ASIAN Geographic

ASIAN Geographic 1/2018

ASIAN Geographic is the bi-monthly magazine that scours the region to bring readers the most compelling stories and images from the world's largest and most diverse continent. Readers enjoy a unique melting pot of breathtaking photography and in-depth features covering culture, nature, sustainability issues and exploration into the history of this diverse region. A regular 'Exploration' segment follows brave field editors as they travel deep into Asia's unexplored regions to take readers on a journey.

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2 min.
editor’s note

“We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology”Carl Sagan, scientist and author Ever since the creation of the Internet, the world seems to be moving much faster than its leisurely 1,600 km/h in space. New inventions rise, phones go obsolete in the blink of an eye, fresh concepts materialise at a dizzying pace, and every day brings with it an unending procession of predictions, discoveries and novel ways of combining precious metals and powerful processors to create ever more tech magic. It’s exciting, and exhausting too. China can’t be ignored in this conversation. It spent the past decade ratcheting up its global influence with a combination of market size and manufacturing muscle, and its efforts have paid off. It’s…

2 min.
photo finish

Architecture/ Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 Winner: Ki Hwan Na | South Korea The Ancient Times, Myanmar Settings: f/5.6, 1/320s, ISO 100 Architecture/ Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 Finalist: Ray Toh | Singapore Chinese Ingot Settings: f/8, 1/640s, ISO 640 Architecture/ Landscape Photographer of the Year 2017 Finalist: Lam Jia Wei | Malaysia Village That Never Lost, South Korea Settings: f/20, 1/60s, ISO 200 Portrait Photographer of the Year 2017 Finalist: Alamsyah Rauf | Indonesia The Soulmate, Indonesia Settings: f/5.6, 1/125s, ISO 2500 Portrait Photographer of the Year 2017 Winner: Donell Gumiran | Philippines The Master, India Settings: f/4, 1/900s, ISO 1600 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 Winner: Christian Loader | United Kingdom The Big Curiosity, Malaysia Settings: f/3.2, 1/125s, ISO 1250 Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 Finalist: Ng Kah Soon | Malaysia Cranes in the Mist, Japan Settings: f/40, 1/400s, ISO 800 Street Photographer of the…

2 min.
communication competition

WhatsApp The world’s #1 messenger App Features • Individual messages • Broadcast messages • Group chats • Emojis • “online” and “last seen” status • Voice message • Voice call • Video call • International call • Web version • End-to-end encryption • Sharing of photos, videos, contacts, location, documents WeChat The app for everything App Features • Individual messages • Broadcast messages • Group chats • Friendship circles • Find nearby users • Emojis and stickers • Voice call • Video call • International call • Live video streaming • Photo filters and captions • Likes and comments • Automatic translation • Web version • Advertisements • Hospital preregistration • Visa renewal • Trading and investment • Video games • Mobile banking • Online shopping • Status updates • Customer service • Sharing of photos, videos, contacts, location and music Western Competition FACEBOOK MESSENGER Developer: Facebook Inc, USA Monthly Active Users: 1.2 billion SKYPE Developer: Skype Technologies, USA (later acquired by Microsoft) Monthly Active Users: 300 million TELEGRAM Developer: Telegram, Germany Monthly Active Users: 100 million KIK MESSENGER Developer: Kik Interactive, Canada Monthly…

2 min.
north korea: nuclear nation

The weapon in question is an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), a super-fast, long-range missile designed to carry nuclear bombs and detonate them over a specific target. ICBMs, which are launched from land, are closely related to intercontinental-range submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBM), which are also nuclear capable. These nuclear-tipped missiles are incredibly difficult to make, and only seven countries are known to have managed the feat: the United States, Russia, China, India, France, the United Kingdom, and Israel. Despite sanctions from international bodies, isolated North Korea also hopes to make a missile powerful enough to launch a nuclear attack. Last year, North Korea successfully tested two ICBMs, Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15, the latter of which is believed to be capable of reaching the US mainland. However, the country has yet to prove it can…

1 min.
atomic anatomy

RE-ENTRY VEHICLE The part of the missile that re-enters Earth’s atmosphere on its way to the target BOOSTER SECTIONS Propels the missile throughout its flight. They eventually fall off when the fuel in them is used up SOLID FUEL Powers the missile. Zero fueling time compared to liquid fuel used in older rockets SHROUD Protects the warhead from melting in the 7000°C launch temperatures WARHEAD The tip of the missile containing a miniaturised nuclear bomb DECOYS Small aluminum shavings or electronic noise-making devices designed to thwart missile defence systems NAVIGATION AIDS Guides the missile’s flight path using GPS To evade enemy detection and protect the missile, silos are often located underground beneath a thick steel hatch that can open quickly for launch BOOSTER ENGINE The main engine used for missile launch DATA SOURCES: BBC, GERMAN FEDERAL INSTITUTE FOR GEOSCIENCES AND NATURAL RESOURCES, MICHAEL SCHOEPPNER, NUCLEAR THREAT…

3 min.
batik breakthroughs

One of Asia’s most recognisable and labour-intensive textile production techniques is currently undergoing a major technology upgrade. The faculties of Art and Design and Industrial Technology (Engineering Physics department) of the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) are currently developing a photonic batik machine that will use ultraviolet light emitting diodes (UV LEDs) to colour the cloth. The machine’s UV-LED colour activator will expose the cloth to consistent lighting, resulting in brighter colours and creating an even dyeing effect through the entire piece. Unlike traditional methods, it allows artisans to produce batik even in poor weather or at night. The innovation will help increase batik production capacity, says Komarudin Kodiya, a faculty member at ITB and owner of batik production house Batik Komar. Traditionally, batik cloth is laid out in the sun to…