Paleontologists have identified a “New Species of Hornless Rhino” in Nakhon Ratchasima Province

Paleontologists have identified a “New Species of Hornless Rhino” in Nakhon Ratchasima Province

Reconstruction of the Late Miocene habitat of Aceratherium porpani (Chen Yu)   THA CHANG – Paleontologists have identified a new species of hornless rhino from fossil skull and mandible found in the Tha Chang area, Nakhon Ratchasima Province. The fossils have been collected by local villagers working in the Tha Chang sand pits, located about […]

Alarm Over Mekong Region’s Rapidly Disappearing Forests

Alarm Over Mekong Region’s Rapidly Disappearing Forests

  CHIANG RAI – The greater Mekong region in Southeast Asia could lose nearly a third of its forests within the next two decades if governments don’t boost protection, a leading conservation group warned Thursday, saying the region’s freshwater ecosystems are also threatened by planned dams. Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam have lost nearly […]

Drug-Resistant Malaria Pushes Rural Thailand

Drug-Resistant Malaria Pushes Rural Thailand

  BANGKOK – As Thailand braces itself to combat drug-resistant malaria, a spread of small, nondescript buildings scattered close to corn and rice fields along its hilly, western border are being cast into a bigger, international role. Hundreds of these health clinics and malaria posts have become a pivotal frontline to detect the genetic mutation […]

The Battle Against Drug-Resistant Malaria in Thailand

The Battle Against Drug-Resistant Malaria in Thailand

  CHIANGRAI TIMES – Maeo, 6, bravely held out her forefinger for a quick jab at the Malaria Post in Tai Muang, 10kilometres from the Myanmar border, in Thailand’s Kanchanaburi province. A month ago, Maeo, whose family is from Myanmar’s Karen ethnic minority group and lacks Thai citizenship, tested positive for malaria. She was back […]

Pesticides Threaten Thailand’s Food Exports

Pesticides Threaten Thailand’s Food Exports

  Chiangrai Times –Thailand has long been recognized as a leading exporter of rice and other agricultural produce. But tests for pesticide residues are raising concerns about whether the food is safe. Here, in the hills of Northern Thailand, farm workers like Inson face the constant pressure of producing optimum harvests for overseas clients. Many […]

Thailand May Face Tsunami Late This Year

Thailand May Face Tsunami Late This Year

Chiangrai Times –An internationally-known Thai scientist Art-ong Jumsai Na Ayudhya warned on Thursday that the 11th cycle of a solar storm could fall between December 2012 and January 2013 and there could be strong earthquakes and the first tsunami in the Gulf of Thailand subsequently due to a fault in the Philippines. Art-ong said he […]

Proposed Dam Threatens Thailand’s Tigers

Proposed Dam Threatens Thailand’s Tigers

  Chiangrai Times – A proposed dam that would flood part of a national park in western Thailand represents a “significant new threat” to the kingdom’s tigers, wildlife group WWF warned on Wednesday. It said the success of conservation efforts in the area near the border with Myanmar — highlighted by new video footage of […]

Researchers identify Rare AIDS like Disease in Asia

Researchers identify Rare AIDS like Disease in Asia

  Chiangrai Times – Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have identified a new disease among people in Asia that causes AIDS-like symptoms but is not associated with HIV. The study, released in the New England Journal of Medicine Thursday, found patients with the disease were making antibodies that attacked their immune systems. […]

Chip lets Smartphones See through Walls and Clothes

Chip lets Smartphones See through Walls and Clothes

  CHIANGRAI TIMES – Researchers at a Texas university have designed a chip that could give smartphones the long-envied ability of comic book her Superman to see through walls, clothes or other objects. A team at University of Texas at Dallas tuned a small, inexpensive microchip to discern a “terahertz” band of the electromagnetic spectrum. […]