Monday, March 31, 2008

Brain Damaging University Life

BDUL is a very pat to describing me now. who on earth will face 2 papers on a consecutive weekdays then 2 papers on the same day? I wonder will i collapse after this Thursday.

Kinda miss my home lately...

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What a hillarious article

[Dr. Lee Wei Lim, a a Marie Curie Fellow and Malaysian brain scientist in Maastricht University, the Netherlands, has several queries on today’s Star report “Results of space tests out soon” re: Angkasawan Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor.
[Dr. Lee’s comments (in bold) accomapnies the Star report viz:]

Results of space tests out soon

PENANG: The results of experiments carried out in space by Angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor will be released next month.

The experiment was carried out at the International Space Station or in the “Space” ?

The results of various experiments with proteins and the effects of micro-gravity and space radiation on cells and microbes would be shared with international researchers soon, the country’s first cosmonaut said during the closing of Brain Awareness Week 2008 at Universiti Sains Malaysia yesterday.

How can an Orthopaedic surgeon carry out protein research in the field of molecular biology? Why do we have to focus on space radiation on cells and microbes since we are living on the earth? How does this contribute to the science?

“I have spoken to the scientists and researchers involved in the project and they said the results will be published soon – in about a month’s time,” he said, when responding to questions by students attending his talk on Brain in Space: Our New Frontier.

The results will be published in which international peer reviewed journal? What is the significant scientific background of it?
His talk on the “Brain in Space”, is he qualified to speak about that? Has he been trainned as a neuroscientist? Does he have strong background on the brain? Please see www.pubmed.com and type in “Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor”, no scientific publication related with the brain!

Asked why the experiments had to be carried out in space, the 35-year-old orthopaedic surgeon said it was because zero gravity allowed the specimens to be studied in their 3D form.

Just because to study the specimens in 3D dimension?? Would it be too costly? First of all, how can an orthopardic surgeon involves in scientific neuroscience research? What is the link between the brain and bone (orthopaedic)? Similarly, would you send a dermatologist to study the brain?
“Zero gravity allows specimens to be studied in 3D form”, why did this study have to be carried out in the “space” or the space station just for the cell 3D form investigation? In fact, on the earth, we have such “vacuum chamber model” to carry out research on the morphology of cells with “confocal microscopy”, “two-photon microscopy” or “electron microscopy” approach, this will give us even a better control view of the cells in terms the cell morphological changes and technical manipulation aspect. And again, how can an orthopaedic surgeon carry out such complicated and high technique on cells manipulation in the “space”? Is he a cellular biologist? Please look at the Harvard University website on Neurobiology.

“If studied on earth under a microscope, the cells would have been flattened slightly because of the effects of gravity. In space, we can view the specimens as if they were in the human body,” he explained, adding that he was keen on returning to medical practice.

And again, the research was carried at the “International Space Station” or in the “Space”, there is a clear distinction between these two!
Cell flattened??? Please see my previous opinion on vacuum chamber model.
What type of cell did he want to study? What is the hypothesis and scientific support for such a huge cost of investment? “In space, we can view the specimens as if they were in the human body,” based on which scientific publication to support this notion of sentence?? If so, how about carry out such experiment in the vacuum chamber (low cost) of zero gravity with better manipulation on the cells and more scientifically grounded?

“I miss seeing my patients and being in the operating theatre. I also hope to one day find the cure for cancer,” he said.

Miss seeing patients? When a person left his medical career for more than 5 years, is he still eligible to perform his clinical works efficiently? May be, he is exemption.
To find cure for cancer? What is the link between his work in space and cancer as well as the brain?

The experiments were conducted while he was on the International Space Station. On Oct 10, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar made history by becoming the first Malaysian to fly to space.

The experiment was conducted at the International Space Station and not in the “Space”? What sort of experiment? Why can’t it be carried out in the scientific laboratory, with lower cost, more reliable internationally-accepted methods for scientific publication? He is an orthopaedic surgeon with no scientific publication in brain and cellular research, how on earth he knew the works of a professional histologist or cell biologist or brain scientist?

Later, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the book Reaching for the Stars, which was written by Sheikh Mustapha, also known as Ajil, the late brother of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar.

No comments.

The book is Ajil’s personal account of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar’s journey from the time he was short-listed, trained, and selected as Malaysia’s first astronaut to his journey into space late last year.

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But Ajil had a fall and slipped into a coma while his brother was still in space and died days after Dr Sheikh Muszaphar’s safe return to earth.

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

It has been awhile

Oh my god, I realize this morning that my Mouth and Hand has been filled up with spider web!

It's not a good sign in that sense that I'm reluctant in updating my mood and my life just surfing thru the web and has nothing to be done. However, this is also the double edges sword in which I has show that i'm not indulge in the virtual world as some of my friends did. But sometimes, blog may be the best way to keep in touch with all those long lost friend.

Hmm, what have I done few days back?
Oh ya! after all the struggle muggle, i have decided my way into the bacteria, for my final year project! show you how good is my title first:

Occurrence of antibiotics and metal tolerance in bacteria isolated from freshwater fish, brackish water fish and marine fish.

(Omg, what the heck is this?)
Oh yes, don't ask me right now because i yet to find out what are these properties about and what is my purposes studied on this. Haihz, I get no support from the PhD student who is suppose to assist me in the research and also none from my supervisor. Actually I hate microbiology. Serious. And now, I'm messing up with microbes again. Sad! Imagine how suffer will my life be---> Facing all the micro flora for the rest of my day in Uni!

bacteria probably streptococcus
have no idea what is this
o! aeromonas
and this lovely vibrio
aeromonas again!


God! Please help me through this difficult moment!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Yay! A third Prize for Me!

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I've never thought of being a prize winner in any art design contest and see! Here I'm a third prize winner of this lovely poster for the Language Festival! yay! Was so happy at the moment thou this wasn't my first design but still, hey! Third prize man!

 

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wow! haha! but quite disappointed when I receive just a hamper from the Department head,

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Oh ya! In conjunction with the festival, there is  aJapanese Caravan to be held also and see! My Juniors Are In Kimono!

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Photo-0009 was trying to act cool

Photo-0010 was trying to act cute

 

And all of a sudden, my lecturer in kimono also come to the festive! She looks so cute in the pink kimono, matches her selendang so much!!

Photo-0005 wow! madam, you look good in kimono!

 

and this guy, he can play the japanese instrument quite well! he played the first love by Utada also! Wow!

Photo-0004 but he look like beggar by the street ^__^

 

Keep you all posted!!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

We Are The World

There comes a time
When we head a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
And it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all

We can't go on
Pretneding day by day
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change
We are all a part of
God's great big family
And the truth, you know love is all we need

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

Send them your heart
So they'll know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread
So we all must lend a helping hand

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me

When you're down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change will only come
When we stand together as one

[Chorus]
We are the world
We are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
So let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me