News links 2023

News links are uploaded on a weekly basis, with the latest news at the top.

News 22/5/2023

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Society and Culture

They are young, but need a seat on public transport: those with
autoimmune diseases suffer in silence

Concert etiquette--Smartphones not only at Blackpink

Science and Tech

China’s Griefbot helps the living to say goodbye to the dead

Sec Revision [Space Exploration]:
Amazon's Jeff Bezos to help Nasa return to Moon

Other News
New York is sinking [CNN News Video]

The millionaire roster

News 15/5/2023

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On Education

Singapore’s Primary 4 pupils are world’s best in reading

Duty to bring others along, let more benefit: Chan Chun Sing at RI’s bicentennial lecture

Survey: companies should strike a balance between academic qualifications and skill sets

Why do you think students are reading less?

On the Environment

Why SG is heating up 2x faster than the rest of the world

The Big Read: Why the household recycling rate is falling despite greater eco consciousness, government push

On Technology and Health

Creator of ChatGPT calls on US lawmakers to regulate artificial intelligence (AI)

SGH offered tips to counter “tech neck”.
In gist, they include:
1. Take frequent breaks from technological devices.
2. Use a desktop instead of a laptop.
3. Have proper seating.
More information on Tech Neck here:

News 8/5/2023

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What does the King actually do?

New laws give police more powers to prosecute money mules, those who sell Singpass details to scammers

Why foreigners will continue to buy property in SG despite having to pay higher stamp duties

Priced out of the property market (and the COE too), how will the Govt react to strike the balance?

For a shot at fame: audition now open for I Not Stupid 3

Most agree that pet cats in HDB should be licensed

What SG can do to draw more tourists

News 1/5/2023

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More taking DNA tests to predict diseases in SG

14 million jobs worldwide will vanish in the next 5 years due to tech disruption, according to new economic report

First TikTok, now SHEIN and Temu. The US government has accused Chinese-backed 'fast fashion' digital platforms for data and other business practices risks, along with engaging in unfair market practices.

Hungry student finds Maurizio Cattelan’s $160,000 banana ripe for the taking at Korea museum

All you need to know about King Charles' coronation this weekend, 6 May 2023.

The search to reverse ageing continues

This story reminds me of the movie Homeward Bound

News 24/4/2023

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Singapore Tops World ranking in government efficiency 

Singapore’s Government was able to deliver during turbulent times as it had improved in the areas of implementation, strategic prioritisation and innovation.

PM Lee--SG faces 3 political risks

[News video]

The United Nations: Saving the world's glaciers is effectively a lost cause

Space exploration: the risks involved

Bio-plastics coming your way

News 10/4/2023

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Singapore to approve 16 species of insects like crickets and grasshoppers to be sold as food

Jobs in green economy in hot demand as S’pore looks to become carbon services hub

UN report on safety of lab-grown meats cites S’pore, the only country selling them, as case study

Why and how we can be happy: a case study of Finland

Ride on a hydeogen powered train

News 27/3/2023

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Amnesty International: Global outrage over Russia's invasion of Ukraine last year has only served to expose the West's "double standards" towards human rights abuses throughout the world.

In its annual world report for 2022, Amnesty pointed to what it described as the West's silence on Saudi Arabia's rights record, repression in Egypt and Israel's treatment of the Palestinians.

SG: The Resource Sustainability (Amendment) Bill was passed, with 3 measures to reduce packaging and food waste

Malaysia tables bill to abolish the death penalty

Why Japanese fathers are not taking paid paternity leave

Japanese scientists create offspring using eggs from male mice cells

News 20/3/2023

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Forbes: 20 Happiest Countries in the World 2023. Does SG make the list?

Key Findings of IPCC's [International Panel of Climate Change] 2023 Synthesis Report

This summary report demonstrates an undeniable scientific consensus about the urgency of the climate crisis, its primary causes, its current devastating impacts – especially on most climate vulnerable regions – and the irreversible harm that will occur if warming surpasses 1.5°C, even temporarily.
Its aim is to provide policymakers with a high-level, up-to-date understanding of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and highlight solutions and options for addressing it.

More on Changi Airport being the World's Best... Here's why

AI retaliation: how can humans preserve jobs?

Making the Seine swimmable by the 2024 Paris Olympics

K-Pop in Metaverse: trend or dud

SG is first to get the new pneumococcal vaccine

News 13/3/2023

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Changi Airport regains top position in Skytrax's 'best airports' list

ChatGPT failed miserably in the PSLE, averaging 16% for math and 21% for science. Days later, it was getting answers right.

But it scored very well in Law school entrance exams

Australian universities are bringing back pen and paper to stop students from using Chat GPT—is this the right move?

Longer work week in Seoul: what are the repercussions?

Recent focus on the country’s wealth gap has put a ‘two Singapores’ scenario in the spotlight as citizens grapple with higher costs, competition

Lord of the rings: meet the Seoul Ring in 2027

Math is beautiful [Revision for Secondary students]

News 6/3/2023

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On a planet rocked by the climate crisis, ecosystem collapse, famine and poverty, is having a child just adding to the problem - and therefore unethical?

Nations have reached a historic agreement to protect the world's oceans following 10 years of negotiations.

The High Seas Treaty aims to place 30% of the seas into protected areas by 2030, to safeguard and recuperate marine nature.

Use ChatGPT ethically

Why some degrees are less popular than others

Long read: Tackling teen terrorism

Reptile cafe, anyone?

News 20/2/2023

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2 teens dealt with under ISA; 15-year-old student is youngest-ever detainee

Climate, ice sheets and sea level: The news is not good 

New research suggests that the number of people threatened by sea-level rise has been underestimated by tens of millions 

Criticism to changes in Roald Dahl’s books

An implant surgically placed to stimulate nerves helps stroke patient move arm

Japanese prefer domestic travels

ChatGPT and its alter ego(s)

News 30/1/2023

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SG is 5th least corrupt country in the world

Why Generative AI is just getting started

AI chat with famous historical figures: interesting, but take it with a pinch of salt

Women are feeling the cost of living crisis more than men

Action plan to help older Singaporeans live well as they age and work longer

Driverless busses arriving in 3 European cities

Wood based 3D printing for home furniture

Teddy in space

Rise of the woolly mammoth, coming to you in 2027

News 23/1/2023

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Gong Xi Fa Cai

Taiwan is set to ban hotels from providing disposable amenities in rooms. Its travel industry generates around 8,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

Interesting and interactive: SG 2022 in visual stories and digital graphics

SG: Chinese New Year brings stress, loneliness and sorrow to some seniors

Commentary: Students could use ChatGPT to cheat, but it’s a chance to rethink assessment altogether

Tech and the elderly; the twain should meet

Leadership burnout: what we can learn from Jacinda Arden

"The nearer a man comes to a calm mind, the closer he is to strength." ~ Meditations by Aurelius

Go behind the scenes at the Yakult factory

News 9/1/2023

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Over half of kids, teens in S’pore do not hit physical activity targets

Mum's fine because we've got her a robot': Expert warns against a lonelier world for elderly

Laws addressing 'killer litter'--FAQs

The rise of flashy new job titles [‘business development guru’, ‘chief visionary officer’?]. There’s a reason why traditional job titles have endured for so long – and why loosening the rules around them to create arbitrary titles may not always be the best approach.

Climate change: glaciers will vanish by 2100