Cookies, ice cream from seaweed extracts to fight climate change

Rising sea levels that led to the ingress of saline water into the interiors of the Sundarbans — impacting agriculture and nutrition quality — forced oceanographer Abhijit Mitra and his team to turn to seaweeds. (Source: AP) Cookies baked from extracts of local seaweed abundant in the Sundarbans mangroves have 17 per cent higher protein content than those available commercially, says a team of scientists who harnessed the marine plant-like organisms for local climate change adaptations in the central part of the archipelago. Rising sea levels that led to the ingress of saline water into the interiors of the Sundarbans — impacting agriculture and nutrition quality — forced oceanographer Abhijit Mitra and his team to turn to seaweeds. Since seaweeds are marine, they could be used to…

Strong dramas prevail Anugerah Skrin 2016 winners include big and small-budget films with heavy themes, writes Bibi Nurshuhada Ramli THE emergence of Redha as Best Film at the recent Anugerah Skrin 2016 (ASK 2016) proves that the category isn’t limited to only blockbuster films. Redha, starring Namron, Nadiya Nisaa, Harith Haziq and Izzy Reef, is a poignant tale of a father struggling to come to terms with his son’s autism. Director Tunku Mona Riza had expected a blockbuster like horror drama Munafik to win. “It took us a while to go on stage because we were still reeling in shock,” she recalls in an interview. “I’m not complaining, though. I’m so happy and blessed.” Meanwhile, Munafik’s director Syamsul Yusof says Redha deserves the win. “When we judge a film, ...

The Katy Perry-Hillary Clinton friendship has survived the presidential election Looks like the mutual admiration between former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and pop star Katy Perry is still “Roar”-ing along, well after Clinton lost the election that brought the two together. The former SecState surprised Perry onstage at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York by presenting her with the humanitarian award she was set to collect that evening. Clinton introduced the pop singer, who campaigned extensively for her presidential bid, by praising her work and saying (in an apropos line for the woman who has made few public appearances since her Nov. 4 loss) that her lyrics “remind us when you get knocked down to get back up.” Perry teared up, according to news reports, and credited Clinton with inspiring her to speak up...

Bionic leg gives engineer a new lease of life, no longer in limb-o! A new ‘bionic’ leg gets Khairull Hafiz Ismail back on two feet again, writes Izwan Ismail ELEVEN years ago, motorcyclist Khairull Hafiz Ismail was hit by a lorry and lost his left leg, from the knee down. The 36-year-old engineer at Tabung Haji Plantation says although it was hard to accept what happened, he didn’t give up. For him, life must go on. “It was difficult but I had to move on and continue with my life and family,” says the father of one. With a prosthetic leg, he was able to continue working and performing light activities. But he still wants to indulge in his favourite pastimes, riding superbikes, climbing walls and cliffs and riding mountain bikes. However, the prosthetic leg did not allow ...

Oman art: Carving it up with cuttlebone Cuttlebone, also known as cuttlefish bone, is a hard, brittle internal structure and Indian -born artist Sandesh S. Rangnekar uses it to carve sculptures. Normally found on the beaches of Oman, the idea of carving a cuttlebone struck the artist while walking on a beach he found a squid bone lying on the wet sand. He took it home, cleaned it, observed it for a while and decided to carve.Someone who sees art and beauty in every aspect of life and nature, Sandesh rediscovered his love for fine art in Oman and its beautiful landscapes. Sandesh carves his sculptures in a home studio, where an individual piece can take between four to 100 hours to complete, depending on the size and complexity of the sculpture.While his...

The rules for setting your holiday table (and why they matter) Setting the table is often a hurried, last-minute chore. But it’s the holidays; make it special. Mindy Lockard, an etiquette and lifestyle expert and founder of the Gracious Girl blog, says the art of table setting is an important part of her world. Many of our modern-day place-setting traditions can be traced back to 17th- and 18th-century European protocol influenced by French and English aristocracy, and Lockard, who lives in Portland, Ore., gives lectures on why etiquette is still relevant in today’s world. Q: Why are table-setting rules still important? A: We have rules for driving because it gives us a direction. Rules keep us from bumping into each other. This is what manners and etiquette do. They organize us and help...

Megyn Kelly says her 5-year-old daughter asked what a ‘bimbo’ was — because of Trump Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly said Tuesday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” that one of her lowest points during the 2016 presidential election was when her 5-year-old daughter asked her what a “bimbo” was, referring to comments President-elect Donald Trump made about Kelly on social media. In her memoir “Settle for More,” Kelly explains how Trump harassed her on Twitter, calling her “lightweight,” a “bimbo” and “average in so many ways,” The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple wrote this week. She said Trump’s comments opened the door for others to say much worse. WATCH: @MegynKelly discusses her daughter being "scared of Donald Trump." https://t.co/bPNFXDCSr0 https://t.co/eo21Xss5dZ — Good Morning America (@GMA) November 15, 2016 On Tuesday, Kelly talked...

Kanye West rants about Trump, cuts concert short Just days after telling fans at a concert that he would have voted for Donald Trump, Kanye West delivered another public screed on Saturday night, this time about Beyonce, Jay Z, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, the radio and MTV at the Sacramento, California, stop of his Saint Pablo Tour. Captured on video by concertgoers, West in a more than 10-minute tirade told the audience he was on his “Trump expletive tonight.” Fans in attendance said on social media that West played only a few songs before ending the show abruptly after only 30 minutes. The angry audience booed, and many are seeking refunds for the aborted show. Some paid around $250 (Dh918) for a pair of tickets. The incident became a hot topic on Twitter and...