Thursday, September 30, 2010

Cabaran Mahasiswa Masa Hadapan

Peluang dalam bilik darjah dan makmal tidak disia-siakan kerana ianya menjana ilmu, kreativiti dan percambahan pikiran.
Peluang berbincang, menyarankan idea dan bertukar pandangan meningkatkan keyakinan dan membina intelektual sebagai persediaan menghadapi alam sebenar kehidupan yang mencabar.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

new challenges for graduates

Satu Malaysia, Meritokerasi, Subsidi, Persaingan terbuka, Pengantarabangsaan dan macam-macam lagi perkara baharu timbul. Adakah mahasiswa sekarang mampu bersaing selepas bergraduat. Ada pendapat baharu mengatakan ilmu yang diajar di universiti tidak digunakan di alam pekerjaan. Oleh itu perlukah universiti diadakan atau kurikulum dan pendekatannya perlu berubah.

Top issues in Indonesia on environment 26-19 September 2010

Biodiversity of flora and fauna is very important for Indonesia. Indonesia is the world's third top mega-diversity country and contains more than 15 percent of all vertebrate species. On plant diversity, this country ranks second in the world, with 37,000 species. It ranks second in the world in mammal diversity (515 species) and similarly in mammal endemism (185 species). Indonesia has also the world's greatest marine diversity, and rivals Brazil for the single richest country on earth in terms of biological diversity.
Malaysia is the world's 14th ranking mega-diversity country; and the Philippines is the 17th.
Research and habitat protection relating biodiversity in Indonesia need to be accelerated. LIPI is among the agencies who are responsible for the biodiversity in Indonesia. Biodiversity studies is not just an ecological survey.
Over extraction of under ground water and timber in Indonesia, may caused a long term environmental effects and unrecoverable. Malay proverbs said "Beringat sebelum kena dan sesal dahulu pendapatan, sesal kemudian tidak berguna,dengar cakap orang tua, tamak macam anjing dengan bayang-bayang....dan banyak lagi"

Plant collection for research, teaching and future references

This collection should be established in urban schools for teaching purposes, develop awareness on conservation and green life.

Do we want our children to be taught by the best in the world?

“Do we want our children to be taught by the best in the world?”

If the answer is yes, then we cannot run away from increasing our research work and publication.

This was the question asked by the former Vice Chancellor of the National University of Singapore when they embarked on their internationalisation programme some 25 years ago, tells Dr Kurunathan, who is also a member of the secretariat for ranking and improving performance at UM.

We are trying to attract the best brains, especially Malaysians working overseas, and constantly improve our research facilities and support staff. Another thing is to wake up the academics we already have here to produce more quality work.”

Quoted from The Star 26 September 2010. Refer to my former blog too!

The KPI dilemma - towards Internationalisation?

Sunday September 26, 2010
The KPI dilemma

1. The Professor is everything that an academic should be: popular on campus, well respected in the community, and of late, very active in research. The number of research papers he has published in the last three years is impressive, and he expects to notch a high “score” for his key performance indicator (KPI).
2. He/she is even one published in a journal with a reputation for selling publication space at RM2,000 each.
3. The professor also preoccupied with meeting his research publication KPI that he has spent more time on the phone dealing and wheeling with fellow academics to find partners for his “collaborative” research than lecturing or mentoring his students. The rest of the time is spent on his sole valid research, with the bulk of the work being completed by his two best students.
4. According to some local academics, the pressure to publish research papers – an important facet of the KPI in public universities – is creating an unhealthy intellectual culture.
5. “Many are not only just submitting papers in low quality journals but there are also those who are plagiarising work and demanding money for their papers or paying to get them published.”
6. “What is happening is that academics, especially the young, think their only role is to fulfil whatever KPI that has been set by the university in order to gain promotion.”As a professor of wildlife ecology and ecotoxicology

7. Professor Dr Ahmad Ismail from Universiti Putra Malaysia biology department is also of the opinion that academic excellence cannot be measured by publications alone.He strongly believes that other aspects of academia should be considered. “Publication alone is not enough. Teaching and supervising of students, attending conferences and seminars, extension and dissemination of knowledge and new findings to the public (among others) make an academician complete.” As a professor of wildlife ecology and ecotoxicology, his areas of expertise have few high impact journals to publish in and this make is very competitive. Most of the journals in these fields are low impact factor journals".
8. “We would like our papers to be published in reputable, high-impact journals – but we can’t because there are none,” he says. “What is important is what we can contri­bute to our own country – at a local level. If you just concentrate on writing, then you are just a writer.“A lecturer must develop areas of knowledge and then teach it to students, and not rely on textbooks alone.”
9. “Publishing research papers is crucial to upgrade our quality. If we fulfil this fundamental, we will improve the quality of our public universities and standings in the world.”
10. If the seniour academics miss the boat to conduct, they can contribute immensely in teaching and learning aspects.

To be an internationally recognised university and world class university, publishing in high impact factor journals alone is not the only way. As I wrote before, our social, culture and biodiversity in our tropical forest can be an attractive subjects and focus research at international level. The problems are we never learned our lesson how to respect our own products, we do not provide enough funds for that kind of research, we do not put our priority right, we do not expose our academic towards that direction at international levels, we do not support our people who are in those filelds, our leaders think different ways of internationalisation, other staff/academics are not inline/understand on the internationalisation of the university.....many other reasons.

Friday, September 24, 2010

plans to propel education into international limelight

Malaysia plans to propel education into international limelight. Education in Malaysia will be branded and propelled into international limelight by 2020 to attract 200,000 foreign students here. According to the Education National Key Area lab findings, Malaysia is currently ranked 11th globally because of its 60,000 foreign student population. The Education NKEA is expected to create an additional 536,000 jobs and increase its Gross National Income from RM34bil to RM61bil by 2020. Meanwhile, the Communications, Content and Infrastructure NKEA aims to ensure broadband Internet access is available for all at a reasonable speed. Its goals by 2020 include connecting 6,000 schools and getting 50% of services online, including having six million users and an additional 860,000 wireless broadband users. This sector is expected to contribute RM58bil to the GNI by 2020 compared to RM36bil last year.

How to be internationally attracted and recognised university?
1. Quality education (curriculum)
2. Quality academic staff (qualification, expertise and internationally known)
3. University's facilities, location and environment.
4. University's name at international levels
5. Quality graduates......

Academic recognition, exposure of staff at international levels, quality research, publicity, image of the university need to upgraded. This is not one man show but whole university staff according to their position and ranks.Those who are already established need to be respected and recognised not just put them a side working alone for them self not contributing to the university.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Saintis buktikan Nabi Musa belah laut seperti yang diceritakan dalam kitab suci al-Quran dan Injil

LAKARAN artis menunjukkan angin kuat dari timur telah menyebabkan air lagun (kiri) dan sungai (kanan) 'berpusing' dan membentuk dinding air dekat Laut Merah. Hasil kajian saintis berkenaan disiarkan di Internet oleh Jurnal Public Library of Science ONE. - Agensi

Satu model lautan komputer kemudian digunakan sebagai simulasi bagi melihat kesan angin yang bertiup semalamam ke atas air sedalam beberapa meter itu.Selama empat jam, tiupan angin tersebut menghasilkan jambatan darat sepanjang 3.2 kilometer (km) dan selebar 4.8km.Sejurus selepas angin timur reda, air lagun dan sungai itu kembali mengalir ke tempat asal seperti ombak tsunami.

Economic Transformation Programme (ETP)

Economic Transformation Prog¬ramme (ETP)

1. Seven projects worth almost RM115bil scheduled to start by year-end, a joint venture projects between the private sector and the Government under the Economic Transformation Prog¬ramme (ETP) aimed at creating 3.3 million jobs by 2020. The seven were part of 131 projects worth some RM670bil to be spearheaded by the private sector. Among the projects are the creation of Greater Kuala Lumpur, a high-speed rail link between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and revitalising Klang River.

2. The tourism industry aims to raise its contribution to the Gross National Income (GNI) to RM104bil by 2020 through 12 entry point projects (EPPs) and new business opportunities. This would require the sector to raise its annual contribution by RM67bil, tripling its GNI from RM37bil in 2009. A total of RM204bil in funding would be required over the next 10 years to achieve these aspirations. Of this funding, only 2% is expected to come from the public sector. Malaysia’s growth in tourism has mostly relied on growth in arrivals rather than yield: 75% of growth has been from increased arrivals and 25% from increased yield.
3. Malaysia is going for a big dose from healthcare industry. Malaysia will move from a net importer to a significant player in the RM422bil prescription and pharmaceutical drug industry. This is one the six Entry Point Projects (EPPs) created to boost the country’s economic growth that would generate big results fast for the healthcare industry.
4. Malaysia plans to propel education into international limelight. Education in Malaysia will be branded and propelled into international limelight by 2020 to attract 200,000 foreign students here. According to the Education National Key Area lab findings, Malaysia is currently ranked 11th globally because of its 60,000 foreign student population. The Education NKEA is expected to create an additional 536,000 jobs and increase its Gross National Income from RM34bil to RM61bil by 2020. Meanwhile, the Communications, Content and Infrastructure NKEA aims to ensure broadband Internet access is available for all at a reasonable speed. Its goals by 2020 include connecting 6,000 schools and getting 50% of services online, including having six million users and an additional 860,000 wireless broadband users. This sector is expected to contribute RM58bil to the GNI by 2020 compared to RM36bil last year.
5. An estimated RM217.6bil will be needed from now until 2020 for the oil and gas and energy industry to continue contributing significantly to gross national income (GNI) as envisioned under the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP). The industry was struggling to produce 600,000 to 700,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the recent past as large reserves were no longer easy to find. The industry will contribute to an incremental GNI of RM131.5bil and 52,000 jobs by 2020. The industry has been contributing 20% to Malaysia’s gross domestic product annually over the last two years, of which 90% came from exploration and production. Efforts to transform the palm oil industry will boost the income of some 160,000 smallholders and cut the number of foreign workers in the estates by 110,000 by 2020. This would generate an incremental gross national income (GNI) of RM178bil and create 42,000 new jobs by 2020.
6. Malaysia’s electronics and electrical (E&E) capabilities are expected to be strengthened across the value chain with focus on attracting multinational companies to operate in the country. Under the E&E national key economic area targets, the sector is projected to increase gross national income by RM53bil to RM90bil by 2020, and provide 157,000 jobs. The aim is to have a concentration of leading global semiconductor firms; the current global market share is 5%. In the solar manufacturing industry, it was proposed that domestic silicon production be increased from six kilotonnes to 114 kilotonnes by 2020. The production capacity of cell, wafers and modules should be increased by 10 times from 2.3GW to 23.3GW in 2020. Malaysia also aims to be a major manufacturing location for modules serving the Asian market. The global market for solar manufacturing is projected to increase from US$35bil in 2009 to US$290bil in 2020, with Asia as a major growth area.

Apakah persediaan universiti dalam menghadapi ETP yang sedang laksanakan oleh kerajaan. Apakah graduan yang dihasilkan mempunyai ilmu, kemahiran, kreativiti, keberanian dan daya saing yang mampu membantu membangun bersama Malaysia menurut budaya bangsa Malaysia. Mungin perlaksanaan kurikulum perlu dilihat segera sesuai dengan kehendak zaman dan keperluan negara.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Research University, Teaching University & Publication University

Biasanya seorang pensyarah di universiti terlibat dalam pengajaran, penyeliaan, penyelidikan, penerbitan, pengembangan dan pentadbiran. Gabungan yang mantap akan menjadikan seorang pensyarah yang seimbang dan cemerlang.
Universiti penyelidikan telah merubah tanggapan ramai orang dan ramai pensyarah telah menumpukan kepada penerbitan semata-mata. Sumbangan mereka dalam penerbitan pula diiktiraf jauh lebih baik daripada pensyarah yang menyumbang kepada pengajaran dengan ganjaran dan kenaikan pangkat, malah pensyarah yang seimbang dalam semua tugas pengajaran, penyeliaan, penyelidikan, penerbitan, pengembangan dan pentadbiran turut tertinggal. Kearah mana universiti kita dalam membangunkan intelek negara dan kemahiran sumber manusia profesional. Kita tidak menolak universiti perlu menyumbang kepada penemuan yang baru dan penerbitan dalam jurnal terkemuka di dunia TETAPI negara dan rakyat juga memerlukan sumbangan cendik pandai di menara gading.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

World Water Monitoring Day

World Water Monitoring Day is a global educational outreach program that aims to build public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by empowering citizens to carry out basic monitoring of their local water bodies.

World Water Monitoring Day is celebrated on September 18. It was initially chosen to recognize the anniversary of the US Clean Water Act.

In Malaysia anybody celebrating WORLD WATER MONITORING DAY?
Please Check Our Water.........drinking water and its sources.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Learn why the right college degree can help lead to the right job

Degrees That Hiring Managers Want

Learn why the right college degree can help lead to the right job.
Wondering which degrees can get you hired? Why not ask the people who do the hiring?

#1 Degree - Health Care & Nursing
Degrees in Demand:
Medical Assistant
Nursing Assistant
Registered Nurse
Health Care Administration
Home Health Aides, Medical Assistants, Registered Nurses, Health Care Managers.
Search for Nursing and Health Care training programs today!

#2 Degree - Business
Degrees in Demand:
Business Administration
Human Resources
Employment Specialists, Accountants, Financial Managers
Search for Business programs right now.

#3 Degree - Information Technology (IT)
Degrees in Demand:
IT and Information Systems
Networking Administration
Computer Science
Database Technology
Network Administrators, Database Administrators, Computer Scientists
Find online and local IT programs.

#4 Degree - Education & Teaching
Degrees in Demand:
K-12 Education
Special Education
Teaching Certificate
Education Leadership
Childcare Administrators, Elementary School Teachers, Middle School Teachers, High School Teachers, High school Principals.

#5 Degree - Culinary & Hospitality.
Degrees in Demand:
Culinary Arts
Baking & Pastry
Restaurant Management
Travel Agents, Chefs & Head Cooks, Meeting & Convention Planners, Lodging Managers, Food Service Managers.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Selamat Hari Malaysia

Budaya Membawa Bendera

Kenapa ada budaya membawa bendera
Adakah perlu membawa bendera
Apa maknanya mambawa dan mangibar bendara
Bendera siapa yang kita bawa
Siapa yang buat bendera yang kita bawa
Apa nak buat dengan bendera yang kita bawa
Apa orang yang buat bendera yang kita bawa dapat

Selamat Hari Malaysia.

Selamat Hari Malaysia!

Sejauh mana rakyat Malaysia yang berbagai kaum, bahasa, budaya, agama dan fahaman politik menghayati Hari Malaysia. Bagaimana rakyat Malaysia bersedia menghadapi negara maju tahun 2020 dan bersaing dengan negara jiran. Sejauh mana Sains boleh membantu rakyat menyumbang kepada kemajuan dan perpaduan rakyat Malaysia.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Public assumption on students are used by the Professors in research and publication

I don't mind if the assumption is made by those who never been to the university. For those who have studied in the university should understand the systems. Unless they don't focus on the systems that they were in while they were in the university. Most of the projects or research ideas are from the professors/lecturers, the students normally follow through the ideas and design the experiments or research and continue for data collection, analysis, writing the thesis or manuscript for publications after commented by the professors. Post-graduate students usually/must work independently under the supervision of lecturers/professors. Mis-conception or mis-understanding among the public need to be corrected. Unfortunately our public are not academic thinking oriented.If you go to well establish laboratories in the world, the professors are ideas generator. Postdoctoral and postgraduate students are competing to materialise professors ideas through their own research and creativity. So if the public like to joint the academician please think like them.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sains itu Penting!

Sains penting dalam kehidupan. Sebab itulah:
1. Semua rakyat Malaysia diberikan pendedahan wajib kepada sains sejak tadika hingga tingkatan tiga.
2. tingkatan empat ke atas baharulah diberikan peluang untuk rakyat membuat pilihan samada untuk menjurus dalam bidang sains atau sebaliknya.
3. sains penting dalam membentuk keperibadian rakyat, membina personaliti, menjadikan manusia yang mampu berfikir.
4. sains sebenarnya memberikan kefahaman tentang Pencipta melalui kemampuan berfikir secara logik, analisis penemuan-penemuan baharu dan penemuan yang tidak berakhir serta keindahan alam semulajadi dan sistem yang terlibat di dalamnya.
5. memandangkan pendidikan sains di Malaysia sejak merdeka sepatutnya semua rakyat Malaysia sudah mampu berfikir secara saintifik dalam menjalankan kehidupan seharian, perhubungan sesama manusia (rakan setugas, jiran sebelah rumah dan memandu di jalan raya), membuat keputusan untuk diri sendiri dan masyarakat.


Kenapa kita masih hadapi dalam masalah kehidupan?
Kerana kita tidak menghayati sains
Maka kita tidak mampu berfikir
Sebab itu kita masih berkempen tentang 3R, go-green dan jimatkan kertas A4

Monday, September 13, 2010

Selamat Hari Raya, Maaf Zahir Batin

Kenapa kita masih mengambil masa berjam-jam memasak dodol, merebus ketupat, memasak rendang dan membakar lemang?
Sains menjawab segalanya. Tingkatkan pembelajaran dan kefahaman asas sains sejak awal bagi semua rakyat.
Kita ada institut, universiti dan profesor teknologi makanan. Apakah kita hanya mampu membuat jeruk?
Pembetulan segera perlu dilakukan di peringkat sekolah berkaitan kurikulum, kaedah pengajaran, guru berpengetahuan & pakar sains, kemudahan asas, strategi khas mengikut matlamat dan keperluan serta penerimaan rakyat.

Di luar negara yang suka minum arak, mereka ada pakar tanam anggor, proses anggor jadi arak dan tingkatkan kualiti arak. Mereka ada profesor, universiti, makmal dan peruntukan kewangan yang cukup bagi memajukan penghasilan arak mereka ke tahap dunia.
Di Malaysia sebuah negara Islam tidak mampu membekalkan makanan halal yang diarahkan dalam al-Quran. FIKIRKANLAH & LAKSANAKAN SEGERA!!!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Why we need to learn science in school?

1. to make Malaysian think before doing thing
2. creative and proactive
3. effective management and leadership
4. comfortable, easy and practical life
5. friendy, open minded, transparent
6. develop harmonious society and advanced country

Friday, September 10, 2010

Creating Real Academic Environment in the Universities

Academic in the universities not just teaching, attending lectures, examinations and greds. To produce educated and intelectual generations academic activities should be more than that. All academic staff, management staff and supporting staff must understand university's functions in academic. Supporting staff should be proud of working in the university and show they are different from others.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Look at our 3R culture compared to Japan and other countries in the world

total waste discharged outside facilities, total waste sent to landfill

Go Green & Amalkan 3R:Rujuk post 1 September 2010

STAR on line: Semenyih treatment plant closure to affect 1.2 million people

The Semenyih water treatment plant has been shut since 1.40am on Tuesday following river contamination from a nearby landfill. In a statement, Syabas said raw water from Sungai Kembong in Selangor was contaminated due to "leachate" leaking from a breached dyke in the landfill.
"The plant was closed immediately upon detecting high content of ammonia in the water at 6.41mg per litre, which is above the health safety standard of 1.5mg per litre, put into place by the Health Ministry.
The closure of the plant, which treated some 600mil litres of water daily, is expected to affect supply to 1.2mil residents or 300,000 households in four areas - Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang and Kuala Langat.

Pencemaran: Loji Rawatan Air Sungai Semenyih ditutup
07/09/2010 1:57pm


KUALA LUMPUR 7 Sept. – Loji Rawatan Air Sungai Semenyih ditutup sementara hari ini mulai pukul 1.40 pagi berikutan pencemaran sumber air mentah yang dibekalkan dari Sungai Kembong, Selangor.
Pencemaran itu dipercayai berpunca daripada benteng pusat pelupusan sampah yang diuruskan oleh Syarikat Worldwide Holdings pecah dan menyebabkan sisa buangan atau `lechate’ mengalir masuk ke dalam Sungai Kembong dan ke muka sauk loji.

Berikutan itu, empat wilayah yang menerima bekalan air daripada Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor (Syabas) iaitu Petaling, Hulu Langat, Sepang dan Kuala Langat dijangka mengalami gangguan bekalan air, melibatkan kira-kira 300,000 buah keluarga atau 1.2 juta penduduk di keempat-empat kawasan berkenaan.
Syabas dalam kenyataannya hari ini berkata, setakat ini pihaknya belum mendapat maklumat daripada Konsortium Abass bila loji itu dapat beroperasi semula. - Utusan
We need clean water not lechate! So we do not create lechate and conserve water and water resources.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Do not blame your professors!

1. University education is not easy.
2. It is a challenge.
3. You must work for it and work hard to earn good grades.
4. Make sure you are fulfilling your obligations!
5. Do not expect your professor to teach you how to read and write.
6. Do not expect lenient grades on assignments just because your skills are lacking.
7. The point of a post-secondary education is to learn, not to get good grades.
8. Be polite in all dealings with the professor
9. Grades merely reflect whether or not you have learned the material that the university has decided is relevant to your field of study.
10. If you give a second-rate effort, you deserve second-rate grades and all that comes with that.
11. Do all readings, research, and assignments on an appropriate schedule.
12. Don't blame the professors if you didn't learn the material because you failed to show up to class or to do the reading and assignments.
13. Show up to class on time and ready to participate in the learning process
14. Don't blame the professors if you didn't get your assignment done on time because you left it all to the last minute and disaster hit.
15. Don't expect the professors to make exceptions for you that wouldn't be made for other students.
16. It is not the professor's job to give you a passing grade when you don't deserve one.
17. It is not their job to grant you exceptions that would be unfair to everyone else.
18. It is not their job to chase after you to come to class, nor to give you special attention if you skip classes and are completely lost later
19. If you feel that these responsibilities are too tough, don't go to university. You don't belong there.
20. The University for People who want to learn, not people looking to get a meaningless piece of paper.

Budaya di Universiti

Profesor hanya boleh menasihati pelajar. Hanya pelajar yang akan mengikuti nasihat profesor dan kalau bernasib baik pelajar berkenaan akan menjadi orang yang baik seperti profesor berkenaan (dengan harapan profesor berkenaan benar-benar berkualiti dan bukan kerana pilih kasih; sebab ada profesor yang 30 penerbitan ilmiah dalam jurnal dan ada profesor memerlukan 130 penerbitan ilmiah bersama aktiviti pengajaran, bimbingan pelajar dan pengembangan, sebelum diterima menjadi keluarga profesor di universiti)dan mengamalkan budaya, pemikiran dan ilmu dipelajari di tempat kerja yang baharu.
TETAPI seorang kerani boleh menasihati dan mengarah profesor melakukan sesuatu kerja dengan alasan beliau menjalankan tugas dan melaksanakan prosidur/amalan yang berkurun-kurun lamanya atau mewakili pemerintah universiti.
BAYANGKAN kalau arahan itu bukan tugas profesor, budaya lama, membazir dan melaksanakan prosidur yang belum mantap, bagaimana kita mahu bandingkan budaya kerja di universiti tempatan dengan Harvard, Yale, Tokyo, Cambridge atau Hong kong. RUJUK POST terdahulu!
FIKIR_FIKIR LAH untuk kecemerlangan bersama atau TUNGGU PENCEN!

Harvard still TOP

Harvard retains the crown as top university for the eighth year in an annual ranking of the world's universities which is dominated by the United States but shows China's performance improving.

The 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities ( ARWU), published since 2003 by the Center for World-Class Universities of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said the United States dominates the list with eight in the top 10 and 54 in the top 100.

Joining Harvard in the top 10 were the University of California, Berkeley; Stanford; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; California Institute of Technology; Princeton; Columbia and Chicago. Yale came 11th.

The best ranked British universities were Cambridge, slipping to fifth place from fourth last year, and Oxford retaining the 10th position.

But the ranking showed that Asian universities were advancing up the list with 106 from the Asia Pacific region making it to the top 500 and Chinese universities performing better.

"The number of top 500 Chinese universities reaches 34 in 2010, which is more than double that in 2004 (16)," Shanghai Jiao Tong University said in a statement.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Why do geese fly in a V?

Why do geese fly in a V?
Scientists have determined that the V-shaped formation that geese use when migrating serves two important purposes:

First, it conserves their energy. Each bird flies slightly above the bird in front of him, resulting in a reduction of wind resistance. The birds take turns being in the front, falling back when they get tired. In this way, the geese can fly for a long time before they must stop for rest. Pelicans that fly alone beat their wings more frequently and have higher heart rates than those that fly in formation. The birds that fly in formation glide more often and reduce energy expenditure.

The second benefit to the V formation is that it is easy to keep track of every bird in the group. Flying in formation may assist with the communication and coordination within the group. Fighter pilots often use this formation for the same reason.


Why team work is important....Do not work alone and respect your friends!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Sains terus mencari kebenaran

What the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking said;
1. God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics.
2. A new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant
3. a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the universe exists, why we exist.
4. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going.
5. Previously, he wrote that the laws of physics meant it was simply not necessary to believe that God had intervened in the Big Bang
6. If we discover a complete theory, it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason -- for then we should know the mind of God
May be we need to have more scientist (not just graduated in science)and thinkers instead of paper clippers.And learn how to respect ideas!!!

Science will bring people together

Published: Thursday September 2, 2010 MYT 9:35:00 PM
Updated: Thursday September 2, 2010 MYT 9:36:17 PM
Inciting hatred among races will hamper country's growth: DPM

The Government's socio-economic development programmes will not succeed if there are parties consistently inciting anger and hatred among the races.
Malaysia's formula for success since independence had been the various communities' strong cooperation and willingness to work hand-in-hand, and this had to be maintained for the country to continue to develop and prosper.

"The rights all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion and background, are protected under the Constitution and there should not be any reason to touch on issues involving racial or religious sensitivities.
"The acts of unscrupulous people (in inciting anger and hatred among the races) could lead to problems among the races and result in instability. This will hamper the efforts for development and growth in the country.

In conjuction of Fasting Month, Muslims should make the country's pillars of unity and lead the way in working shoulder-to-shoulder with other races and faiths to develop Malaysia.

Perhaps by understanding science we can live in harmony

Kenapa Pengetahuan Tentang Biologi Penting?

Biologi dan kehidupan seharian tidak boleh dipisahkan. Kalau kurang pengetahuan biologi banyak kepincangan dalam cara hidup kita seharian. Misalnya menanam pokok untuk lanskap di kawasan rumah teres. Apakah pokok yang ditanam sesuai dari segi fungsi, daun, bunga, akar, musim daun gugur, buah yang menarik burung-burung yang meninggalkan najis atas kain jemoran dan kereta baru, daun kering dan bunga gugur masuk ke kawasan rumah jiran, akar memanjat dan menembusi dinding rumah jiran, akan menjalar bawah tanah dan merosakkan lantai rumah jiran, dan macam-macam lagi. Kesan kurangnya pengetahuan atau kemampuan berfikir secara biologi akan mengundang masalah lain seperti kebersihan, penyakit dan ketegangan hubungan kejiranan. Sebab itulah pendidikan dan penghayatan sains penting dan menjadi keperluan semua orang. Bukan sahaja untuk kerjaya tetapi amalan kehidupan seharian.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Why We Need Science? and More Scientists?

1. Promoting Science is about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.
2. We cannot judge people just by looking and hearsay. We must search for evidence.
3. .......and do corrections!!!
4. Science develops healthy competitor and not jealousy
5. Science develops good leaders, fair, honest and human character

Woolly mammoth extinction due to climate change

Image of a woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius. They died out because climate change caused a massive decline in their grassland habitat, scientists at Durham University, and Lund University and Bristol University report.

1. Warming temperatures and the spread of forests after the last ice age 21,000 years ago, turned the mammoths’ grassland into less productive tundra-like habitat.
2. This reduced the food available to large mammals like the woolly mammoth, woolly rhino and cave lion and eventually led to their extinction.
3. These changes coincided with an increase in the number and distribution of modern humans, Homo sapiens. A popular theory is that hunting and competition for land by humans caused the extinction of the mammoth. The changes in vegetation would have had the greatest effect.
4. The loss of food supplies from productive grasslands was the major contributing factor to the extinction of these mega-mammals.
5.The change from productive grasslands across large areas of northern Eurasia, Alaska and Yukon to less productive tundra-like habitats had a huge effect on many species, particularly on the large herbivores like the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth. Mammoths and other mega-mammals found it increasingly difficult to find food.
6. How vegetation and climate changed in the Northern hemisphere during and after the last ice age was studied.
7. Computer simulations show what would have happened to vegetation and habitat when the climate changed. The warming of the planet and a change to a moister climate with increased levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere resulted in the proliferation of trees and the subsequent decline in grasslands – the staple diet and fodder of large herbivores. The covered areas by grassland, the grassland productivity, which is key to the survival of grazing mammals, dropped.
8. A decline in herbivores would have affected other animals in the food chain, for example there would be less food for carnivores like the cave lion.
9. This is a model for what may happen as a result of rapid climate change over the next century linked to human activity.
10. Big species such as elephants and rhinoceros are the most likely to be the first affected by climate change and habitat pressure today.

We Malaysian like to follow. May be this phenomenon is happening in Malaysia and this tropical region. Should we wait for Professors from England and Sweden advice us what to do? They will do it if they have the interest on our country. We just celebrate our MERDEKA DAY!.

The studies may be looked like ecological survey which is not within our panel scientists interest. We probably look for more advanced research which supporting activities towards destroying our environment and challenge our worlds status of mega biodiversity country. The extinction of mega and micro fauna may related to the vegetation changes.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Kenapa Perlu 3R?

1. Sampah domestik akan dikumpul dan dibawa ke tapak pelupusan sampah.
2. Sampah domestik terdiri dari berbagai bahan buangan termasuk plastik, barang kaca, kerusi meja, bantal busuk, bateri, kertas, ubat-ubat, bahan kosmetik (solek), bahan makanan dan kuah lari atau masak lemak cili api.
3. Sampah yang terkumpul dalam lori sampah akan dipadatkan dan kuah-kuah akan melimpah di jalan depan rumah menjadikan lechate yang busuk. Untuk mengelakkan perkara ini berlaku, pastikan sampah domestik kering dan dipotong kecil-kecil.
4. Sampah di bawa ke pusat pelupusan sampah.
5. Di tapak pelupusan sampah di tutup dengan lapisan tanah.
6. Lapisan tanah diambil dari tempat lain dan di bawa ke tapak pelupusan.
7. Untuk mendapatkan tanah bukit terpaksa di tarah.
8. Sebelum bukit di tarah, pokok terpaksa di tebang dahulu.
9. Di tapak pelupusan sampah akan terhasil lechate yang terpaksa di rawat
10. Disamping lechate, gas methane juga akan terhasil.
Bayangkan apa yang telah berlaku hasil daripada sampah domestik. Pokok ditebang, bukit ditarah, menyebabkan hakisan, pencemaran sungai akibat hakisan tanah permukaan, pencemaran bahan kimia yang tidak diketahui dalam air bawah tanah, aliran sungai berdekatan tapak pelupusan, penghasilan gas rumah hijau.......dan banyak lagi kesan yang tidak baik kepada manusia, hidupan liar dan persekitaran.Maka amalan 3R diperlukan!!!!