ST Explainers: Mosquitoes, manatees and Apple Pay

Personnel from France and Egypt have been searching the Mediterranean Sea for debris from EgyptAir Flight MS804 after it crashed en route from Paris to Cairo.
Personnel from France and Egypt have been searching the Mediterranean Sea for debris from EgyptAir Flight MS804 after it crashed en route from Paris to Cairo.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Nature was the dominant theme of our explainers this past fortnight. From dust mites to yellow fever to manatees, we covered all creatures big and small. At the other end of the spectrum was the high tech - we explained Apple Pay, the new e-wallet system that five major banks here will offer.

• A recent study by NUS-SMART (Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology) found that dust mites in beds and pillows could damage a person's DNA. Read up on the life cycle of these tiny critters and find out how to get rid of them. http://str.sg/4o6r

• Zika has been grabbing the headlines recently but the Ministry of Health has issued an advisory on yellow fever, telling travellers to Brazil to get vaccinated for the disease before they go. Learn more about this viral haemorrhagic disease which is also spread by the Aedes mosquito. http://str.sg/4ou8

• The River Safari has just made a 22-month-old manatee its new animal icon. Did you know that the manatee's closest relative is the elephant? This and nine other facts about the gentle aquatic giant at http://str.sg/4JdB

• The Apple Pay e-wallet system is now being offered by POSB, DBS Bank, OCBC Bank, United Overseas Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. Find out how to sign up for it, and watch video demonstrations of how the system works on the iPhone and Apple Watch. http://str.sg/4JA8

• EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappeared from radar on May 19. The airline has engaged companies to search for the black boxes which might help explain what happened to the plane. Here is a recap of what is known about the Paris-to-Cairo flight. http://str.sg/4otZ

• US President Barack Obama paid a historic visit yesterday to Hiroshima. Brush up on your history with our explainer on the US bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. http://str.sg/4JB3

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 28, 2016, with the headline 'ST Explainers: Mosquitoes, manatees and Apple Pay'. Print Edition | Subscribe