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The U.S. Is Losing a Major Front to China in the New Cold War

Vietnam and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian nations warming to a governance model that twins sweeping content curbs with uncompromising data controls -- because it helps preserve the regime in power. A growing number of the region’s increasingly autocratic governments watched enviously the emergence of Chinese corporate titans from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. -- in spite of draconian online curbs. The more free-wheeling Silicon Valley model once seemed unquestion...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, China, Thailand, Silicon Valley, Vietnam, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Major Front


China Wins Allies for Web Vision in Ideological Battle With U.S.

Vietnam and Thailand are among the Southeast Asian nations warming to a governance model that twins sweeping content curbs with uncompromising data controls -- because it helps preserve the regime in power. A growing number of the region’s increasingly autocratic governments watched enviously the emergence of Chinese corporate titans from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. -- in spite of draconian online curbs. The more free-wheeling Silicon Valley model once seemed unquestion...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, China, Thailand, Silicon Valley, Vietnam, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd


That Viral Story About Selfie-Takers on a Thai Beach 'Facing the Death Penalty' Is Totally Fake

Recently, you may have seen news stories claiming that tourists could “face the death penalty” for taking selfies on a certain beach in Thailand—which we can all agree is a little bit extreme. Thankfully, those claims are totally fake.Read more...
Tags: Science, Selfies, Thailand, Debunked, Fake, Fakes


Near-simultaneous admissions may affect mortality and length of stay in the ICU

A strain in ICU capacity has been linked to adverse patient outcomes. New research to be presented at CHEST Congress 2019 Thailand suggests that near-simultaneous ICU admissions are frequent and may also have an adverse effect on patient outcomes. Researchers conducted an observational study of patients admitted to an academic adult ICU of a tertiary medical center. Over the five-year period of the study, they found a correlation between the elapsed time between two consecutive admissions and mo...
Tags: Science, Thailand, CHEST Congress


Thai Boys Were Given Ketamine to Prevent Panic and Hypothermia During Cave Rescue

Ketamine may have helped save the lives of the twelve boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a Thai cave last summer.Read more...
Tags: Science, Thailand, Ketamine, Thai Cave Rescue, Hypothermia During Cave Rescue


Thai junta chief demands action to cut smog

Thailand's junta chief gave the smog-hit northern city of Chiang Mai seven days to crack down on spiralling pollution Tuesday, which has seen the tourist hotspot choke on Asia's most toxic air this week. The city has far eclipsed other notorious pollution hotspots since Sunday, with the level of dangerous microscopic particles known as PM2.5 peaking at 480 according to the Air Quality Index. The pollution crisis in Chiang Mai has seen residents, street vendors and even monks donning surgical f...
Tags: Asia, Science, Thailand, Chiang Mai


Stranded baby elephants rescued by Thai rangers

Six baby elephants separated from their parents and trapped in a muddy pit for days have been rescued by park rangers in rural Thailand, officials said Saturday. Patrolling rangers chanced upon the struggling herd in a national park east of Bangkok on Wednesday afternoon, park superintendent Prawatsart Chantheap told AFP. Once the rangers realised the calves, aged between one and four years old, could not climb out of the dirty watering hole, some left the forest to bring back digging tools wh...
Tags: Science, Thailand, Bangkok, Afp, Prawatsart Chantheap


Guardian US's 11-minute climate strike: why we devoted our front page to climate change

As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US is offering extensive live coverage of the strikes – and devoted our entire front page to climate change for 11 minutes earlier todayMake a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting The school climate strikes kicked off this morning in Australia and are traveling around the world for 24-hours. Photograph: Isabel Infantes/AFP/Getty ...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, Thailand, Guardian, Un, US Capitol, UK Belgium Sweden France Spain, Isabel Infantes AFP Getty Images Today


Guardian US's 11-minute climate strike: why we devoted our front page to climate change

As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US is offering extensive live coverage of the strikes – and devoted our entire front page to climate change to climate change for 11 minutes earlier today * Make a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reportingThe school climate strikes kicked off this morning in Australia and are traveling around the world for 24-hours. Photograph: Isabel ...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, Thailand, Guardian, Un, US Capitol, UK Belgium Sweden France Spain, Isabel Infantes AFP Getty


Guardian US's 11-minute climate strike: why we’re devoting our front page to climate change

As thousands of US students join a global strike to demand action on climate change, Guardian US will show its support by devoting our homepage to climate coverage for 11 minutes at 11amMake a contribution to support the Guardian’s independent journalism and our unique commitment to climate reporting The global climate strikes kicked of this morning in New Zealand and Australia and are traveling around the world. Today is the first time that significant numbers of Americans will participate in...
Tags: Science, Australia, US, Thailand, New Zealand, Guardian, Un, US Capitol, Phil Walter Getty, UK Belgium Sweden France Spain


Green economy? Thai party campaigns on marijuana as cash crop

Anutin Charnvirakul thinks he has hit on a winning issue for Thailand's election next month - promoting cannabis farming now that the Southeast Asia nation has legalized medical marijuana. Campaign posters for his Bhumjaithai (Proud to Be Thai) party, the first major party to advocate its recreational use, feature an oversized green marijuana leaf. "We know that marijuana doesn't have any negative effects when somebody consumes it, apart from getting sleepy," the billionaire-turned-politican t...
Tags: Science, Southeast Asia, Thailand, Anutin Charnvirakul, Bhumjaithai Proud


Zika: Silent long-term circulation in Thailand

In an attempt to shed light on Zika circulation, scientists from the Institut Pasteur and the CNRS, in collaboration with US teams and the Thai National Institute of Health, decided to investigate the history of the Zika virus in Thailand. They discovered that it has been circulating in the country for at least 16 years and probably longer. Their findings were published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on February 27, 2019.
Tags: Science, US, Thailand, Zika, CNRS, Institut Pasteur, Thai National Institute of Health


China Freezes $1.5 Billion of P2P Assets in Intensified Probe

Codenamed ‘Fox Hunt,’ the operation spanned 16 countries and regions including Thailand and Cambodia and led to the arrests of 62 suspects implicated in Chinese P2P frauds since June, China’s Ministry of Public Security said in a statement on Sunday. While a lack of oversight contributed to a ballooning in P2P loans, the sector has come in for special scrutiny under President Xi Jinping’s crackdown on financial risk. Some P2P companies are attracting investors by promising high interest rates ...
Tags: Science, China, Thailand, Xi Jinping, Cambodia, Fox Hunt, Ministry of Public Security, China Freezes


Thailand’s ‘Tough’ Mobile Price War to Moderate, Telenor’s Unit Says

The carrier’s revenue has declined for 14 consecutive quarters amid the fight for market share. While trying to lure users with lower prices, Total Access and bigger competitor Advanced Info Service Pcl have in the past few months acquired spectrum amid rising demand for data transmission. Ahead of the country’s planned sales of spectrum for 5G this year, Reich said Total Access isn’t ready to commit to participating.
Tags: Science, Thailand, Reich, Moderate Telenor, Advanced Info Service Pcl


Thai forest rangers train to tackle wildlife crime

Camo-clad rangers ambush a camp in a lush Thai national park, kicking away a machete and a firearm and pinning two suspected poachers to the ground -- part of a training exercise to counter a lucrative wildlife trade. "Go!" team leader Kritkhajorn Tangon yells as the group tackles the actors, who had near them sambar deer antlers and a blade covered in fake blood. Thailand's conservationists are struggling to stamp out the multibillion-dollar black market in animal parts, finding themselves ou...
Tags: Science, Thailand, Camo, Kritkhajorn Tangon


Thailand pollution crisis: The city where face masks sell out

Schools are closed and the government's deploying drones to deal with the problem.
Tags: Science, Thailand


The miracle method for sustainable rice that scientists dismissed | John Vidal

A technique developed by a Jesuit priest is producing bigger harvests – and reducing emissions of a crop responsible for 1.5% of greenhouse gasesThe fragrant jasmine rice growing on the left side of Kreaougkra Junpeng’s five-acre field stands nearly five feet tall.Each plant has 15 or more tillers, or stalks, and the grains hang heavy from them. The Thai farmer says this will be his best-ever harvest in 30 years and he will reap it four weeks earlier than usual. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Farming, Agriculture, Global development, Sustainable Development, Food Security, Rice, John Vidal, Kreaougkra Junpeng


The miracle method for sustainable rice – and bigger harvests | John Vidal

A technique developed by a Jesuit priest is producing bumper crops – and reducing emissions of a grain responsible for 1.5% of greenhouse gasesThe fragrant jasmine rice growing on the left side of Kreaougkra Junpeng’s five-acre field stands nearly five feet tall.Each plant has 15 or more tillers, or stalks, and the grains hang heavy from them. The Thai farmer says this will be his best-ever harvest in 30 years and he will reap it four weeks earlier than usual. Continue reading...
Tags: Food, Science, Climate Change, Environment, World news, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Farming, Agriculture, Global development, Sustainable Development, Food Security, Rice, John Vidal, Kreaougkra Junpeng


Thailand to revoke foreign patent requests on marijuana

Thailand on Monday effectively revoked all foreign patent requests for the use of marijuana, after fears foreign firms would dominate a market thrown open last month when the government approved the drug for medical use and research. The junta-appointed parliament in Thailand, a country which until the 1930s had a tradition of using marijuana to relieve pain and fatigue, voted to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 in December in what it described as "a New Year's gift to the Thai people". While co...
Tags: Science, Colombia, Thailand, Canada


Smog-Choked Bangkok Is Going to Make It Rain

In the capital of Thailand, a bout of toxic air has gotten so bad that officials are planning to literally make it rain to combat the smog.Read more...
Tags: Science, Thailand, Air Pollution, Geoengineering, Bangkok, Seed Them Clouds


22-year-old suddenly paralyzed while teaching in Thailand — here's the mysterious illness behind it

Caroline Bradner's family is fighting to bring her home.
Tags: Science, Thailand, Caroline Bradner


Siamese fighting fish set for Thai national honor

BANGKOK (AP) — The Siamese fighting fish, whose violent territoriality makes it beloved by gamblers who pit them in battle against each other, is set to become Thailand’s national aquatic animal. Suwapan Tanyuvardhana, a minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office and vice president of the National Identity Committee, said that the body decided Thursday […]
Tags: Science, News, Ap, Thailand, Nation, Bangkok, Prime Minister s Office, Suwapan Tanyuvardhana, National Identity Committee


The World's Keenest Online Hagglers Help Line Rule in Thailand

No other nation uses social media for e-commerce as much as Thailand, with buyers and sellers haggling over price via chats just as they do in ubiquitous street markets, said Ariya Banomyong, Line’s managing director in the country. Social media applications like Line, Facebook and Instagram accounted for 51 percent of Thailand’s $3.1 billion e-commerce market last year, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP research shows.
Tags: Science, Instagram, Thailand, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Ariya Banomyong Line, Line Facebook


Google launches Thai AI project to screen for diabetic eye disease

The eye screening program in Thailand follows a similar Google program in India and highlights a push by big tech companies to show the social benefits of new AI technologies. "As a society, we have a responsibility to use AI in the best possible way," Kent Walker, the company's Senior Vice President for Global Affairs, said in speech at a Google event in Bangkok on Thursday. The event also highlighted other social benefits of Google's AI projects, such as stopping illegal fishing in Indonesia...
Tags: Google, Science, India, Thailand, Bangkok, Kent Walker


Weeding out foreigners: strains over Thailand's legalization of marijuana

With parliament set to approve the legislation as early as next month, Thai businesses and activists have raised concerns that a raft of patent requests filed by foreign firms could allow them to dominate the market and make it harder for researchers to access marijuana extracts. "Granting these patents is scary because it blocks innovation and stops other businesses and researchers from doing anything related with cannabis," said Chokwan Kitty Chopaka, an activist with Highlands Network, a can...
Tags: Science, Thailand, Chokwan Kitty Chopaka, Highlands Network


Study: Damning evidence of dam's impacts on rainforest birds

A study by an international team of conservation scientists found that a dam built in Thailand 31 years ago has caused the local bird population to collapse.
Tags: Science, Thailand


Thailand's Famous Phi Phi Islands Are Running Out of Drinking Water Because of Too Many Tourists

The Phi Phi Islands in Thailand are reportedly facing a shortage of clean water due to an overabundance of visitors.
Tags: Science, Thailand, Phi Phi Islands


The Emperor of Japan, Akihito, Is Still Publishing Scientific Papers in His 80s

State Department photo by William Ng, via Wikimedia Commons On April 30, 2019, Emperor Akihito of Japan will abdicate, and pass the throne to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. What will he do in his retirement? Probably the same thing he has done most of his life: make “taxonomic studies of gobies,” as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan reports, “small fish found in fresh, brackish and marine waters.” Akihito has been a member of Japan’s Ichthyological Society of Japan for decades and “publ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Science, College, Thailand, State Department, Facebook Twitter, Josh Jones, Akihito, Wikimedia Commons, Naruhito, Durham NC Follow, St John 's College Oxford, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Fumihito, William Ng


Extortion and abuse: Myanmar workers arrive debt-laden in Thailand

A "mafia" of recruitment agents is trapping Myanmar migrants to Thailand in debt bondage despite a 2017 law meant to fight exploitation in the kingdom's notoriously shadowy job market, activists and workers say. Migrant labour -- much of it from Myanmar -- has propped up Thailand's economy for years, with foreigners working everywhere from factories to fishing boats, part of a global chain to produce standard supermarket items such as frozen shrimps, ready meals and pet food.
Tags: Science, Thailand, Myanmar


Orangutans saved as Malaysia foils high-seas smuggling bid

A pair of young orangutans, baby crocodiles and rare birds were among over 400 animals rescued from a boat off Malaysia as they were being smuggled from neighbouring Indonesia, officials said Monday. Three suspected Indonesian traffickers were arrested after customs officials thwarted the bid to transport the animals to Thailand in an operation Friday off the Malaysian holiday island Langkawi. The unusual cargo included two "frightened-looking" orangutans and dozens of baby saltwater crocodile...
Tags: Science, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Langkawi, Mohamad Zaki Rahim



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