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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Graduate School: to go or not to go?

A debatable article by the Economist leads to various arguments, as follows:-

Doctoral degrees: The disposable academic | The Economist -

In accordance to this, there are other articles may be of interest, such as:-

100 Reasons NOT to Go to Graduate School -

Career Advice: We Ignore 'The Economist' - Inside Higher Ed - 

Of course, some arguments don’t really apply to subjects like science, technology & math.

Anyway, read the article with open minded. No right or wrong in this issue, follow your will.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Food security: The Future of Food and Farming


With reference to the information from the respective website:

This report provide an overview of the evidence and discuss the challenges and choices for policy makers and others whose interests relate to all aspects of the global food system.

This report is intended for:
Policy makers and a wide range of professionals and researchers whose interests relate to all aspects
of the global food system: including governance at all scales, food production and processing, the
supply chain, and also consumer attitudes and demand. It is also relevant to policy makers and others
with an interest in areas that interact with the food system, for example: climate change mitigation,
energy and water competition, and land use.

Foresight. The Future of Food and Farming (2011)
Final Project Report.
The Government Office for Science, London.

I have downloaded a copy to Kindle, would be nice to read what are the strategies proposed to overcome the food security issue in the future.

Other info:
Genetically modified crops are the key to human survival, says UK's chief scientist | Environment | The Observer -

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

dog abuser

Shocked with the news reported in the Malaysian insider, as follow:
Dog abuse video triggers online search for culprits - The Malaysian Insider -
(picture source:

Stop this insane & inhumane treatment of animals. Stern action must be taken against this foolish act!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Zheng Lab - Bad Project (Lady Gaga parody)

Came across this on FB. Interesting, worth watching. Hope I won't be caught in bad project.. haha

Monday, January 17, 2011

Is Oral Sex Safe?


I watched this programme on BBC iPlayer recently ( Unfortunately, the video can be viewed with UK internet IP only.

As we know, oral cancer is mostly caused by smoking or drinking ( tobacco & alcohol). Apart from that, there is an increasing trend show that oral sex, a dangerous pleasure contributes to oral cancer as well. This is caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted.

HPV is the causative agent of cervical cancer in women, and it can be prevented through vaccination. Compare with cervical cancer, HPV-related oral cancer is relatively rare at the moment, but we can't deny its future impact and it is estimated that 80% of the adult population carrying it without having any symptoms in their lives (note: the virus in one's body is not necessarily develop into cancer).   

Intriguingly, the risk of getting HPV-related oral cancer is 5 times higher in men than women (according to the interview session in the BBC’s video). A thought provoking question arose in this video was:”since men has high chance of getting HPV-related cancer, why don’t the government offers vaccination programme to boys as well, considering a cost of getting a HPV jab is extremely expensive (~£300-400 for the jab)?”

Although I don’t know the status of HPV vaccination programme in the country, but certainly I will encourage my female friends to get a HPV vaccination if it is affordable, ( if not, I think a regular smear test is worth doing).

I like an interesting quote by a doctor in the video :” if you are afford to get a jab, why don’t go for it? instead of saving the money for the hand bag of the season :)

Bear in mind that "Health is the greatest wealth".

Summary of the video mentioned above is as follow:-

Darren was diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer, a rare form of mouth cancer, at the age of only 31. But that wasn't the only shocking news that he had to deal with. Most oral cancers are caused by smoking or drinking, but Darren's was caused by the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is sexually transmitted. Darren had caught it through having oral sex. New research shows that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of HPV-related oral cancers amongst young people.

Jaime Winstone sets out to discover why the statistics are rising and whether anything can be done to stop this trend. Sadly, she has an intimate relationship with cancer - as filming began, her close friend Paul died from pancreatic cancer aged only 26. Whilst his cancer wasn't preventable, Darren's was.
HPV is recognised as the cause of cervical cancer in women and so, two years ago, the government introduced a national vaccination programme for teenage girls. But if a vaccine exists, why isn't it also given to boys to protect them from developing HPV-related cancers? Although this oral cancer is still relatively rare, the HP virus is common, with an estimated 80 per cent of adults having it, without any symptoms, during their lives.

Jaime's journey takes her to meet Dr Margaret Stanley, an expert on HPV and Professor Hisham Mehanna, a head and neck specialist at University Hospital, Coventry whose research has shown an increase in HPV-related oral cancers. Jaime talks to teenage boys about what they know of HPV and to teenage girls about why they are reluctant to get the freely available vaccine, before confronting the Department of Health over why they currently don't vaccinate boys as well as girls on the NHS.

Part of the Dangerous Pleasures season on BBC Three.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Applications for London 2012 Olympic Games tickets

Received official email regarding the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The message read:
“Applications for London 2012 Olympic Games tickets will open on Tuesday 15 March 2011 and will remain open for a period of six weeks, closing at 11.59pm on Tuesday 26 April 2011. Remember, tickets will not be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. This means there is no advantage to submitting your application on the first day.”
For info visit the website at :

or follow the updates on Twitter at:!/London2012

Sunday, January 9, 2011


Happy New Year!!!

The following horoscope forecast clearly illustrates my current situation (That’s why I like horoscope prediction so much):-

“You could be accused of being a little cold right now, cklim. But this doesn't mean you've suddenly stopped being a sensitive guy! Instead, you might just be focused on personal achievement. You could be aiming at a particular goal. Maybe you are trying to land an important raise or promotion. You might be a little preoccupied as you concentrate on achieving this. Don't be afraid to be a bit aggressive.” 

Stay tune, see ya..

All the best

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

Happy New Year !!! May 2011 bring you & your family happiness, prosperity, health, & success.


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