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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.

Elementary diet

IT MAY surprise you to know that there are as many as 21 major minerals and trace minerals that are required in our diet.

Turning Xiamen around

This is Yuandang Lake, recreational hub of the bustling port city of Xiamen in southern China. The lake was once a stinking communal dump for industrial and solid wastes and untreated sewage, with swarms of mosquitoes and flies. But an ambitious project to rehabilitate the lake has turned it into a model of integrated coastal management which is being replicated worldwide.

Redirecting a river

Spain is split over plans to re-route the River Ebro. Those living in parched lands welcome the project but others fear it will wreck an ecologically important wetlands, EMMA ROSS-THOMAS reports.

Sneezing regularly

A potpourri of common ailments and possible herbal remedies.

Spice it up!

Make low fat food interesting with a dash of herbs and a sprinkle of spice, write SHELDON MARGEN and DALE A. OGAR.

Probiotics to the fore

The health benefits of probiotics were known thousands of years ago in countries of the Middle East where fermented milk was consumed for digestive upsets. Eli Metchnikoff, the 1908 Nobel Prize winner for his work on the immune system, suggested that people should consume sour milk to slow down the process of ageing.

DNA advance by Chemistry Dept

The Chemistry Department is now able to accurately and speedily identify bacteria that causes food poisoning and water contamination through DNA tests.

Better bandages on the way

For all the emphasis placed on technology by the American armed forces, until recently, dressing the wounds of soldiers had advanced little in hundreds of years.

Incentives to boost fisheries sector

The Government has set up a Business Development Centre to facilitate investments in technology-related areas and spur growth in the fisheries sector, said Agriculture Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Effendi Norwawi.