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2020 Magazine articles

Is turmeric packaging the future for supermarket shelves?

Environment, Food, Materials24 Jan 2020Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
A biodegradable biopolymer containing turmeric oil could help extend food shelf life.

Gene expression pattern pinpoints high-risk colorectal cancer

Diseases, Genetics, Medicine24 Jan 2020City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
Testing for a gene expression pattern could reduce the number of colorectal cancer patients referred for unnecessary radical surgery.
There are four fundamental forces in the physical world: electromagnetism, strong force, weak force, and gravity. Gravity is the only force still unexplainable at the quantum level.

Gravity mysteries

Science, Space24 Jan 2020Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
Silly questions lead to surprising answers about the fundamental nature of the universe. We might have been getting it wrong this whole time.

Schools and media key to cutting financial illiteracy

Culture, People24 Jan 2020Hiroshima University
Japan’s government should invest in financial literacy programmes in schools and the media to help people make better decisions about savings, investment and pensions.
“Metallurgists are very interested in analysing material microstructures because they determine their properties,” says Dmitry Bulgarevich of Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS).

Tagging for metal alloys

Materials, Technology23 Jan 2020National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Machine learning approaches are being used to automatically tag microscopic structures in pictures of steel alloys.

Catching cancer early

Diseases, Medicine23 Jan 2020Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak haematologist Kuan Jew Win is looking for ways to detect certain blood diseases and cancers early.
Quantum dots made of cadmium sulfide emit ultraviolet and blue wavelengths of light. Toxicity remains a concern for biological applications.

The quest for perfect quantum dot biomarkers

Materials, Nanotech, Technology22 Jan 2020National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Tiny nanoparticles can illuminate tissues and cells, but safer, more effective materials are needed before their mainstream application.
Bajau Laut

What makes you a citizen?

Culture, History, People22 Jan 2020Universiti Malaysia Sabah
Debate over granting Malaysian citizenship to sea gypsies who have historically lived along the coast, long before Malaysia was a country, raises fundamental questions about citizenship.
3D heart

Bioengineering living heart valves

Biotech, Diseases, Materials, Medicine21 Jan 2020Qatar University
Using tissue engineering techniques, researchers are developing living heart valves that can grow after implantation in the human heart.

Lizard and snake size unrelated to climate

Environment, Plants & Animals21 Jan 2020Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
The relationship between body size and climate in lizards and snakes is more complex than originally thought.

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