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Bats dwelling in limestone caves in northern Laos were found to carry coronaviruses that share a key feature with SARS-CoV-2, moving scientists closer to pinpointing the cause of Covid-19.
SINGAPORE (Bloomberg): Hundreds of thousands of people may be infected annually by animals carrying coronaviruses related to the one that causes Covid-19 each year in China and South-east Asia, according to a study emphasising the ongoing pandemic threat from spillover events.
NEW DELHI (Bernama): A 12-year-old boy died of Nipah virus in India's southern state of Kerala on Sunday, a federal health ministry official confirmed.
Streetlights – particularly those that use white light-emitting diodes (LEDs) – not only disrupt insect behavior but are also a culprit behind their declining numbers, a new study carried out in southern England showed.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Naomi Osaka did not appear to be too worried over her recent run of poor results in the run up to the U.S. Open and remained confident about chances of successfully defending her title at Flushing Meadows.
News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Friday (Aug 27)
MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Senator Nancy Binay on Friday (Aug 27) voiced her opposition to the possible establishment of a casino in Boracay Island which President Rodrigo Duterte is now endorsing in a bid to generate more funds for the government.
PHNOM PENH (The Phnom Penh Post/Asia News Network): The Apsara National Authority (ANA), a body tasked with managing the Angkor Archaelogical Park, is installing a net in the roof of the Angkor Wat gallery to prevent bats from entering the structure as bat urine is a source of moisture and salinity which combined erodes the temple’s stonework.
If you’re interested to know more about Batu Caves, you could always visit the place, but unfortunately, we can’t right now. So, the next best thing comes in the form of a book published by the Malaysian Cave and Karst Conservancy or MCKC.