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ASIAN Geographic 2/2019

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.

Asian Geographic Magazines Pte Ltd
8 Issues

in this issue

1 min
back from the dead

Eternal rest is a lifelong task for the indigenous people of South Sulawesi, who congregate to serve their dead relatives once every few years. Follow Claudio Sieber as he gets a first-hand look at the bizarre practices of the Toraja who believe their deceased loved ones never really die. Log on to www.asiangeo.com/environment/stirring-the-bioplastic-industry/ as ASIAN Geographic talks to one of the most promising bioplastic startups in Asia that is causing a stir in the bioplastic industry with their biodegradable straws.…

2 min
editor’s note

“Cell phones are so convenient that they’re an inconvenience .”Haruki Murakami If you own a mobile phone, you are among the over 5.1 billion mobile phone users worldwide. This number is projected to grow to 5.8 billion in 2025. Who would have thought this small device would dominate telecommunication. After all, its grown-up version – the smartphone that the majority are accustomed to today – only started becoming common a decade ago. Some of you may recall using coin and card-operated payphones before you owned a mobile phone. Widely used till the 1990s, these relics are still relevant and constitute a fond memory to many (p36-39). Remember the days you used pagers, flipped through phone books to find telephone numbers and sent SMSes on phone keypads with buttons you can press?…

2 min
frames on screens

01 Windows to the World Dominika Koszowska, grand prize winner of the 8th Mobile Photography Awards Sony Xperia XZ1 f/2.0, 1/1000, ISO40 02 Reflection Darren Soh (Singapore), winner of #shotoniphone Challenge One of 10 winning entries from the Apple #shotoniphone Challenge announced in February this year. Judge Phil Schiller says of this image: “A reflection that looks like a painting,. Two worlds have collided.” The winning photographs will be featured on billboards in select cities, in Apple retail stores and online. iPhone XS Max f2.4, 1/150, ISO 16 03 Running on Empty Laurence Bouchard, 1st place winner of the street category of the 8th Mobile Photography Awards iPhone 7 Plus f/1.8, 1/2000, ISO20 04 Tokyo Rush Juan Carlos Pinto, honourable mention in the transportation category of the 8th Mobile Photography Awards Samsung Galaxy S8 f/1.7, 1/15, ISO50 05 Low Tide Zay Yar Lin,…

1 min
by numbers

7,200 miles 306, a racing pigeon, holds the record for the longest pigeon flight by flying 7,200 miles over sea, mountains and desert from Arras, France to Saigon, Vietnam in 24 days. 800 Pigeons In the eastern Indian state of Orissa, 400 police stations relied on the Police Pigeon Service to communicate daily and during natural disasters. The service that comprised some 800 pigeons was retired in March 2002. 1.75 Hours Walter Fricker, a pigeon fancier, started the world’s first airmail service – Great Barrier Pigeongram Service – in 1897 in New Zealand. The service operated between the Great Barrier Reef and New Zealand till 1908, with pigeons covering the distance in 24 1.75 hours. 776 BC At the first Olympic Games held in 776 BC, every athlete taking part brought a homing pigeon from his village.…

4 min
pigeon post

What are carrier pigeons? Carrier pigeons (Columba livia domestica) are also commonly known as homing pigeons because of their instinctive ability to find its way home after being released elsewhere. This ability also enables them to be used in the sport of pigeon racing. They are a domesticated breed of rock pigeon that is often confused with the closely related but very different passenger pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius) of North America, the last of which died in 1914. Appearance-wise, carrier pigeons have grey heads and bodies covered in black, grey and white feathers. The neck area is typically covered with irisdescent purplish and green feathers. Besides having red, gold or orange irises, they often have red feet and grey beaks. How do the pigeons find their way? Pigeons are able to find their way back…

2 min
elements in a smartphone

SCREEN While it looks like an ordinary piece of glass, a phone screen contains some of the rarest and least-heard-of elements on Earth. At the heart of the touchscreen is a transparent film of indium tin oxide that conducts electricity and therefore enables touches on the screen to be relayed to other parts of the phone as electrical signals. Gadolinium, praseodymium, terbium and yttrium are responsible for the colours on a smartphone’s screen. Aluminosilicate used in glass screens is a mixture of alumina (Al2 O3 ) and silica (SiO2 ). They are often reinforced by the addition of potassium. CASING Magnesium alloys, aluminium alloys and plastics are all used to make phone cases. Bromine may be added as a flame retardant while the inclusion of nickel reduces electromagnetic interference. Some screens and camera…