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NTU 3D-prints greener ‘concrete’

Self-storage firm Beam, cashes in on vacant industrial space

The oversupply of industrial space in the market bodes well for Beam Space, says Anna Chew, CEO of the one-year-old warehousing and logistics startup, in a recent interview with BT. The “storage concierge” company – an integrated self-storage…

New campaign aims to put lid on Singapore’s use of disposable plastics

Coffee drinkers in Singapore might find that their morning brew tastes a little bit sweeter from now on, as a number of local cafes have started offering discounts to customers who bring their own cups as part of…

PUB deploys water wagons to Maysprings condo after faulty pump motor leaves 600 units high and dry

Residents at more than 600 units at a condominium in Bukit Panjang were left without water on Fri night, with PUB deploying water wagons in the meantime. An administrative assistant at the condo management office of Maysprings Condominium…

Easing way for commuters to go cashless

For the first time, retiree Tu Yunxia used a machine yesterday to top up her ez-link card instead of handing cash to MRT service staff at the counter. The 66-year-old’s jitters were eased by service agents who were…

Food waste: Food for thought for students

As he slid plastic gloves onto his hands, 11-year-old Ray Yap inspected the large containers of dirty plates, bowls and cutlery lined up beside him on trolleys. Ray had been tasked with an important mission a month ago:…

No big cost savings yet, but solar panels vital for energy goals

It is unlikely that new HDB block rooftops, designed to make the installation of solar panels faster and cheaper, will translate to lower conservancy fees for residents any time soon. Nevertheless, MPs and residents told ST that solar-…

NTU 3D-prints greener ‘concrete’

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The last bits left over from burning coal – fly ash – could one day be used in the structures of buildings. Researchers from NTU have successfully 3D-printed a material that resembles concrete by combining fly ash, steel…

Ensuring security of system key to success of going cashless

As we attempt to make the leap to a cashless society, one of the biggest hurdles we must cross is our negative mindsets. Recently, my wife received a notification that her credit card enrolment for Samsung Pay had…

Two hawker centres set ‘house rules’ against choping

We thank the writers for their letters. We agree with the writers who raised the point that graciousness and civic-mindedness can help address the practice of seat reservation and encourage the sharing of tables at food outlets. For…

Fire safety standards: Our Tampines Hub replies

The safety and well-being of the visitors and tenants of Our Tampines Hub is of utmost importance to us. Even though SCDF has certified that Our Tampines Hub is safe and fit for occupancy, we have nonetheless stepped…

Being prepared for tunnel accidents

The courage and public-spiritedness of two men, who helped to put out the fire in a taxi in the KPE tunnel this week, are testimony to the ability of exceptional people to respond calmly and effectively in an…

Privacy and our digital selves

By next month, the lamp posts in Orchard Road and in selected housing estates will be doing more than just illuminating the street. With cameras and other sensors installed, they will capture real-time information on traffic flow, the…

EIAs: Enigmas in Action?

It is exciting that Second Minister for National Development Desmond Lee has announced the strengthening of Singapore’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. In June, he said: “We are seeing how we can strengthen the EIA process, taking on…

Turtle and Tortoise Museum facing race against time to find new home

With seven months left before it has to vacate its Chinese Garden premises, The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum of Singapore’s search for a new home has stalled, raising questions over what to do with the over 500…

Why privacy matters in push for smart nations

Smart cities are hot. Policymakers, businesses and researchers are looking into how new technologies – from sensors to smart algorithms – can be used to tackle urban challenges such as mobility, sustainability and safety. Ultimately, though, the whole…

‘Cool’ stunts get parkour youth in hot water with town council

A group of parkour enthusiasts who performed stunts such as scaling the glass dome roof of Eastpoint Mall in Simei and walking on top of railings on a PIE flyover could be reported to the police. A video…

For businesses in Singapore, cash is still king

Singapore is making a concerted push to go cashless, but for many SMEs, cash is still king. Merchants said that adopting e-payments can be costly especially for small players and, unlike in other countries, they have not yet…

Reliving ‘good old days’ during Hari Raya Haji at kampung mosque

For 57-year-old Mohammad Ikhsan, who works in SCDF, Hari Raya Haji yesterday held more meaning than usual. It was a time for him not just to reflect and pray but also to gather with old friends again at…

St John’s Island launches first curated trail, guided tours

The first curated trail at St John’s Island was officially launched on Sat, along with free guided tours led by trained volunteers. The 2.8km trail, which starts at the entrance of the main jetty, has 15 stations marked…

Penthouse at Volari sold at $1.63 mil loss

On Aug 18, a duplex penthouse at Volari on Balmoral Road was sold at a $1.63 million (22%) loss, according to URA caveat data as at Aug 29. The penthouse has a total floor area of 3,950 sqft…

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