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Osaka University
17 Jun 2024
Researchers from Osaka University used theoretical calculations assessing electron orbital symmetry to synthesize new molecule designed to be both transparent and colorless while absorbing near-infrared light. This compound demonstrates the first systematic approach to producing such materials and have applications in advanced electronics. This compound also shows semiconducting properties.
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo-IIS)
17 Jun 2024
Researchers from the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, have efficiently removed oxygen from high-oxygen-concentration titanium, which might help reduce the production cost of an otherwise versatile metal.
Exposing the “disaster-scape” in Kyushu. The yellow band in the soil is the “disaster layer” of compacted ash. The layer was found during the excavation of the Aihara No1 site, 150km to the north of the K-Ah epicenter (September 2020). It is about 70 cm thick and would have been about 1.5 to 2.0 meters meters when the event first happened. (Photo: Junzo Uchiyama, the first author of the paper)
Hokkaido University
17 Jun 2024
A research paper titled ‘Disaster, survival and recovery: the resettlement of Tanegashima Island following the Kikai-Akahoya ‘super-eruption’, 7.3ka cal BP’ co-written by Hokkaido University GSI’s Professor Peter Jordan has been awarded the prestigious Ben Cullen Prize 2024 for making an “outstanding contribution” to World Archaeology.
Mahidol University
14 Jun 2024
Researchers created a strong, plastic-free, eco-friendly leather alternative from pineapple leaf fiber and natural rubber, outperforming other plant-based leathers and even mushroom leather in strength and sustainability.
Asia Research News
14 Jun 2024
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are how drug-resistant bacteria survive in space, omnipresent microplastics, and a glowing treatment for brain tumors.
Tohoku University
14 Jun 2024
Researchers from Tohoku University and Kyoto University have succeeded in developing a DNA–based molecular controller. Crucially, this controller enables the autonomous assembly and disassembly of molecular robots, as opposed to manually directing it.
Radiating altermagnetic alpha-manganese telluride with X-rays
Osaka Metropolitan University
14 Jun 2024
Theoretical simulations and synchrotron experiments reveal the hidden fingerprint of new magnets
Tohoku University
13 Jun 2024
In the same way that the number of rings in a tree can tell us its age, the characteristics of rocks such as breccia can tell us about the history of a region. The breccia around Ichinokawa Mine (located in Ehime prefecture) are of particular interest, as the mine is located south of the Median Tectonic Line. Researchers at Tohoku University uncovered how breccia can provide valuable evidence to estimate the energy of past earthquakes in the area.
Osaka University
12 Jun 2024
Researchers from Osaka University found that germ cells, which develop into eggs and sperm, drive sex-dependent differences in lifespan in vertebrates. Female and male germ cells increase and reduce lifespan, respectively. These effects are controlled via estrogen and growth factor hormones in females and vitamin D in males. Vitamin D supplementation extends lifespan in both males and females. The results clarify the link between reproduction and aging and show that vitamin D may improve longevity in vertebrates.
The NSF Center for Molecularly Optimized Networks team members, including Professor Jian Ping Gong (sixth column, top) and Professor Michael Rubinstein (eighth column, bottom). (Image courtesy of the Royal Society of Chemistry)
Hokkaido University
12 Jun 2024
The NSF Center for Molecularly Optimized Networks team, of which Professor Jian Ping Gong of the Faculty of Advanced Life Science and the Institute for Chemical Reaction Design and Discovery (WPI-ICReDD) at Hokkaido University is a member, has won a Horizon Prize from the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Singapore University of Technology and Design
12 Jun 2024
Silicone-based elastomeric 3D microchannel networks were created using direct ink writing 3D printing with simultaneous incorporation of electronic components into the microchannel. By injecting liquid metal into the coil-shaped multilayered microchannel, flexible and stretchable microfluidic antenna coils with a high Q factor were developed.
Shaped nanoparticles created by the novel method described in the study. (Rumana Akter, et al. Nanoscale Horizons. May 23, 2024)
Hokkaido University
11 Jun 2024
The selective bond-breaking powers of enzymes bring new versatility for building nanoparticles with a wide range of technical and medical potential.
What to do with the old family house?
Osaka Metropolitan University
11 Jun 2024
Conversion to health care facilities shows correlation to population change
Osaka University
10 Jun 2024
In interpersonal relationships, people sometimes perceive that the other person understands them. When people feel this way, they are more willing to engage with the other person, but the reasons for this were not well understood. This study reveals that the psychological process for this feeling largely depends on a reduction in prejudice towards the other person. The results of this study may help us understand the psychological process behind reducing discrimination.
Osaka University
10 Jun 2024
Researchers from Osaka University used omnidirectional photoluminescence measurements to study the effect of carbon impurities in pure gallium nitride crystals. They found that the type of energy losses depends can switch at a critical value, which can help in the manufacture of more efficient devices.
Measuring ice penetration capacity
Osaka Metropolitan University
07 Jun 2024
Machine learning helps find advantageous combination of salts and organic solvents
07 Jun 2024
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are new biomarkers for fish, quantum theory showing fewer black holes, and how complaining can be beneficial.
Asia Research News Editors Choice
Asia Research News
07 Jun 2024
Blue energy future, Off switch for brain cells, New Japanese lily species, Generative AI in motion, Economies take off with new airports and Braille-shaped electrodes for retinal implants. Read all in the latest Editor's Choice. Plus SciCom Coffee with Catriona Child.
Tohoku University
06 Jun 2024
A new material developed by researchers at Tohoku University may be the key to quickly flag damaged infrastructure. This material offers a way to reduce the manpower required to regularly monitor structures that undergo daily use such as bridges. Compared to previous methods, this environmentally friendly material boasts the ability to operate without a power supply, and store information about previous incidents of mechanical stress. The application of this mechanoluminescent material is expected to make it easier and less costly to assess the safety of structures we may use in our everyday lives.
At the signing ceremony for the Comprehensive Collaborative Agreement held on June 5, 2024, at Hokkaido University. Kiyohiro Houkin, President, Hokkaido University (left), and Atsuyoshi Koike, President and CEO, Rapidus Corporation (right).
Hokkaido University
06 Jun 2024
Rapidus and Hokkaido University Sign Comprehensive Collaboration Agreement aiming to enhance scientific and technological capabilities and develop human resources through the semiconductor industry.
Osaka University
05 Jun 2024
Osaka University researchers discovered a correlation between high GDF15 levels in steatotic liver patients and increased liver cancer risk. Steatotic liver disease cases, fueled by lifestyle-related issues, have surged globally, with Japan reporting a significant prevalence. Elevated GDF15 levels also signify complication risks associated with liver cirrhosis. Combining GDF15 levels and FIB-4 index aids efficient liver cancer detection, potentially improving prognosis through early intervention.
Back-scattered images of recovered samples
Ehime University
05 Jun 2024
Experimental investigations on partition coefficients of first-transition row elements between olivine and silicate melt
The partnership agreement signing ceremony. From left: Ms Sharon Fong, Senior Manager of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP), Prof Paulina Wong, Head of the Science Unit at Lingnan University, Prof Lau Chi-pang, Mr Plato Yip, Chairperson of FoE (HK), Dr Jeffrey Hung, Chief Executive Officer of FoE (HK), Dr Ir. Rosiah Ho, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Lingnan University.
Lingnan University (LU)
05 Jun 2024
On the occasion of World Environment Day today (5 June), the Science Unit of Lingnan University and Friends of the Earth (HK) (FoE (HK)) have signed a partnership agreement to launch the first Executive Certificate in Sustainable Finance & ESG Analytics for executives of higher education institutions in the Greater Bay Area (GBA), and aligned with the CESGA global certification. Acting in response to our era of digital transformation, this executive certificate training programme not only explores the concepts of Sustainable Finance, but also incorporates Lingnan’s expertise in Artificial Intelligence (AI) analytics, reflecting the global shift towards Sustainable Finance and the increasing integration of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors in financial decision-making.
Snapshots of rural Japan
Hiroshima University
05 Jun 2024
Fifteen years after Japan initiated efforts to attract younger people to rural areas, researchers assess its impact and the lessons it offers for global rural revitalization policies.
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
04 Jun 2024
The traditional optimal audio experience depended on the interplay between space, speakers and music carriers, such as CDs or vinyl records. Invisible Tech, a local start-up specialising in acoustic design, uses recycled wine crates, wood waste and reclaimed furniture to produce a range of speakers. With the support of HK Tech 300 of City University of Hong Kong (CityUHK), Invisible Tech worked with CityUHK audio technology researchers to develop a sound system tailored for the modern living environment and habits. The system is designed to provide users with immersive surround sound music enjoyment.
Tohoku University
04 Jun 2024
Previous research has demonstrated that adding tin to beta-type titanium alloys improves their strength. But scientists have yet to understand the reasons for this. Now, a research team from Tohoku University has pinpointed the exact mechanisms behind this phenomenon.
Diagram of educational program
Osaka Metropolitan University
04 Jun 2024
Online group discussions, active learning help sustain healthy habits among countryside residents
Duke-NUS Medical School
04 Jun 2024
Groundbreaking research from Duke-NUS offers new hope to millions with asthma and severe food allergies, signalling a new strategy for the prevention of life-threatening reactions.
Osaka University
04 Jun 2024
A research group at Osaka University developed a mixed reality (MR) system to intuitively share flooding forecasts, which can be visualized on mobile devices via server rendering. This system addresses the challenge of displaying detailed flood risks, enhancing understanding among both experts and the public. By offloading computational tasks to servers, the system allows for real-time MR visualization over large city areas, potentially integrating advanced features like deep learning to improve disaster resilience and public safety.
Prof Samuel C.C. Ting has been appointed Honorary Director of the Lingnan University Institute for Advanced Study (LUIAS).
Lingnan University (LU)
03 Jun 2024
Lingnan University is proud to announce the appointment of illustrious physicist and Nobel laureate, Prof Samuel C.C. Ting, as Honorary Director of the Lingnan University Institute for Advanced Study (LUIAS). Prof Ting was given an Honorary Doctorate (Doctor of Science, honoris causa) by Lingnan University and visited the campus to host the University Assembly last year, where he lectured on his ongoing space experiments, inspiring the faculty and students alike with his dedication to scientific inquiry and the pursuit of knowledge.