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Mechanobiology provides insight into disease and healing processes

Medicine, Science20 May 2015National University of Singapore
Researchers in Singapore are gaining further insight into how the mechanical environment of cells drives fundamental cellular processes such as motility, growth and survival. These processes are integral to many clinical challenges, from cancer prognosis to wound healing and skin repair.
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Using ozone to protect papaya exports

Science20 May 2015The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
Malaysian researchers are developing an ozone treatment to protect papaya and other exotic fruits from diseases and decay during storage and transportation.
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Quail breeding discoveries shed light on human sexuality

Medicine, Science20 May 2015Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI-ITbM), Nagoya University
Japanese researchers are studying quail to understand the underlying mechanisms involved in their breeding behaviours.
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Artificial enzymes to reduce carbon dioxide emissions

Science, Technology20 May 2015The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus
An international team is developing artificial enzymes designed for industrial plants that could convert carbon dioxide into carbonates, with the ultimate aim of reducing CO2 emissions.
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The true burden of tuberculosis

Medicine, Science20 May 2015University of Malaya
Prisons are common settings for tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, yet screening and prevention services can be extremely limited. As the spread of drug-resistant TB increases, understanding and monitoring levels of the disease among vulnerable populations can minimise the delay of much-needed treatment.
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Salt-tolerant herb rich in antioxidant compounds

Science20 May 2015Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
Researchers in Malaysia are exploring the link between antioxidant production in the herb purslane and the salinity of the soil where it grows. Their results suggest that salt-stressed purslane may be a potential source of bioactive compounds for commercial use.
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Developing “greener” household products

Science, Technology20 May 2015The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore is working with a Japanese multinational company to develop safer, anti-odour and anti-bacteria household products that eliminate the use of harmful biocides.
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Gamma ray camera may help with Fukushima decontamination

Science, Technology20 May 2015Waseda University
Japanese researchers have significantly improved the performance of a gamma ray-imaging “Compton” camera. The new technology has potential applications in scientific research, medical treatment and environmental monitoring, as well as radioactive decontamination work.
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A non-invasive tool for diagnosing cancer

Medicine, Science20 May 2015The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
Researchers in Singapore have developed an ultrasensitive method to detect micro-RNAs: tiny molecules that can indicate the presence of tumours. They are applying the technology toward a non-invasive screening test for gastric cancer.
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First dolphins appeared millions of years earlier than previously thought

Science, Technology20 May 2015Waseda University
Japanese researchers have described the earliest species of a true dolphin in the known fossil record: the oldest Miocene delphinid fossil including a skull. Their research has huge implications for our understanding of dolphin evolution.

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