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The mountain bike wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for disgruntled customers. In the 1970s, some cyclists wanted to ride off-road but were let down by existing bikes that weren’t suited to rugged terrain. They adapted road bikes, fitting them with strong frames, motorcycle drum brakes and balloon tyres, and so the mountain bike was born. …

The Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) will be conducting its second Bug Bounty Programme (BBP) from 30 September to 21 October 2019. White hat hackers[1] from around the world have been invited to test major Internet-facing systems and websites belonging to MINDEF/Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) and other agencies in the defence sector for vulnerabilities (or “bugs”), and will …

Singapore ranks second among the world’s top cities for digital security. Here’s the rundown for this year’s leaderboard.  This ranking is based on the countries 2019 Safe Cities Index report, made by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). Digital security is among the components taken into account to compute for the Safe Cities Index, which is …

Shell Recharge is Shell’s electric vehicle (EV) charging service at its service stations and it offers on-the-go charging to customers. By October 2019, it will be available at 10 Shell stations starting with Shell Sengkang last August 2019. Shell is making its foray into electric vehicle (EV) charging with Shell Recharge – a first for …

Human beings inherit many genetic traits directly from their parents. However, cultural traits – tools, beliefs and behaviors that are transmitted by learning – can be passed on not only by parents but also teachers and peers. Many animals have learned behaviors, but people are uniquely good at building on existing knowledge to innovate further. …

From shamanic ritual to horoscopes, humans have always tried to predict the future. Today, trusting predictions and prophecies has become part of daily life. From the weather forecast to the time the sat-nav says we will reach our destination, our lives are built around futuristic fictions. Of course, while we may sometimes feel betrayed by …

The recent years have been witness to various developments in the energy sector. With this, has it ever occurred to you what will be the state of the energy industry in the future? Multinational consultancy firm Arup discusses this matter in their recent paper, “Energy systems: A view from 2035 What will a future energy …

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently released a report detailing the ten “world-changing technologies that are poised to rattle the status quo.” Let’s see for ourselves what these technologies have to offer. 1. Bioplastics for a Circular Economy Some developments in the bioplastics industry allow lignin, a component of wood, to be broken down into …

If the aviation industry was a country, it would rank among the world’s top ten emitters of carbon dioxide (CO₂). Aviation emissions have risen by 70% since 2005 and as demand increases in rich and poorer countries, they’re forecast to increase by between 300% and 700% by 2050. Arresting this incline will be the first …

While solar and wind power are rapidly becoming cost-competitive with fossil fuels in areas with lots of sun and wind, they still can’t provide the 24/7 power we’ve become used to. At present, that’s not big a problem because the grid still features plenty of fossil fuel plants that can provide constant baseload or ramp …