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27 May 2020
A re-analysis of dinosaur skulls from northern Alaska suggests they belong to a genus that lived over a broad latitudinal range extending into the Arctic.
21 Apr 2020
It is no secret that genetic factors play a role in determining whether children have neurodevelopmental disorders. Maternal exposure to drugs and viral or bacterial illnesses can be detrimental too.
27 Mar 2020
Screening is important for the early detection of cervical cancer, but rates were significantly affected, in some areas for years, following a devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
23 Feb 2020
Walking is one of our most natural, daily actions. Now, a new study led by a Tohoku University researcher suggests that walkers use step synchronization as a form of non-verbal social communication. The results lend credence to the effects of psychological traits on movement interaction between humans. 
01 Nov 2019
Antibodies against viruses from the same family as Ebola and Marburg have been detected in fruit bats and the human community hunting them, indicating cross-species virus transmission has occurred in the past, warns a global team of infectious disease scientists.
20 Sep 2019
Researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School, in collaboration with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Bioinformatics Institute, and the University of Texas Medical Branch, USA, have discovered that the dengue virus changes its shape through mutations in Envelope protein to evade vaccines and therapeutics. The study also gives insights on the types of treatment strategies to use at different stages of infection. This could give rise to new approaches in vaccine development and treatment for dengue disease.
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06 Feb 2019
Desert bacteria protect food crops from salt toxicity.
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17 Dec 2018
Major study of 7,663 Malaysian women shows that breastfeeding, physical activity and soy intake are protective against breast cancer. The findings were from the Malaysian Breast Cancer (MyBrCA) genetic study and the Malaysian Mammographic Density (MyMammo) study.
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24 Sep 2018
ScreenMen is a mobile web app that educates, motivates and empowers men to undergo evidence-based health screening. It was developed rigorously based on theories, evidence and needs assessment. It is currently undergoing a randomised controlled trial to determine its effectiveness in improving screening uptake in men.
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27 Aug 2018
A study by researchers at Nagoya University and other universities has indicated that feeding rats a high-sucrose diet only at night, when they are active, ameliorates high levels of fat accumulation in the blood and liver, avoiding the associated adverse effects of metabolic syndrome.
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02 Jul 2018
Bacteria isolated from desert plants could provide the key to maintaining productive agriculture in arid regions.
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18 Apr 2018
A new malaria metabolic model may uncover better ways to treat a highly deadly disease.
The feminizing effect is inherent to germ cells which are essential for the formation of ovaries.
30 Mar 2018
A Nagoya University-led study shows for the first time germ cells have an inherent property to feminize the body in teleost fish, medaka.
The ebolavirus-like particle generated to investigate the mechanisms of Ebola virus entry.
08 Feb 2018
Researchers have identified a key process that enables the Ebola virus to infect host cells, providing a novel target for developing antiviral drugs.
26 Dec 2017
Scientists have revealed more details of the molecular mechanism behind neuronal cell death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a step forward to find ways to control progression of the disease.
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09 Aug 2017
In Malaysia, research into elder abuse and neglect (EAN) has indicated a link between abuse and premature death, with pattern differences between males and females. Financial abuse is found to be more common than other subtypes (physical, psychological, sexual and neglect), and comprises the group with the largest percentage of mortality.
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31 Jul 2017
Researchers from University of Malaya and China Agricultural University painstakingly searched for all bats’ records in Peninsular Malaysia and found records for 110 species. This first comprehensive list of bat species found in Peninsular Malaysia has been published in the scientific journal PLOS ONE recently.
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17 Jul 2017
South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has presented, for the first time, the whole genome sequence and analyses of the Myotis rufoniger.
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13 Jul 2017
Researchers from Malaysia assessed the whole brain microstructural integrity of major nerve tracts among older fallers and non-fallers. They proposed the potential synergistic relationship between blood pressure fluctuations with standing, balance disorders and structural brain abnormalities observed among fallers.
Stereomicroscopic images of two mosquito species at taken at different times after feeding on human blood.
12 Jul 2017
Nagoya University forensic scientists show that viable DNA samples can be taken from mosquito blood meal that has been digested for up to two days.
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10 Jul 2017
Scientists at University of Malaya, Malaysia, have found that the seagrass meadows in Johor harbor three times more juvenile fish than coral reefs. They also found that the dugong herds there prefer certain types of meadows over others.
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29 Jun 2017
Understanding the interactions between miRNAs with their specific cancer gene targets is an on-going effort to identify new therapeutic strategies. Researchers from University of Malaya carried out investigations to study the relationship between natural compound and miRNA expression in cancer cells.
To complete their life cycles, defective pararetrovirus (PRV) species have evolved to form partnerships which are maintained by frequent exchanges of their noncoding regulatory sequences (NRSs).
26 Jun 2017
Studying DNA fragments left by ancient viruses in their host’s genome has shown even non-autonomous viruses could prosper by helping each other.
The cross section of a wild moso bamboo Phyllostachys pubescens. Fibers (vascular bundles) surrounding the heart-shaped black openings have a denser distribution toward the outer part.
31 May 2017
The spatial distribution of fibers in hollow bamboo cylinders is optimized to reinforce flexural rigidity, a new finding that sheds light on biomimetic approaches in the development of materials.
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21 Apr 2017
Publication is the beginning of research impact and visibility, thus dissemination of research publications have to be proactive. Researchers can promote their research work in three stages: (1) manuscript preparation and submission; (2) post-publication promoting; and (3) after receiving mentions/citations (monitoring).
18 Apr 2017
An algorithm that prioritizes gene variants with their likelihood of involvement in human disease.
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17 Apr 2017
Java sparrows are more likely to mate after dancing together, according to a study from Hokkaido University, contradictory to the belief that songs are the primary sexual signal.
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03 Apr 2017
Altmetrics are new metrics proposed as alternatives to impact factor for journals as well as individual citation indexes (h-index). Altmetrics uses online activities to measure the impact, buzz and word of mouth for scientific information. It includes new methods to measure the usage at citation level.
Resetting the algal clock
30 Mar 2017
Nagoya University-led researchers have uncovered novel red- and violet-light-sensitive pathway that helps keep green algae’s sense of day and night in sync with surroundings.
Examples of a Random Image Structure Evolution(RISE) sequence for snake pictures
08 Nov 2016
A Nagoya University research team uses new image processing tool to confirm human visual system has evolved specifically to detect snakes.

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