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With a new infectious disease outbreak on our doorstep, we might ask ourselves: are we reacting to the coronavirus in a way that is proportional to the threat? The problem is that when it comes to infectious disease epidemics, we have a strong tendency to overreact emotionally and underreact behaviourally. The overreaction aspect may be …

​The rejuvenated Yunnan Garden, a sprawling open space of greenery, waterscapes and heritage landmarks, will officially open at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) on 13 February 2020. Built in the 1950s, the Yunnan Garden was a key attraction of the Nanyang University campus, the land on which NTU Singapore is now situated. With the …

As the novel coronavirus death toll mounts, it is natural to worry. How far will this virus travel through humanity, and could another such virus arise seemingly from nowhere? As microbial ecologists who study the origins of new microbial species, we would like to give some perspective. As a result of continuing deforestation, “bushmeat” hunting …

One would think that our world, compared to the past centuries where pandemics have killed millions of people is better equipped when it comes to fending off diseases thanks to medical breakthroughs and innovations. Intuitively, we expect less infectious diseases to pop out and spread today. Confusing truth However, we know that this is not …

Sunseap Group Pte Ltd (Sunseap), Singapore’s leading renewable energy solutions provider, has secured a total of S$50 million from ABC World Asia, an Asia-focused impact investing private equity fund, and Temasek, a global investment company headquartered in Singapore. The investment will be used for solar projects in Singapore and other parts of Asia. With solar …

Even as built environment professionals embrace biophilic design, CPG seeks to question and push the boundaries of integrating nature into our structures and spaces. One possible exploratory approach to this is Biotic Design. Harvard biologist Edward O. Wilson coined the term ‘Biophilia’ in 1984 to describe humans’ natural attraction to nature and its elements, such …

Viruses are quick studies. They’re prolific at adapting to new environments and infecting new hosts. As a result they are able to jump the species divide from animals to humans – as the new coronavirus in China is showing. It’s estimated that 89% of one particular family of viruses, known as RNA viruses, are zoonotic …

​​National water agency PUB has developed a rainfall monitoring and prediction system capable of providing early heavy rainfall warnings, enhancing its response time to potential flash floods that may occur across Singapore. ​​ ​​The system merges the rainfall monitoring capability of X-band radars – which are typically used for localised weather monitoring, as well as …

Since 1 January 2019, public areas within the Orchard Road precinct have been designated as a No Smoking Zone, where smoking is only allowed in Designated Smoking Areas (DSAs). An advisory approach was adopted in the first three months of the implementation, to give members of the public sufficient time to adjust to the smoking …

The National Parks Board (NParks) launched the citizen park programme at the site of the future Pasir Panjang Park. The area of approximately 9 ha is set aside for stakeholders to reimagine the park experience and be involved in the design, development, and management journey of Pasir Panjang Park. Announced by Minister for National Development Lawrence …