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21 May 2015
Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country’s endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team. In the shallow, warm, coastal...
In Chennai, India, researchers found data on the number and location of public toilets to be unreliable. Without good data, sanitation investments were not reaching vulnerable communities. Copyright : C/N N/G, flickr
19 May 2015
A research network is exploring how open data can help address specific challenges and bring about positive change in developing countries. Governments hold a wealth of highly valuable data, including birth and death registries, financial records, public infrastructure inventories and much more....
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About 85% of garment workers in Bangladesh are migrants from rural areas. Copyright : SANEM
19 May 2015
Research teams are examining Bangladesh’s rural-tourban transformation in order to help the country move beyond low-skill jobs toward a high-skill economy. Bangladesh has been a job creation success story in recent years as a booming garment industry provides work for large numbers...
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In Malaysia, 1,096 cases of illegal infant abandonment were recorded from 1999 to 2011. Copyright : 123rf.com
14 May 2015
Researchers have published the first systematic data on infanticide and illegal infant abandonment in Malaysia, which could ultimately aid in the development of preventive measures. Infanticide refers to the non-accidental death of infants from one day to one year in age. Infant...
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The dam’s frame consists of gabion cages: wire mesh baskets filled with sturdy columns of recycled concrete cylinders or rocks.
13 April 2015
Researchers in the Philippines are using green engineering to develop a low-cost dam that aims to prevent flooding, generate electricity, and help end food and water shortages. Designed by a team from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), the “Gaia dam”...
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13 April 2015
Research has shown a significant association between haze events in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Since 1997, the massive burning of biomass in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia, has affected neighbouring countries...
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Skull of Eodelphinus kabatensis Copyright : Mizuki Murakami, (c)Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
13 April 2015
Japanese researchers have described the earliest species of a true dolphin in the known fossil record: the oldest Miocene delphinid fossil including a skull. Their research has huge implications for our understanding of dolphin evolution. It may be long dead, but a...
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Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Image: Nugroho Nurdikiawan Sunjoyo/World Bank
3 July 2014
Research teams in Asia are using data drawn from firms to produce lessons for policymakers. The aim is to help middle-income countries support SMEs as a pathway to higher incomes and inclusive growth. In South Asia, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) account...
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2 July 2014
Canada’s North-South Institute is incubating a network of research organizations in Southeast Asia to help improve their capacity to provide relevant macroeconomic policy advice. The Southeast Asian Macroeconomic Network, which is expected to formally launch in 2014, is the first of its...
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Image: University of Nottingham Malaysia
2 July 2014
Researchers working in Malaysia and the UK are finding that drivers’ perceptions of hazards, and thus their reaction times to them, vary from one country to another. According to the International Transport Forum, Malaysia has one of the highest death rates from...
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