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EDITOR'S LETTER
 

In this issue, APBN presents some of the ongoing concerns on air-quality; smog and haze. The main difference between smog and haze can be seen from the colours. If you were to recall watching your television broadcast about Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China and its traffic, the air seems yellowish brown. That is Smog. As for haze, it looks similar to a film-based photograph which is either overexposed or left in the developer solution for way too long, and the photograph looks completely washed-out.

I believe most of the general public are aware that air pollution is bad for health. But, how bad is bad? How many years of our life-expectancy may be gone because of poor air-quality? What are the policies that may intervene the existing problem? Is there a quick solution to breath in better quality air? Is there a toxicology risk assessment to determine on whether an innovation or research finding is worth the take?

The featured articles shall serve to answer the aforementioned questions, and there are recommended articles and relevant references in which I hope you will pursue to learn more on the topic of interests.

In Science, Technology, Engineering and Medicine¢, novel materials and innovations are highly sought after, but to be remarkable, it is more than a random occurrence, e.g. to roll a dice and hope for the number four to be facing upwards.

I had a conversation with one of the most brilliant minds in Singapore, Prof. Jackie Ying. I reckon after you have finished reading the featured interview, you may find a window of opportunity for your career or whatever interests that you may have in mind, and that opportunity is already within your radius.

For those who are seeking a different environment for higher education, Prof. Fang-Fang Yin has given us some insights of Duke-Kunshan University and its courses.

Enjoy.

- Yuhui N. Lin
The editor is a data hobbyist
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