Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Research for milky stork rehabilitation and conservation. WE need to look at this seriously. My proposal was rejected again with good comment "proposal was properly done but the panels recommended low priority and not recommended any amount of grant.

As I mentioned in my previous blogs Milky Storks close to extinct in the wild. Malaysian government support conservation and protection of wildlife and put priority on biodiversity. I am very surprise the panels are not inline with the government policy. I was not wrong if we ask them to go back to school.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Racial and religious conflicts in Asia: Are we ready to face it? If we want to live in harmony who we should choose to be our leaders; politician or academician or religious leaders or scientists. Let we talk about transboundary pollution; smoke contain gases, suspended particulate matters with toxic chemicals and sea water carrying hydrocarbon, toxic chemicals and dangerous biota such as Harmful Algae.

Look at Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia and starting in Malaysia. Are we learning or copying? Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Muslim, We just cannot follow what had happened in many parts of the world. We need to be creative and proactive for harmony life.

Academy Science Malaysia Forum: good topic but old points both X and Y generation. Meaning we will not solve the problem until Z generation. If we want to see we are infront in science is easy. Just respect the scientists, professors and give more grants for research on sciences.

As usual I manage to talk to many and engage them with my ideas and work. I hope this time I can get what I want. NOT for me BUT for future generation. Just for note its about biodiversity. BUT .... many senior scientists are still isolated among themselves not just mentally but physically and may be spiritually. This is may be one of the failure and the young one talking same idea, tone and sentence as senior when they were young in 1970s.

Friday, November 22, 2013

If government is serious about protection and conservation of wildlife, not just rule and education needed BUT enforcement too need to be strong. All malaysian must follow the rules and regulation on wildlife protection especially the leaders MUST show good example. Thank you.

'The Lizard King' is back in business, claims Al Jazeera.
Anson Wong, aka 'The Lizard King' at the Sepang Sessions Court after he was sentenced to six months' jail for smuggling 95 snakes in 2010.
Anson Wong, aka 'The Lizard King' at the Sepang Sessions Court after he was sentenced to six months' jail for smuggling 95 snakes in 2010.

Through Film can make science more attractive, easy to understand and encourage young majoring in science. Science make students thinking more and be more creative and proactive. BUT who can make a science movie?

Photo: MNS Vice President delivering his speech at the launch of SFF 2013 #SFF2013Launch
Science Film Festival by Siemens and Malaysian Nature Society

I do not understand why many professors who assessing research proposal on biodiversity and ecology of animals reject the proposal and gave comment the proposal is good but rejected. Malaysian Government supporting biodiversity at international levels, Both PM and DPM mentioned biodiversity is priorities, animals closed to extinction or causes imbalance in ecological system, less zoologist and botanist in Malaysia, BUT the test tube professors still rejecting the proposal on biodiversity and ecology. I think we need to have right panels to discuss on the priority of the country.

Education is very important. Its not just involve policies but the most important is curriculum, teachers and students. What ever system need to be applied need thorough research and discussion in order to make sure the curriculum is well translated and delivered to the target (students). Advice from experts is necessary.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Brilliant analysis by Prof Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business School on world's economic engine, from empowering innovation to sustaining & efficiency innovations.. why world awash with "cash" but no job creation! "Capitalist's Dilemma"

Sustaining always difficult and challenging. This what we are working on in innovation NOT just creating!

Dilemma Lecturers in the university, teaching, research, publication, extension OR make your self popular among your leaders. More dicussion in my Blog on Wednesday, September 29, 2010

‘Contact hours’ – the new dilemma
For anyone working in a higher education institution, one of the messages they they will have been hearing with increasing frequency is that the general public believes that academics don’t work enough. To put it more precisely, there is a view out there that a university lecturer spends too much time doing other stuff, perhaps even important stuff, but far too little time actually teaching anyone or offering students direct help and support.

Coastal marine sciences is very important to study and very urgent before biodiversity of flora and fauna in coastal environment destroyed or disturbed. Fishing industries depending to coastal environment too.

Scientists need to publish their findings in the media that public can read. Public is an important voters that can pressure to the politician who representing public to make right decision in managing the prestine environment. We can log but what, why, how, where and when need to be asked. Leaders must clever in leading the society and making decision. Nature and environment are very important.

These images of elephants were captured automatically by cameras set up by wildlife researchers in Ulu Muda. (PLEASE DON'T CROP)
‘Teh Tarik’ and ‘Teh O’: Logging affects river water quality as seen here with the pristine (dark green) Sungai Labua and the brown Sungai Muda.
Ulu Muda need to be preserved if we want to see the hornbills continue living and attracting thousand of tourist. All agencies need to sit together and discuss. Bring the experts to listen to their discussion.

Culture: food, fashion design, dancing, language, ........ another additional values in tourisms industry

Malaysia is maritime country. We need to strengthen our coastal security. Basic sciences, research activities and technology development are needed. Universities, research institutions and securty department can collaborate in finding solution and research.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Top 10 scary risks faced by diabetics: we need to have effective tools to detect diabetics. Basic sciences probably can help. If we know that disbetic is among the important disease, more money should be allocated for research and development. May be in three years we can get something.

Not knowing you have diabetes is a huge risk, because badly controlled diabetes can lead to numerous scary complications. This article shares the 10 scary things you may not know about this killer-disease.
1. Psychiatric disorders
Diabetics may experience many different emotions such as anxiety, anger and depression. Patients risk suffering from psychiatric disorders such as delirium, substance abuse, mood disorders and anxiety disorders. That is why managing your mental health will therefore lead to better diabetes control.
2. Nerve damage
Uncontrolled diabetes may result in nerve damage. The high blood glucose damages nerves in the arms, hands, legs and feet. If left untreated, diabetics could lose all sense of feeling in affected limbs. Patients should watch out for the loss of feeling in their feet, numbness (pins and needles), tingling and burning sensations, and muscle weakness. You can better prevent this by practising good blood glucose control, regular exercise and by quitting smoking.
3. Foot complications
Nerve damage and damage of the blood vessels in the legs and feet of diabetics cause poor circulation, which leads to patients developing foot problems. An innocent blister on your foot can become a serious infection if left untreated. Severe damage may lead to a toe, foot or leg amputation.
4. Gastroparesis
Gastroparesis is when the muscles of the stomach stop functioning properly. It is a condition that reduces the ability of the stomach to empty its contents, and it does not involve a blockage or obstruction.
5. Eye complications
Diabetes can damage the blood vessels in the retina, which may lead to blindness. People with diabetes may also develop eye problems like glaucoma, cataracts, and diabetic retinopathy. If your eyesight is becoming blur, if you see shadows or floating spots, or if you're having trouble seeing at night, you should consult your doctor immediately.
6. Kidney disease
High blood glucose levels due to poor control can lead to your kidneys being overworked, which can lead to kidney disease. Severe cases can lead to kidney failure or irreversible end-stage kidney disease, requiring patients to undergo dialysis or a kidney transplant. Signs of kidney problems can be increasing amounts of protein in urine; water retention in ankles, abdomen and chest; foul taste in the mouth; vomiting; and tiredness throughout the day.
7. Hypertension (High blood pressure)
Due to the hardening and narrowing of the arteries, a diabetic's heart has to pump harder than normal and this builds up pressure against the artery walls. Symptoms of this are frequent headaches, blurring vision and shortness of breath. To reduce the effects of this complication, you should eat a low-fat and high-fibre diet, exercise regularly, quit smoking and keep a healthy weight
8. Heart complications
Diabetes causes an increased narrowing of the arteries and also the hardening of the arteries which slows down blood flow. Diabetics are at risk of heart problems such as coronary artery disease (when the blood supply to the heart muscle is diminished), which is the main cause of heart attacks.
9. Stroke
Diabetics can suffer from strokes when the blood flow to the brain is blocked. This happens due to the hardening and narrowing of the arteries in the brain. If one's blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and blood glucose levels are not controlled, the risk of stroke increases significantly.
10. Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS)
HHNS is where blood glucose levels shoot up too high and your body tries to get rid of the excess sugar by passing it through your urine. The symptoms include high blood sugar levels over 600mg/dl; dry and parched mouth; extreme thirst; high fever; warm and dry skin; sleepiness or confusion; loss of vision; hallucinations; dehydration; and weakness ohttp://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=7590959915858644547#editor/target=post;postID=8732848148486621692n one side of the body.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

READ THIS!!! only stupid panels will reject the research proposal on Milky Storks. 1. The birds almost extinct. 2. Malaysia adopt many agreements on Biodivesity and protection of wildlife, having many rules and regulations regarding wildlife protection including National Biodiversity Policy and good strategies for biodiversity conservation including research. 3. Malay rulers reminded to keep forest and mountain for coservation. 4. Islam enourage conservation of wildlife and ecosystems. As Malaysian all must support this birds conservation. I repeat the panels who rejected the proposal related to Milky Storks are .......

Mycteria cinerea occurs in Cambodia, Peninsular Malaysia and the islands of Sumatra, Java, Bali, Sumbawa, Sulawesi and Buton, Indonesia (BirdLife International 2001). Its population is estimated at fewer than 5,500 individuals. The majority are in Indonesia, with fewer than 5,000 on Sumatra and c.400 in west Java. A 2008-2009 survey estimated the Sumatra population at less than 1450 individuals (Iqbal in litt. 2012). There are estimated to be c.10-20 pairs at Tonle Sap lake, Cambodia (J. Eames in litt. 2006). It is a vagrant to Thailand and Vietnam. Numbers have apparently declined, at least in some parts of its range, with counts from Malaysia falling consistently from over 100 individuals in 1984, to fewer than 10 birds in 2005 (Malaysian Nature Society 2005, Li et al. 2006). Only a single wild bird was recorded in the Matang Mangrove Forest in 2010 (DWNP 2010).

Six Reasons Why Grant Applications Get Rejected? OR we have to make the panel understand about research.

1) The proposal doesn’t meet all technical grant requirements.
What you can do: Make sure your proposal meets every technical requirement listed in the grant application.

2) Proposal not responsive to the guidelines.

What you can do:  Before writing the nitty gritty text of a proposal, write down your basic case for funding.  Review the case for soundness.  Make sure you can support every argument you plan to make.

3) Project or program to be funded is poorly developed.

What you can do: Take the time to plan and detail your project or program.

4) Proposal is written or organized poorly.
Grants are exercises in persuasion. They need to be written in a persuasive fashion, with the primary arguments clearly stated and well supported.

What you can do: Structure the proposal before you begin writing, and review the text for logical flow and consistency frequently during the process.

5) Team or resources are inadequate.
Don’t undervalue having a competent and qualified team, as well as sufficient resources to implement your project.

What you can do: Make sure your team member’s qualifications are made clear in the proposal and are sufficient to carry out the work.

6) Evaluation plan is inadequate.
Most grantors require an evaluation plan as an integral part of the project to ensure the project has measurable results.

What you can do: Spend quality time planning your evaluation plan and how you will track your results.

Study: Malaysia has best English language speakers in Asia; Malaysia apparently has the best English language speakers in Asia, beating out Singapore, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, China and Kazakhstan - according to a Singapore-based English Language school. BUT WE STILL STRUGGLING AT THE UNIVERSITY'S LEVEL ON ENGLISH TEACHING FOR JOB MARKET REQUIREMENT

The school, Education First, which released the findings of their English Proficiency Index on their website Wednesday, ranked Malaysia as having the highest level of English proficiency out of 13 countries in Asia.
On the global scale, Malaysia was ranked 11th out of 60 countries, with four of the top five slots going to Scandinavian countries, with Sweden and Norway taking the top two spots and Malaysia outperforming Singapore, Belgium, Germany, Latvia and Switzerland - countries which took the 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th spots respectively.

For many years people are talking about natural products, herbs that can cure diseases, and extraction of active ingredient from commonly eaten vegetables. BUT how many formulars we have seen such as this " ginger, garlic, lemon and apple cider vineger For Your Heart Vein Opening"

Mix all above  one cup each and simmer in low heat for about 60 minutes or till solution reduces to 3 cups. Remove solution to cool, then mix 3 cups of natural honey and store it in a jar. Drink one tablespoon daily before breakfast. Your vein’s blockage will open in most cases. Enjoy your drink. Taste good too.