Editor's Choice

We hand-select a few top stories to highlight each month in our Editor's Choice newsletter. Check out the past editions below, and be sure to subscribe to get Editor's Choice directly in your inbox. It's a fun and easy way to stay on top of the latest research throughout Asia. Subscribe here.

Hiding in plain sight

November 2020: Ancient Buddhist paintings were hidden on soot-covered temple columns. Researchers uncovered them using infrared cameras. That's not all that's hiding...

Stem cell and asteroid surprise

October 2020: Genes regulating stem cells in 48 mammals are surprisingly similar; ancient asteroid rewrites history; plus a saliva test for silent COVID carriers.

nematode

Secret to longer life in nematodes?

September 2020: Tinkering with proteins in C. elegans extends their lifespans. The same proteins exist in humans, offering an intriguing target for longevity studies.

New insight into origin of water on Earth

August 2020: Interstellar nebula could be the source of Earth's water; plus, mangrove methane emissions, and ARN is @ the movies.

Hibernation in mice. Are humans next?

July 2020: Researchers spark a hibernation-like state in mice, a species that does not normally hibernate; plus, we're podcasting!

Swiss army knife

Meet the 'Swiss army knife' of gene expression

June 2020: What happens when the master regulator of protein production malfunctions? Plus, the cat genome decoded!

eye

The lipid gradient that keeps your eyes wet

May 2020: New insight about how lipids function within tears; plus, quantum dot solar panels and an ozone garden.

genes concept

Science stories you might have missed...

April 2020: Finnish genes tell a unique story about diabetic kidney disease; and a new treatment approach for kids with ADHD.

mangrove

Good news for mangrove conservation, for now

March 2020: The loss of mangrove forests is slowing; plus, how malaria hides from immune cells and how neutrinos saved the universe.

vertebrae art

The perfect tempo for cells, plus coral spawning mystery solved?

February 2020: Precise timing of vertebrae development observed in live cells; and what triggers coral spawning events.

underwater volcano

Young Volcano Discovered, Plus The 2020 Issue Is Here!

January 2020: A young volcano is discovered in the Pacific Ocean, and punching holes in solar cells turns them transparent.

Genetics of birdsong

December 2019: Researchers uncover gene expression differences that lead to distinct songs between bird species. Plus, could planets be orbiting black holes?

Jellyfish superpowers

November 2019: How do jellyfish get their stinging and regenerative superpowers? Plus, investigating a master switch for sugar levels, and the collapse of an ancient civilization.

Xray radiation illustration

Release the killer electrons!

October 2019: Moving towards safer and more effective cancer radiation; and hints to the origins of life.

fireworm

Fireworms, heatwaves and a contest

September 2019: A new fireworm species is discovered in Hong Kong; plus researchers identify the driver of Europe's heatwaves.

Changing forests, spotting drones

August 2019: A 38-year study reveals how climate change is affecting northern forests, and a super-resolution algorithm spots mini drones 3km away.

air filter

How bleach transforms air filters

July 2019: A common skin bleach makes air filters last longer in humid and wet conditions; plus, extreme weather and symmetry.

Live brain cells

Imaging live brain cells

June 2019: A fluorescent marker enables live imaging of brain immune cells, called microglia; plus Pluto's hidden ocean.

Black hole

A supermassive undertaking

May 2019: How Asia helped take this picture; infant immune systems; holograms on your smartphone.

Heavy Elements

Radioactive afterglow & heavy elements, a new approach

April 2019: Determining the cosmic origins of precious and rare earth metals; peaking into lymph nodes; slowing nerve degradation.

Simple organisms, complex behavior video

Science on film, and women's research in Myanmar

March 2019: Watch: Simple organisms, complex behavior; graphene-based supercapacitors; research in Myanmar.

Innovations and butterflies

Innovations and butterflies

February 2019: Materials that open in the heat of the moment; testing for antibiotic resistance; the tactile internet.

exoplanets

The far side of the moon and beyond

January 2019: More than 100 exoplanets identified; China's lunar probe; fish ears; memorable quotes.

Cat's Paw Nebula

Radio waves from Cat's Paw Nebula ?

December 2018: Tuning into radio waves from space; mimicking the sense of human touch; sucking water from thin air.

Alzheimers

Earlier detection of Alzheimer's and El Niño?

November 2018: A nanomaterial fluoresces when it binds to plaques linked to Alzheimer's; predicting El Niño earlier; opposing enzymes in heart failure.

Supernova

Supernovas, synapses and skin speakers

October 2018: Supernova explosions reveal star mass; mimicking human synapses; turning skin into speakers.

Fish stocks

Seafood surprise, memory foam for bones, and more

September 2018: Global fisheries could become more profitable despite climate change; how neurons signal for help; breaking into that circle at conferences.

Pinatubo

Volcanoes, earthquakes, plus batteries get salty

August 2018: Far away volcanoes influence Red Sea dynamics; what set off the 9.0 Japan earthquake?; charging with saltwater.

Growing Stem Cell

Growing stem cells and snowflakes

July 2018: New device encourage neural stem cell growth; plus interview prep tips and growing snowflakes.

Synthetic molecules

Finding Nemo's genes, growing flexible diamonds and detecting lead

June 2018: Programming synthetic molecules to turn genes on; finding Nemo's genes; growing flexible diamonds.

Brain synapse

From inside the brain to the farthest star

May 2018: New compound could improve stroke recovery; farthest star detected; how it feels when your research becomes big news.

Running treadmill

The science of running

April 2018: Reducing running injuries by 62%; #TheDress; wireless charging.

Stellar explosion

CRISPR, supernovas and super smart contacts

March 2018: Amateur astronomer captures extremely rare event; detecting blood sugar in the blink of an eye.

Olympic Rings

Olympic translations, redefining the kilogram and more

February 2018: Auto translation technology at the 2018 Olympics; redefining the kilogram; gravitational wave detector.

Cancer Test

A urine test for cancer

January 2018: You've heard of 'pee on a stick' for pregnancy tests. How about cancer?; moth buzzes back to life after 130 years

Orangutan

Biodiversity, billiards and licorice

December 2017: New orangutan species discovered; licorice and Parkinson's; China's air quality.

Galaxy Halo

Galactic halos, quantum sieves and other stories from Asia Research News

November 2017: Origins of galaxies' halos; pink-headed ducks; isotope separation system.