Pokemon! Get ’em all! (Roach? …Oh, no thanks.)

(info source: https://gizmodo.com/singapore-roach-named-after-pokemon-nocticola-pheromosa-1850212824)(img source: The Pokemon Company) According the newspaper article, the newly discovered roach was first found in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve near the center of Singapore years earlier, then with intensive DNA checks against other types, the scientists concluded it was indeed a new species: Nocticola pheromosa. I, as a Japanese, am

Cure for Loneliness? Cure for Misinformation?

(info source: https://www.everydayhealth.com/emotional-health/how-does-loneliness-affect-the-brain/)(img source: Alexander Spatari/Getty Images) “We’ve adapted to feel safer and more secure when we feel like we’re not alone.” Absolutely. Loneliness, or I’d say “our perception of being lonely” to be more scientific, affects our brain that naturally impacts how we behave. And of course, the effect is damn negative all the

Appointment of CEO at Monash University Malaysia, also Pro Vice-Chancellor at Monash Headquarter (AU)

(info source: https://www.monash.edu.my/pages/latest/articles/2023/appointment-of-chief-executive-officer-monash-university-malaysia-and-pro-vice-chancellor-and-president-malaysia ) I know. I know it’ll happen. Dato’ Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman at UM (Universiti Malaya) is moving to her new place. It seems to me she has been on move of getting outside. So when I first saw the news, it was no surprising to me. (Her new position being CEO was

Congratulations, Dean Dr April!

(info source: https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/05/01/um039s-dr-april-camilla-roslani-receives-international-surgical-fellowship)(image source: The Star) Dr April Camilla Roslani, Dean of Faculty of Medicine at Universiti Malaya, received a honorary fellowship in surgery (American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons). She is my boss (I don’t see her oftentimes, though). Congratulations!

Hints for your new year resolutions

(info source: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/12/16/harvard-brain-expert-shares-what-he-never-does-in-order-to-stay-sharp-energized-healthy.html)(image source: artpartner-images | Getty) A neuroscientist at Harvard University tells us what to avoid to stay keen, energized, and healthy. Such as not to sleep shorter than 7 hours, not to drink, not to have more than two days off exercises, not to stop learning new things… yeah, I all know. We

Understanding the impermanence of self leads well-being in the future.

(info source: https://www.ted.com/talks/shankar_vedantam_you_don_t_actually_know_what_your_future_self_wants)(image source: TED) Impermanence. You might think it’s one of those 3 pillars of Buddhism in general, with “suffering” and “non-self” as the other two. It’s not merely religious but it’s the scientific reality as well. Nothing lasts forever. Everything is changing. Even our whole body, tissue by tissue and cell by cell,

How to overcome your impostor syndrome

(info source: https://blogs.haas.berkeley.edu/the-berkeley-mba/use-your-inner-strengths-and-community-to-tame-impostor-syndrome) Every once awhile, we all experience so-called impostor syndrome. However, when super athletes in a big game, entrepreneurs at high stakes situations, and leaders in general are with it, it’s pretty much devastating. A talk is around what exactly is the nature of the syndrome and how to overcome it. Using your

Effective science communication according to a famous actor

(info source: https://bigthink.com/the-learning-curve/3-rules-express-your-thoughts-clearly) It’s got something to do with “misinformation” and “hype in science.” It’s always difficult for us to convey scientific knowledge and applications correctly to the general audience. When we fail it, we will have more dangerous chance to have them prone to misinformation that sneaks into our society for bad. Mr. Alan