• Scientists Want to Ditch Formula for Lab-Grown Breast Milk

    The mineral levels in cow’s milk are much higher and so is its protein content (3.5 versus 1 percent), while the carbohydrates levels are significantly lower (roughly 4.5 versus 7 percent), he says. Crucially, there are a group of complex carbohydrates that are unique to human milk. “It’s now known that oligosaccharides play a huge role in the development of an infant, for example protecting against infections,” says Kelly. Infant formula can be tweaked to adjust for some of these differences, but it can’t fully replicate the real thing.

    And because formula uses cow’s milk as a starting material, the environmental cost of producing it is also substantial. It takes an estimated 4,700 liters of water to make just 1 kilogram of milk powder. Formula also frequently contains palm oil, which has a large carbon footprint.

    Lab-grown breast milk holds the potential to alleviate some of these problems. “Some of

  • Xiaomi’s under-display camera tech will ship in smartphones next year

    Xiaomi intends to start mass-producing smartphones equipped with its under-display camera technology next year, the company announced today. This is technically the third generation of the technology Xiaomi has developed, the company says, although the first and second versions it produced have yet to find their way into a mass-market consumer device.

    According to Xiaomi, its latest version of the technology works by allowing the selfie camera to see through the gaps in the display’s sub-pixels, which are the red, green, and blue dots that combine to make each pixel. Xiaomi says that the area of the display above the camera has the same density of pixels as the rest of the screen, so it can “perfectly disguise” the selfie camera underneath. It adds that the selfie camera itself should match the performance of more typical front-facing cameras.

    A diagram from Xiaomi shows how its new under-display tech compares

  • 7 triumphant moments that helped shape Malaysia into the resilient nation it is today

    Malaysia turns 63 on August 31, 2020.

    It’s hard to believe for many of the older generation, that the country is now six decades old. While there have been many events that helped shaped the Southeast Asian nation to what it is today, here are 6 that I feel played a pivotal role.

    These are the triumphs that Malaysians experienced as the country progressed over the years. We’ll start with the most obvious one.

    1. Achieving independence without a drop of blood shed.

    In Malay, the country’s national language, the word merdeka means ‘independence’. Unlike other Asian nations that were under British rule, Malaysia (then referred to as Malaya), achieved its independence without a drop blood spilled.

    The founding fathers: Tunku Abdul Rahman (Malaysia’s first prime minister), Tan Cheng Lock, V. T. Sambanthan, and many others were instrumental in ensuring that the country not only achieved independence peacefully but also