Donovan Storey, Sudarshana Fernando: Turning waste into resources in Sri Lanka
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Donovan Storey, Sudarshana Fernando: Turning waste into resources in Sri Lanka

[COLOMBO] An integrated resource recovery centre (IRRC) model, which uses composting, recycling and bio-digestion, offers an inexpensive solution to the escalating problem of waste management in Sri Lanka, say the authors of a new Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) publication. The island nation’s cities face multiple waste management challenges arising … Continue reading

Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile
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Kumudini Samuel, Thiloma Munasinghe: Gaps in Sri Lanka’s reproductive health profile

[COLOMBO] Sri Lanka has made significant progress on maternal and child health but falls short on critical health services for vulnerable women, sexual minorities, the country’s at-risk population and those who live in former conflict areas, say the authors of a country profile on sexual and reproductive health. This two-part report on Universal Access to … Continue reading

Salman Siddiqui:  The drone buzz over Sri Lanka
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Salman Siddiqui: The drone buzz over Sri Lanka

[COLOMBO] High spatial resolution images captured by drones are bettering those generated by satellites, and enabling researchers in Sri Lanka to study crop health and irrigation in greater detail. A team of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) has been testing the Swiss-manufactured eBee, or Electronic Bee in the skies above the Anuradhapura district, this … Continue reading

Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing
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Simon Singh: Seeing is not Believing

Simon Singh is immediately recognisable in a crowd — his dramatic haircut riffs on a Mohawk and his oval, gold-rimmed glasses glint in the light. One of Britain’s leading science communicators, Singh left Cambridge with a PhD in particle physics and followed that with a stint at CERN. He then joined the BBC as a … Continue reading

Yann Chemin: Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall
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Yann Chemin: Sri Lanka develops cheap device to forecast rainfall

Scientists in Sri Lanka have developed mobile weather stations capable of capturing and transmitting near real-time rainfall data. Equipped with atomic clocks for precise time and date readings the devices log on to global positioning satellites (GPS) automatically. The devices are based on open-source technology and rely on local materials — at US$250, they are … Continue reading

Nalaka Gunawardene and Kavan Ratnatunga: At home with Arthur C.Clarke
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Nalaka Gunawardene and Kavan Ratnatunga: At home with Arthur C.Clarke

Earth hangs suspended over a stack of old magazines, in what used to be Arthur C. Clarke’s foyer. Parts of the aging space mural are peeling, but the sight is still pleasing to visitors entering the home of one of the 20th century’s greatest science-fiction writers. A floor above, past the green sign on the … Continue reading

Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe: The Origins of Life on Earth
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Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe: The Origins of Life on Earth

Whether they agree with him or not, most scientists consider Prof. Chandra Wickramasinghe a force to be reckoned with. His early career was marked by a string of honours – graduating in 1960 with a BSc First Class Honours in mathematics from the University of Ceylon, he went on to study at Trinity College and … Continue reading