Ideas & Innovation

Artificial Intelligence to Boost State Transparency

A civil society group in Khonkaen was fighting to get the railway construction that had troubled their community right. But the lack of state transparency just kept getting in their…

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This photograph taken on January 22, 2021 shows Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Space-starved Singapore builds floating solar farms in climate fight

Thousands of panels glinting in the sun stretch into the sea off Singapore, part of the land-scarce city-state’s push to build floating solar farms to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It may…

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This photo made available by NASA was taken during the first drive of the Perseverance rover on Mars on Thursday, March 4, 2021. Perseverance landed on Feb. 18, 2021. (NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP)

NASA’s new Mars rover hits dusty red road, 1st trip 21 feet

NASA’s newest Mars rover hit the dusty red road this week, putting 21 feet on the odometer in its first test drive. The Perseverance rover ventured from its landing position…

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This NASA handout illustration obtained February 15, 2021 shows NASA’s Perseverance rover casting off its spacecraft’s cruise stage, minutes before entering the Martian atmosphere, as hundreds of critical events in the rover’s Entry, Descent, and Landing sequence must execute perfectly and exactly on time for the rover to touch down on Mars safely on February 18, 2021. – The cruise stage contains fuel tanks, solar panels, and other hardware needed during the trip to Mars. About 10 minutes before atmospheric entry, it separates from the aeroshell, which encloses the rover and descent stage. The aeroshell makes the trip to the surface on its own. (Photo by Handout / NASA / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE – MANDATORY CREDIT “AFP PHOTO /NASA/JPL-Caltech/HANDOUT ” – NO MARKETING – NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS – DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

NASA wants to fly a helicopter on Mars for the first time

More than a century after the first powered flight on Earth, NASA intends to prove it’s possible to replicate the feat on another world. Transported aboard the Mars 2020 spacecraft…

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An eldery man on SpaceWalker.

Helping people get back on their feet

Conceived as a Master’s thesis, a health startup is all set to make a world of difference to the wheelchair-bound Regaining mobility, strength and learning to walk again while recovering…

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An on-demand autonomous bus developed by ST Engineering arrives at a bus stop at the start of a trial run from Singapore Science Park 2 to Haw Par Villa MRT station in Singapore on January 26, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP)

Singapore launches new self-driving bus trial

Singapore has moved a step closer to a driverless public transport network with the launch of a new trial of self-driving buses. Orderly and high-tech, the Asian city-state has become…

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Masks, robots and drones – Virus tech at CES gadget show

Singapore-based gaming hardware maker Razer showcased what they claimed to be the “world’s smartest mask”. Project Hazel, as it’s called, boasts ventilation, auto-sterilization with a built-in UV light, and a…

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Thai hospital claims first successful stem cell transplant involving donor infected with COVID-19

Thailand’s Ramathibodi Hospital has conducted what is believed to be the world’s first successful bone marrow stem cell transplant from a five-year old donor infected with COVID-19 to his seven-year…

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Tests show UVC lamps could light the way in virus fight

Could a new type of ultraviolet lamp be used in stations, airplanes and schools to kill dangerous viruses, becoming a gamechanger in the COVID-19 fight? Researchers at Columbia University have…

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Yuichiro Ono (left), Character Designer and Creator of Business Fish. He created many other characters including Masked Wrestler Q, Moai-kun, Mr. Egg, etc. That Achieved 698 million sticker downloads worldwide. His unique artstyle has become popular among Western and South East Asian users on Social Media.

Digital Stickers – From 2D artwork to creative communication

Every day, social media develops new ways to connect people in their daily lives. One of the latest trends is “Digital Stickers”. Usually, a sticker is a type of self-adhesive…

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Government denies it has increased taxes on feminine hygiene products

The Government has refuted a report that sanitary napkins have been classified as a luxury item and excise tax on them has been increased to 40%. The report went viral…

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12-year old “Milk” wins world drone racing championship again

  12-year old Wanraya “Milk” Wannapong from Thailand has won the 2019 FAI World Drone Racing Championship Grand Final (women’s division) for the second year in a row. The competition…

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High production costs remain obstacle to degradable non-plastic bags

Starting January 1st, 43 shopping malls and convenience stores in Thailand will cease the use of single-use plastic bags, in response to the Government’s policy to completely phase them out….

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Thailand’s first robot to help in epilepsy surgery cases unveiled

The Medical Services Department has unveiled Thailand’s first robot created to help surgeons in brain surgery on patients afflicted with epilepsy, a central nervous system disorder in which brain activity…

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Tesla boss Elon Musk wins defamation trial sparked by ‘pedo guy’ tweet

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Tesla Inc boss Elon Musk emerged victorious on Friday from a defamation trial as a federal court jury swiftly rejected the US$190 million claim brought against…

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Unicorn may be hard to find as Thai SMEs are behind in digitalization

While most of Thailand’s neighbors have one or two unicorns to boast their success in digital transformation, Thailand is still looking for one. One of the reasons that a unicorn…

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An inroad of EVs offers opportunities and challenges

Although electric car has yet to go mainstream in Thailand, there is a foregone conclusion that its popularity will significantly increase in the next few years, fueled by a wider…

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E-sports become a serious business

Once perceived as a mere recreational pastime, e-sports will be included in the multi-sport 30th SEA Games for the first time this year, reflecting growing popularity of e-sports which has…

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Innovative eco-friendly pots created for seasonal plants

Thailand’s National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), working with the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovations, recently unveiled an innovation, called “Magik Growth”, an eco-friendly plant pot…

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Panel bans three controversial herbicides effective December 1

The four-party working committee, set up at the order of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, agreed unanimously today to ban the production, import, sale and use of paraquat glyphosate and chlorpyrifos…

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International experiences to meet sustainable transport

Thai PBS World: October 4, 2019 : international experiences to meet sustainable transport

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The RTN delays frigate from South Korea in favor of Chinese landing ship

The Royal Thai Navy has ordered a delay in the building of the second multi-purpose frigate, by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo, because it wants a landing ship to be delivered…

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A smart and safe home a new concept for digital age, says researcher

Associate Professor Krischonme Bhumkittipich, of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Rajamangala University of Technology Thanyaburi (RMUTT), revealed his new research into technology that goes beyond “smart home” to keep…

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Photo: (AFP) A security guard stands next to Jeff Koons’ “Rabbit”, a stainless steel casting of an inflatable rabbit that sold at auction for $91.1 million.

Jeff Koons ‘Rabbit’ sculpture sets $91.1 million record for a living artist

(Reuters) – A 1986 “Rabbit” sculpture by American pop artist Jeff Koons sold for $91.1 million in New York on Wednesday, a record price for a work by a living…

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Thailand to ban import of plastic waste next year

Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will propose to the cabinet a total ban on the import of plastic waste into Thailand beginning next year. Natural Resources and Environment…

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FDA warns new drug law does not legalize unlicensed marijuana cultivation

Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has clarified that the new narcotics law does not legalize the unrestricted planting of marijuana in an apparent response to Bhumjai Thai party’s manifesto…

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AOT dumps Duangrit Bunnag Group’s Suvarnabhumi Terminal 2 design

The board of Airports of Thailand Public Company, the operator of Suvarnabhumi international and several other airports in Thailand, has scrapped the Suvarnabhumi Airport Terminal 2 project design, budgeted at…

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Law to legalize marijuana for medical purposes takes effect

Marijuana, or “kanja” as it is known in Thailand, can now be grown legally and used in medical and scientific applicationswith the consent of the authorities concerned. The Narcotics Act B.E. 2562, which seeks to amend specific provisions of the Narcotics Act of 1979…

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Crucial skills for the future

Data science, analytical and critical thinking skills and working in teams; why these skills play pivotal roles in working world of the future, the director of the London School of…

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Elon Musk bores tunnel to revolutionize city driving

Elon Musk on Tuesday took a break from futuristic electric cars and private space travel to unveil a low-cost tunnel he sees as a godsend for city traffic. The billionaire…

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Japanese billionaire businessman is SpaceX’s Moon tourist

Japanese billionaire businessman, online fashion tycoon and art collector Yusaku Maezawa was revealed Monday as the first tourist who will fly on a SpaceX rocket around the Moon. “I choose…

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Govt confirms plan to build community waste-to-energy plants

The government has reaffirmed its intention to construct waste-to-energy plants in various communities as a solution to better deal with trash disposal problem and generate more power at the same…

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