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    Commissions goes to who ah?
    Mr Mighty Ants, you are touching on rather sensitive grounds. I hope pemuda can open a new thread for this.

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    Default World's 1st semi-cloned fish

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    The manipulation of cells took five years to complete and cost $1.5 million

    SCIENTISTS in Singapore have become the first to 'semi-clone' an animal by fertilising an egg with an embryonic stem cell that mimics sperm.

    Holly, a 4cm-long medaka fish, is now 15 months old and a great-grandmother, with a family of more than 100 fish which are able to reproduce normally and healthily.

    The success by the scientists from the National University of Singapore may spell promise in future for infertile couples.

    The key to the discovery is that scientists managed to generate a haploid DNA cell which mimics sperm. The isolation and manipulation of these cells took five years to complete, and cost $1.5 million.

    The work by Associate Professor Hong Yunhan of the National University of Singapore's Department of Biological Sciences came through persistence - he continued his work to create haploid cells even when Nobel Prize winners had given up.

    In essence, what the scientists did was to take eggs from one fish, and sperm from another.

    The sperm cells were then zapped with UV rays to strip them of their DNA code, and these were then used to "fertilize" the eggs.

    As only one set of DNA was contained in the eggs, the resulting division created haploid cells. These cells were then combined with eggs from another fish, and Holly was born.

    This method opens up the possibility of obtaining a haploid cell from a man, enabling him to pass on his DNA even if he is infertile.

    That will be some time in the future, howeer, as further tests will still need to be carried out.

    There will also be ethical hurdles to cross: Scientists and others have long debated the issue of whether it is right to clone humans.

    For now, though, scientists here are celebrating what they say is akin to turning science fiction into reality.

    Holly is quite different from animals like Dolly, the world's first cloned sheep, and the myriad of others that came after her.

    Instead of a clone, which is an exact genetic replica of an organism, Holly is a semi-clone with an unpredictable genetic code - similar to how it occurs in nature.

    Dr Alan Colman, a principal investigator at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Institute of Medical Biology, executive director of the Singapore Stem Cell Consortium, as well as one of the creators of Dolly, said the isolation of a haploid cell was interesting and valuable to science.

    He said: "The reason haploid cells are desirable is that all of us have two copies of each gene.

    He explained that being able to look at a human haploid cell, if one day possible, will allow scientists to study and treat genes that cause diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

    The molecular biologists behind Holly's creation are Associate Professor Hong Yunhan (centre) from the National University of Singapore's Department of Biological Sciences, Dr Yi Meisheng (left) and Ms Hong Ni. Their breakthrough research has the potential of one day allowing scientists to study and treat genes that cause diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. -- ST PHOTOS: CAROLINE CHIA
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    Uncle,

    Other than that cloned fish in that tank, I also LOVE Singapore girls.

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    Default Formula for Singapore to be global player in science

    The Straits Times
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    By V.V. Krishna & Seeram Ramakrishna
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    In little more than two decades, Singapore has shot ahead of its Asean neighbours in science production.

    Peer-reviewed international publications have increased more than eightfold - from 828 in 1990 to 7,110 in 2007. In that same period, 4,900 United States patents were granted.

    The country has built up an enviable national science and techology system with world-class universities. For instance, in material sciences, the National University of Singapore (NUS) was named second in the Asia-Pacific region for the decade 1999-2009 in the Times Higher Education rankings, with the Japan Science and Technology Agency ranked first. Singapore now figures among the leading Asia-Pacific countries in the world of science.

    All this would not have happened without aggressive state policies to build a research ecosystem. Three science and technology plans in 1991, 1996 and 2005 have allocated more than $13 billion to science. An equal sum has been earmarked in the 2006-2010 plan.

    A big boost came with the establishment of the National Research Foundation in 2006 in the Prime Minister's Office. Various expert groups followed up by drawing road maps to develop science and technology here. Last year, Singapore invested around 2.7% of its gross domestic product in research and development - a figure on par with the average among nations in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. Billions of dollars have been spent since the 1990s on creating an environment to promote science.

    The Science Parks, Biopolis and Fusionopolis form the heart of this environment. Locating the different players close together is meant to encourage communication and research collaboration. All of these efforts have catapulted Singapore into a select league of countries in the sciences.

    Singapore's drive to establish a flourishing scientific community stands out because of its single-mindedness in attracting top-notch global talent. The scientific elite who have moved here had research careers in the worl'ds top institutions.

    For instance, chemical engineer Jackie Ying was a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 11 years before becoming executive director of the A*Star Institute of Bioengineering and Nanatechonology. As she told this newspaper in May: "Here, we are blessed with significant resources to pursue the research we want to do, and focus our enery on the lab work itself."

    As for cancer researcher Edison Liu, he was the director of the US National Cancer Research Institute for more than five years before becoming the executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore.

    It is probably less the money which draws top scientific talent here than the world-class research facilities. For example, NUS has established four advanced centres for cancer, water technology, mechanobiology and quantum technology in the last four years with an investment of $600 million.

    There is another factor working to Singapore's advantage: It has evolved into a global city characterised by multiculturaism and religious tolerance. Also adding to its attraction is its reputation for safety.

    In October 1993 issue, the journal Science commented that "Singapore has made an asset of its smallness" by bringing together a "critical mass" of scientific talent and resources. The country has maintained and built on its reputation since then.

    But this is still an emerging and hybrid scientific community. The task now is to generate the next generation of community leaders from within Singapore's institutions while doubling the graduate and doctoral research base in the universities.

    So far, economic factors have pushed the growth of science here. Yet there must also be space for science which has no apparent and immediate economic benefits. Only then can a truly creative scientific community be said to exist.

    (V.V.Krishna is a visiting senior research fellow at the Asia Research Institute in NUS. Seeram Ramakrishna is vice-president of research strategy and a professor of engineering at NUS.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pemuda View Post
    Uncle,

    Other than that cloned fish in that tank, I also LOVE Singapore girls.
    Come to Singapore more often for the S League. You must have missed the F1 Grand Prix recently.

    Nowadays the coach/bus companies are competing with AirAsia to bring Malaysians from KL to S'pore in cool entertaining comfort, and vice versa, with a much more affordable price.

    BTW, did you watch our "Singapore Idols" contest on Ch 5, Wed 8pm? Our girls are gorgeous and got talent too!
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    Uncle Loh, I'll be down in singapore around the CNY period, 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after. So I take it you'll be a gracious host and show me the best places for food yea??

    I still have your number if it hasn't changed and I'll give you a buzz before and when I arrive. My number is the same and will be on roaming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FEND. View Post
    Uncle Loh, I'll be down in singapore around the CNY period, 2 weeks before and 2 weeks after. So I take it you'll be a gracious host and show me the best places for food yea??

    I still have your number if it hasn't changed and I'll give you a buzz before and when I arrive. My number is the same and will be on roaming.
    Will you be coming with pemuda?

    I look forward to seeing you and you better check my number to confirm.
    I hope I can still recognize you as I think the good life down under must have transformed you into ???

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    Default Nintendo game by S'pore firm

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    Oct 16, 2009

    By Chua Hian Hou

    LOCAL video game developer Gevo Entertainment has launched a Nintendo Wii game.

    Priced at 8 euros (about $16.60), the game, Little Tournament Over Yonder, is available to the game console's European customers via its online store WiiWare. WiiWare is an online marketplace for indie software developers making products for its Wii console, akin to Apple's AppStore for its iPod and iPhone products.

    For now, the game cannot be downloaded by Singapore gamers, but Gevo is working on a version for release on the Wii's American download site, which is accessible to Singapore gamers.

    The game is 'one of the first, maybe even the first' Singapore-made game to be released on WiiWare, said Gevo's head of development Woo Ming Wei.

    The game was created over four months by six Gevo employees. This is four-year-old Gevo's first attempt in creating its own title; its previous Nintendo Dual Screen and Wii games were bankrolled by game publishers like Ubisoft.

    'Previously, it was very expensive to publish a game, the big publishers controlled the distribution, and you needed money to do marketing ... the barriers to entry for an indie developer were quite high,' said Mr Woo.

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    Default Cultural Medallion winner for Chinese writer

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    Oct 16, 2009

    By Tay Suan Chiang

    CHINESE writer Tham Yew Chin has raised three children while holding down a full-time job and still managed to publish 140 books over 30 years.

    Just how does she do it? 'With very little sleep, just about four hours a night,' said the writer, whose pen name is You Jin.

    Her books, which have sold more than a million copies are mostly about her encounters with people that she meets in her life locally and overseas, have made such an impact that she was awarded the Cultural Medallion, Singapore's highest arts award, on Friday night.

    Madam Tham, 59, whose children are aged 25 to 32, was until June this year a Chinese-language teacher at Pioneer Junior College. She has also worked at the National Library as a librarian, and was a journalist at the now defunct Nanyang Siang Bao, a Chinese-language daily newspaper, in the late 1970s.

    In a ceremony at the Istana, President SR Nathan also awarded medallions to visual artist Ang Ah Tee, Singapore Symphony Orchestra conductor Lan Shui and dancer Angela Liong.

    To date, including the four this year, 97 awards have been handed out. Past recipients include Professor Edwin Thumboo, musician Dick Lee and filmmaker Eric Khoo. Recipients receive a medallion, a lapel pin and a certificate, and are eligible for a $80,000 grant.
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    I'm afraid we have nothing to boast about as our 4 submarines were bought second-hand from Sweden.

    From Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republic_of_Singapore_Navy
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    ..they could send & use one of the submarines..

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    Somali pirates hijack Singapore-flagged ship
    News Sat Oct 17, 10:07 am ET

    NAIROBI, Kenya European Union naval officials say Somali pirates have hijacked a Singapore-flagged container ship.

    A statement on the Web site of the EU anti-piracy force says the Kota Wajar was seized early Thursday in the Indian Ocean about 300 miles (480 kilometers) north of the Seychelles islands.

    The statement says coalition forces sent an aircraft to investigate.

    It was not immediately clear how many crew were onboard or what their nationalities were.

    Calls to naval officials went unanswered on Saturday.

    Somalia has been ravaged by violence and anarchy since 1991 and piracy has flourished off its coast, making the Gulf of Aden one of the most dangerous waterways in the world.

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    Default Too dangerous for Singapore ...

    ... to send one of their 2nd hand battery operated submarine to Somalia. Them pirates over there are mean and heavily armed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pemuda View Post
    ... to send one of their 2nd hand battery operated submarine to Somalia. Them pirates over there are mean and heavily armed.
    Agree.

    This must be a joint effort by all nations affected. Maybe the UN should initiate the move.

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    Default NTU school up 10 spots

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    Oct 19, 2009

    By Lee Su Shyan

    THE Nanyang Business School (NBS) has improved its global MBA rankings in the latest survey by The Economist magazine.

    It moved up 10 places to No. 71 from No. 81 last year.

    On the Financial Times list released earlier this year, NBS came in at No. 24.

    The Economist uses different criteria. It judges the school from the students' perspective. Hence, the factors used to rank the MBA schools include opening up new career opportunities, personal development and educational experience, salary increase and the potential to network.

    NBS likely improved its rankings because of two areas - careers and alumni.

    The school said it has devoted more resources to career services and has managed to place more jobs through The Nanyang MBA career services. It also expanded its overseas alumni network and engaged the alumni more actively.


    The Nanyang Business School is now No. 71, up from No. 81 last year, on The Economist list. -- PHOTO: NANYANG BUSINESS SCHOOL
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    Default Taste of S'pore at Apec

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    Oct 20, 2009

    A home-grown flavour for everything from jackets to entertainment

    By Fiona Chan

    WHEN United States President Barack Obama attends the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) meetings in Singapore next month, he will be decked out in a jacket designed by home-grown fashion designer Wykidd Song.

    All the leaders from Apec's 21 member economies will also enjoy a multimedia entertainment show directed by entertainer Dick Lee, cultural performances directed by theatre director Jeremiah Choy and use furniture designed by Urban Foundry's Felix Low.

    These well-known Singapore names are among nearly 20,000 people roped in to help organise the Apec Leaders Week meetings that will take place here from Nov 8 to 15, said the organising committee of Apec Singapore 2009 yesterday.

    Most of them will be fielded by 40 Singapore government agencies, ranging from the National Heritage Board to the National Water Agency, and 330 companies and associations here, including the Singapore Hotel Association, Microsoft, SingTel, OCBC Bank and Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore.

    There will also be about 1,700 volunteers positioned at Changi Airport, designated Apec hotels, buses and Apec social events.

    They will be able to help the 10,000 delegates expected here with anything from directions to information about Singapore and Apec.



    Wykidd Song, fashion designer, will design a suit that President Barack Obama will wear when he attends the Apec forum here in Singapore. -- ST PHOTO: CHOO CHWEE HUA
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    Default New S'pore-M'sia air links

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    By Karamjit Kaur

    NEW air links have been opened between Singapore and six destinations in Malaysia, including the islands of Labuan and Sibu.

    Airlines flying between the two countries have also been given the green light to operate services to Alor Setar, Kota Bahru and Kerteh, as well as Bintulu in East Malaysia.

    Following air talks held earlier on Monday, both governments have also decided to allow more flights between Singapore and 10 other destinations in Malaysia, including Ipoh, Langkawi, Malacca and Kuantan.

    Singapore and Malaysia carriers can also operate an unrestricted number of cargo servics to selected points including Kuala Lumpur and Penang, Singapore's Transport Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

    Malaysia Airlines low-cost arm Firefly is keen on Alor Setar and Kota Bahru. It currently flies out of Singapore to Subang near Kuala Lumpur, Ipoh, Kuantan and Terengganu.

    Singapore low-cost carriers Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia both welcomed the liberalisation, adding that while there were no immediate plans to start new routes or increase frequency on existing ones, the further opening of the market would allow them to move in quicly when there is demand.
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    Default Esplanade funding hit by crisis but it found creative ways to fight back,

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    By Cassandra Chew

    FUNDING for performance arts centre The Esplanade was severely affected by the economic downturn, but it found creative ways to fight back, said Acting Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Lui Tuck Yew.

    Ticket prices were lowered and more free programmes were offered. Also, unusual spaces like its rooftop were rented out and tenants at its shopping mall were given rebates.

    These moves helped The Esplanade to operate within its means, 'without incurring any deficits since its inception', said Rear Admiral (NS) Lui in Parliament on Monday.

    One thing it did not do is cut programming, he added.

    The Esplanade, as an Institution of Public Character, relies on revenue sources such as ticket sales, sponsorships and rent as well as government grants, to stay afloat.

    In this crisis, it lost sponsors and commercial productions. Replacement bookings were not as profitable, said the minister.
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    Default World's largest jigsaw puzzle

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    Oct 18, 2009

    Assembling jigsaw puzzles draws people together, so the activity is a popular hobby here

    By Jocelyn Lee

    A SINGAPORE family has completed the world's largest jigsaw puzzle.

    Taking pride of place in Mr Andrew Thio's three bedroom condominium in Jurong is a 24,000-piece creation measuring 4.28m by 1.57m.

    It takes up almost the entire wall of his living room.

    The 40-year-old and his family took 55 days to assemble the huge colourful picture of animals, sailboats, planets and the ocean.

    After completing it in March, they framed it with a yellow border and hung it in their home.

    The puzzle is officially registered as the world's largest commercial jigsaw puzzle in the Guinness World Records.
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