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Parasites, pathogens and salmon ... Professor Patrick Woo#8217;s life revolves around these. HILARY CHIEW caught up with the parasitologist while he was in the country last month.
Using a robotic insect,highspeed video cameras and a few drops of vinegar,scientists say they have answered a question that has puzzled them fordecades - how flies perform stunning aerial acrobatics when they hover near a dessert tray or a piece of fruit.
The Raja Musa and Sg Karang peat swamp forest reserves in northern Selangor provide a reservoir of water that is critical to the success of the Tanjung Karang rice cultivation scheme. But ill-conceived development at the fringes of the reserves threatens not just the peatlands, but food security too, for Tanjung Karang is one of the country's rice bowls.
Outgoing Penang chief police officer Deputy Comm Datuk Arthur Edmonds is looking forward to #8220;less field work#8221; when he takes up his new post as Bukit Aman Deputy Director of Internal Security and Public Order next month.
B>XIAOTANGSHAN:/BSix days and six nights. That's all the time construction crews had to erect a 1,000-bed SARS isolation hospital on a field in the tiny Chinese township of Xiaotangshan, an hour north-east of Beijing.
B>JAKARTA:/BJust as Asean was picking up the pieces and putting in place major initiatives to integrate the region and make it globally competitive after the financial crisis of 1997, the economic slowdown of the new millennium and last year's Bali bombing, another challenge, this time from an unknown and mutant microbe, has reared its head.