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Lifestyle 03 Jun 2018 | 6:00 AM

Malaysian bike commuter pros share their secrets for cycling to work

Malaysian bike commuter pros to share their secrets for cycling to work, advice on the best bicycles, what to do about office wear, how to fix emergencies, and tips for a safer ride.

Science & Technology 27 Dec 2017 | 6:53 AM

Friendly ‘robocop’ helps police in Hungary

A talkative little robot has been enlisted by police in Hungary to help bring an electric jolt to presentations in schools and pensioner clubs.“Hi kids!” said robot Robi to a class of primary school children in Szolnok, 100km east of Budapest. “Some things you need to be careful with when using the internet...” he continued in a tinny voice. About 40cm tall and 20 wide, and weighing 1.6kg, Robi's 16-part body stood on a table, gesturing as he talks. “It grabs the attention more if a robot is talking,” said Robi's programmer Csaba Erdos, a police educational instructor. “It's a new way of communicating and presenting,” he said.Robi has been operational in the Jasz-Nagykun-Szolnok county since May, and Erdos, 38, said there are plans to have similar robots jumping into action soon around the country.Most weeks Erdos takes Robi with him to help at presentations to schoolkids and elderly people on themes like crime prevention, digital security and road safety.During a break to recharge – after 30 minutes of talking Robi needed more power – one boy at the Tiszaparti school said that he hadn't seen a talking robot before, apart from in the Transformers cartoon.“His voice took a while to get used to but I loved it, he was very clever,” said 10-year-old Milan Markus. After the talk, the children laughed as they all tried to mirror his robot moves. Occasionally Robi also greets reporters at press conferences, where he gives advice on how to avoid crimes like break-ins. He can even answer questions, “as long as they are pre-programmed,” said Erdos. Sporting a police logo on his chest, the friendly Robi can also help engender trust in the police, Erdos said.“Robots can be a force for good, helping and supporting people, rather than replacing or threatening them, as they are sometimes portrayed in films, he said. – AFP Relaxnews

Travel 16 Apr 2017 | 6:21 AM

Is it safe to cycle on Malaysian roads?

How safe are our Malaysian roads for cyclists? talks to the avid cyclists in our midst.

Living 26 Feb 2017 | 6:50 AM

Human Writes: Don't react without understanding the problem first

Instead of knee-jerk reactions to tragedies, we should ask what caused them and how they can be prevented.

Travel 22 Dec 2016 | 6:41 AM

This spray paint could save your life (and it comes off!)

Volvo has reintroduced its LifePaint safety spray, making it available to buy online in the UK for the first time.

Science & Technology 25 Jul 2016 | 6:54 AM

To survive a serious car accident, you need to look like him

This life-like sculpture called Graham illustrates what the human body needs to look like to withstand a car accident.

Mind 27 Apr 2016 | 7:00 AM

Did this man's emotional video on depression change minds about the mental problem?

Doug Leddin's video where he talks frankly about his 10-year battle with depression has gone viral over the Internet.

Travel 16 Apr 2016 | 7:00 AM

Cycling your way to a traffic jam-free city

A landmark cycling conference discusses the various ways to make pedal power happen in our cities.

Travel 08 Apr 2016 | 7:00 AM

Hope for greater awareness for cyclists on the road

Cyclists from all walks of life gather in Subang Jaya to take part in the Ride of Honour to pay tribute to and raise funds for a fellow cyclist who was killed in an accident on Kesas.

Living 29 Feb 2016 | 7:00 AM

The Taipei commuter’s conundrum

Serious efforts are ongoing to make Taipei a cycling city, but there are still many changes to be made – including the attitude of commuters – before this can happen.