Morning Minutes: What will make headlines, June 3, 2016

The team from Chestnut Drive Secondary School with their science project on using lichens as an indicator of air quality, at the 11th Scientific Thinking Programme in 2014.
The team from Chestnut Drive Secondary School with their science project on using lichens as an indicator of air quality, at the 11th Scientific Thinking Programme in 2014.PHOTO: ST FILE

Good morning! Morning Minutes is a round-up of stories that will break on Friday, June 3, and which we think you'd be interested in.

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Secondary school students to participate in the 13th Scientific Thinking Programme

More than 180 students from 16 secondary schools around Singapore will present their creative ideas today (June 3) at the 13th Scientific Thinking Programme organised by Republic Polytechnic.

Their projects aim to solve everyday problems using simple, scientific solutions.

For example, what shells - prawn, crab, peanut or egg - when added to the soil, would help plants grow faster and better? What materials - gelatin powder, polymer from diaper or cotton balls - would be most effective in cleaning up oil spills?

The event today will pick the top five projects, which will then compete in a final round. The champion would be crowned on June 24. - CLEMENT YONG

Three-day Shangri-La Dialogue begins today


Workers installed and checked the security scanners at the lobby of Shangri-La Hotel on June 2, 2016. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The three-day Shangri-La Dialogue commences today (June 3) in Singapore.

The security forum features defence ministers and top military officials from the United States, Asia-Pacific and Europe, as well as Nato representatives.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will deliver the keynote address at the opening dinner of the forum in the evening.

Eyes on US non-farm payroll data


The US Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC, pictured on Aug 1, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Market players are eagerly awaiting non-farm payroll data today (June 3) for more cues on the state of the United States' economy.

Economists expect the data to show that the US economy created 164,000 jobs last month.

Solid readings could further heighten expectations for a rise in interest rate by the Federal Reserve as soon as its next policy meeting on June 14-15.