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Day: July 9, 2024

Frequently Asked Questions on Plastics and Chemicals

 Plastics are a combination of carbon and chemicals — most of the which are petrochemicals, substances made from fossil fuels such as oil and gas. Different chemicals added to plastics provide a wide variety of properties to create the many kinds of plastic materials sold today More than 13,000 chemicals are used in plastics of which more than 3,000 have been identified as toxic (often called...
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Your posture is critical to your health. Poor posture from sitting at a desk all day, looking down at a smartphone, or lounging on a couch can lead to back and neck conditions, poor balance, headaches and breathing difficulties. Many of us unconsciously sit, stand or move with a lazy or drooping posture. That’s called slouching – a bad posture that can lead to incontinence, constipation and...
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IPEN: Close “forgotten plastics” loopholes in Basel Convention

The International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) is calling on policymakers to address "loopholes" for plastic waste shipments under the Basel Convention. Speaking for the environmental group this week at a side event of the 14th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG-14), technical and policy advisor Lee Bell noted that significant volumes of plastic waste...
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KACAMATA KU: Embracing Myriad Challenges From University To Multiversity And Now Communiversity

In 2018, in an op-ed piece, I wrote about the concept of a “multi-university” or multiversity for short. This was to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of a well-known organisation, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP). The chance meeting shaped my thinking as to what education is all about! USM, then led by its founder Vice-Chancellor – the late Prof Tan Sri...
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AI may never be able to completely replicate how the human brain works. That’s what neurologists have long warned about. Some of the world’s respected linguists are of the same view. “AI isn’t true intelligence,” says the world’s preeminent linguist Noam Chomsky, one of the most esteemed public intellectuals of all time, whose intellectual stature has been compared to that of...
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(A wisdom story) Alexander the Great was an ancient Macedonian ruler and one of history’s greatest military minds. He created a vast empire that stretched from Macedonia to Egypt and from Greece to part of India. The story goes that after conquering kingdoms everywhere, he returned to his country and fell grievously ill. On his deathbed, the monarch realised crucial lessons about life. Check...
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