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Have Some Physics With Your Tea Next Time You're In Malaysia

Travellers to southeast Asia frequently marvel at the showman-like skill with which street vendors prepare a drink known as teh tarik (“pulled tea”). They might not realise those same vendors are intuitive physicists at heart.

Malaysia Admits To Censoring The Internet

In 2011, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak promised that Malaysia would never censor the internet. Speaking at the first Malaysian — ASEAN Regional Bloggers Conference, Najib said: “I have no doubts whatsoever that Malaysia has one of the liveliest blogospheres in the world. And definitely one of the freest if not the most free…[former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad] made the promise to the world that Malaysia would never censor the internet. My government is fully committed to that wisdom. We intend to keep his word.”

How Drones Are Being Used To Track Malaria

America’s got pretty good at using drones to hunt and kill big tangible things, but Hellfire missiles and Reapers aren’t all that good at tracking little insects. But that hasn’t stopped researchers from using (smaller, less deadly) drones to help fight the spread of infectious disease.

Your Electronics Are Probably The Product Of Forced Labour

The internet keeps a close eye on what companies like Apple, Samsung and Sony import out of Southeast Asia, since those components hint at products coming down the pipeline. The US Department of Labor keeps a close watch too, but for a very different reason: uncovering “modern-day slavery” by the factories that make electronics.

The Largest Legoland Water Park Ever Will Have 50 Million Bricks

Ever been to Legoland, man? Ever been to Legoland on waterslides? Visitors to Legoland Malaysia will soon be able to, once the largest such waterpark on Earth opens in mid-October.

Court Sentences Man To 100 Apologetic Tweets

In the modern-day equivalent (I guess?) of scrawling your apologies on a chalkboard, a Malaysian court has ordered social activist Fahmi Fadzil to say he’s sorry 100 times on Twitter. Hope no one told him how to copy and paste.

Even Paper iPads Are Sold Out

I’d heard that certain cultures like to furnish their deceased loved ones with paper tokens for the afterlife – think Monopoly money, paper Viagra, that sort of thing. But those iPad-lovers need their tablets for the afterlife too, according to the Malaysian families who have bought up paper iPads in bulk.

Can 6000 Mutant Mosquitoes Kill Off Dengue Fever?

Dengue fever. It causes pain, nausea, and can be deadly. Worst of all, there’s no known cure or vaccine. Which is why 6000 genetically modified mosquitoes are being deployed in Malaysia to kill of dengue at the root.

Malaysia Defeats Indonesia Thanks To Laser-Shooting Soccer Fans

As soon as the team took to the pitch, they were bombarded with lasers to the point where they literally walked off in the 54th minute. No, this wasn’t Tron, dear readers, it was a soccer match. With laser pens!

Want To Steal 10,800 Hard Drives? Just Drive The Truck Away

A group of brazen and possibly lucky thieves made off with $US1.2 million worth of Western Digital hard drives. The master plan behind their daring heist? They just got in the delivery truck and drove it away. Someone’s getting fired!

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