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simulation of two merging black holes

A universe without light

Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
Jun’ichi Yokoyama once amused his professors by proposing a far-fetched idea of using neutrinos and gravitational waves to observe the Universe. Decades later, he was proven right and contends young scientists should be nurtured to believe in themselves.
Education, Science, Space
xray machine learning

Machine learning improves X-ray materials analysis

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Analysis of materials can be done quicker and with less expertise with the help of proven machine learning techniques established in biomedical fields.
Big Data, Materials, Technology
firefighter in protective suit

Turning up the heat on composites

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Experimental analysis and computer simulations reveal how woven fabric composite materials are deformed by heat.
Materials, Technology
GPT4 chemistry

Unlocking chemistry with intelligence

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
GPT-4 shows promise as an aid to chemistry researchers, yet its limitations reveal the need for further improvements.
Artificial Intelligence, Materials, Technology
AI-generated artistic representation of brain neurons

Brain repairs with nanorobots

Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
Magnetic nanorobots delivering nerve cells to targeted tissues could potentially be used to repair damaged brain tissue, as well as other organs.
Brain, Medicine, Nanotech, Robots, Technology
dengue mosquito

An app for dengue

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
MozzHub, a user-friendly dengue hotspot detector, could significantly assist the management and control of dengue.
Big Data, Diseases, Health, Technology
robotic head

New phase in robotic experiments

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Researchers have developed a proof-of-concept system that allows robotic experiments to run without any human intervention.
Artificial Intelligence, Materials, Robots, Technology
molecular structure representation

Tailor-made molecules

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Researchers have developed an AI-driven system that can design novel molecules with any desired properties and suggest methods to create them using readily available materials.
Artificial Intelligence, Materials
robot hand on keyboard

Robotic unveiling of crystal structures

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Researchers have combined machine learning with robotic process automation to speed up and simplify a time-consuming process.
Artificial Intelligence, Materials, Robots, Technology

Nano-jab reveals cell responses

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
A new technique allows researchers to map how the cellular “skeleton” adapts to external stress.
Biotech, Materials, Medicine, Nanotech

Diversifying economies

Universiti Brunei Darussalam
Researchers explore the benefits of export diversification in oil-rich Brunei, breaking free from the development economics "resource curse".
Business, Politics
sustainable cities

Sustainable cities: Seeds of change for a greener future

At Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, four researchers in diverse fields of study – from urban planning to digital architecture – are working hard to reach sustainability goals.
Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Innovation, Plants & Animals, Women
Artistic representation of nanospheres

Illuminating crystals

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Coordination polymer crystals show promise as a new generation of light sources for industry and medicine.
metal bar

Cracking the metal code

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
A new method allows scientists to gather enough information about the properties of metals to enable the prediction of the properties of new materials.
Artificial Intelligence, Materials
vaccine syringe

Shielding beyond vaccines

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Vaccines and therapies based on messenger RNA could be more readily delivered due to a non-toxic polymer that protects RNA and controls its release inside cells.
Materials, Medicine
glacier and marine snow

Battling algae, typhoons, and cybercrime

Yokohama National University scientists are working towards creating a better tomorrow by addressing diverse challenges, from snow algae and tropical cyclones to AI cyberthreats, and much more.
Artificial Intelligence, Climate Change, Disasters, Environment, Science, Technology, Women
3D structures

Generating 3D geometries

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
A trained AI system learns to design cellular materials with specific target properties for a wide range of potential uses, including tissue engineering and energy storage.
Artificial Intelligence, Materials, Technology
yellow spheres

New bio-armour for vaccine carriers

National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
A new coating for tiny vaccine carriers allows vaccines to remain in the body for longer.
Materials, Medicine
women with straw hat

Visionaries shaping a new Myanmar

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Three young fellows supported by IDRC’s Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar are tackling crucial issues in women’s rights, economic empowerment, and climate change through their research and advocacy endeavours.
Climate Change, Culture, Education, Peace and Conflict, People, Politics, Women

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