Over 70 Million Displaced Worldwide

The number of people fleeing war, persecution and conflict exceeded 70 million globally last year – the highest number in the UN refugee agency’s almost 70 years of operations. The almost 70.8 million people forcibly displaced is 2.3 million more than the previous year, according to the agency’s annual Global

Rose Romance At Gardens By The Bay

Named after the Latin word rosa, the rose is a flowering shrub belonging to the family of plants called Rosaceae. With over a hundred species and thousands of cultivars, its blooms vary in size and shape, and come in many different colours, from the well-known red, to yellow, white and purple,

The Basis Of Elisha’s Call

1 Kings 19: 15 – 21; 2 Kings 2: 7 – 18. Jezebel, a Phoenician princess who married Ahab, was hunting Elijah after he killed the prophets of Baal at the brook of Kishon (1Kings 18-19). While he was on the run, hiding in a cave at Horeb, God commanded

Floral Fantasy

Floral Fantasy is the latest thematic attraction at Gardens by the Bay. Flowers, artistry and technology come together to create a dream-like experience for visitors. It comprises four diverse garden landscapes, each showcasing a different concept, as well as a 4D video screening. On entering the display area, one is immediately captivated by

Low Trust In Vaccination A Global Crisis

Public mistrust of vaccines means the world is taking a step backwards in the fight against deadly yet preventable infectious diseases, warn experts. The biggest global study into attitudes on immunisation suggests confidence is low in some regions. The Wellcome Trust analysis includes responses from more than 140,000 people in

The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

The golden snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus roxellana) is an Old World monkey in the subfamily Colobinae. It is endemic to a small area in temperate, mountainous forests of Central and Southwest China. They inhabit these mountainous forests of Southwestern China at elevations of 1,500-3,400 m above sea level. The Chinese name is Sichuan golden hair monkey. Of the three species of snub-nosed

China Is Still Harvesting Organs From Detainees

An independent tribunal sitting in London has concluded that the killing of detainees in China for organ transplants is continuing, and victims include imprisoned followers of the Falun Gong movement. The China Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who was a prosecutor at the international criminal tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, said

The Volans Constellation

Volans is a constellation in the southern sky. It represents a flying fish; its name is a shortened form of its original name, Piscis Volans. Volans was one of twelve constellations created by Petrus Plancius from the observations of Pieter Dirkszoon Keyser and Frederick de Houtman and it first appeared on a 35-cm diameter celestial globe published in 1597 (or 1598)

Political Violence Against Women Soars

Violence targeted against female politicians and activists will be tracked for the first time by a global database, amid indications of a recent rise in attacks. Researchers reviewed thousands of events dating back to 1997, where political violence was targeted at women – ranging from wartime sexual violence to attacks

New Thinking On Longstanding Asthma Treatments

Every day millions of asthma patients follow the standard doctor-recommended treatment: They take puffs from their steroid inhalers. Amber Keating is one of them. For 19 years, a daily steroid inhaler has been a cornerstone of the 42-year-old Los Angeles resident’s treatment. But in recent years she began to question

UN Report Condemns Its Conduct In Myanmar

A damning report by the UN on its own conduct in Myanmar has condemned the organisation’s “obviously dysfunctional performance” over the past decade and concluded there was a systemic failure. The report, seen by the Guardian before publication, was commissioned by the Secretary-General, António Guterres, after accusations that the UN system ignored warning signs

Trauma Associated Sleep Disorder

Nightmares and disruptive nocturnal behaviours that develop after traumatic experiences have long been recognized as having different clinical characteristics that overlap with other established parasomnia diagnoses. The inciting experience is typically in the setting of extreme traumatic stress coupled with periods of sleep disruption and/or deprivation. The limited number of laboratory-documented cases and symptomatic overlap with rapid

Progress On Ending Child Labour Stalls

Progress towards ending child labour has stalled in the countries most likely to be supplying goods to the west, a study has found. Despite high economic growth and big improvements in education and development, countries such as China, India, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Cambodia have made little progress in tackling child labour. “The

The Bali That’s Worth The Trek

In the early 1990s, I spent a semester in college studying on the island of Bali. I seldom went to the beach. Back then, although the backpackers and cheap-package tourists would often end up in Kuta, on the south coast, island regulars would head inland to Ubud, the cultural heart of

Drugs To Replace Chemotherapy

A class of drugs is emerging that can attack cancer cells in the body without damaging surrounding healthy ones. They have the potential to replace chemotherapy and its disruptive side effects, reshaping the future of cancer care. The complex biological medicines, called antibody-drug conjugates (ADCs), have been in development for

Water Is A Growing Source Of Global Conflict

The most intensive drought ever recorded in Syria lasted from 2006 to 2011. Water scarcity hit households, businesses and infrastructure, while in the countryside crops failed, livestock died, and entire families moved to the country’s cities. The subsequent eruption of civil war in 2011 led to as many as half

A People For God’s Own Possession

1 Peter 2: 4 – 10. The Apostle Peter was writing to the diaspora Jewish believers in Asia Minor, many of them possibly driven out from Judea by Roman persecution. In his Epistle, he addressed their transcendental identity, employing terms that are similar to their Judaic background, yet different as

Plant Extinction Bad For All Species

Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study. The number is based on actual extinctions rather than estimates and is twice that of all bird, mammal and amphibian extinctions combined. Scientists say plant extinction is occurring up to

Why Arteries Harden May Have Been Solved

The mysterious mechanism behind the hardening of arteries may have been solved, researchers have revealed, in a study that also suggests the first potential preventive drug for the condition linked to heart attack, dementia and stroke. Arteries harden as calcium becomes deposited in the elastic walls of the vessels, a


Zinnia is a genus of plants of the sunflower tribe within the daisy family. They are native to scrub and dry grassland in an area stretching from the southwestern United States to South America, with a centre of diversity in Mexico. Members of the genus are notable for their solitary long-stemmed flowers that come in a variety of bright colours. The