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Exposure of a PCB metabolite to whale-derived induced neurons caused apoptosis and neurodegeneration
Ehime University
27 Jul 2021
Using neurons directly reprogrammed from tissues of stranded whales to assess brain health A research team of the Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES) of Ehime University, Japan succeeded for the first time in direct reprogramming of whale somatic cells to neuronal cells, and conducted a neurotoxicity test using these cells. Exposure to a metabolite (4′OH-CB72) of polychlorinated biphenyls, ubiquitous environmental pollutants, caused apoptosis in the reprogrammed neurons. Transcriptome analysis of 4′OH-CB72-treated whale neurons showed altered expressions of genes associated with oxidative phosphorylation, chromatin degradation, axonal transport, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Wildlife Conservation Society
27 Jul 2021
An international team of scientists say that tigers could come roaring back in an unlikely place: northeastern China.
Tohoku University
27 Jul 2021
The university has unveiled a few more details of its new Green Goals Initiative, which includes developing green technology and promoting resilience and social Innovation. It also hopes to achieve carbon neutrality on campus by 2040.
The newly developed catalyst in powder form (left) and under a transmission electron microscope (right)
Hokkaido University
27 Jul 2021
Adding lead and calcium to an industrial catalyst dramatically improves its ability to support propylene production at very high temperatures, making it stable and active for a month.
Asia Research News Partnerships
27 Jul 2021
On 4-5 August 2021, EDUtech Indonesia will once again bring together the entire Indonesian education ecosystem to discuss new strategies, pedagogies and innovations to help inspire the next generation.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
27 Jul 2021
A research team at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) emphasises the use of local research to inform parenting practices. It provides evidence-based strategies for parents that take into account local customs and ideas. The research results have helped educate over half a million parents, promoting parent–child relationships and leading to more positive child development.
Tohoku University
27 Jul 2021
Researchers have shown that postpartum depression can inhibit a mother’s ability to instill healthy tooth brushing habits in children. The study demonstrates the need to foster greater mental support and management for mothers and incorporate these factors when assessing children’s oral health.
City University of Hong Kong, CityU, CityUResearch
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
22 Jul 2021
The State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution (SKLMP) at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has been endorsed by the United Nations (UN) to initiate a ten-year "Global Estuaries Monitoring (GEM)" Programme (www.globalestuaries.org) to collect and study environmental pollutants in the estuaries of major cities around the globe so as to formulate a long-term policy of promoting clean estuaries.
Prior to the pandemic, a combination of occlusion (top left) and priming (middle left) led to a perception that individuals wearing face masks were less attractive. Due to the pandemic, the priming effect was eliminated (middle right) and only occlusion affected attractiveness perception; hence, faces with lower attractiveness were perceived as more attractive when wearing a face mask.
Hokkaido University
22 Jul 2021
The Covid-19 pandemic has improved perceptions of facial attractiveness and healthiness of people wearing face masks in Japan.
RIKEN
21 Jul 2021
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research (BDR) have succeeded in creating the first genetically engineered marsupial. This study, published in the scientific journal Current Biology, will contribute to deciphering the genetic background of unique characteristics observed only in marsupials.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
21 Jul 2021
Magnetic field could boost blood vessel growth to regenerate damaged tissue.
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
21 Jul 2021
Kavli IPMU's Kai Martens and Masaki Yamashita are two of many researchers who have signed an MOU to work together to design, construct, and operate a new, single, multi-tonne scale xenon observatory to explore dark matter.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
21 Jul 2021
Recognized for its Research Outcome Related to PIM-based AI Processor Using TSMC’s Multi-bit RRAM
Osaka City University
20 Jul 2021
Using electron microscopy and high-speed atomic force microscopy, researchers show the internal molecular motor behind the gliding mechanism for Mycoplasma mobile to consist of two ATP synthase-like molecules. Sharing a similar structure with ATP synthase suggests a common evolutionary ancestor. This synthase-like ATPase is challenging the origin of cells and proteins themselves.
Nagoya University
19 Jul 2021
A subset of fibroblasts located in small foci of tissue on the edges of extensive scarring produce a protein that protects against cell aging.
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
19 Jul 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science report a machine learning-based model for predicting the bonding properties of materials
Lingnan University (LU)
19 Jul 2021
Overeducation tends to dissuade young people from moving to the Greater Bay Area (GBA), which indirectly supports a social capital theory (SCP) rather than a human capital theory (HCT), that explains why Hong Kong young people wish to invest in higher education, according to Assessing the connection between overeducation and migration intention in Hong Kong’s young working adults, a study conducted by Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) of Lingnan University in Hong Kong(LU).
Fixed orthodontic appliances impact on oral microbiome
Hiroshima University
16 Jul 2021
A study showed braces that give our smiles a makeover could also transform oral microflora to a pre-gum disease state. Now scientists plan to use their findings to prevent this from happening.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
15 Jul 2021
Scientists at International Islamic University Malaysia have developed a probiotic-based treatment that could help Asia’s shrimp industry recover from repeated pandemics of bacterial infection.
Lingnan University (LU)
15 Jul 2021
Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong and Shenzhen Open University (Shenzhen OU) on the Mainland signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to deepen inter-university cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen.
The fluorescence polarization immunoassay developed to detect and quantify antibodies against SARS-CoV-2
Hokkaido University
15 Jul 2021
Scientists have developed a rapid, highly accurate test to detect antibodies against the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 in human serum, opening a new avenue for understanding the full extent of the pandemic and evaluating the effectiveness of vaccines.
 IMAGE
Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) at Kyoto University
14 Jul 2021
Researchers have found a way to enhance radiation therapy using novel iodine nanoparticles.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
14 Jul 2021
COVID-19 not only threatens people’s physical health, but also creates disruption in work and social relationships. Parents experience additional strain resulting from extra childcare responsibilities. This is even more pronounced with parents of children with developmental disorders, which calls for the need for increased parenting support services and family-friendly policy initiatives in Hong Kong.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
14 Jul 2021
Scientists develop a 3D-printed pressure sensor embedded with a temperature sensor from conductive carbon-based composites.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
13 Jul 2021
A research project led by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) entitled “Building Platform Technologies for Symbiotic Creativity in Hong Kong” has been awarded HK$52.8 million in research funding from the Theme-based Research Scheme (11th round) under the Research Grants Council (RGC) for a five-year project. This is the first time that major funding has been allocated by the RGC for an art-tech project.
Tohoku University
13 Jul 2021
As rechargeable batteries get more powerful, the chance of batteries overheating –thermal runaway - increases. Seeking a way to make batteries safer, researchers have investigated one of thermal runaway’s main triggers: oxygen release.
Singapore University of Technology and Design
12 Jul 2021
Scientists in Singapore are calling for revisions in planned hydropower expansions in light of the rapidly decreasing cost of solar photovoltaic systems
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
12 Jul 2021
- Gowoon Son, DGIST, to earn a Doctorate from Maastricht University
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
12 Jul 2021
- Joined by 140 researchers from 9 countries
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
09 Jul 2021
Researchers at The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science use artificial intelligence to predict the size of cells over time without the need for simplifying assumptions, which may lead to a new understanding of microbiology principles and improved drug manufacturing from recombinant bacteria