八哥鸟守尸

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同伴遭车辗毙,情深的八哥鸟在鸟尸旁守尸及哀鸣。(图:星洲日报)

同伴遭车辗毙,情深的八哥鸟在鸟尸旁守尸及哀鸣。(图:星洲日报)

(霹雳‧太平)同伴遭车辗毙,情深的八哥鸟在鸟尸旁守尸及哀鸣。

这只八哥鸟在太平湖公园环湖路的雨树路段马路上,守在一只遭车子辗毙的同伴身旁,试图以啄咀推同伴尸体,好像是在试图叫醒同伴。

刚好路经此处和见到这情景的后廊区州议员姚天和对此深受感动,並希望人们珍惜亲情。

[source: Sin Chew Daily http://search.sinchew-i.com/node/481961]
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春暖人间,家家贴春联 – 春联义卖

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十岁的黄耀坤小朋友所写的对联

十岁的黄耀坤小朋友所写的对联

‘春暖人间,家家贴春联’是由马六甲国际现代书画联盟主办,孔教会联办,逸品轩、究墨草堂、普洱甲茶文化馆和皇冠百利广场协办,一个有意义的慈善活动。已经举办了几年,今年已经是第七届了;这个春联义卖活动不但推广中华文化—书法,也同时帮助峇樟圣约翰洗肾中心的筹款。

由各界不同的人士,不分年龄的热心人,都帮忙写了无数的春联,到学校与老街推动挥春与义卖。所义卖得到的善款,将全数捐献给峇樟圣约翰洗肾中心。

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Clay- and water-based hydrogels: possible green alternative to plastic

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Hydrogels are novel materials with properties unlike those of normal polymers, but their potential applications have remained limited to small niches. A team of researchers from Japan aims to change that, and has discovered a new approach to hydrogels that yielded a trifecta of increased mechanical strength, easy preparation, and possible green-tech implications.

Hydrogels, as the name should imply, are mostly water (as much as 99 percent), and have a consistency that is best described as—you guessed it—a gel. This makes them a great candidate for novel biomedical applications like time-released targeted drug delivery and artificial tissues, because we’re mostly water, too. However, this makes them less useful for pretty much everything else outside of the body. They are often vulnerable to solvents and, as you might have noticed, there aren’t many items that actively rely on Jell-O as a structural component.

The researchers turned what might be a problem into a solution. The large, branchy dendritic polymer macromolecule they were working with had a tendency to adhere quite strongly to glass. So the researchers investigated its interactions with clay, which shares some properties with glass. Using an additional chemical that disperses clay nanosheets in water, they were able to get their dendritic macromolecule to form a structural framework with the the clay. The hydrophilic portion of the framework attracts and retains water molecules.

This notably improved mechanical properties over other hydrogels, as it could be molded into shapes that are free-standing and relatively robust and would undergo self-healing when cut. Less than 0.4 percent of it is petroleum-derived, so improved versions may provide an appealing green alternative to polymers. The best aspect, however, may be its simplicity: all you need are three ingredients, a beaker of water, and something to stir with.

Nature, 2010. DOI: 10.1038/nature08693

[source: http://arstechnica.com/science/news/2010/01/clay-based-hydrogels-could-be-green-alternative-to-polymers.ars]
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[News] Two surau in Muar firebombed

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Surau in Muar firebombed

Sirratulrahim Surau in Muar firebombed (Malaysiakini photo)

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — Two suraus in Muar, Johor were damaged in suspected arson attacks early this morning, weeks after similar attacks against churches, believed to be linked to the controversial “Allah” ruling.

Police found traces of kerosene in the Sirratulrahim Surau in Kampung Sabak Awor, Jalan Ismail which had a window and curtains burnt, while the Parit Beting surau suffered worse damage.

“There is a black mark on the door,” Muar Deputy OCPD Lee Choon Guan told The Malaysian Insider when contacted at the Parit Beting surau. Apart from the door, he said a carpet and windows were scorched. Stones were also reportedly thrown at the building.

The police forensics team is now taking evidence the surau.

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秀才的梦

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Scholar's dreams

Scholar's dreams by CJ

有位秀才第三次进京赶考,住在一个经常住的店里。考试前两天他做了三个梦,第一个梦是梦到自己在墙上种白菜,第二个梦是下雨天,他戴了斗笠还打伞,第三个梦是梦到跟心爱的表妹脱光了衣服躺在一起,但是背靠着背。  

这三个梦似乎有些深意,秀才第二天就赶紧去找算命的解梦。算命的一听,连拍大腿说:“你还是回家吧。你想想,高墙上种菜不是白费劲吗?戴斗笠打雨伞不是多此一举吗?跟表妹都脱光了躺在一张床上了,却背靠背,不是没戏吗?”   

秀才一听,心灰意冷,回店收拾包袱准备回家。店老板非常奇怪,问:“不是明天才考试吗,今天你怎么就回乡了?”秀才如此这般说了一番,店老板乐了:“哟,我也会解梦的。我倒觉得,你这次一定要留下来。你想想,墙上种菜不是高种吗?戴斗笠打伞不是说明你这次有备无患吗?跟你表妹脱光了背靠靠躺在床上,不是说明你翻身的时候就要到了吗?”   

秀才一听,更有道理,于是精神振奋地参加考试,居然中了个探花。  

积极的人,象太阳,照到哪里哪里亮,消极的人,象月亮,初一十五不一样。想法决定我们的生活,有什么样的想法,就有什么样的未来。

[source: http://www.07938.com/zheligushi/zhihuigushi/200910/12318.html]
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Shooting at the Zoo Melaka

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Photonian's Andrew and the ostrich

Photonian's Andrew and the ostrich

Leopard: What's that?

Last sunday, photonian organised a shooting at the Zoo of Melaka, Air Keroh. Nine of us went there for 2 hours during the evening. It was really a good time to shoot the animals because the slumberous animals became active during evening. 

Telephoto lens are essential for shooting wildlife. In this case, I had to stand as close as possible to the animals to have a better shot with my kit lens.

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