Every 10 November, the world celebrates World Science Day. Over the years, science has proven to be a force for change. Whether or not it facilitates peace and development is an active decision that people, especially those at the top of society, must make. The 2020 theme of World Science Day exemplifies the optimal use of science with the line “Science for and with Society”.
This year, the Mahathir Science Award – the most prestigious science award for tropical sciences was presented to Professor Sir Alimuddin Zumla of University College London, in recognition of his exceptional, globally acknowledged research in infectious diseases which is relevant to the development and enhancement of health policy.
Featured articles are the main stories in which the Science Media Centra Malaysia focuses in great detail on a special topic, event or person and its impact on our everyday lives. In conjunction with World Microbiome Day on 27 June 2020, Aliya Ahmad Nabil looks into the gut microbiome and its links with obesity.
Various responses have been launched by different countries since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in their bid to minimize its toll within the shortest time possible. The enemy is unseen and its true nature unknown leaving governments either throwing all resources possible albeit the kitchen sink towards this affect. Conversely are those who opt for a liberal approach minimally restraining and relying upon good public literacy and trusting self-regulatory social measures.
What is the impact of lockdowns in controlling the spread of COVID-19? The Young Digital Leaders (YDL) Malaysia today shared their analysis on the impact of movement restrictions on several key countries.