Today, on 26th August 2012, we all woke up to find out that Neil Armstrong, first man on the moon, passed away at age 82. I was surprised to see on Facebook, how many of my friends considered him to be a role model or a childhood hero. People are commenting on news websites about… Read More One Small Step for a Man, One Giant Leap for Mankind…
Scientists and engineers who want to construct some of the worlds best telescopes in remote locations all over the world often find themselves in awkward situations when confronted with the issue of native land titles. When these involve sacred sites, like the Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii where some of the best optical telescopes in… Read More Australia and NZ’s bid for the SKA
Here’s a good discussion on science and religion aired after the Curiosity episode ‘Did God Create the Universe’ featuring Stephen Hawking. It’s good to hear the ‘not-so-extremes’ having an intelligent discussion, instead of the tendency of mass media to highlight the fundamentalists on both sides of the divide.
Cost overruns in large-scale scientific projects occur more frequently than not, with NASA being one of the biggest culprits. The most recent high-profile casualty is of course the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). There are serious concerns that the entire project may be cancelled, after proposals for… Read More Have We Stopped Dreaming?
Nice video produced by A Rocha on the Christian call to creation care. Heads up to Daniel Tay who pointed me to this video…
Two processions enter Jerusalem at the beginning of Passover week two thousand years ago. From the West, Pontius Pilate, the Roman governer, rides in at the centre of a huge imperial army. Every year, he leaves his residence in Caesarea Maritima and comes to Jerusalem to maintain order. He represents Caesar, the son of God,… Read More Jesus, Bersih and Malaysian Politics
While tensions are on the rise in Malaysia regarding the Malay bible and ‘Allah’ issue, and certain irresponsible parties are attempting to aggravate Christian-Muslim relations further with threats of uprisings, it’s a good time to turn to Egypt to see what can happen when Christians and Muslims stand together in solidarity. After a church was… Read More Christian-Muslim Solidarity in Egypt: Lessons for Malaysia?
I asked myself awhile back what I could do to make a difference on the issue of corruption and greed-driven deforestation in Sarawak. Not long after that, I was presented with an opportunity to do something – and that was to sign this online petition against timber corruption initiated by the Bruno Mander funds. This… Read More Stop Timber Corruption – Online Petition
Malaysia is destroying its forests more than three times faster than all of Asia combined, new satellite imagery has shown, with demand for palm oil the reason for the clearance. A report commissioned by the Netherlands-based Wetlands International says Malaysia is uprooting an average two per cent of the rainforest a year on Sarawak, its largest… Read More Is there Something I Can Do to Make a Difference?
While astronomers flock to the Atacama desert to search the sky for clues to our origins, a group of women search the ground for the corpses of their loved ones… This looks to be a thoughtful documentary… a piece of art even. I’m planning to watch it, somehow. It’s going to be interesting to see… Read More Nostalgia for the Light