begin with, to an even higher health risk.
A disparate group met in an Illinois field on a windy spring morning to study a crop some call stinkweed. Botanists, businessmen, farmers and federal lawmakers, they all gathered to peer at the waist-high plant usually considered a pest and uprooted on sight because of its foul odor, toxicity and the grim taste it leaves in the milk of grazing...
KUALA LUMPUR (June 2): The execution of the B20 biodiesel programme in Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia has been postponed, to a date to be decided upon later. Sources with knowledge on the matter said the decision was based on the rise in Covid-19 cases as well as the nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO). “The Covid-19 pandemic has impacted the movement of...
KUALA LUMPUR: Kementerian Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI) menerusi Yayasan Inovasi Malaysia menawarkan Dana Malaysia Social Innovation (MySI) 2021, berjumlah RM6.5 juta dalam usaha mengetengahkan teknologi tempatan yang berinovatif. MySI yang dimulakan sejak 2015, memberi pelbagai manfaat terutama kepada golongan berpendapatan 40 peratus terendah (B40) bagi meningkatkan keupayaan dalam mewujudkan peluang pekerjaan serta meningkatkan pendapatan menerusi aplikasi teknologi tempatan.
By now, most of us are very familiar with the new cards issued after receiving our first of a two-dose regimen of the COVID-19 vaccine. It documents the type of vaccine you received and the date — and it typically has a reminder of when you should get your critical second dose. Yes, you can get the Johnson & Johnson...
KUALA LUMPUR: Kelulut or stingless bee honey has been gaining popularity ever since it was recognised as a superfood by the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) in 2016 due to its high nutrient and antioxidant content. However, experts caution that harvesting of the honey, whether in the wild or in farms, must be carried out in a sustainable...
We’ve all seen the horrific photos of ocean trash, much of it consisting of plastic fishing nets, but now biodegradable fishing nets made from algae and other biobased materials are on the uptake. Speaking of algae, in Italy, home-grown algae is being encouraged so folks can both purify their air and provide food right from their algae bioreactor sheets...
PUTRAJAYA: The extensive use of e-wallet, particularly among youths, should encourage businesses to adopt cashless payment, says Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. He said changes caused by the Covid-19 pandemic had accelerated the shift towards digitalisation and automation in daily activities where almost everything was done online, be it virtual interaction, meetings, seminars, education, lectures, banking and even shopping.
The pharmaceutical industry is on the upswing and is poised to have a compound annual growth rate of 13.7% from 2020 to 2027, according to projections from Grand View Research. The industry’s resurgence is a good opportunity for employees in the sector, who frequently enjoy comfortable salaries.
In 2019, six African countries have adopted biotech crops to battle challenges in crop production. One of the biotech crop adopters from the continent is Nigeria, with over 2,000 farmers growing genetically engineered cowpea in 2021. "The crop, which was developed by Nigerian scientists, has been genetically modified (GM) to resist the destructive pod-borer insect pest. As a result, farmers will be able to...
The Coca-Cola Company and The Ocean Cleanup today announced that Coca-Cola will become a Global Implementation Partner for The Ocean Cleanup’s river project. The unique partnership brings the international company and technological non-profit together behind a clear objective: to stem the tide of plastic pollution entering the world’s oceans, by first intercepting waste in rivers. Partnering Coca-Cola’s scale and global...
World Environment Day is celebrated every 5th of June to remind ourselves that everyone has a part to play in addressing the pressing environmental issues around us today. With all that has happened over the past year, it is now more important than ever before to assure our present and our future. The time is now to put our commitments into...
Advancements in the field of advanced therapy redeem the promise of curative treatments for severe and life-threatening diseases. Meanwhile, ten gene and cell therapy products have been launched to the US market1 and more than 1100 advanced therapies are in the pipeline. Moreover, their application is expanding from rare and ultra-rare diseases to more common indications with larger patient population....
SOUTHEAST Asia is renowned for the plantations that sprawl across millions of acres of its territories, some of the most common including acacia, eucalyptus, and teak. These abundant crops are hailed for their fast wood production, whose yields are useful in the production of a myriad of products. The raw materials provided by these crops are not only beneficial on...
Tesco has become the first retailer in Ireland to make its packaging for 1kg new season potatoes fully recyclable while also reducing the amount of paper used in its 2.5kg potato packaging.This step change on packaging will commence on a 12-week trial basis in 100 stores, with plans to roll out the changes to more products if successful. As...
Alongside India, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam, it is expected that Malaysia will be in the top 15 manufacturing countries by next year. Nevertheless, the rapid development of manufacturing industries is always associated with environmental pollution and sustainability issues. Hence, recent needs for sustainability are not solely based on financial performance, but also on environmental and social performance.
Two vaccines made by China's Sinopharm appear safe and effective against COVID-19, according to a study published in a medical journal. Scientists had been waiting for more details about the two vaccines, even though they already are being used in many countries, and one recently won the backing of the World Health Organization for emergency use.
IN celebration of World Bee Day, Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and Corak Rentak Sdn Bhd (Corak Rentak) signed a memorandum of understanding to support the conservation of the stingless bee (lebah kelulut). This collaborative partnership aims to spread awareness on the importance of bees through the MNS membership base.
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new biomaterial made entirely from discarded bullfrog skin and fish scales that could help in bone repair. The porous biomaterial, which contains the same compounds that are predominant in bones, acts as a scaffold for bone-forming cells to adhere to and multiply, leading to the formation of new bone.
KUALA LUMPUR: The government’s decision not to implement a full-scale movement control order (MCO) has the support of chamber of commerce, industry, and small and medium enterprise (SME) associations. The SME Association of Malaysia said a total lockdown this time around might cause 40% of SMEs to shut down and many multinational corporations to relocate their manufacturing operations to other...
Quebec City-based Medicago and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have announced the positive interim Phase 2 clinical trial safety and immunogenicity data for Medicago's plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate, which was tested in combination with GSK's pandemic adjuvant. These results are part of the ongoing Phase 2/3 study and reiterate the promising profile observed during Phase 1 testing. The results show that immunogenicity, as measured by...
Avian influenza (AI) and Salmonella are hot topics in biosecurity and food safety news, likely due to being zoonotic and capable of causing severe illness and death to humans. Having cost the US poultry industry 50 million chickens in 2015, AI became the largest historical disaster to US poultry health, found report Financial Implications form Contracting Avian Influenza in a...
Whether by using plant-based plastics, recycled materials, or collecting old items from consumers, the toy industry is making efforts to go green. In recent years, major brands in the sector – such as Lego, Hasbro and Mattel – have launched various initiatives as part of a wider move towards environmental responsibility. On May 11, toy-maker Mattel announced the launch of...
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly changed our world and the past year has been challenging for many. Today, although vaccines are bringing hope, the pandemic and its challenges are far from over. People are struggling with mental health issues and with worries about their jobs, finances, loved ones and the future.
By the end of this week, the world should cross two small but significant milestones on the road to overcoming COVID-19—getting at least 5% of the global population fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, with at least 10% receiving one dose of vaccines that require two. According to Our World in Data, a collaboration of the Oxford Martin Programme on Global Development at the...
While Canada-based Dr Thierry Chopin might widely be credited with coining the phrase integrated multi-trophic aquaculture (IMTA) it is the Chinese who have been at the forefront of developing – and adopting – practical forms of polyculture. This point was brought home by a recent meeting between The Fish Site and two of China’s leading experts in IMTA – Professor Shuanglin Dong,...
Gelatin isn’t usually thought of as something you’d wear, unless you are a toddler playing with your wiggly treat, but now a designer in Iceland turned a gelatin-based material into seamless clothing articles using molds. This is not your grandma’s Jello mold. And in France, a hosiery brand added tights that use fibers made from castor oil. In today’s Digest,...
KUALA LUMPUR, May 26 — All sectors under the agricommodity industry, including oil palm, rubber, wood and furniture, cocoa, pepper, kenaf and biodiesel, are only allowed to operate at up to 60 per cent workforce capacity, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister Datuk Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali. He reminded agricommodity industry players in plantations, factories and business premises, including smallholders,...
KUALA LUMPUR: Anak syarikat milik penuh Pharmaniaga, Pharmaniaga LifeScience Sdn Bhd (PLS), bersedia meningkatkan pengeluaran vaksin Sinovac daripada dua juta kepada empat juta dos sebulan bagi membantu kerajaan mempercepatkan program vaksinasi dan mencapai imuniti kelompok. Pengarah Urusan Kumpulan Pharmaniaga Berhad, Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope, berkata Pharmaniaga kini menunggu kelulusan Pentadbiran Makanan dan Ubat-Ubatan China (CFDA) untuk mengeluarkan vaksin dua dos...
The expression of a single protein located in the subcellular organelles of the tomato was found to help speed up or slow down its fruit ripening, providing a novel opportunity for crop improvement. Scientists from the University of Oxford focused on the role of plastids, or the sub-cellular organelles in fruits, in the ripening process of the tomato because the...
You're on a beach, contemplating the rocks along the coastline. No seaweed or periwinkle moss can be seen on the sea bluffs, but there is a strange blue-tinted layer, which doesn’t resemble any living species. And for good reason: it is in fact plastic fragments rejected by the oceans, then embedded in the rocks. The word “plasticrust” refers to...
President Biden’s pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 is an admirable and ambitious undertaking. It’s nearly double the goal set by President Obama in 2015. And it establishes the United States as a world leader in battling climate change. But reaching the president’s target in just under 10 years is a monumental task. It’s so...
Officials at Moderna and Aldevron report that the companies have expanded their collaboration in support of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine and additional programs in Moderna’s clinical development pipeline. Aldevron will supply plasmid DNA (pDNA) to serve as the genetic template for generating the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine and other investigational programs in Moderna’s pipeline. “Aldevron has been a long-standing partner of Moderna....
The new technology, named TranspiratiONal, is an environmentally-friendly alternative for agricultural plastics, such as polyethylene, often called plastic mulch. Trials have confirmed increases in crop water productivity in excess of 30 per cent, while also assisting to control weeds. According to CSIRO there is a worldwide challenge to grow more food, using less resources. “The world’s population is growing, requiring food production to...
KUALA LUMPUR (May 26): Malaysia fully supports the Council of Palm Oil Producing Countries’ (CPOPC) move to submit an objection to Belgium which is planning to ban the use of palm oil as biofuel next year. CPOPC had made its objection through a letter dated May 24 to Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, said Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister...
THE 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda must be achieved at global, national, and subnational levels. Many cities are struggling to provide access to land and housing, support basic livelihoods, supply municipal services and implement longer-term planning and policy decisions. Localisation relates both to how SDGs can provide a framework for local development policy...
Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine has hit the primary endpoint in a Phase II/III study in adolescents, with no cases of the disease observed in participants who had received two doses of the jab. The TeenCOVE study enrolled more than 3,7000 participants aged 12 years to less than 18 years in the US.
GEORGE TOWN, May 26 — The agriculture sector in Penang is expected to experience stable growth due to increasing local demand, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, albeit only making up 2.2 per cent of the state’s gross domestic product (GDP). InvestPenang chief executive officer Datuk Loo Lee Lian said although the manufacturing and service sectors are currently the main engines...
LETTER: The consumption of fruits and vegetables is essential for the sustainability of human health. Besides their beautiful colours and delicious tastes, fruits and vegetables consist of fibre and compounds that help in digestion, as well as antioxidant and anti-microbial activities. With the advancement of technology, people are now aware of the variety of fibre products sold in the market that...
THE first quarter of 2021 was challenging for the biotechnology industry, as the selloff in March represented a sharp reversal from record highs in February. As the pace of vaccinations has picked up worldwide, investors turned their focus to reopening and an economic rebound, rotating out of biotech and into cyclicals, financials, energy, and the COVID-19 recovery trade.
PUTRAJAYA (May 17): Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is suitable to be given to women who are in their 14th to 33rd week of pregnancy, said Coordinating Minister for the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin. He told a press conference on the development of the National Covid-19 National Immunisation Programme, which was held virtually with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr...
SERDANG: The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) is set to expand research and development (R&D) at its plant factory on several aspects such as energy efficiency and alternative energy, mechanisation and the Internet of Things (IoT). MARDI Senior Research Officer Mohammad Abid Ahmad said prior to this, they had conducted R&D on production systems, crop agronomy management, crop lighting,...
PETALING JAYA: Every day, Malaysians produce enough food waste to fill seven Olympic-sized swimming pools, according to the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp). This means that out of the 38,000 tonnes of domestic waste daily, 45% – or 17,000 tonnes – are food waste, out of which around 4,080 tonnes are still edible. This is enough to feed...
In early April 2020, MAEPS (the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang) managed by MARDI Corporation Sdn. Bhd. was appointed by Putrajaya to play a very significant role in the fight against the Coronavirus that hit our shores. One year later, the largest convention centre in the country turned makeshift hospital with full capacity, is playing a pivotal role in...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): Asia should lead the way in opening up patent protections to produce cheaper generic versions of life-saving medicines for critical diseases, from Covid-19 to HIV/AIDS, said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic). Welcoming US President Joe Biden's administration’s stated intention to support the temporary waiver of intellectual property (IP) protection for Covid-19 vaccine, he said this...
Farming’s digital revolution has potential for both business and planet to benefit alike. The aim of the transformation is to produce more food from farming with less. That's lower volumes of agrochemicals, less heavy machinery, less water, no additional land, and crucially for the farmers themselves, less time. Three big developments have rung in the start of the agricultural digital...
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), there are around 633 million people who do not have access to clean water. Every day, over 800 children die from preventable diseases caused by poor water and lack of sanitation and hygiene. In 2005, the United Nations (UN) launched the Water for Life Decade to help create a greater awareness on...
We are rapidly becoming a behavioral economy — a world in which human behavior is a commodity that can be influenced, quantified, standardized and packaged at scale. This shift is driven by the maturing of disciplines such as behavioral economics and affective computing, giving companies and governments the ability to analyze and shape our behavior as never before. The imperative...
(CNN)A US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expert said Wednesday that it's OK to give the coronavirus vaccine alongside other vaccinations, a major boon for children and teenagers behind on their regular inoculations. Doctors and other clinicians were previously advised to avoid giving coronavirus vaccine within two weeks of any other vaccine. But Dr. Kate Woodworth of the CDC's birth...
The biggest increases in soybean production this year were recorded in Italy and Romania, according to current figures published by the EU Commission. These were the two major soy-producing countries, but soybean production in Germany has also risen strongly. According to estimates, the soybean production area in the EU-27 for harvest in 2021 for the first time exceeded 1 million hectares.
Canada is now home to 279 biogas projects following a decade of ‘rapid growth’, according to recent figures. In its Canadian 2020 Biogas Market Report, the Canadian Biogas Association (CBA) reported that the sector grew by almost 50% between 2011 and 2020. The 279 projects currently operational in the country are capturing waste methane from agricultural waste, landfills, green bin programmes...
KUALA LUMPUR: Moody's Investors Service expects Malaysia's growth prospects to remain strong. This is underpinned by the country's well-developed infrastructure, competitive services and manufacturing sectors, as well as ample natural resources. The resiliency of its growth was also supported by a highly diversified economy, Moody's said in a report today.  
More details were presented Sunday at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) conference from the Phase III DARE-19 trial testing AstraZeneca's Farxiga (dapagliflozin) in patients with COVID-19. Last month, the company reported topline results that its oral SGLT2 inhibitor did not significantly reduce the risk of organ failure or death, or improve clinical recovery, among hospitalised SARS-CoV-2-infected patients at high risk...
KUALA PILAH: The popularity of the traditional rendang maman speciality dish prepared during Aidilfitri in Negeri Sembilan, has inspired a housewife to start a maman farm to meet the festive season demand. Raihana Ayub (pix), 31, began to cultivate the maman plants or scientifically known as Cleome Gynandra on an almost one-hectare leased land in Terachi, about 30 kilometres from Seremban...
The European Commission (EC) is reviewing its approach to new genomic techniques (NGT) following a report published on 29 April saying they had the potential to contribute to a more sustainable food system. According to the EC-commissioned report, new genomic techniques (NGTs) such as CRISPR/Cas met the objectives of the European Green Deal and the Farm to Fork strategy.
As populations grow and pressure on wild fisheries mounts around the world, aquaculture is gaining attention – and a bigger share of the human food protein market. Demand for aquafeed is therefore also growing. Global demand for seafood is projected to increase by 7 – 9% per year, according to Canada’s Blue Economy Strategy 2040, a joint plan created by the...
We are familiar with the concept of mentoring. Typically, a more senior employee is tasked with guiding a junior colleague. But what if we told you it could be the other way around? Gone are the days that seniority means superiority. The world is increasingly fast-paced today, and more and more millennials are joining the workplace.
WASHINGTON: The Pfizer and Moderna Covid vaccines should remain highly effective against two coronavirus variants first identified in India, according to new research carried out by US scientists. The lab-based study was carried out by the NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Langone Center and is considered preliminary because it has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed journal.
The skyrocketing quantity of textile waste fast fashion is considered one of the biggest technological problems in the circular economy. This is also because the technical problems in recycling are still unresolved. A research group from Vienna has shown how fibre-to-fibre recycling might work in the future. There is steadily mounting pressure to find a solution. About two years ago,...
THE governments of South Africa, India and dozens of other developing countries are calling for rights on intellectual property (IP), including vaccine patents, to be waived to accelerate the worldwide production of supplies to fight Covid-19. They are absolutely correct. IP for fighting Covid-19 should be waived, and indeed actively shared among scientists, companies and nations.
Drug sales in 2020 proved more resilient than many experts anticipated in the early days of the pandemic. Still, the impact on many injectable drugs was tangible in the first half of the year as hospitals initially dissuaded patients from seeking in-person treatment. But sales were generally strong for the full year. AbbVie’s injectable biologic Humira brought in nearly $20...
A new memorandum of understanding between NEOM Company and Tabuk Fish Company will see the establishment of the largest fish hatchery in the Middle East and the North African region. The agreement includes the development of a fish farm to expand the aquaculture industry in Saudi Arabia – both in artificial lakes and natural waters – and apply the “new...
In a crazy week with gas shortages in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. because of panic buying after a cyber-attack on the Colonial Pipeline, it’s enough to make us want to escape to the International Space Station – and maybe enjoy some hummus while we are up there as ISS astronauts are evaluating the feasibility of growing chickpeas in...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's gross domestic product (GDP) growth is expected to rebound sharply in the first quarter (Q1) of 2021, following the sharper-than-expected exports growth, Kenanga Research said. The firm said this would be largely driven by the strong performance of the manufacturing export sector, fuelled by the technology upcycle amid strong demand globally for IT-related products and commodities following...
THE Malaysian public healthcare system needs bigger investment and a stronger institution to ensure that the people in the country always have access to efficient and high-quality healthcare services, said University of Malaya medicine and infectious diseases Prof Datuk Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman. She added that although the Ministry of Health provides clinics and hospitals nationwide, there is still a shortage...
Researchers at the University of Oxford have shown that pea plants are able to make smart investment decisions when it comes to interactions with their symbiotic bacterial partners. Better understanding of how plants manage these interactions could help with the move towards sustainable agriculture. The new research, published in PNAS, shows that a plant weighs up the different bacterial partners, and...
The energy industry has long been an old boy’s club. This is especially true in the U.K. where inequalities in education and economic opportunities are embedded across the country. Many of the important contributions and advances in the industry have been made by only one section of society, namely white, well-educated men. The lack of female and diverse voices from...
NEW YORK, May 3 — We know that fruits and vegetables are good for our health, but they could also be beneficial for the fashion industry. For several months now, they have been emerging as key alternatives to animal-based, polluting materials such as leather. This is the case of grapes, the new darling of brands, who are using it...
Imagine you’re a little girl—let’s call you Brooke—and you and your two siblings are sitting in the waiting room of a pediatrician’s office. The pediatrician pokes her head through the door and your older sibling, Marin, stands up and then waves as she follows the doctor.  When she’s done, your twin brother, Forrest, leaves your side and walks into...
PUTRAJAYA (May 3): The Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry (MAFI) will implement a policy to encourage more people to venture into the corn farming industry to produce animal feed. Its minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the long-term policy was needed because the government no longer wants to depend on imported corn or bran as animal feed.
NEW YORK, April 29 — Why not purify water using the leaves and stalks that are left behind when corn is harvested? A group of American engineers has come up with a plan to create activated carbon from corn waste. In the United States, corn is something of a national institution. The country is by far the world’s leading producer...
Malaysians are among the more adaptive to technology than their regional peers, our mobile penetration is at 140% and we are known to be high on using the social network medium per capita. So when the pandemic hit our shores many employees were concern on the impact it could trigger especially when the MCO was introduced, this pushed corporations...
Manufacturing innovation and collaboration with technology developers will be vital to maintaining the supply of medicines in future public health emergencies, according to the organizations behind a new study. The research—called the Global Biopharma Resilience Index—was carried out by Cytiva and consulting firm Longitude. The aim was to rank biopharma capabilities and resilience in 20 countries, scoring each on five...
The shrimp sector is set to benefit from the inclusion of insect-based ingredients in its feed, according to Maye Walraven, head of business development at InnovaFeed, who will shortly be taking part in a webinar on improving the sustainability of the sector.
LARUT: The Perak government is encouraging the use of biodegradable plastics that, unlike conventional plastics, are believed to be not harmful to the environment. State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamarudin said Perak was actively implementing a campaign to reduce the use of plastics which cause environmental pollution.
A perfect 10 – this was Malaysia’s score in terms of performance and market reach in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2020 (GSER 2020). Kuala Lumpur was ranked 11th in the Top 100 Emerging Ecosystem category, and scored 9 for talent and 8 for funding. Furthermore, the Global Innovation Index 2020 ranked Malaysia second after China for most innovative country...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Health Ministry has urged the public to refrain from buying and using three cosmetic products that have been detected to contain scheduled poisons. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the products were Deeja Cosmetic Yulai Cream, Deeja Cosmetic Laila Cream and Deluxe Beauty - Ultra Lightening Cream Pearl Perfect Fairness which each contain...
KOTA KINABALU: A team of University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) researchers has taken the initiative to teach Tamparuli villagers how to transform overripe pineapples into vinegar products through technology intervention. The team consisting food technologists and scientists from various disciplines, had last month, gone to Kampung Rungus Nahaba to conduct demonstrations to 17 local pineapple planters in the village.
The majority of people in Africa depend on wood for cooking and heating energy due to its affordability, accessibility and versatility for meeting people’s needs. But while it offers a low cost means for cooking, heating homes and powering industrial activities, a sizable proportion of it is obtained unsustainably, leading to deforestation and land degradation. Moreover, wood is often...
“…In the past, a total income of RM800–RM1,000 could support six people or more. Nowadays, you can barely support three people, and even that is a nightmare… Malaysia has developed, but the rakyat has been left behind because incomes have not increased.” THE above is one of the popular opinions among Malaysians who participated in our 2019 joint World...
VACCINES are a very powerful tool in our fight against COVID-19. Following recent reports of a serious but extremely rare side effect of blood-clotting from two vaccines, it is understandable why people may be concerned about the risks of vaccination. But it is also important to keep in mind the risks of COVID-19: the risk of serious adverse reactions of...
PUTRAJAYA: Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee chaired a meeting yesterday to discuss the National Food Security Policy Action Plan, enhanced monitoring of meat imports, as well as strategies to address supply issues and rising onion prices. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) in a statement today said the executive committee meeting also discussed...
MALAYSIA aspires to become a carbon-neutral nation in the future as it views climate change and sustainability as an issue of high significance, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed (picture) said yesterday. Mustapa said although Malaysia contributed less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, the administration is taking this issue seriously.
The Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Plus Solar, Ryan Oh Zhi Kang has highlighted the need for more talent in software engineering, UIUX design and data analytics in Malaysia. “These are the talents needed to build essential cloud computing systems that enable digitised information flow and also because IoT systems are the backbone of capturing certain data,” he says.
OTTAWA: Kanada semalam meluluskan penggunaan vaksin Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 untuk remaja berumur 12 tahun ke atas, menjadi negara pertama yang melakukannya. "Ini adalah vaksin pertama yang diluluskan di Kanada untuk pencegahan COVID-19 pada remaja dan menandakan tonggak penting dalam memerangi pandemik," kata ketua penasihat perubatan Kesihatan Kanada, Supriya Sharma, pada sidang akhbar.
Food security is and always will be at the forefront of global social and environmental issues. Vertical farms transcended the boundaries of the food landscape by forcing farmers and entrepreneurs to reimagine what food production and feeding a planet of over 7 billion people could look like. During the global pandemic, these vertical farming companies were called upon to...
New Zealand Forest Service said it aims to turn forestry waste into a potential biomass source. The government agency will also be working on a business case with help from global investment consulting service Indufor Asia Pacific Ltd. “Establishing a biofuels industry in New Zealand will require significant investment, so we’re moving ahead with developing the business case for this investment,”...
News portal Bernama has reported that the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries is looking to explore new cooperation opportunities in the agriculture and food industry sector with Uzbekistan. According to MAFI, agricultural trade from January to November 2020 amounted to RM115.03 million, with Malaysia’s agricultural trade export value to Uzbekistan valued at RM145.97 million and import value amounted to...
In a new FirstWord Perspectives podcast series sponsored by PDQ Communications, From Conference Rooms to Zooms, How Marketing has Changed since 2020, leading experts discuss the impact of COVID-19. From managing client relationships, to diving headfirst into non personal planning, to changing HCP expectations, three industry veterans discuss what may lie ahead and how best to prepare.
Di Malaysia, Guan Chong Cocoa Manufacturer Sdn Bhd di Pasir Gudang adalah syarikat pengisar koko terbesar Malaysia dan keempat terbesar dunia, dengan kapasiti 250,000 tan setahun. Ia pembekal utama kepada syarikat coklat dan industri makanan dan minuman tersohor dunia seperti Nestlé, Mars, Hershey's dan Cadbury.
LONDON, April 27 (Reuters) - Decarbonising energy and other industries globally using hydrogen will require investment of almost $15 trillion between now and 2050, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) said in a report on Tuesday. The ETC is an international coalition of executives from the energy industry committed to achieving net zero emissions by mid-century, a goal set by the...
KUALA LUMPUR, April 23 ― A special forum was recently held to discuss new Civil Aviation Directives (CAD) by the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM), designed to mitigate risks and security issues surrounding commercial drone operations. The session was hosted by the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), lead secretariat for the National Technology & Innovation Sandbox (NTIS)...
Happy DNA Day, fellow nucleic acid enthusiasts! On April 25, 2003, Congress declared National DNA Day, commemorate the date in 1953 that our favorite molecule’s double helix structure was solved. Since then, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has organized an annual celebration, “to offer students, teachers and the public an opportunity to learn about and celebrate the latest...
Microplastics are ingested by marine biota including fish. This could lead to food safety concerns: they are potentially dangerous for consumers of fish. A study assessed the concentrations of microplastics in fishmeal and method for extracting them. Recent studies show a shift in marine debris composition to predominantly plastic; about 60 – 80% of the debris consists of plastic. Plastic...
Phillips 66 and Southwest Airlines have signed a memorandum of understanding to advance the commercialization of sustainable aviation fuel, focusing on public awareness, along with research and development. The memorandum of understanding also sets the framework to explore a future supply agreement involving Phillips 66’s Rodeo Renewed project in California and highlights the commitment by both companies to a sustainable energy...
KUALA LUMPUR: Developing Asia’s gross domestic product (GDP) is set to rebound to 7.3 per cent this year and moderate to a growth of 5.3 per cent next year, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) said. According to its flagship economic publication, the Asian Development Outlook (ADO) 2021, the region’s economic revival is underway, supported by a healthy global recovery and progress...
GENEVA: Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) dan agensi lain menyeru supaya tindakan pemberian vaksin bagi campak dan penyakit lain dipertingkatkan di seluruh dunia selepas wabak COVID-19 mengganggu akses kepada suntikan vaksin berkenaan. WHO bersama dengan Tabung Kanak-Kanak Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNICEF) dan Pakatan Vaksin Gavi, berkata strategi global baharu mereka berpotensi menyelamatkan 50 juta nyawa dalam tempoh kurang dari sedekad.
A RECENT site visit to a chilli and rock melon farm in Banting, Selangor – part of the Malaysian Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Digital Agtech initiative’s pilot project – demonstrated a good example of the combined implementation of Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and digital technologies that MDEC has been championing for the nation. In collaboration with the Kuala Langat Area...
Astra Zeneca set a sustainability target to reduce waste and embrace a circular economy. As part of this environmental commitment, the company is also aiming to achieve zero-carbon status at its 4,000-person-capacity campus by 2025. For this, the company installed the first commercial-scale composter on an Astra Zeneca site.
KUALA LUMPUR, April 22 — The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Mosti) hopes the country’s space sector will contribute at least 0.3 per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and create 500 highly skilled workers by 2030 via the National Space Policy (NSP) 2030. Its minister Khairy Jamaluddin said developing home-grown satellites under the National Remote Sensing...
A team of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers has developed a nanofibrous hydrogel-based material that mimics the structure of a lobster’s underbelly, and is potentially strong and stretchy enough to be used to make replacement tissues such as artificial tendons and ligaments. The researchers ran the material through a battery of stretch and impact tests, and showed that,...
THE documentary, Seaspiracy, claims commercial fishing's bycatch hauls (non-targeted or unintended species) are huge. You want to snare a bird, but you also get more than a handful of insects. These hapless creatures are called trash fish (ikan baja). They are usually undersized and have little commercial value. But their ecological value is immense.
THANKS to the Earth’s geological formation millions of years ago, today Malaysia is blessed with various mineral resources – all of which have contributed to the country’s economic growth. These resources are valuable and hold the potential of being developed in accordance with the principles of sustainability, to ensure the long term availability of these resources.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia perlu mewujudkan kira-kira dua juta pekerjaan berkualiti tinggi untuk pekerja dari semua latar belakang dan tahap kemahiran. Menurut penulisan Pemimpin Amalan untuk Pembangunan Manusia Bank Dunia, Dr Achim Schmillen dan Ahli Ekonomi dalam Perlindungan Sosial dan Amalan Pekerjaan Global di Bank Dunia, Dr Amanina Abdur Rahman, ia satu langkah yang penting dalam peralihan negara kepada ekonomi berpendapatan tinggi.
A new study led by researchers at Virginia Commonwealth University and Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pennsylvania, has found that e-cigarettes that deliver a similar amount of nicotine as cigarettes are associated with reduced smoking and reduced exposure to the major tobacco-related pulmonary carcinogen, NNAL, even with concurrent smoking.
LONDON — Solar and wind energy could replace fossil fuels entirely to become the world’s power source by 2050, a new report has claimed. Published Friday, the report from think tank Carbon Tracker also predicted that if wind and solar power continued on their current growth trajectory, they would push fossil fuels out of the electricity sector by the mid-2030s.
On a global stage, the oyster industries in Australia and New Zealand are small fry compared to their US and French counterparts. But what these countries lack in scale, they more than make up for in innovation. Whether it’s changing the way live oysters are handled and stored, or new ways to keep track of inventory, some of the most...
The agriculture sector is among the major contributors to the Malaysian economy, in terms of food supplies, export earnings and employment generation.
COVID-19 may have wreaked havoc on the U.S. economy last year, but it did not derail biotech employment. If anything, the pandemic is expected to stoke increasing numbers of jobs during this decade. In assessing the impact of COVID-19 on the life sciences late last year, the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm CBRE Group cited U.S. Bureau...
The world of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) is continuing to develop at an accelerated rate. In line with Agritecture’s mission “to accelerate climate-smart agriculture strategies,” we’ve decided to share our top predictions for the future of CEA for 2021 and beyond. This post is a follow-up to Agritecture’s post on the “10 New Trends In Hydroponics: What To Expect...
JAKARTA -- Major Indonesian coal miner Adaro Energy aims to enter the renewable energy sector this year, CEO Garibaldi Thohir said on Monday, calling biomass, hydrogen and solar power the company's top options. Thohir said Adaro is currently drawing up a "Green Initiative" and plans to announce details in coming months. Over the long term, renewable energy is expected to...
WHILE the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the growth potential of both HealthTech and EdTech, inconsistent access to internet connectivity might prevent these two emerging start-ups in revolutionising healthcare and education system in Malaysia. HealthTech is known as the use of technology (databases, applications, mobiles, wearables) to enhance the delivery, payment and consumption of healthcare, with the ability to catalyse the...
PFIZER has entered into a collaboration with DoctorOnCall to launch a digital therapeutics platform that focuses on three key therapeutic areas namely smoking cessation, vaccination, and heart health. Catering to an increasingly tech-savvy and mobile audience, the digital therapeutics platform is designed to empower Malaysians to take charge of their health, help improve disease management and quality of life while...
KOTA KINABALU: Sabah government-owned Sawit Kinabalu Group has signed memoranda of understanding (MoUs) with Borneo Lestari Sdn Bhd and Admuda Sugar Sdn Bhd to develop the state’s agriculture industry. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the RM235 million domestic direct investments involved were in line with initiatives under the five-year Halatuju Sabah Maju Jaya economic development plan.
Renewable diesel has been off to quite a start this year. Just one week in February brought several big news stories in the renewable diesel world and that doesn’t even include all the renewable diesel excitement that came throughout March and so far in April. So business is booming? What is the overall demand and market like? What about...
In August 2005, the Malaysia’s National Strategic Plan (NSP) for Solid Waste Management envisaged a target of diverting 40 percent of municipal waste from landfill and increasing recycling rates to 22 percent. Fast-forward to 2020 – these targets remain a pipe dream for 15 consecutive years, as they were sorely missed year after year, and based on the latest figures, almost...
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has unveiled new guideline recommendations with the aim of providing accelerated patient access to new treatments and innovations. The five-strategy, launched today, will seek to transform ‘key elements’ of its approach to the latest and most effective treatments, while maintaining robust and trusted methods.
KUALA LUMPUR: Isu kekurangan hasil dan kualiti benih boleh ditangani dengan pengenalan aplikasi pertanian pintar yang dapat memberikan jangkaan pengeluaran dan tahap kualiti benih. Profesor Jabatan Sains Tanaman Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), Prof Dr Mohd Razi Ismail, berkata menerusi aplikasi itu ia dapat diguna pakai di setiap sawah yang dikhususkan untuk pengeluaran benih.
Malaysia said it was not affected by Belgium’s decision to ban the use of palm oil as a biofuel in the country from next year. The Minister for Plantation Industries and Commodities Khairuddin Razali said this was because the country’s palm oil market was large and there were many other countries importing the country’s product. He added that the country was...
PUTRAJAYA: Pusat data serantau yang pertama di Malaysia akan ditubuh bagi menyediakan perkhidmatan boleh diyakini dalam negara, dengan tahap keselamatan data dan privasi bertaraf dunia. Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata penubuhan pusat oleh Microsoft itu dijangka berupaya menjana pendapatan baharu AS$4.6 bilion (RM19 bilion), selain menyaksikan pelaburan berjumlah AS$1 bilion (RM4 bilion) dalam tempoh lima tahun akan datang.
As of Monday, COVID-19 vaccines are available to every American over 16 who wants a shot, but a panel of experts convened by USA TODAY remains deeply concerned about the people who say vaccines aren't needed. Anxiety about getting a shot is normal, expected and can be resolved with education and role models, several panelists said. "People who have questions deserve to have those questions answered. That’s fair and...
Substantial cuts in global greenhouse gas emissions could be achieved by raising water levels in agricultural peatlands, according to a new study in the journal Nature. Peatlands occupy just three per cent of the world's land surface area but store a similar amount of carbon to all terrestrial vegetation, as well as supporting unique biodiversity. In their natural state, they can mitigate climate...
Boustead Holdings Bhd has partnered Next Generation Oil Sdn Bhd (Next Gen) to co-create a new economic ecosystem with renewable algae biofuel technology, which will result in a reduction of greenhouse gases emitted by traditional fossil fuels.
Achieving economic, social, and environmental performance in today’s dynamic business climate requires a sustainability strategy that is executed with discipline year after year. This starts with farmers reducing their emissions, preserving agricultural soils, and ensuring the welfare of farm animals, which are the areas where they are the ones that have the most opportunity to make the biggest impact.
Earlier this month, I read with much concern about the reports related to harmful ingredients like hydroquinone and tretinoin in local cosmetic products. Unfortunately, this has been happening year in, year out in Malaysia. Unscrupulous manufacturers and business owners are seemingly unconcerned about the fines and imprisonment that they may face for committing such offenses.
THE HAGUE: Blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine but its benefits still outweigh the risks, the EU's drug watchdog said on Tuesday. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said in a statement that it had found a "possible link" between the jab and the clots, following eight such cases...
KUALA LUMPUR, April 19 — The Federal Territories (FT) Ministry will implement a large-scale precision farming project commercially to provide employment opportunities to the homeless and help them generate their own income. Its minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the project which would be carried out in Putrajaya by the end of this year was a continuation of the “Hijrah...
Biodegradable plastics have been advertised as one solution to the plastic pollution problem bedeviling the world, but today's "compostable" plastic bags, utensils and cup lids don't break down during typical composting and contaminate other recyclable plastics, creating headaches for recyclers. Most compostable plastics, made primarily of the polyester known as polylactic acid, or PLA, end up in landfills and...
With Katherine Tai confirmed unanimously by the Senate as the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in place at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the world is now getting a better picture of what U.S. agricultural policy – and the role of biotechnology in it – will look like at home and abroad. Here is a look at how the...
Much of common pharmaceutical development today is the product of laborious cycles of tweaking and optimization. In each drug, a carefully concocted formula of natural and synthetic enzymes and ingredients works together to catalyze a desired reaction. But in early development, much of the process is spent determining what quantities of each enzyme to use to ensure a reaction...
KOTA BHARU: Three students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kubang Kerian, near here have developed a smartphone application called ‘Recybin’ to facilitate waste management and recycling effort. Teacher Wan Azrina Muhamad Zuki said the application was developed within a month by The Squadron Team (pix) represented by Nur Iman Akmal Mazue Fazrol and Muhammad Faris Daniel Muhammad Effendy, both 16, and...
Experts in the European Commission’s in-house science service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC), have built four alternative scenarios for how the EU bioeconomy could contribute to achieving the climate targets set in the Paris accord.
Pharmaniaga Bhd 's subsidiary, Pharmaniaga Logistics Sdn Bhd (PLSB) has been officially appointed by Egypt's Pharco Pharmaceuticals as the sole distributor of Baraka health supplements in Malaysia recently
Angkatan Koperasi Kebangsaan Malaysia Berhad (ANGKASA) menyasarkan 500 ahli koperasi membabitkan diri dalam penternakan udang galah bagi menggalakkan perkembangan industri akuakultur.
Biotechnology could potentially account for about 20 percent of the global economy by 2040, with agricultural and manufacturing uses the main drivers and health care applications expanding.
By combining artificial intelligence and an extensive atlas of protein biology, Cyclica is taking new approaches to searching for old drugs that could fight COVID-19—and, now, it’s helped find what could become a first-in-class candidate.
In a bid to strengthen, promote and develop collaborative research on the commercialisation of Sea Grapes, a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed between SCU Southeast Asia Sdn Bhd (SCU-SEA) and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) recently.
Low-cost, low-carbon but high greenhouse gas reducing impact describes the opportunity for using biobased diesel fuel as helping achieve climate change.  Biofuels are a ready solution for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and tackling climate change.
Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) has inked a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Tokyo to enhance trade promotion co-operation between Malaysia and Japan.
The results of a study by researchers at the University of Groningen and University Medical Centre Groningen suggest that high dietary intake of animal products, processed foods, alcohol and sugar, support a gut microbiome that encourages inflammation, while a diet rich in plant-based foods was found to promote gut microbial communities that have the opposite effect.
Malaysian Digital Economy Corp (MDEC) is working to get more banks to provide microfinancing for farmers in driving the country's agriculture ecosystem based on agricultural technology (AgTech).
The world is struggling to act on the climate impact via various new standards and regulations. While the USA declined participation under the Trump administration, the new Biden one will continue to push the climate impact situation. One of the critical issues is the Circular Economy system to reduce waste. The electricity solution although 100% clean on...
As we reach our golden years, it is interesting to note that what we are truly frightened about is not ageing itself, but rather the effects of it, such as senility and losing control of our mind and bodies.
A new report suggests the global biotechnology and pharmaceutical services outsourcing market will grow because of the pandemic and rising drug development costs and R&D investments.
Radical reforms in Kenya's agricultural sector are set to inject fresh impetus to Bt cotton farming in the country, should a fibre crops legislative Bill pass into law. The Government shall be mandated to promote and market fibre crops and products locally and internationally, a development that will invigorate Bt cotton production.
Last month the case for oxo-biodegradable (as distinct from oxo-degradable) plastic was strengthened considerably, because a five-year study (the Oxomar Study), has now proved beyond doubt that oxo-biodegradable plastic does biodegrade in the oceans much more quickly than ordinary plastic, and is non-toxic.  The report of the study has been submitted to the French National Agency for Research...
Majlis Pembangunan Wilayah Ekonomi Pantai Timur (ECERDC) dengan kerjasama Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) menganjurkan Program Digital @ Jeli, semalam. Kursus latihan berbentuk latihan secara terus itu dianjurkan bagi memperkasakan usahawan di Kelantan dengan pengetahuan serta kemahiran penggunaan platform perniagaan digital.
The UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published new guidance on the assessment of chronic pain, recommending exercise instead of commonly used drugs such as paracetamol as part of its guidelines.
The latest in a series of webinars organised by the team behind the F3 Challenge, which is focusing on single-cell and novel proteins in aquafeeds, will be accessible on The Fish Site on 15 April.
A study shows that around 90 percent of mineral construction waste in Germany is recycled in an environmentally compatible manner. In road construction, for example, almost all construction waste is recycled.
KUALA LUMPUR: In developing a dynamic entrepreneurial community, MARA is offering programmes that will offer optimum opportunities for entrepreneurs to expand their businesses, particularly in e-commerce. Its chairman Datuk Azizah Mohd Dun said it was imperative for MARA to not only assist Bumiputeras to set up enterprises, but more importantly, sustain their businesses.
PARIS, April 8 — Certain substances present in cosmetics and beauty products could be responsible for an increased risk of endometriosis. Spanish researchers are sounding the alarm, calling for preventive measures to reduce public exposure to these compounds. A chronic disease that can be disabling, endometriosis is characterized by “the presence outside the uterine cavity of tissue similar to the...
BACHOK: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is targeting sales of agricultural products through the Contract Farming Programme to reach RM60 million this year. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said the programme under the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) will help to increase the production of vegetables and fruits in the country. He added that MAFI, through...
PUTRAJAYA: Kementerian Alam Sekitar dan Air (KASA) hari ini memperkenalkan garis panduan bagi mengurus bahan buangan klinikal daripada Program Imunisasi COVID-19 Kebangsaan (PICK) yang akan memasuki fasa kedua pada 19 April ini. Garis panduan itu dikeluarkan susulan sisa klinikal yang dihasilkan kini meningkat 96 peratus berbanding ketika COVID-19 mula dikesan pada Disember 2019. Pelaksanaan PICK sejak 24 Februari lalu dijangka...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia percaya tumpuan terhadap Internet Kebendaaan (IoT) dapat membantu merancakkan pembangunan industri pasca COVID-19 dalam sesebuah blok ekonomi. Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, berkata beliau yakin teknologi itu boleh menjadi kunci pendorong kepada transformasi ekonomi global
The European Medicines Agency has concluded that certain unusual types of blood clots are a very rare side effect of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, according to a statement the agency posted yesterday (April 7). These clots, which are associated with low blood platelet counts, have been reported in connection with a handful of deaths among the more than 34 million...
MOST of us have consumed both chicken and eggs during our lifetime without much knowledge of how the poultry industry actually operates. For a starter, there is a distinction between broilers which are raised for meat whereas layers are raised for table egg production. An integrated poultry player would extend its farms across several generations (of chicken) to maintain steady source...
Solar power’s environmental benefits are not new information to most, though adoption in its early years has been slow due to financial viability. Historically, Malaysia has depended on fossil fuels, importing more than half of its national energy demand in coal. However, in the last 10 years, I can say as a local clean energy industry player that clean energy...
KUALA LUMPUR (April 2): A greater public-private partnership is crucial to drive the country's economy and it will become even more important in the years ahead. In making the call, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Economy) Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said although plans and policies had been put in place to help the country grow wealthier, the Government could...
The government has announced plans for everyone in England to be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing from April 9, in a bid to further reduce the spread of the virus by capturing those that are carriers but symptom free. In what it describes as “a significant step forward”, the government said the move will pave the way...
Access to safe and nutritious food has never been more important. The Covid-19 pandemic has added to the global problems of hunger and malnutrition. The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) reported almost 690 million people around the world went hungry in 2019, up by 10 million from 2018, or nearly 60 million in five years. Economic lockdowns have...
Waste from farmed salmon processing plants is currently being tested as a means to produce a biodegradable alternative to polyurethane plastic. While polyurethane, which is derived from crude oil, is toxic to synthesize and slow to break down, researchers are looking to develop a biodegradable alternative from the heads, bones, skin and guts of salmon – by-products that are often...
ASIA PACIFIC, MALAYSIA — 1 April 2021 — Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday announced it has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to digital skills, of which over 110,000 of them are from Malaysia. This tops its initial goal of 25 million last June. Microsoft Corp. is also extending its commitment to help 250,000 companies...
PUTRAJAYA (April 6): Universiti Putra Malaysia Teaching Hospital (HPUPM), which is a COVID-19 vaccination centre, is going that extra mile to gain the confidence of vaccine receivers and ensure their safety. Three days before HPUPM’s vaccination centre began operating on March 8, the hospital performed a simulation to ensure that its vaccinators are ready to carry out their duties, and...
CAMERON HIGHLANDS: Lembaga Pemasaran Pertanian Persekutuan (FAMA) tampil membantu mempromosikan produk strawberi keluaran pusat pelancongan Cameron Highlands sepanjang Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP). Timbalan Ketua Pengarahnya, Mohamad Mustahapa Awang, berkata pelbagai usaha dilakukan pihaknya untuk membantu mempromosikan hasil pertanian berkenaan yang pasarannya kini agak terhad berikutan kekurangan pelancong.
KUANTAN: The construction of the rubber gloves and personal protective equipment (PPE) hub by the World Gloves International Group City and Hub Development Sdn Bhd (WGC) is set to begin this June. To be located in the Gebeng industrial area, the hub will be constructed on a piece of land spanning 128.2 hectares, involving an investment of RM100 million, said...
KUALA LUMPUR, April 6 — The International Monetary Fund (IMF) maintains its forecast on Malaysia’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth this year at 6.5 per cent, according to its latest World Economic Outlook (WEO) report published today. Themed “Managing Divergent Recoveries”, the report also stated that the country’s economy is expected to grow at 6.0 per cent in 2022.
The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has put Johnson & Johnson in charge of the Emergent BioSolutions' Bayview facility in Baltimore, which ruined around 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine Ad26.COV2.S. Johnson & Johnson said it was "assuming full responsibility" of the facility and reiterated that it will deliver 100 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine to the US government by the end of May.
KOTA KINABALU (Apr 6):  The Sabah Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries through the State Agriculture Department (JPS) is allocating 35,000 subsidised saplings of high-quality Musang King durian to be distributed to farmers across the state. Its Assistant Minister, Datuk James Ratib said the JPS had so far distributed over 20,000 of the durian saplings and the rest would be given out later on when there is...
US tyre giant Goodyear announced a new sustainable soyabean procurement policy on 18 March. The company said the policy’s aim was to help guide processors, farmers and all other members of the supply chain to establish practices and make sound environmental and social decisions related to the growing, harvesting and processing of soyabeans. “Goodyear’s use of soyabean oil is growing, and...
THE ASEAN consumer market, which is expected to reach US$4 tril by 2030, is still very tied to cash transactions, implying that there would be an enormous demand for e-wallets as consumers gradually shift to digital payments. After all, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has estimated that 70%-80% of new consumer population growth will be driven by tech-savvy working middle-class...
KUALA LUMPUR: Health experts have called for increased genomic surveillance and epidemiological analysis to track the SARS-CoV-2 variants and break the chain of Covid-19 transmission in the country. Epidemiologist Datuk Dr Awang Bulgiba Awang Mahmud said Malaysia was doing "very little" of these compared with countries like the United Kingdom (UK), Denmark and Iceland.
DHAKA, April 2 ― The floating gardens of Bangladesh are a precious aid in reducing the food insecurity linked to frequent flooding. According to a recent study, this form of agriculture could also provide a source of income for rural households in flood-prone parts of the country. Far from being a new concept in Bangladesh, floating gardens have existed for...
Biodiversity provides human health benefits on the land and in the water, according to a pair of newly published studies. Previous studies have highlighted many of the ways biodiversity offers indirect benefits to human health -- by encouraging pollination, for example. But new research suggests biodiversity also provides direct health benefits by keeping humans from getting sick.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Covid-19 pandemic has provided Malaysia with an opportunity to reset and build stronger fundamentals on multiple fronts, says Bank Negara. Governor Datuk Nor Shamsiah Mohd Yunus (pic) said it was timely for the country to embark on reforms that emphasised on innovation-led growth. “The ‘3Ds’ of reforms which are accelerating digitalisation, rethinking downstreaming and reducing distortion will reset...
TOKYO, March 27 ― Stress could be an aggravating factor in people who suffer from allergies. According to a Japanese study, the increase in allergic reactions could be linked to the stress hormone corticotropin. “In my daily practice, I meet many patients with allergies who say their symptoms worsened due to psychological stress,” explains Dr. Mika Yamanaka-Takaichi from the University...
SABAK BERNAM: Kerajaan Selangor melalui Perbadanan Kemajuan Pertanian Selangor (PKPS) melaksanakan Selangor Smart Agro Park (SSAP) yang mampu menjadi tunjang kepada keselamatan bekalan makanan di negeri ini. Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari berkata, dianggarkan 8,093 hektar tanah akan dibangunkan setiap tahun bagi tujuan itu yang akan memberi tumpuan kepada pembangunan pertanian khususnya bekalan makanan yang mencukupi kepada rakyat.
Project STOP and its partners celebrate milestones in preventing plastic leakage to the environment in Indonesia. From 2017 until end of 2020, the programme has brought waste management services to more than 133,500 people, built five material recovery facilities which will collectively process 150 tonnes of waste per day, and contributed to permanently preventing more than 8,123 tonnes of...
KUALA LUMPUR, Apr 1 — New graduates who joined the job market last year received lower pay than the previous year, with most getting the absolute lowest salary allowed by law, Statistics Department’s chief statistician Mohd Uzir Mahidin said. He told The Malaysian Insight that the Covid-19 pandemic also caused a lower labour force participation (LFPR) among those fresh graduates.
BERLIN: BioNTech-Pfizer mengatakan vaksin COVID-19 keluarannya berkesan 100 peratus untuk kumpulan umur 12 hingga 15 tahun. Syarikat itu menyusun jadual untuk mula menyuntik remaja sebelum permulaan sesi persekolahan tahun depan. Menurut kenyataan syarikat itu, ujian fasa ketiga ke atas 2,260 remaja di Amerika Syarikat menunjukkan keberkesanan 100 peratus dan tindak-balas antibodi yang baik.
Local companies have been urged to take part in developing the seed industry so as to accommodate the domestic supply, said Agriculture & Food Industry Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Roland Kiandee. He said up to last year, 90percent of domestic seed supply was imported.
PTT and Bangchak Corporation have pledged to help Thailand become a regional production base for high-value biochemical products after the pandemic eases. Thailand wants to add value to biofuels by using them as feedstocks for the biochemical industry. The main biofuels produced in Thailand are bioethanol, which is made from cassava and sugar, and methyl ester, which is made from palm...
As prospects for an end to the pandemic prompt talk of building back better, many have argued for a sustainable, inclusive and resilient recovery as the best means to secure growth in productivity. But are such proposals realistic or is the continued pursuit of exponential economic growth part of the problem? Many argue for reducing the size of economies (degrowth) or at the very least...
KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — Malaysia’s export of medical devices registered a double-digit growth of 24.9 per cent valued at RM29.99 billion in 2020, driven by the increasing demand during the pandemic, said Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Lim Ban Hong. Lim said major exports were surgical and examination gloves, medical instruments, apparatus and appliances, catheters, syringes, needles...
LONDON, March 29 — Benjamin Vidmar is an American chef living in Norway, in Longyearbyen. In this city, the last inhabited community before the North Pole, a great challenge awaited him — that of growing fresh produce. Thanks to permaculture, he found the solution with the creation of a polar farm. We’ll fill you in on his project in...
AS Asean countries are progressively updating their electric vehicle (EV) roadmaps, both Malaysia and the Philippines have emerged as two laggards in terms of adoption among their regional peers. While it is understood that Malaysia is in the midst of formulating its EV policy, the Philippine’s EV roadmap still lacks clarity and direction, according to Maybank IB Research.
The pandemic has brought a greater focus to employees’ reliance on technology and their employee experience as the remote working trend started to rise in line with initiatives to curb the spread the virus. And with many having to work from home almost overnight, the reliance on technology to complete their work is greater than ever.
ALTHOUGH the current administration will increase the funding allocation of the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (NIP) from RM3 bil to RM5 bil, low vaccination coverage in several Malaysian states might hinder Malaysia’s progress in achieving herd immunity by the end of this year. Due to limited vaccine supplies, only 1,338 frontliners (60%) in Sibu Hospital, Sarawak were vaccinated with the...
Anyone looking to sequester carbon and improve biodiversity should seriously consider in investing in seagrass restoration, according to Mark Parry, of the Ocean Conservation Trust. Seahorses are largely to blame, explains Parry, when asked how he’s ended up running a series of projects relating to seagrass. It’s thanks to the public’s appreciation of the hippocampus genus that aquatic plants have...
Volvo Cars’s manufacturing plant in Daqing, China, is now powered by 100% climate-neutral electricity, with 83% coming from biomass. With the addition of the Daqing plant, the company’s global manufacturing network is now powered by close to 90% climate-neutral electricity, a key step towards its goal of making its manufacturing operations climate-neutral by 2025.
KUALA LUMPUR: With indisputable realities such as the climate change being a growing global emergency, Nestle (Malaysia) Bhd has been stepping up its action and sense of urgency, at the global level and also in Malaysia. Nestle Malaysia chief executive officer Juan Aranols said for many years Nestle had been operating under the creating...
This was the moment of truth. We'd spent countless hours meticulously sterilising seeds (1,710, to be specific), filling the lab with a cacophony of rattling as we shook them in bleach. We'd built a fungus city: great tower-blocks of petri dishes stacked on the lab workbenches, with different colours, textures and shapes of fungi all emerging inside....
KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — The number of tuberculosis (TB) cases in the country is still high, said a respiratory medicine specialist. Dr Zamzurina Abu Bakar from the Respiratory Medicine Institute of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, who expressed her concern about the trend, said although the number of TB cases dropped to 23,644 last...
If companies want to capture value and ultimately profit from the projected growth in renewable diesel, they must understand their netback. The demand and price for renewable diesel is on the rise and bringing familiar and new market participants to the market. Domestic production of biomass-based diesel has struggled to keep up with demand,...
A total of 7,205 applications for the PENJANA Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing programme have been approved as of March 12, involving a total loan value of RM1.36 billion. Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said the government had allocated RM2 billion under this programme that prioritised SMEs that had never obtained bank loans...
Selenium is a trace mineral that has powerful antioxidant properties. It is a co-factor enzyme and its main job as an antioxidant is to protect against oxidative damage, so it can help with chronic conditions that include inflammation. A new mouse study demonstrated that adding selenium to diets can protect against obesity as well as provide metabolic...
Medicago, the Quebec City-based biopharmaceutical company, and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) have announced the start of Phase 3 clinical testing of Medicago's plant-derived COVID-19 vaccine candidate in combination with GSK's pandemic adjuvant, as part of the ongoing Phase 2/3 study. Medicago received approval from Canadian and US regulatory authorities to proceed with the enrollment of healthy adults in...
The Green Chemistry Commitment (GCC) is a global initiative to help transform chemistry education by preparing chemistry students with a better understanding of green chemistry, developing innovative, environmentally-sound solutions to chemical products and processes. Signatories commit to teach their students about the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry, toxicology and how chemicals affect human health...
SERDANG: The country’s agrofood sector needs to emphasis on the use of mechanisation, automation, modern and precision farming as well as other innovative technologies to increase productivity. Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said this because sustainability in agricultural production and food industry is an important agenda in an effort...
SERDANG: Modern farming and computer networking in the agriculture sector are among the focus of topics discussed at the National Agricultural and Food Engineering Convention (Nafec) 2021. Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the convention, held virtually this year, would see seven main papers, 30 technical and 31 research...
In the hours after we die, certain cells in the human brain are still active. Some cells even increase their activity and grow to gargantuan proportions, according to new research from the University of Illinois Chicago. In a newly published study in the journal Scientific Reports, the UIC researchers analyzed gene expression in fresh brain tissue—which...
BETTER management of plastic waste would create a multi-billion-dollar economy, particularly for circular economy, on top of reducing marine pollution. World Bank Group said this following several studies conducted in Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines on the use of plastic value chain approach. “We evaluated the plastics recycling industry and its...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has recorded an increase of RM200 million or 1.25 per cent in domestic direct investment (DDI) into Malaysian halal parks in 2020, said Halal Development Corporation Bhd (HDC). It said Malaysian halal parks had to-date attracted cumulative total investments of RM16.1 billion since 2011, signalling that the local halal industry is still...
OUT of 13 Asian markets surveyed in a new research commissioned by Prudential Corporation Asia, Malaysia came up top as the leader in terms of adopting digital healthcare services, with Malaysians believing they will be more reliant on technology in the future to improve their personal health and wellbeing. The Pulse of Asia – The...
ALTHOUGH travel for tourism is allowed under the targeted bubble travel between states under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) effective from March 10, the continuous closure of international borders eventually leads the tourism industry to take time to recover from the health crisis. In an effort of bridging the urban-rural divide in the...
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 75 per cent of the material value of plastics worth US$6 billion is lost per year across Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand, according to the World Bank. A series of studies by the bank revealed the three countries had less than a quarter of plastics available for recycling into valuable...
PETALING JAYA: The government has approved 7,205 applications with a total loan value of RM1.36bil under the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana) Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Financing scheme as at March 12,2021 compared with RM1.334bil last week. In presenting the 46th Inter-Agencies Economic Stimulus Implementation and Coordination Unit (Laksana) report yesterday, Finance Minister...
The government started human trials on Monday of a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine and expects to deploy it next year, which its health minister said could give the country more freedom with its vaccine policy. The vaccination drive is targeting the inoculation of half the adult population by the end of the year using...
It was a big week of news for Licella and their Cat-HTR platform in Australia with two soft plastic project announcements. First, Licella joined forces with a group of high-profile companies like Nestlé and LyondellBasell, who have collaborated to produce Australia’s first soft plastic food wrapper made with food-grade recycled content. Second, Licella launched a feasibility study...
TUARAN: Lobster farming will become a source of income for B40 families at Kampung Bantayan in Tamparuli here. Minister in the Prime Minister's department (Special Tasks) Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof said the freshwater farming of the crustacean using aquaponic systems was one of the high potential sectors that have been identified to uplift...
If you heard Canada is sitting on an untapped $200 billion/year sustainable economic development opportunity for forestry, agriculture and municipal solid waste, would you not want to hear more? In its May 2020 report “The Bio Revolution: Innovations transforming economies, societies, and our lives” McKinsey Global Institute wrote: “The direct economic impact of the...
Everybody has an opinion on medical cannabis. The fact is we do not know a lot about the effects of cannabis on bioprocesses. A new study sheds light on how cannabinoids―compounds found in cannabis and the central nervous system―act on a specific type of star-shaped, supporting cells in the spinal cord, called spinal astrocytes,...
KUCHING: Farmers in Sarawak are encouraged to adopt digitalisation or the Internet of Things (IoT) in their farming to increase productivity and reduce costs, said Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas. Uggah, who is also Sarawak Agriculture Modernisation, Native Land and Regional Development Minister, told this to reporters here following his visit...
KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Singer Zainal Abidin Mohamad’s popular number “Hijau” comes to mind when setting foot on the grounds of the Forest Research Institute Malaysia (FRIM) here. “Bumi yang tiada rimba, seumpama hamba, Dia dicemar manusia, yang jahil ketawa…”(Land without forests can be likened to a slave, defiled by humans who laugh...
KUALA LUMPUR: A team of researchers from Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) has succeeded in creating two innovations – TB Strip and TB Reader – to screen and detect tuberculosis (TB) faster to facilitate early treatment of the disease. It only takes the TB Reader about two hours to analyse a sputum sample and detect...
A new study is the first to identify how human brains grow much larger, with three times as many neurons, compared with chimpanzee and gorilla brains. The study, led by researchers at the Medical Research Council (MRC) Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, identified a key molecular switch that can make ape brain organoids grow more...
KUCHING (March 22): Sarawak’s Trade and Tourism Office in Singapore (Statos) is partnering with Singapore’s vertical farm founder, Sky Urban Solutions, to introduce their unique farming methods into Sarawak. Widely recognised as a pioneer and leading developer of technology in the field of vertical farming, Statos stated that Sky Urban’s patented cultivation system had...
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's exports of palm-based biodiesel are likely to fall this year to their lowest since 2017 due to European Union restrictions and the coronavirus pandemic, the Malaysian Biodiesel Association (MBA) said on Tuesday. Exports from Malaysia are estimated to fall to 350,000 tonnes from 378,582 tonnes in 2020, MBA president...
THE Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) is intensifying its efforts to attract high quality investments to boost Malaysia’s status as a globally competitive trading nation despite the Covid-19 health crisis. As the Government’s principal investment promotion agency under the International Trade and Industry Ministry, MIDA recognises the challenges in the global business landscape –...
PUTRAJAYA (March 22): Malaysia will no longer adopt the previous 'one dose, one dose reserve' policy, to speed up the vaccination process under the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, said National Covid-19  Immunisation Programme Coordinating Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. He said existing vaccine doses would be fully used as the government was satisfied with the delivery...
With UK agriculture accounting for 10% of all UK greenhouse gas emissions, the pledge by Morrisons is 5 years ahead of other supermarkets and 10 years before the National Farmers’ Union net zero goal of 2040. The company will this month start working with a selection of farmers to create net zero carbon farm models, looking at...
Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) is encouraging recycling practice among teenagers to create a community that is more sensitive to solid waste management. Its chairman, Dr Daroyah Alwi said recycling would help make a person more responsible for the environment, thus creating healthier and pleasant surroundings. “Having teenagers...
Pengumuman pakej rangsangan terkini diumumkan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, iaitu Program Strategik Memperkasa Rakyat dan Ekonomi (PEMERKASA) menjadi langkah maklum balas kerajaan. Ia menjadi respons kerajaan terhadap keluhan dan rintihan individu serta golongan tertentu yang masih terjejas teruk akibat pandemik COVID-19 dan kemelesetan ekonomi melanda bukan sahaja negara ini, bahkan seluruh dunia.
Medical cannabis is a subject of much debate. There is still a lot we do not know about cannabis, but researchers from the Department of Neuroscience at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences have made a new discovery that may prove vital to future research into and treatment with medical cannabis. Cannabinoids are...
The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is working on policy models that can be created with the assistance of insurance players including private insurance players. The implementation of the insurance scheme would be in line with the government’s intent to industrialise the agriculture and agrofood sectors in the country, especially the paddy...
KUALA LUMPUR: Pengurusan sisa pepejal adalah satu proses yang rumit dan kritikal.  Loji Rawatan Termal (Insinerator) adalah alternatif terbaik dalam melupuskan sisa pepejal kerana ia membabitkan ruang yang kecil berbanding tapak pelupusan, mengurangkan masalah bau dan isu leachate (air larut resap). Bagaimanapun, kebanyakan loji insinerator atau loji pembakaran sampah 'Waste-to-Energy' (WTE) di Malaysia, berdepan...
KUALA LUMPUR: Perbadanan Pembangunan Industri Halal (HDC) menyasarkan perkhidmatan makanan dan farmaseutikal halal dapat menjana pendapatan masing-masing sebanyak RM40 billion dan RM1.6 bilion menjelang 2025. Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Hairol Ariffein Sahari, berkata sasaran itu ditetapkan menerusi pelaksanaan Pelan Induk Sektor Halal 2021 HDC.
KUALA LUMPUR: Semua anak syarikat Duopharma Biotech Bhd termasuk anak syarikat luar negaranya di Singapura dan Filipina, mencapai pensijilan ISO37001, piawaian antarabangsa yang mengiktiraf pelaksanaan sistem pengurusan pencegahan rasuah yang berkesan. Penilaian sistem pengurusan pencegahan rasuah dan pensijilan untuk menentukan pematuhan kepada piawaian antarabangsa ISO37001 itu dikendalikan oleh SIRIM QAS International Sdn Bhd.
SERDANG: The Malaysian Pineapple Industry Board (MPIB) will be established in Sabah to increase production and expand pineapple cultivation in the state, said Agriculture and Food Industries Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee. He said the matter has been discussed with the Sabah Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Datuk Dr Jeffrey Kitingan and would be realised soon.
Sweets and snacks producer Mars Wrigley and Danimer Scientific, a developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, today announced a two-year partnership to develop an innovative home compostable packaging for its numerous product brands. The first brand Mars Wrigley will introduce will be SKITTLES® in the U.S., enabling consumers to enjoy delicious, fun and environmentally friendly...
KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — Southeast Asian countries, which are recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, can benefit from investments in green infrastructure, digital transformation, big data, and revenue mobilisation through tax reform, said the Asian Development Bank (ADB). “As countries slowly begin to emerge from the devastating health and economic impacts of the pandemic,...
COVID-19 | China will continue to work closely with Malaysia to strengthen cooperation on the Covid-19 vaccine and to assist the country to recover from the pandemic at an earlier time. Ambassador-designate Ouyang Yujing said China and Malaysia had been working together since the outbreak of the pandemic in early 2020, and now vaccine cooperation...
ILLINOIS, March 16 ― Will we still be able to eat rice whenever we want in 30 years? That's the question asked by a team of American researchers from the University of Illinois, who conducted a field study in India, one of the world's largest rice-growing areas. They found that investing in soil conservation technology and limiting...
SHAH ALAM - Penggunaan plastik sukar dielakkan kerana ia telah menjadi suatu kebiasaan yang memudahkan kehidupan seharian dari peralatan makanan sehingga komponen peralatan elektrik dan kenderaan. Presiden Gabungan Persatuan - persatuan Pengguna Malaysia (FOMCA), Datuk Dr Marimuthu Nadason berkata, berdasarkan laporan World Wildlife Fund (WWF) pada tahun 2020, anggaran nilai penggunaan bungkusan plastik makanan...
KUALA LUMPUR: Kawalan penularan COVID-19 di Malaysia menunjukkan perkembangan positif apabila kadar kebolehjangkitan (Rt) kekal pada kadar 0.87, manakala jumlah zon hijau khususnya di Semenanjung semakin bertambah. Berdasarkan data dikongsi Ketua Pengarah Kesihatan, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, di Facebook hari ini, nilai Rt mengikut kes seharian kekal 0.87 untuk empat hari berturut-turut.
Drugs such as beta-adrenergic antagonists (beta blockers) have been linked to a range of adverse effects, including depression. But how reliable are these data, and which psychiatric side effects might indeed be caused by these drugs? These questions have recently been addressed by a team of researchers from Charité-Universitätsmedizin Berlin, which published a meta-analysis, “Do...
In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown one-year anniversary, we realise the importance of securing global, regional and especially the local food supply chain. We saw bountiful of local produce go to waste due to initial bans on transportation and lack of logistical coordination. Such scenarios encourage urban farming, not only to reduce...
KPower Berhad has been shortlisted by the Energy Commission (EC) to develop a large scale solar photovoltaic plant of 50 megawatts in Pekan, Pahang through competitive bidding for the fourth cycle of the Large-Scale Solar (LSS4) opened by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources (KeTSA). KPower Group Managing Director, Mustakim Mat Nun said,...
KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s move to embark on official visits to meet with leaders of foreign nations is proof that Malaysia is wasting no time in taking steps to strengthen foreign investors’ confidence. One Belt One Road Chamber of Commerce (OBORCC) president Datuk Seri Tan Thian Lai said the move...
PARIS: With several Covid-19 vaccines either being rolled out or under trial, here is a rundown of the various stages of their development. PFIZER/BIONTECH The mRNA vaccine developed by US pharma giant Pfizer and German start-up BioNTech is already approved for use in the European Union, the United States, Canada, Britain...
Canadian dairy farmers are under fire for feeding palm oil to their cows in order to produce more butter, which is in hot demand for home baking during this pandemic. However, it’s made the butter harder at room temperature, and lit another firestorm of controversy about public trust in the food system. The so-called...
Decarbonizing natural gas for transportation and utility/pipelines by taking organic waste from landfills, dairy and hog farms, food waste and wastewater treatment plants and converting it to biogas and low-carbon RNG is what Greenlane Renewables is all about. From the renewable natural gas ecosystem, market drivers, Greenlane’s key projects, the tech, and more.
PARIS, March 9 — A third of all the world’s man-made greenhouse gas emissions are linked to food, according to new global research that tracked produce from field to fork to landfill. Land clearing and deforestation, fertiliser use, livestock and waste all contribute to the emissions from the system to feed Earth’s 7.7 billion...
To establish chronic disease, the hepatitis B virus (HBV) must have its genome of relaxed circular DNA (rcDNA) turned into covalently closed circular DNA (cccDNA). Exactly how rcDNA becomes cccDNA has been unclear, but new details about the transformation have been uncovered by Princeton University researchers. According to the Princeton team, the rcDNA genome, which contains four...
SERDANG (March 9): The Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI) has introduced four food innovation products with health benefits, namely mixed soup with pegaga extract, high-protein jelly pudding premixed flour, high-fibre premixed bread flour and fermented coconut water. “All these products, which have undergone about three years of research and development (R&D), are...
KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — Malaysians have been generating over 200,000 tonnes in household waste nearly every month since the start of the first movement control order (MCO) in March last year, The Star reported today. Citing internal data from the Solid Waste Management and Public Health Cleansing Corporation (SWCorp), the daily reported that food and...
ON the first anniversary of the Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin administration, the stage is set for the next lap of our economic development which would include our continuing reliance on foreign direct investment (FDI). Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has said that Malaysia continues to attract FDI, including Fortune 500 companies.
Malaysia will purchase additional Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines bringing the total allocation of the vaccines in the country to 32 million. The additional Pfizer-BioNTech doses are expected to be enough to cover 50 percent of Malaysia’s population along with existing doses the country received on Feb 22.
KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — The The Malaysian Cocoa Board’s (MCB) Cocoa Innovative and Technology Centre (CITC) is undertaking various research and development in cocoa downstream activities involving personal care products, cosmetics, ingredients for pharmaceuticals, as well as research on biotechnology for the commodity. According to the Ministry of Plantation Industries and Commodities (KPPK),...
KUALA LUMPUR - Straw besi, straw buluh, straw serai dan straw kertas, ini antara jenis penyedut minuman yang pernah muncul dua tahun lepas sebaik kerajaan melaksanakan kempen ‘Tak Nak Straw Plastik’ dalam usaha untuk mengurang pencemaran dan memelihara alam sekitar. Straw berkenaan menjadi trend ketika itu apabila kebanyakan premis menjual makanan termasuk restoran makanan...
BRUSSELS (March 10): Global gross domestic product (GDP) is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels by mid-2021, provided that countries roll out vaccines rapidly to lift coronavirus-related restrictions and prevent further mutations of the virus, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said yesterday, reported Sputnik. "World output is expected to reach pre-pandemic levels by...
MOSCOW: Germany's BioNTech and the US' Pfizer have the capacity of manufacturing up to three billion doses of their coronavirus vaccine next year, BioNTech CEO Ugur Sahin said in an interview with Bloomberg on Wednesday, reported Sputnik. "In principle, we could further increase our manufacturing capacity. So I do not see a limitation why we...
We recently presented 10 top tips for shrimp farming, covering a number of areas. In this instalment, we would like to focus on one aspect in particular – water quality. Maintaining good water quality is vital for various reasons. Good water quality creates favourable conditions for shrimp growth. Reducing the amounts of ammonia and organic particles reduces diseases risks....
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released the latest edition of its Short-Term Energy Outlook on March 9, predicting that electricity generation from renewables will reach 21 percent this year and 23 percent in 2022, up from 20 percent in 2020. In the electric power sector, biomass is expected to be used to generate 32.7...
HANOI (Vietnam News/ANN): Nova Consumer Group has announced plans to hire around 2,000 employees this year to bring more high-quality agricultural products to the market. They would include experts and food bio-technicians who would join the research and development system to develop good products for consumers' health. The company is a...
SINGAPURA - Penyelidikan terbaharu di Singapura mendapati vaksin Pfizer-BioNTech dapat membantu tubuh menghasilkan antibodi dan jenis sel imun tertentu bagi melawan virus Sars-CoV-2. Laporan itu sekali gus menjelaskan bagaimana vaksin tersebut dapat memberi perlindungan dalam tempoh seawal 12 hari selepas suntikan dos pertama.
KUALA LUMPUR: Only 2,982 of the 18,547 vacancies available in the agriculture sector last year have been filled, said Human Resources (KSM) Minister Datuk Seri M. Saravanan. He said from the statistics released by the Social Security Organisation Employment Insurance System (Socso-SIP) it shows that job seekers who are mostly school leavers and graduates are...
Luxembourg-based company Capsul’in Pro has launched its Zero Impact Nespresso-compatible coffee capsule, the first of its kind to be 100% biobased, certified home compostable and with a high oxygen barrier that protects the flavour and aroma of the coffee. The Zero Impact capsule is completely plant-based and does not contain materials derived from fossil...
PUTRAJAYA - Dr Maziah Che Yusoff dilantik sebagai Ketua Setiausaha (KSU) Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat (KPWKM) berkuat kuasa pada Rabu. Menurut Ketua Setiausaha Negara, Tan Sri Mohd Zuki Ali, pelantikan Maziah yang sebelum ini menjawat jawatan Timbalan Ketua Pengarah, Unit Perancang Ekonomi adalah bagi menggantikan Datuk Dr Junaidah Kamaruddin.
Director of Media and Communications at EMIR Research, Jamari Mokhtar has emphasised that Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MOSTI) Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin’s move to use blockchain technology to track the logistics and supply chain of the Covid-19 vaccines is an excellent idea. Blockchain, referred to as Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), makes the history of any digital asset...
The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) is urging consumers to buy small, medium or mixed weight eggs in a bid to protect the welfare of laying hens. The rehoming charity says around half the eggs laid by commercial chickens are large or extra-large, which can cause health problems such as prolapse.
The European Commission has approved an investment of over €77 million from the Cohesion Fund to improve the waste collection, treatment and recycling system in southeast Romania. The investment will provide a more integrated, efficient and sustainable waste management service, improving the quality of the environment for the benefit of over 500,000 inhabitants. "This...
K-SHAPED recovery is most likely to happen in most countries after the Covid-19 pandemic, including Malaysia. As a result, the government, businesses, communities and people should tune their directions and strategies to leverage this recovery or, to some extent, mitigate its impact. K-Shaped recovery emerges from digital transformation and, compounded by...
Propolis is a resin that bees create. It contains a mixture of bee saliva, beeswax, and substances from plants and trees. Propolis may have some health benefits for humans, but more large-scale studies are necessary. Bees use propolis, or “bee glue,” as a sealant. Historically, humans have used it topically or as an oral...
Humans first drank caffeinated tea more than 4,000 years ago in China. Since then, it has become one of the most popular drinks worldwide, second only to water. Both green and black teas are brewed from the leaves of the same shrub, Camellia sinensis, but green tea, which is made from unfermented leaves, contains more antioxidants.
What’s the life cycle system for corn starch ethanol? What is the current best estimate for carbon intensity of corn ethanol? What about ethanol biorefinery energy use intensity and land use change carbon intensity? What is the potential for further reductions in carbon intensity?
COVID-19 discovery was quickly followed by accusations and finger-pointing between the United States and China, further clouding the mystery behind COVID-19 origins and fuelling conspiracy theories. The “infodemic”, as coined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), outpaced the pandemic, overshadowing voices from rational scientific efforts.
The appointment of the National Farmers Organisation (Nafas) as the sole wholesaler for the Certified Paddy Seeds Incentive (Insentif Benih Padi Sah or IBPS) programme will provide space for existing registered agents, individuals or companies to distribute the seeds.
KUALA LUMPUR: Now that the first batch of Covid-19 vaccines has arrived in Malaysia and the first group of people are receiving their jabs as we speak, convincing everyone to get vaccinated remains an issue. Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, are full of anti-vaccine posts, with many getting louder as the official start...
PRIME Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's expressed wish to review the Environmental Quality Act, enacted in 1974, is refreshing to hear. There have been amendments to the act from time to time, but the moment has come for a comprehensive review of this country's foremost instrument of environmental governance. Our awakening...
Choosing the right crops to grow in your farm is a back-and-forth dance between two elements. Principally the 2 dance partners are the demand side and the production side. This is true whether you're farming traditionally using soil-based techniques, or in controlled environments using hydroponic or vertical farming systems.
Reading the news on our cellphones has been one of the major habit changes due to COVID-19. My friends, who once could not start their days without the touch and feel of a freshly delivered newspaper, have now been compelled to read the digital version. Via apps, or simply through news websites, they have had to adapt...
KUALA LUMPUR, (March 2): The Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry (MOSTI) and MIMOS Bhd, with the assistance of the Health Ministry, have begun a vaccine tracing project utilising blockchain technology at the proof-of-concept stage. Its Deputy Minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim said vaccine tracing can be used not only for the Covid-19 vaccine, but...
KUALA LUMPUR:  Invest Energy Sdn Bhd, a company in the renewal and clean energy sector, plans to invest RM2.2 billion over the next five to seven years in increasing its presence and investments in Malaysia and the Southeast Asian (SEA) region. The company plans to invest and develop strategic sizeable renewable energy (RE) projects in...
Kehadiran teknologi jaringan tanpa wayar Generasi Kelima (5G) berpotensi besar mewujudkan industri baharu membawa manfaat besar kepada ekonomi negara. Dijangkakan, ia akan mula dinikmati di negara ini secara berperingkat menjelang hujung tahun ini. Dengan pelaksanaannya itu, masalah gangguan talian dan rangkaian internet yang sering menjadi rungutan pengguna dapat dikurangkan. Persoalannya, bersediakah rakyat ke arah...
As COVID-19 gained steam worldwide last spring, little was known about the disease and the havoc it would wreak on the world. A year later, vaccines offer hope in the global fight against the virus, but it will be a monumental task to produce them and deliver them around the planet. That these vaccines...
U.S. biodiesel production reached 159 million gallons in December 2020, up from 151 million gallons the previous month and up from 133 million gallons in December 2019, according to data released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration on Feb. 26. Production came from 85 biodiesel plants with a combined capacity of 2.5 billion gallons per year.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 ― Businesswoman Samantha Lai's family has been composting kitchen waste since she was young. Late last year, the 32-year-old expanded her composting activities when her community at USJ 16 in Subang Jaya started a community garden. According to Lai, residents were encouraged to bring their organic waste...
KUALA LUMPUR: Program Imunisasi COVID-19 Kebangsaan dapat membantu memulihkan keyakinan perniagaan, seterusnya memacu pertumbuhan ekonomi negara, kata Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (Ekonomi), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. Beliau berkata, tindakan lebih ramai rakyat mendapat suntikan vaksin itu juga dapat meningkatkan keyakinan pengguna untuk kembali keluar berbelanja dan akhirnya memulihkan keyakinan peniaga.
The global demand for waste-to-energy (WtE) market is expected to witness high surge in demand as governments across the globe invest in developing sustainable solutions for generating energy from waste. This is being encouraged by improved awareness amongst consumers about the depletion of the non-renewable energy resources and soaring levels of pollution across land,...
The increasingly sophisticated administration of probiotics is having a major impact on the sustainability of shrimp aquaculture, and there are further advances expected, through the use of synbiotics, biofloc and semi-floc systems. As shrimp production intensifies and disease risks become prominent, shrimp health has become more important than ever, as it can make or break the...
The first batch delivery of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to Malaysia is expected to arrive in the second quarter of this year, the pharmaceutical company said.
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Mac -- Projek berintensifkan modal yang melibatkan teknologi canggih dan tenaga kerja mahir menguasai landskap pembuatan pada tahun lepas, kata Lembaga Pembangunan Pelaburan Malaysia (MIDA).
Americans will start receiving Johnson & Johnson‘s COVID-19 vaccine within the next 24 to 48 hours, J&J CEO Alex Gorsky told NBC’s Today this morning. FDA issued an EUA for J&J’s Ad26.COV2-S vaccine on Feb. 27, a day after an advisory panel unanimously recommended that the agency authorize the vaccine for adults 18 and over. J&J’s vaccine is...
The Australian Government released its Snapshot of Australian Agriculture report, outlining the current state of Australian agriculture. It covers eight key aspects of Australian agriculture, but we'll share a shortened version here. Australian agriculture accounts for: 55% of Australian land use (427 million hectares, excluding timber production in December 2020) and...
Kane Footwear, a new name in active recovery footwear, has launched a new, bio-based molded, EVA foam slip-on, which the company is marketing under the brand name Revive. Constructed from Kane’s sugarcane-derived BounceBack foam, the Revive utilizes thoughtful styling and an active recovery design to provide support for fatigued muscles and all-day comfort. The...
COVID-19 | Side effects such as pain and swelling at the shot spot, fatigue, headache, fever and chills are common for Moderna and Pfizer-BioNtech Covid-19 vaccine receivers, Xinhua news agency citing CNBC said in a recent health report. People who experienced such side effects may take over-the-counter (OTC) pain pills after the shot to alleviate these symptoms, said...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 23: A senior consultant paediatrician believed that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine would reduce the risk of persons with disabilities (PwD) getting infected with COVID-19. Head Clinical Research Centre of Perak, Datuk Dr Amar Singh HSS said currently there are no restrictions for this group to get COVID-19 vaccine unless their immune system...
KUALA LUMPUR: Pertanian memainkan peranan penting dalam ekonomi dan bertanggungjawab dalam pengeluaran makanan serta keperluan asas kita. Semestinya, sektor pertanian amat dekat di hati rakyat Malaysia. Pada 2019, sektor pertanian menyumbang sekitar 8 peratus Keluaran Dalam Negara Kasar (KDNK). Oleh itu, petani yang masih mempraktikkan kaedah bertani secara tradisional mempunyai peluang besar untuk memanfaatkan...
THE past year is one that few of us will forget. While the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic have played out unevenly across Asia and the Pacific, the region has been spared many of the worst effects seen in other parts of the world. The pandemic has reminded us that a reliable and uninterrupted...
THE Government’s decision to implement the movement control order (MCO) for the second time – albeit in a more relaxed and flexible setting, especially for the economic sector – has not been an easy one to make, as there needs to be a balance between the country’s economy and the health of the people.
Each year The Economist Intelligence Unit publishes an annual report giving its outlook for six global industries, one of which is the healthcare and pharmaceuticals sector. While 2020 made it clear that forecasting is far from foolproof, it remains an important task. In 2021, more than ever, companies need to be able to anticipate some of the...
Artificial intelligence is a comprehensive branch of computer science where machines are trained to perform tasks that usually require human intelligence. The machines know nothing from the start, but they can be trained to recognise highly complex patterns. At Nofima we have developed an AI package for the evaluation of salmon skin - the...
Long-chain alkanes, key chemical components of fossil fuels such as gasoline, contribute to urban air pollution even if they are not combusted, reports a study published in Communications Chemistry. In combustion processes, such as in car engines, a chain reaction called autoxidation occurs at high temperatures. Recently, autoxidation was identified as an important source for highly oxygenated...
With digital transformation being an important catalyst for Malaysia’s inclusive economic recovery, MyDIGITAL and the Malaysia Digital Economy Blueprint announced today by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, is an important milestone that will enable Malaysia to take advantage of the breadth of opportunity that technology offers.  We congratulate the Government for putting a...
BRUSSELS: The European Commission is preparing a digital vaccine certificate which is expected to be globally recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), reported Anadolu Agency, quoting an EU official on Tuesday. Speaking at a press conference following a virtual meeting of EU affairs ministers, Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in...
We propose that in the interest of reducing the cost of living of consumers in the long run, efforts to enhance the production of local food whether at the household level, at the scale of gardens, farms or even in residential areas, should be increased. A variety of the latest technology is easily available...
What do Bill Gates and Robert Downey, Jr. have in common? Apparently, they both are looking for ways to alleviate climate change by getting involved in the bioeconomy. Bill Gates is talking about plant-based or lab-grown beef as a way to save the world since cows burp, fart, and poop too much methane. And Iron Man actor...
The Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Technical Centre for Mechanical Industry (CETIM) to encourage cooperation in niche engineering and manufacturing technology. The collaboration between MIDA and CETIM aimed to strengthen Malaysia’s technological ecosystem by attracting quality investments.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 22 — Malaysians are not being used as “guinea pigs” as the Covid-19 vaccines have been administered to 30 million people globally and proven safe, said National Cancer Society of Malaysia (NCSM) general manager Dr M. Murallitharan   The NCSM medical director said any production of vaccines or drugs would also have...
KOTA BELUD: The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industry (MAFI) will continue to strengthen the concept of large-scale cultivation to boost rice production, thus realising the country’s 75 to 80 per cent self-sufficient level (SSL) target. Its Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee said the country’s SSL was currently at 70 per cent while...
The hot-off-the-press Renewable Fuels Association’s 2021 Ethanol Industry Outlook focuses on ethanol as an ‘essential energy’ to address the challenges of climate change, food and energy security, and rural prosperity. Now in its 22nd year, it provides key statistics, trends, and analysis on the latest ethanol developments, what to expect in 2021, a listing of every fuel ethanol...
KUALA LUMPUR: Rangka Tindakan (Blueprint) Ekonomi Digital Malaysia (MyDIGITAL) dijangka menempatkan Malaysia pada kedudukan baik dalam kalangan negara serantau dan global, demikian menurut Persatuan Teknologi Kebangsaan Malaysia (Pikom). Pengerusinya, Danny Lee, berkata Pikom melihat inisiatif itu sebagai rancangan komprehensif untuk memberikan nafas baharu kepada sektor awam, memperkasa sektor swasta, melengkapkan masyarakat, membina infrastruktur kelas...
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Pfizer Inc and BioNTech SE have asked the U.S. health regulator to relax requirements for their COVID-19 vaccine to be stored at ultra-low temperatures, potentially allowing it to be kept in pharmacy freezers. Approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could send a strong signal to other regulators around the...
Major reform of global food systems is urgently needed to address natural habitat loss, according to a new report. Produced by the UK think-tank Chatham House and backed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Compassion in World Farming, the study says that agriculture is threatening 86% of the 28,000+ plant and animal...
Today, synthetic fibers – whether elastane, polyester, or polyacrylic - are ubiquitous in clothing. Underwear, sweaters, T-shirts – all are made with synthetic fabrics. Synthetics also play an important role in the sub-sector of the industry to which Vaude belongs - the outdoor industry After all, the outdoor industry is particularly dependent on textiles...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 24 — Malaysia’s economic recovery plan is on the right track with the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme that begins today, said Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said many economic sectors were awaiting border reopening not only in the country but also abroad, including the tourism and retail...
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are set to begin a new Phase II study of their COVID-19, after a delay to the programme was announced in December 2020. The delay to the programme was announced after Phase I/II study results found a low immune response in older adults who received Sanofi/GSK’s investigational adjuvanted, recombinant protein-based COVID-19 vaccine.
One solution to agriculture's many challenges—climate change-induced drought, less arable land, and decreased water quality, to name a few—is to develop smarter fertilizers. Such fertilizers would aim not only to nourish the plant but also to maximize soil bacteria's positive effects on the plant. Tapping into a plant's microbiome may be the extra layer of defense crops...
To combat climate change, shifting from fossil fuels to clean and sustainable energy sources is imperative. A popular candidate in this regard is hydrogen, an eco-friendly fuel that produces only water when used. However, the efficient methods of hydrogen production are usually not eco-friendly. The eco-friendly alternative of splitting water with sunlight to produce hydrogen is inefficient...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 16  -- The Digital Economy Council under the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) was formed to coordinate policies related to digital economy which involve various ministries and agencies, said Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed. In this regard, the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Economy) said it was appropriate for EPU as a federal agency responsible in planning...
KOTA BHARU, Feb 14 -- The Ministry of Agriculture and Food Industries (MAFI) is targeting an output of 958,000 tonnes worth RM9.08 billion in the aquaculture sector by 2030. Its Deputy Minister II, Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi said to achieve this target, the government was using the pro-business approach including the private sector’s involvement to take the...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — Malaysia could capitalise on its Covid-19 vaccination efforts by becoming a regional hub for halal vaccines catering to Muslim countries, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin. Khairy said Malaysia was approached by vaccine producers about using the country as a regional hub due to its internationally recognised...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 -- The Department of Environment (DOE) has returned 254 containers of plastic wastes, weighing 5,512 metric tonnes to their respective countries of origin between January and December last year. Environment and Water Minister Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said in addition, the DOE had also suspended the operations of 204 illegal plastic...
AS digital technologies have notably begun to play an even more critical role in the economy, it is increasingly clear that there is a real need to prepare talents – newly graduated or now in the workforce – for digital jobs. More companies are becoming digital by default, with 91% of local organisations having...
BRUSSELS: Kesatuan Eropah (EU) bakal melancarkan program untuk mengkaji varian COVID-19 dan menghasilkan vaksin 'generasi kedua' bagi melawan varian baharu yang bakal muncul. Ketua EU, Ursula von der Leyen ketika bercakap kepada akhbar harian Perancis, Les Echos, berkata, program 'inkubator HERA' yang bermula hari ini akan membawa bersama industri farmaseutikal, makmal, penguat kuasa kesihatan...
Malaysian oil palm estates commonly suffer from rhinoceros beetle attacks, which is estimated to cause an annual yield loss of up to 25 percent in the palm oil sector, an industry valued at RM161 billion globally.   As the second largest palm oil producer in the world, Malaysian farmers have long tested various methods for...
THERE are three main reasons for economic growth to stagnate in Malaysia — market saturation of household and automotive products; increasing cost of low-skilled labour and shortage of a high-skilled labour force; and no development of products and infrastructure in line with the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0). For us to rise again economically,...
KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 16 -- The East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC) has outlined three main focus to spur economic recovery in Terengganu to help the people cope with the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Its chief executive officer Baidzawi Che Mat said the priority was given to human capital development, agriculture and tourism sectors...
New data has found that the overuse of short-acting beta2-agonist (SABA) relievers for asthma in the UK is responsible for 250,000 tones of greenhouse gas emissions – or CO2 – annually. The findings, which will be presented at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting, also found that 83% of all SABA relievers for asthma...
PUTRAJAYA: Kerajaan memperuntukkan RM30 juta di bawah Pakej Jana Semula Ekonomi Negara (PENJANA) bagi projek Program Kebun Komuniti atau Kebuniti. Menteri Pertanian dan Industri Makanan, Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee, berkata program pertanian bandar itu bakal memberikan manfaat kepada 27,524 individu dan 1,046 komuniti di seluruh negara. Katanya, program yang dilaksanakan...
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released its Annual Energy Outlook 2021 (AEO2021) on Feb. 3, predicting that the consumption of biofuels as a share of the domestic fuel mix will gradually increase through 2050. Although the COVID-19 pandemic affected demand for all liquid fuels last year, the EIA notes that biofuel consumption has not...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia dan Singapura berada di kedudukan untuk meraih manfaat pertumbuhan global pada 2022, menurut Moody's Analytics. Firma itu menjelaskan, kedua-dua negara mengambil langkah berhati-hati bagi pembukaan sempadan untuk membolehkan perjalanan walaupun menjadi antara negara paling giat melaksanakan sokongan dari segi dasar fiskal demi ekonomi masing-masing sejak tahun lalu.
NEW YORK, Feb 16 ― The year 2021 is ushering in a return to basics even in the world of cosmetics. It is no longer just a question of giving up makeup under the pretext of it interfering with mask-wearing, but of allowing the skin to better defend itself against external aggressions. This is made easier by...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — The application of blockchain technology in agriculture can help reduce the cost of transaction for farmers and enables fair trade, Agrichain Technologies Pvt Ltd said. “The micro payment and micro credit to farmers is currently very restricted and the cost of transaction or cost of credit evaluation is very...
PUTRAJAYA, Feb 16 -- The National Mineral Council (MMN) has agreed with the proposal to make the National Mineral Industry Transformation Plan 2020-2030 (TIM 2021-2030) as a new agenda for the development of the mineral industry in Malaysia. The matter was agreed upon during MMN’s inaugural meeting today. Energy and Natural Resources Minister Datuk Seri...
KUALA LUMPUR: Like everyone else, tackling the Covid-19 pandemic via vaccine cooperation is top on the agenda of the European Union (EU). However, the EU is also mindful of assisting Malaysia on improving the latter's trade and investment ties, removing misunderstandings and enhancing cooperation concerning palm oil, and creating new partnerships on climate change,...
The World Health Organization is working to establish a clinical description for the lingering symptoms, known as long-COVID, some people experience months after being cleared of their initial COVID-19 illness, CNBC reported Feb. 13.  WHO recently held a global meeting that involved "patients, clinicians and other stakeholders" to gain a clearer picture of long-COVID, Tedros Adhanom...
Past studies have highlighted how genetically modified (GM) crops contributed to the alleviation of the effects of climate change. But a new calculation reveals that GM crops may be contributing more than previously documented. The researchers behind the study emphasized that previous studies did not incorporate the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with yield increases...
A new US study released has further emphasised the need and benefits of corn ethanol in the nation's fuel supply.Scientists from Harvard University, Tufts University and Environmental Health & Engineering showed in their report, Carbon Intensity of Corn Ethanol in the United States: State of the Science, corn ethanol reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46%, compared...
Many organisations are in the process of discovering the most productive way to store, unify and, mobilise data effectively. Snowflake estimates that there are still hundreds of millions of data sets isolated in cloud data storage and on-premises data centres globally. The Data Cloud eliminates these silos, allowing organisations to seamlessly unify, analyse, and share data to...
NEW YORK, Feb 18  -- United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday proposed that the Group of 20 (G20) set up an emergency task force to prepare a "Global Vaccination Plan" against COVID-19, reports Xinhua news agency. "We have come together to create the COVAX facility, the one global tool to procure and deliver vaccines...
BACHOK, Feb 12 -- About 10,000 farmers along the coast of Bachok are able to generate an overall income of over RM32 million a year by growing watermelons, pumpkins and sweet potatoes. Deputy Agriculture and Food Industries Minister II, Datuk Che Abdullah Mat Nawi, said over 90 per cent of the total income was derived from...
When discussing WtE for residual waste treatment, the notion of “lock-in” effect often comes up, suggesting that once a WtE plant is built, the surrounding regions will be inclined to recycle less and instead bring more waste to the WtE plant. CEWEP firmly believes that investment in new or expanded WtE capacity should only take place in...
THE MALAYSIAN Investment Development Authority (MIDA) responds to a report by the Singapore Straits Times. The following is MIDA's full statement: The recent report by The Straits Times of Singapore on 5 February 2021 regarding foreign investors fleeing Malaysia is incorrect. The piece falsely indicates that the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 -- Still sceptical about the effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine and its ability to help save millions of lives every year?  Are you aware that the country has successfully implemented various immunisation programmes, for example for polio and chicken pox, over the past seven decades? According to scientist Ts....
ROME, Feb 4 — Global food prices rose for an eighth consecutive month in January to their highest since July 2014, the United Nations food agency said today, as economies continue to battle fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of...
PARIS, Feb 8 — The diapers of our beloved babies and toddlers represent a considerable annual mass of waste. Energy Observer Solutions met up with Les Alchimistes, a company in the Paris region, which recycles diapers from four daycare centres and manages to make a quality compost from this hitherto unexploited bio-waste. Every year...
Antibiotic Research UK (ANTRUK) has urged the UK government to provide clarity on whether people receiving antibiotics can also receive a COVID-19 vaccination. The charity, which provides support to people with antibiotic-resistant infections, has said it is clear that better patient advice regarding COVID-19 vaccination is needed.
After growth temporarily slowed down in 2019, Russian turkey producers showed a record 20% production increase in 2020, research showed. The research, conducted by Russian consulting agency Agrifood Strategies, showed that turkey meat production, export, and consumption are increasing against the backdrop of the continuing decline in imports, even despite the difficult economic situation...
As part of its Environmentally Conscious Design (ECD) philosophy, gategroup company deSter has entered a strategic partnership with PulPac, a Swedish Research & Development and Intellectual Property company. Together they will focus on the development and manufacturing of fiber-based, single-use food packaging products for the airline and food service industries.By working with PulPac and...
Before the pandemic, the conventional wisdom was that attractive offices were critical to productivity, culture, and attracting and retaining talent. Companies competed for prime office space, and concepts as densification, open-office designs, hoteling, and co-working were mode of operation.  But a survey⁠1 conducted by KPMG during the Movement Control order (MCO) revealed that 69% of Malaysians...
KUANTAN, Feb 10 (Bernama) -- Muhammad Rusydan Fikri Mohd Roslan’s advertising and graphics studio was not spared the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The business he started after graduating from Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) in 2018 with a visual communications degree survived less than two years.
Heterosis is based on what we call dominance genetic effects, and these effects result from interactions between the pairs of alleles at all of the genes that influence a characteristic of interest. Indeed, the utilisation of dominance genetic effects is fundamentally based on combinations at every level – of species, of lines within species, and occasionally even...
SEOUL, Feb 9 ― From taxing the creators of waste, to repurposing leftovers from hotel restaurants and authorising the sale of expired foods, here's a look at some countries' initiatives to help reduce food waste. Food waste is a global problem. Each year, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of consumable foodstuffs are thought to...
NEW YORK, Feb 6 — While looking after our personal well-being has never seemed more important, given the global health crisis, one little-known wellness practice merits more attention: ‘green care.’ This concept can be summed up in one phrase: taking care of your body and mind by calling on the benefits of Mother Nature. 
In a subset of patients diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), immunotherapy paradoxically exacerbates tumor growth and significantly shortens survival. Currently there are no clinically validated biomarkers that can identify patients at risk of this paradoxical response called “hyperprogression.” Using artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of simple tissue scans, researchers at Case Western University...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 — Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) along with residents from several People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Kuala Lumpur have turned a deserted reserve land into a vegetable garden. DBKL said on Facebook that the reserve land, which was filled with untrimmed trees and overgrown bushes, was one of the flood...
2020 is the year that changed everything; from the way we live, to the way we work and play.  As we grapple with the human and economic impact of Covid-19, this is also a time for us to reflect and plan the way forward in Malaysia. This is the first global pandemic of the...
KINABATANGAN: Two recently published scientific papers have highlighted the importance of maintaining small and degraded forests to support the conservation of biodiversity. Danau Girang Field Centre's (DGFC) Kinabatangan Small Carnivore Project (KSCP), in collaboration with the Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) and Cardiff University, has been studying small carnivores within the sanctuary since 2013.
Advances in the fields of biomaterials and nanotechnology could lead to big breakthroughs in the fight against dangerous viruses like the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. In APL Bioengineering, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science describe two possibilities being explored by scientists in the field to make vaccines more effective and build surfaces that...
Malaysia will delay the nationwide rollout of its B20 palm oil biodiesel mandate to early next year.The reason behind the move was prioritise an economy that has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the state news agency Bernama reported.The mandate to manufacture biofuel with a 20% palm oil component - known as B20 - for the transport...
Corporate capture — the exercise of inappropriate influence — is a dangerous thing, but when Big Tech gets involved, it becomes lethal on a global scale. Nowhere is this threat more visible than in agriculture. Big Tech's goal? Control the very thing that feeds the world: food. From farm to fork, the technology companies...
KUALA LUMPUR: LKL International Bhd, menerusi anak syarikat milik penuhnya, LKL Advance Metaltech Sdn Bhd memeterai memorandum persefahaman (MoU) dengan iWOW Technology Pte Ltd dari Singapura bagi meneroka potensi kerjasama untuk membangun dan memasarkan produk pengesanan kontak elektronik COVID-19. Dalam makluman kepada Bursa Malaysia, LKL berkata, iWOW mengeluarkan produk token pengesan, menggunakan peranti Bluetooth...
At the Animal Microbiome and Nutritional Health Congress held in Chicago in March 2020, Niel Baxter, a research scientist with Elanco Animal Health, shared the importance of finding products to change the metabolism of the microbiome of animals to help improve their performance. “I talked a little bit about ways in which we can...
IN NINE short years, the world will have to take stock of how far we have come in taking urgent action to combat the impact from climate change, as well as to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. These are among two of the Sustainable Development Goals set for...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Bioeconomy Development Corporation (Bioeconomy Corporation) melantik Datuk Iskandar Dzulkarnain Abdul Khalid sebagai Pengarah dan Pengerusi berkuatkuasa 25 Januari 2021. Iskandar Dzulkarnain yang dilantik oleh Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, menggantikan Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun yang meletak jawatan pada 29 September 2020. Dengan pengalaman selama 20 tahun dalam...
In a new perspective piece published in the Feb. 5 issue of Science, pharmacologist Namandje Bumpus, Ph.D.—who recently became the first African American woman to head a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine department, and is the only African American woman leading a pharmacology department in the country—outlines the molecular origins for differences in how well certain drugs...
NUS researchers have reconstructed nearly a thousand microbial genomes from green leafy vegetables commonly consumed in Singapore to improve the quality of urban farmed crops. This study is a first step towards uncovering the microbiomes associated with urban farmed vegetables. It also marks progress in developing bio-based solutions for local food production. The microbiomes refer to the...
Plastics are among the most successful materials of modern times. However, they also create a huge waste problem. Scientists from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) and the East China University of Science and Technology (ECUST) in Shanghai produced different polymers from lipoic acid, a natural molecule. These polymers are easily depolymerized under mild conditions. Some 87...
PUTRAJAYA: Portal Rangkaian Makmal Nanoteknologi Kebangsaan (RMNK) yang dilancarkan hari ini, dapat dimanfaatkan penyelidik dan pihak industri bagi mendapatkan bantuan konsultasi serta nasihat teknikal dan penggunaan peralatan bagi menjalankan kajian berasaskan nanoteknologi. Menteri Sains, Teknologi dan Inovasi (MOSTI), Khairy Jamaluddin, berkata pihaknya juga berharap portal itu dapat menggalakkan lebih ramai penyelidik dan pemain industri...
GENEVA, Feb 4 ― A new tuberculosis treatment that slashes costs and the pill burden for patients will be rolled out in five high-incidence countries this year, international medical research body the Aurum Institute said yesterday. TB ― a respiratory disease that is preventable and treatable yet kills more than 1.4 million people every...
Without exception 2020 has thrown unique challenges at Australian agriculture. Admirably, and equally without exception, our farming communities have proven to be remarkably resilient. Faced with catastrophic bushfires at the beginning of the year, the myriad disruptions caused by Covid-19, collateral damage from international geopolitical events, and the ever present threat of drought –...
In 2019, the palm oil industry contributed 4.67 per cent to the country's gross domestic products (GDP) and 37.9 per cent to the agricultural GDP. Total exports of oil palm products were 27.88 million tonnes in 2019, with export revenue of RM64.84 billion. Palm oil export earnings alone was RM38.03 billion. Currently, Malaysia accounts...
IN real estate, buying the cheapest house on the block is a strategy that may pay off nicely. For the same budget, you’re in a tonier neighbourhood, and your home value is likely to rise faster to catch up to the median price. Perhaps most importantly, you are constantly reminded there’s room for improvement.
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 -- The European Union (EU) and Belgium have given assurances to fulfil their vaccine supply agreements with Malaysia, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar. Khairy, in a statement today, said with the assurances of both the EU and Belgian Ambassadors, Malaysia’s COVID-19 immunisation plan is expected to proceed according to plan.
Wang Somboon Farm, a cage-free production operated by CP Foods, is ready to apply Thailand’s first ever cage-free farming practice standard from Department of Livestock Development, delivering consumers safe food and address an increasing consumer demand for animal welfare products. Mr Somkid Wannalukkhee, Senior Vice President at CP Foods, said that the new cage-free standard...
Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy released the Plastics Innovation Challenge Draft Roadmap and a Request for Information seeking stakeholder input on the Draft Roadmap. Originally announced in November 2019, the Plastics Innovation Challenge is a comprehensive program to accelerate innovations in energy-efficient plastics recycling technologies. The Plastics Innovation Challenge aims to position...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2  -- Malaysia can leverage much of the cumulative intellectual property it has developed in Islamic finance, oil and gas services, tourism and industrial agriculture to support innovative new business models, particularly in digital startups. According to Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) chairman Datuk Wira Rais Hussin Mohamed Ariff, the powerful...
Blindness due to age-related dry macular degeneration (AMD) robs over 200 million people worldwide of being able to do the simplest tasks they used to take for granted, such as driving or playing with their grandkids. Currently, there is no approved treatment for AMD. A group of drugs used to treat HIV that block...
SHAH ALAM - Lembaga Kemajuan Pertanian Muda (MADA) optimis untuk terus menjadi penyumbang utama kepada pengeluaran padi negara melalui pelbagai program yang telah, sedang dan akan dilaksanakan. Pengerusinya, Ahmad Tarmizi Sulaiman berkata, pada tahun 2011, MADA telah melaksanakan Projek Estet Padi di bawah program Bidang Ekonomi Utama Negara (NKEA) EPP 10 yang menyasarkan peningkatan...
A new study released today finds biofuels continue to have a significant positive impact on Iowa’s economy, but recent market challenges reduced the job and household income impacts of ethanol and biodiesel production in the state. The study, authored by John Urbanchuk of ABF Economics and commissioned by the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA),...
According to the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia’s bond market has recorded an accumulated net foreign inflows of RM18.3 billion in 2020. Although Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) had cut the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) to a record low of 1.75 percent, there is a room for the central bank to act in terms of monetary...
Cross-continental drug development and commercialization deals are good for business, and imperative for patients to receive access to the most valuable scientific breakthroughs. This month has already brought a number of these partnerships for the treatment of cancer and other diseases with a significant medical need. Here’s a look at four of them. Illumina...
The Scottish mussel aquaculture industry currently produces around 8,000 tonnes a year using wild larvae and is therefore reliant on a successful spawning year. This method is also a limiting factor in the expansion of the industry, which has the potential to become a major part of Scotland’s economy. However, scientists at the Scottish Association...
Space startup company bluShift successfully launched its first rocket powered by biofuels on Sunday.The fuel, which are intended to be used to propel small satellites into space, was employed in a single-stage prototype that can only carry up to 18 lbs of payload and is designed to achieve suborbital space.Stardust's first launch carried three small payloads to...
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 2 -- The essential and critical sectors are still contributing significantly to the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) even during the current Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) period, according to Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz. He said key sectors such as commodities, mining and agriculture are allowed to operate...
SHAH ALAM, Feb 2  -- Pharmaniaga Bhd (Pharmaniaga) assures the COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac produced by Chinese pharmaceutical company, Sinovac Life Sciences Co Ltd (Sinovac), is safe, effective and halal. Pharmaniaga Research and Development Division head, Dr Badarulhisam Abdul Rahman, said the vaccine produced using inactive virus technology is the most effective and proven method forthe past 40...
KOTA KINABALU: The state government is looking to set up Sabah Swiftlet Board to regulate the industry. Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, who is in charge of the state agriculture and fisheries, said the board is expected to be set up this year. "The new authority will be...
Secretary of agriculture nominee Tom Vilsack stressed the important role biofuels and bioenergy will play in meeting the Biden administration’s climate goals during a Feb. 2 hearing before the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Vilsack is a former two-term governor of Iowa who served as secretary of agriculture during all eight years...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25  -- Bioalpha International Sdn Bhd (BISB) has signed an agreement to procure Sinovac Biotech-developed COVID-19 vaccine from a unit of Chinese state-owned Sinopharm Group Co Ltd, and is planning to distribute it in Malaysia by mid-April if relevant approvals are received.  BISB, which is wholly owned by Bioalpha Holdings Bhd, today inked a procurement and distribution agreement with Shanghai Bukun Trading...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25  -- The Health Ministry (MOH) is targetting the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the country to be completed by the end of this year or early next year. Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the vaccination programme would involve three phases with the first phase expected to start in March involving half...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 -- The agriculture and plantation sector is expected to see a huge increase in adoption of drone technology this year due to the increase in demand and technology readiness, thus enabling a technology-driven transformation to ensure efficiency and sustainability. Malaysia Digital Economy Cooperation (MDEC) DroneTech and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Ecosystem manager Wan...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The improper disposal of excess or unused medicines can over the long-term lead to environmental degradation, including the contamination of valuable water resources that can cause harm to aquatic life. Whether indiscriminately dumped into garbage bins or flushed down the toilet, a good portion of the pharmaceutical waste will eventually end...
Zaman berubah selari kehendak peredaran masa dan manusia, terutama era Revolusi Industri 4.0 (IR 4.0). Pelbagai jenis pekerjaan baharu diwujudkan untuk membantu manusia selari perubahan pantas. Mereka yang tidak memperbaharui atau mempelajari pengetahuan baharu akan terus ketinggalan pada zaman serba mencabar ini. IR 4.0 diharap mengubah cara kita hidup, bekerja dan...
KUALA LUMPUR: Duopharma Biotech Bhd has confirmed it will procure and supply to the Health Ministry the Covid-19 vaccine known as Sputnik V developed by the Gamaleya National Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. In a statement today, Duopharma said its wholly-owned Duopharma (M) Sdn Bhd (DMSB) had signed a term sheet agreement with...
There are an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 species of micro-organism per gram of soil. Addition of certain microbes can tailor soil characteristics: removing contaminants, improving fertility and even making barren land available for farming. The Microbiology Society's report calls for increased access to research into soil health, promoting outreach activities in agricultural colleges and...
SURGING Covid-19 cases worldwide has recorded up to 2 million fatalities to date (that is about 10 per cent of the total death during WW1), witnessed an overwhelming demand for medical attention in hospitals, necessitating medical institutions to have sufficient supplies of personal protection equipment (PPE). The demand for polymer-based PPE is also observed...
WASHINGTON: The global economy is expected to see a strong rebound this year, but the coronavirus crisis is causing severe damage, slashings tens of trillions of dollars off GDP, the IMF said Tuesday. "Now at $22 trillion," a figure equal to the size of the entire US economy, "the projected cumulative output loss over...
BIOALPHA Holdings Bhd is not competing head-on with the Government’s free-of-charge vaccination programme. Instead, it has found a niche market to capitalise upon. The integrated health supplement company has set its targets on both expatriates and foreign workers from various industries, the latter of which is considered a vulnerable group to the COVID-19 virus.
Growing food in our increasingly variable climate is a challenge. Growing crops in a controlled environment provides an alternative approach to conventional farming which is free from the pressures created by extremes and variations in our weather, isolated from pests, and allows crop growth at a wider range of latitudes. Vertical...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25  -- Being one of the largest vegetable oil producers and contributing some 31 per cent of the 235.4 million tonnes of world oils and fats production globally, Malaysia's palm oil went through a very treacherous journey especially in recent years. As the top two biggest producers, Indonesia and Malaysia, which contribute 87 per...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 -- The Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC) has urged industries to embark on circular economy (CE) practices as an integrated development concept for long-term economic growth, environmental protection and social inclusiveness. Its deputy director-general Zahid Ismail said the CE is an economic model which aims to produce goods and services in a...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 – A group of Malaysian scientists from Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Cancer Research Malaysia in collaboration with the University of Cambridge in the UK have built the largest genetic and genomic database of Asian breast cancers to date. The milestone helps doctors to diagnose patients more precisely and offers the...
Moves to improve the breeding of laying hens by using innovative tracking and data analysis strategies have won backing from a major genetics company. Hendrix Genetics Layers is to support HenTrack, an innovative research project based at the Centre of proper Housing of Poultry and Rabbits (ZTHZ) in Switzerland, which is looking at breeding...
Corrosion control and packaging expert Cortec today announced the launch of Eco Wrap, the world’s first compostable industrial strength machine grade stretch film. The latest formula uses a certified compostable resin plus a tackifier additive to make an industrial strength compostable stretch wrap that can be used on most standard automated stretch wrap equipment....
As a society, we witnessed workers grapple with the strains of the COVID-19 pandemic, experienced the mental stresses of social isolation, and struggled to achieve work-life balance whilst working remotely – all of which has taken an enormous toll on our ‘mental health’. But do we know what this elusive buzzword means?Mental health goes beyond the absence...
Engineers at the McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis say they have developed a microneedle patch that can be applied to the skin, capture a biomarker of interest, and allow clinicians to detect its presence. The technology is low cost, easy for a clinician or patients themselves to use, and could eliminate the...
HANOI, Jan 25 -- The mammoth trade deal Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is expected to unlock more export markets for Vietnamese agricultural products, according to insiders, Vietnam news agency (VNA) reported. At the “RCEP- UK-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (UKVFTA) opportunities to promote value chains of Vietnamese agricultural products” recently held in Ho Chi Minh...
Last year, Americans consumed over 6 billion avocados, leaving behind tons of inedible pits that turn into food waste. The Mexican company Biofase converts around 130 tons of avocado seeds a month into forks, knives, spoons, and straws.The company claims its bioplastic food products have a lower carbon footprint than any other comparable material — even paper.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan. 26  -- Education that emphasises on good values is essential to create a future generation of leaders who are able to lead a country with good governance. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said concerted efforts should also be taken to implant children with good values through the education from the...
BASED on latest reports and after consulting experts, we believe the full story on the mRNA vaccines’ safety aspects is not out, especially the ultra-sensitive and unstable mRNA vaccine developed by Pfizer, which would require refrigeration of -70 degrees to -80 degrees Celsius.  Even the 95% efficacy claimed by Pfizer and Moderna has been...
Despite the feeling of déjà vu as we endure another period of lockdown in Scotland, 2021 is already shaping up to be quite different. While the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine gives some hope for a return to normal, the pandemic has accelerated trends and been a catalyst for change in many sectors, not least in aquaculture.
Fossil fuel is a common word used to refer to buried flammable geologic deposits of organic substances. They are created by decomposed plants and animals which were altered to natural gas, heavy oils or crude oil due to being exposed to a lot of heat and pressure in the earth’s crust over millions of years. Fossil fuels are...
Trade agreements can be exciting. They facilitate opportunities, and more so if the trade agreement involves a wide region for free trade. The RCEP is one that is sizzling right now on the economic pot. It is creating a buzz in the market and firms are preparing and are pumped up taking their position at the starting...
KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – More than 50 metric tonnes of pharmaceutical products are collected by hazardous waste management expert Kualiti Alam Sdn Bhd every month for disposal. These products include medicines, syringes, blood bags and tubes, and urine bags from pharmaceutical companies and private hospitals nationwide. Clinical wastes from government health facilities are handled...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 -- Calysseo has appointed the consortium of Black & Veatch and Shanghai LBT Engineering & Technology Co Ltd to execute the full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) scope for its first commercial FeedKind® production facility. As the consortium leader, Black & Veatch will provide project management, process design and global procurement...
PHA are natural polymers, prevalent in nature and fully biodegradable in the environment. Currently produced by fermentation of engineered microbes, PHA polymers also have applications in water treatment where they act as a zero-waste solution to nitrate pollution and as animal feed ingredients. Yield10 has a long history with and deep knowledge of PHAs and it believes...
2020 was a watershed year for the global economy, financial markets and also life in general. With the havoc wreaked by the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing global lockdown, we saw the global supply chains were disrupted, most economic activities essentially ground to a halt and international travel also stalled abruptly. Many industries, especially...
Some of the leading SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates are “mRNA vaccines,” based on incorporating the genetic blueprint for the key spike protein on the virus surface into a formula that when injected into humans instructs our own cells to make the spike protein. In turn, the body then makes antibodies against the spike protein and they protect us...
The vital role the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) plays in nutrient absorption and the immune response is probably much more complex and dynamic than most of us realize. We do know, however, that maintaining good intestinal health and minimizing intestinal disruptions are critical to growth, to the health and welfare of birds and to the food safety aspects...
Industry players have been called to use alternative raw materials other than wood for manufacturing. Malaysian Timber Industry Board (MTIB) director-general Mohd Kheiruddin Mohd Rani said utilising alternative raw materials from oil palm biomass, such as oil palm trunks, empty fruit bunches, oil palm frond, palm kernel shell, and other biomass, such as sawdust,...
THE COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped consumer behaviour in Malaysia. Across myriad sectors, including healthcare, digital education, and retail services, the new normal has propelled the move to online, bringing with it a significant surge in demand for a seamless customer experience. Amid mass remote working in Malaysia, the need for organisations to deploy modern...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 20 -- Ho Wah Genting Bhd (HWGB) hasobtained a full pharmaceutical product registration approval for its wholly-owned subsidiary, Astramern Sdn Bhd’s health supplement, Astramern Astra H, from the National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA), Ministry of Health. The Astramern Astra H comes in capsule form and contains specially formulated Chinese herbs that help to boost the body’s...
Genetic rewiring could have driven an evolutionary explosion in the shapes, sizes and adaptations of cichlid fish, in a breakthrough that could be significant for tilapia breeding programmes in aquaculture. Published in BMC Genome Biology, an Earlham Institute (EI) study, with collaborators at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, shows that genetic rewiring at non-coding...
There is little doubt that Earth’s climate is changing. Science points to these changes being primarily driven by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions. Time is of the essence as OEMs and fleets across the country take a fresh look at the use of low-carbon biodiesel and renewable diesel to help reduce emissions in their new...
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's latest RM15 billion stimulus package will provide support for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to sustain operations while safeguarding jobs and the economy, SME Association of Malaysia president Datuk Michael Kang Hua Keong said. Kang, however, hoped the government would open up all economic sectors to allow more businesses to resume...
KU Leuven researchers have identified the biological mechanism that explains why some people experience abdominal pain when they eat certain foods. The finding paves the way for more efficient treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and other food intolerances. The study, carried out in mice and humans, was published in Nature. Up to 20% of the...
If eating insects as an alternative food protein source is on your agenda then good news is afoot as mealworms have been authorised for human consumption. Although at the early stages of a full green light, dried yellow mealworms has got the initial thumbs up from the EU’s food safety watchdog, the European Food...
Facing rising shorelines and catastrophic wildfires, the reality of climate change has set in. Policymakers, business leaders, consumers, and businesses of all types have been pushing for a transition away from their reliance on fossil fuels – towards a carbon-negative power supply that is economically favorable, logistically feasible, and environmentally smart. What are the critical innovations and...
The days are long, but the years are short.” This bittersweet saying, which is often shared with new parents, may apply to everyone who has been living through the COVID-19 pandemic—although what we’re experiencing is almost entirely bitter and not at all sweet. Over the past 12 months, SARS-CoV-2, an RNA virus that carries a mere 29,903 nucleotides, has...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 19 -- Taconic Biosciences, a global leader in providing drug discovery animal model solutions, has announced an expansion of its immuno-oncology portfolio.   According to a statement, immuno-oncology is a leading research priority because it uses the body’s own immune system to effectively treat some types of cancer. 
Even as agricultural biotechnology (agbiotech) becomes more refined, it becomes more powerful. For example, relatively crude techniques such as transgenics are being supplanted by genome editing. Where transgenics blasts one organism’s genes into another organism’s genome, genome editing proceeds more delicately, altering a cell’s DNA directly. Genome editing can even be used to patiently reconfigure an organism’s...
Consumers want companies to reflect their values. They’re far more likely to purchase from a business with an identity, whether it manifests in charitable efforts or eco-friendly practices. As a greater number of people show interest in green living, biodegradable packaging presents an opportunity for growth. That said, the virtues of biodegradable packaging extend beyond...
ONE key element often underestimated and overlooked in Malaysia’s past national visions and policies is human transformation, which involves instilling key ethical values and principles. Economic, technological and social targets could not be achieved (or sustainably achieved) if people are still corrupt to the core. National visions have always included ethical...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 ― Malaysia, which is negotiating supplies of a Covid-19 vaccine with China’s Sinovac Biotech, will only go ahead with procurement if it satisfies the safety and efficacy standards of local regulators, a minister said on Wednesday. Brazil has triggered concerns over Sinovac’s vaccine, after clinical trials found that it was...