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Osaka University
27 Jun 2022
Osaka University researchers studied the effect of the “attitudes” of a semi-autonomous telepresence robot on its human operator. They found that when a person controlled only a part of the body of a semi-autonomous robot, its expressed opinions affected him or her. This work may help assist in the development of new semi-autonomous robots to perform labor more efficiently.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
27 Jun 2022
Scientists at Tokyo Medical and Dental University have discovered a new type of bone repairing material that could be used to more precisely fix bone defects.
Tohoku University
27 Jun 2022
A collaborative research group has discovered electrical brain-wave patterns given off during social interactions in mice. They also observed that mice showing signs of stress, depression, or autism lacked these brain waves. The results reveal more about the mechanics underlying brain activity when socializing.
Structural features of SiO2 glass under pressure.
Ehime University
27 Jun 2022
Understanding the structural origin of the anomalous properties of SiO2 liquid and glass is of great interest in a wide range of scientific fields. The fraction of the S state with tetrahedral symmetry structure is considered to be the controlling parameter of the anomalous properties of SiO2 liquid in theoretical studies. However, it has not been well identified in experiments. In this work, we find experimental evidence of tetrahedral symmetry breaking in SiO2 glass under pressure.
Osaka University
27 Jun 2022
Researchers from Osaka University have found that infection with SARS-CoV-2 activates the expression of IRF1, a key regulator of insulin/IGF signaling in multiple tissues, leading to disruption of blood sugar metabolism and, in some cases, new onset of diabetes. Treating infected cells with hormonal factors that decreased IRF1 expression enhanced insulin/IGF signaling, suggesting that this approach could be used to mitigate some of the more severe side effects of COVID-19 in the future.
Lingnan University (LU)
27 Jun 2022
Lingnan University (LU) hosted an International Symposium on Social Policy and Social Services Challenges in the Greater Bay Area on 23 June to discuss the latest research and practices concerning social policy and social services challenges in Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area (GBA). The Symposium was jointly organised by the Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies and Lingnan University-South China University of Technology Joint Research Centre for Greater Bay Area Social Policy and Governance, and was also funded by University Grants Committee. Over 60 scholars and participants joined from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and other regions.
Osaka University
27 Jun 2022
Osaka University researchers develop a novel microfluidic chip that can detect very small concentrations of dissolved contaminants using just 100-picoliter sized samples. By using a terahertz point source, the detection area can be made very small. This work may lead to lab-on-a-chip technology for environmental and health care monitoring.
Lingnan University (LU)
27 Jun 2022
Hosted by Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong, the Times Higher Education Liberal Arts Forum was held on 23 and 24 June, the first day of the conference attracted an audience of over 800 from all around the world.
Release mechanism of SASP factors from hepatic stellate cells and their tumorigenic orchestration
Osaka Metropolitan University
24 Jun 2022
The formation of cell membrane pores is a major mechanism by which cancer-inducing proteins are released and hasten tumor development in nonalcoholic steatohepatitis-associated liver cancer.
Asia Research News
24 Jun 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are using your breath to unlock your phone, the first successful launch of a Korean rocket, and the oldest bellybutton to date.
Tohoku University
24 Jun 2022
Automation in disease diagnosis is reliant on deep learning models that can accurately and efficiently identify measurements of tumors, tissue volume, or other sorts of abnormalities. Now, researchers from Tohoku University have unveiled a new, resource-light model capable of identifying many common eye diseases.
Osaka University
24 Jun 2022
Osaka University researchers used sputtered silver to bond copper electrodes as part of 3D integrated circuits. By gently annealing the silver layers, enough surface roughness was created to connect the layers without added pressure. This work may lead to cheaper and smaller electronic devices that use less energy.
Osaka University
24 Jun 2022
An international team led by Osaka University used experimental measurements and theoretical modeling to better understand the shape formed by the protons and neutrons in the atomic nucleus of calcium-40. They found that destructive interference affects the mixture of elongated and spherical states. This research may help shed light on the reasons for the relative stability of atomic nuclei and how they are formed.
Osaka University
24 Jun 2022
Researchers from Osaka University have found that nematodes can be coated with a protective hydrogel sheath that can be engineered to carry functional cargo. This system could potentially be developed to deliver anti-cancer drugs to tumors using worms with a natural predilection for human cancer cells.
LU and CCU in Taiwan sign a MOU to promote cooperation in education and academic research between the two institutions.
Lingnan University (LU)
22 Jun 2022
Lingnan University (LU) and National Chung Cheng University (CCU) in Taiwan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote cooperation in education and academic research between the two institutions. At the signing ceremony held virtually on 22 June 2022, Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, LU Acting President, and Prof Hao Feng-ming, Vice-President of CCU, signed the MOU on behalf of the two parties.
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Asia Research News
22 Jun 2022
New dinosaur species used claws to graze along the coast, More accurate rainfall predictions, Magnetism helps futuristic cell research, Do compression garments facilitate muscle recovery? Science journalism and why it matters for democracy and our Image of the month. Read all in the June's Editor's Choice and this month's Asia Research News 2022 magazine pick - Lessons from the dead.
Lingnan University (LU)
22 Jun 2022
Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong held a kick-off ceremony for its “LU Jockey Club Health and Financial Education Programme for Elderly” today (21 June), attracting more than 300 programme participants, representatives of partner institutions and friends of LU to join. Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, the three-year programme aims to strengthen and promote older adults’ knowledge of consumer behaviour, financial management skills, and healthcare management by offering them a series of training and inter-generational communication activities.
Accumulation of TDP-43 with ALS patients
Hiroshima University
21 Jun 2022
Researchers in Japan outline preliminary research that could pave the way for a future test to diagnose ALS, a progressive disease of the nervous system.
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo-IIS)
21 Jun 2022
Researchers from the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, have developed a model to explore carbon storage in mangrove forests.
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo-IIS)
21 Jun 2022
Researchers from the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo, find that the risk of human–elephant conflict in Thailand is likely to shift with climate change
Osaka Metropolitan University
21 Jun 2022
Osaka Metropolitan University scientists detected, for the first time, collective resonance at remarkably high and broad frequency bands. In a magnetic superstructure called a chiral spin soliton lattice (CSL), they found that resonance could occur at such frequencies with small changes in magnetic field strength. The findings suggest CSL-hosting chiral helimagnets as promising materials for future communication technologies.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
21 Jun 2022
A machine rapidly and robustly separates cancer cells from blood samples, overcoming challenges with currently available techniques.
Duke-NUS Medical School
21 Jun 2022
• The Satellite Center at Duke-NUS marks the latest achievement for the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre’s vision for a Discovery District on its Campus. • It is also the first Asia Pacific site in Johnson & Johnson’s network of research collaborations aimed at addressing endemic and emerging pandemic threats.
DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute
21 Jun 2022
Resilient Education Information Infrastructure for the New Normal (REIINN) project broke ground for the second LokaLTE Base Station on 14 June 2022, commencing the tower's construction in Looc Integrated School, Castillejos, Zambales. Initiated by DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) with the funding of DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Project REIINN focuses on the development of application frameworks and infrastructures to support the shift to remote learning and to narrow the digital divide in the country. Currently, the project offers two initiatives: LokaLTE and RuralCasting. “In a nutshell, the LokaLTE component focuses on the local development and deployment of community LTE networks in the Philippines. Meanwhile, the RuralCasting component exploits the use of data broadcasting mechanisms in distributing educational resource materials in remote communities,” explained by DOST-ASTI Director Franz de Leon. Project REIINN Technical Lead Philip Martinez, DOST PSTC-Zambales Representative Amado Dimaluluan, Jr., Looc Integrated School Head Dr. George Fronda, DepEd-Castillejos Coordinating Principal Mario Celis, DepEd-Zambales Education Program Supervisor in Science Dr. Evelyn Tarrayo, DepEd-Zambales Education Program Supervisor in Filipino Dr. Lilibeth Bacolor, and Castillejos Mayor Eleanor Dominguez took up ceremonial shovels to officially mark the start of construction of the LokaLTE tower “The LokaLTE Base Tower that we will build here is one of the efforts of the national government to bridge the digital gap in the Philippines. This tower will provide Internet connectivity and will aid in the continuity of learning in the community of Brgy. Looc, Castillejos,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña in his message. DOST-Undersecretary for Research and Development Rowena Cristina Guevara, through a video message, shared that this milestone is only the beginning of what the project is trying to ultimately achieve: universal connectivity as well as strengthened policy adoption on spectrum management and community networks. "We positively look forward that this (REIINN) will help lessen teachers' problems, especially with communication to the learners and parents. With this project, we can explore more ways toward the progress of the students," Fronda mentioned in his speech. LokaLTE and RuralCasting technology demonstration and Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) program were held after the groundbreaking ceremony. To know more about Project REIINN, visit their website page and Facebook page
20 Jun 2022
The OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early Career Women Scientists reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers, having often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment, both at a regional and international level, and must have received their PhD in STEM in the last ten years.
20 Jun 2022
Daniel Murdiyarso of CIFOR-ICRAF becomes the first-ever Indonesian scientist to receive the prestigious Honorary Doctorate from the University of Helsinki
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Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) at Kyoto University
18 Jun 2022
The molecule is unusual and has ‘great potential’ in catalysis, conduction and other applications.
Asia Research News
17 Jun 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are babies that dole out punishments, signals that might come from extraterrestrial civilizations, and repelling mosquitos by chewing catnip.
The surgical face mask and transparent face mask used in this study (Photos: Unicharm Corporation).
Hokkaido University
17 Jun 2022
Commercially available transparent face masks allow for the perception of facial expressions while suppressing the dispersion of respiratory droplets that spread the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and thus have a clear advantage over surgical face masks.
Tohoku University
17 Jun 2022
Everyone knows that exercise brings physical and psychological benefits. A new study suggests that virtual reality exercise induces similar effects, meaning those with limited mobility may be able to improve their mental well-being.