SCINQ Asia: Japanese University saves endangered eels… so they can be eaten…

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It’s been a though couple of weeks for the Philippines’ southernmost region, Mindanao. They’ve experienced a string of earthquakes that has damaged buildings, jangled nerves, and cast a pall over a normally celebratory holiday, Dia de los Santos. So far, 21 deaths have been recorded. As per CNN Philippines, “The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said the deaths from the two destructive tremors— both which hit Tulunan town in Cotabato— were recorded in the areas of Davao del Sur, South Cotabato, Cotabato, and Sultan Kudarat.” 331 people have been hurt and there are people still missing.

Chinese scientists have taken a positive in simplifying the diagnosis of hepatitis B infections with a new diagnostic test. As per the Asian Scientist, “The researchers thus combined two techniques—co-amplification at lower denaturation temperature polymerase chain reaction (COLD-PCR) and probe-based fluorescence melting curve analysis (FMCA)—that allowed them to assess multiple HBV mutants at once. Their method can even distinguish different phases of HBV infection according to the proportion and type of mutations found in HBV DNA.”

People in Hunan Province love eating betel nuts. Too bad it’s proving to be one of the worst things they could possibly do with their chewing time. It’s caused a spike in oral cancer rates in the region where the illness occurs 30% above the national average. According to Sixth Sense, “Doctors say there is a clear link with betel nut consumption, but their warnings are usually met with indifference — and sometimes intimidation.” One of the things that makes it so difficult to change people’s habits is the fact that the betel nut is deeply ingrained in the region’s culture.

Apparently, AI Chatbots are on the rise in SE Asia. While its welcome news from a technological standpoint, it can’t be good for the call center industry in those countries, in particular the Philippines.

If this isn’t the definition of a mixed blessing, we don’t know what is. A university in Japan has managed to raise an endangered species of eels. As per the Japan Times, “Kindai University, which sells the tuna it farms, said Friday it grew the eels for 50 days and aims to achieve ‘full-cycle’ aquaculture of eels — breeding the eels it incubates and cultivates — for commercial use.” So they essentially saved the poor eels so they can be eaten. Conservation it’s not…

China’s pollution was last century’s news. The mantle has passed to the Middle Kingdom’s neighbor. India’s smog is on another level. There are pictures to prove it. Check it out and breath easy. Unless you’re in India, of course.

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