Monday, August 25, 2008

60 RSEs over 100,000

"Malaysia needs a ratio of at least 60 researchers, scientists and engineers to every 100,000 people to achieve Vision 2020," said Higher Education Department director-general Prof Datuk Dr Ir Radin Umar Radin Sohadi.

He said the current ratio is 17 to 100,000 people as compared to Singapore that has 87 and United Kingdom with 76.

“At only 17, we simply don't have the numbers. The research field in the country is a rather 'vague' field. Other developed countries practice an industrial-based research and development field.

“Students who are studying overseas need to come back and serve the country to reach the critical mass of such experts,” he said.

He was speaking at a preparatory programme for local students who will leave for universities in Britain and Ireland organised by the ministry at the Putra World Trade Centre here, yesterday. - The Star

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Four Great Inventions

The opening ceremony of Beijing Olympics 08 showcased four great inventions:

Gunpowder, which is prominently associated with fireworks display. Fireworks were arranged to display foot steps entering bird nest stadium.

Paper, as the greatest medium for art and literature. Dancers were moving around a giant paper scroll mimicking strokes of ink brush.

Printing, which accelerates the spread of information and literature. A performance of movable type printing is shown. Bi Sheng of Song Dynasty (960 AD-1276 AD) improved the movable type printing by making the baked clay into movable characters for type-setting printing

Compass, which contributes to navigation. Oars bearing images of sea exploration by admiral Zheng He (also known as Cheng Ho) is shown.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Highest Number of Patents filed are in Computer Technology - WIPO

In 2005 (the latest year for which technology data are available),
the most intense patenting activity is evident in the following
sectors: computer technology (144,594), telecommunications (116,770), and electrical machinery (121,350) technologies. Between 2001 and 2005, patent filings in computer technology, optics, and semiconductors grew by 5.3%, 5.0% and 4.9%, a year, respectively. There was a modest increase in pharmaceuticals filings (1.7%) and a decrease in biotechnology filings (-2.7%).

Recent pressures on energy resources have boosted patenting
activity in the energy sector, in particular in relation to solar
(thermal and photo) energy, fuel cells and wind energy. Applicants from Japan accounted for the largest number of applications in the fields of solar energy and fuel cells. Whereas, Germany and Japan were the top two countries of origin for wind energy technologies.