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Lifestyle 12 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Better way to biodiesel

As one of the world#8217;s top palm oil producers, Malaysia has the potential to become a big energy player by converting palm oil into biodiesel. HAH FOONG LIAN caught up with Biox Corporation, a Canadian biodiesel technology company which has the know-how to produce biodiesel from palm oil at a cheaper price.

Lifestyle 13 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

No trees and no rain

Deforestation has left Panama praying for rain, writes ROBIN EMMOTT.

Lifestyle 15 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Beauty of the forest

Thai-born artist Lalita Rochanakorn loves to paint flowers i>in situ/ideep in the jungle to capture the shimmer of natural lighting and right shades of colour. Her paintings of orchids are so detailed, delicate and life-like that the beauty she sees in the blooms are immortalised. Her labour of love is part of a plant conservation project by Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok.

Lifestyle 16 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Tale of a word freak

STEFAN Fatsis has a way with the English language and its lexicon. There is no doubt about that when you read his book I>Word Freak Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players/I>.

Lifestyle 17 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Meditation, the key to peace

It wasn#8217;t scandal, poverty or burnout. So what would turn a person away from a high-flying, socialite lifestyle of parties, nightclubs and sports cars? Well, how about meditation?

Lifestyle 17 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

A holiday-perfect destination

Rolling pastures, rugged peaks, lush rainforests, quaint villages, sandy beaches and abundant fresh produce coupled with temperate climate. What more could you ask for? LEONG SIOK HUI discovered why Australia's Sunshine Coast is dubbed the perfect vacation spot.

Health 18 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Safety in food

A rapid, accurate and cheap test for pathogens, including detecting genetically-modified (GMO) products, is essential to ensure quality in food manufacturing. Coupled with that, traceability is central to the safety of the food supply chain and Canadian-based Warnex Corporation has the solution. HAH FOONG LIAN reports.

Lifestyle 18 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

A mat to protect and enrich the soil

Ecofibre Technology Sdn Bhd has come up with a clever invention. It is a mulching mat called the Ecomat, which is made out of EFB (empty fruit bunches) that is first processed into fibre.

Lifestyle 18 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Meeting a different kind of dragon

GRAHAM SIMMONS goes in search of the elusive naga jolokia, finds it, and survives the encounter #8211; but only just.

Lifestyle 18 May 2003 | 12:00 AM

Lessons from a fisherman

This thought-provoking tale came through the e-mail. It was sent in by LIEW HOI FOO.