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What is a biophilic office? How plants can boost productivity and well-being

NEW YORK, Aug 7 — When natural elements are integrated into buildings, it’s called biophilic design. For a few years now, greenery has been...

Malaysia a natural base for US companies

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia provides various opportunities to multinational organisations given its strong economic fundamentals, including vibrant export activities and manufacturing capabilities. HSBC Malaysia multinationals global...

MOSTI launches five technology roadmaps

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 9): The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) on Tuesday (Aug 9) launched five National Technology Roadmaps to intensify Malaysia's...

Economists expect stronger GDP growth in 2Q

MALAYSIA is expected to record stronger GDP growth in the second quarter of 2022 (2Q22), surpassing the 5% year-on-year (YoY) growth rate registered in...

China’s bio-based future

In 2021, the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) unveiled a new method for making animal feed from CO and nitrogen with Beijing Shoulang...

MEH launches programme to secure halal food ecosystem

SERDANG, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The Halal Economy Council (MEH) has launched the Halal Food Security Programme and Halal Farm Project Consortium which aimed...

Drawing more youths to agriculture can avert food security threats

The participation of more youths in agropreneurial ventures is expected to boost the nation’s food supply and food security levels as well as reduce...

BIOMEDICAL

Blood pressure med may slow progression of motor neuron diseases like ALS

Terazosin, a drug currently prescribed for patients with high blood pressure or enlarged prostates, may hold therapeutic potential to slow the progression of motor...

‘Synthetic embryo’ breakthrough but growing human organs far off

TEL AVIV, Aug 6 — Stem cell scientists say they have created “synthetic embryos” without using sperm, eggs or fertilisation for the first time,...

Why aren’t digital pills taking off?

In 2017, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) broke ground by approving the first drug with an embedded biosensor to track its use. Proteus Health’s Abilify...

Turning cells into better protein factories could help improve gene therapies. Here’s how

The cells in your body are not all the same. Each of your organs has cells with very different functions. For example, liver cells are...

My Say: The future of Covid-19 vaccines in Malaysia

Imagine the world without a Covid-19 vaccine — three years into the pandemic and we would still be fighting a losing battle with the...

AGBIOTECH

5G: Game-changer in smart agriculture, tackle food security issues

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 (Bernama) -- The fifth-generation network (5G) technology will be the driving force in data-driven smart agriculture in Malaysia that will...

MAHA 2022: Agrofood sector provides business opportunities for young people

SERDANG, Aug 11 (Bernama) -- The agro-food sector provides wide business opportunities and prospects for young people, said Bank Pertanian Malaysia Bhd (Agrobank) chief development officer.

Ronald: MAHA 2022 records over RM10 million in sales value as of Aug 8

SERDANG, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The 2022 Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro Tourism Exhibition (MAHA) 2022, held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang...

SMART SBB has successfully helped farmers increase rice yield — minister

SERDANG (Aug 7): The Large-Scale SMART Paddy Field (SMART SBB) programme, first introduced in February last year, has successfully helped paddy farmers increase their...

Rise of precision agriculture exposes food system to new threats

Farmers are adopting precision agriculture, using data collected by GPS, satellite imagery, internet-connected sensors and other technologies to farm more efficiently. While these practices could...

BIOINDUSTRIAL

Govt to launch National Energy Policy soon — Mustapa

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 9 (Bernama) -- The government will launch the National Energy Policy 2021-2040 later this month to boost investment flows and advance Malaysia's sustainable...

Banana peels make sugar cookies better for you

Banana peels aren't always destined for the trash or compost anymore. They're making their way onto people's plates, replacing pork in "pulled peel" sandwiches...

Pilot study finds raw sewage able to produce butanol, ethanol – Tuan Ibrahim

CYBERJAYA, Aug 8 (Bernama) -- A pilot study conducted at the Cyberjaya Sewage Treatment Plant found that every 15 litres of raw sewage can produce...

#TECH: Acer goes ‘green’ with new laptops and desktops

KUALA LUMPUR: Going green and eco-friendly has been in the agenda of most tech companies, and Acer is one of them that is actively...

Tasty fruit and vegetable straws replace plastic

PHNOM PENH – Minister of Environment Say Samal praised a Cambodian enterprise that makes straws from rice and vegetable matter rather than plastic, which he...