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Mr Heng Swee Keat speaks at the launch of the Duke-NUS Centre for Outbreak Preparedness
Duke-NUS Medical School
11 Jun 2022
Duke-NUS is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop the Asia Pathogen Genomics Initiative (APGI) to improve regional genomic surveillance and sequencing capacity. New Centre for Outbreak Preparedness will support APGI and work closely with national and global partners to enhance regional capacity to predict, prepare and respond to future health threats.
Asia Research News
10 Jun 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are amino acids from space, a robot finger wrapped in human skin, and what makes dogs "man’s best friend".
10 Jun 2022
SINGAPORE, June 9, 2022– Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) today announced that its dengue vaccine candidate, TAK-003, prevented 61% of symptomatic dengue cases and 84% of hospitalised cases with no important safety risks identified in the overall population.
Participants at the Water Sustainability in Singapore event & Bedok Reservoir, an important water catchment area in Singapore.
Newcastle University in Singapore
09 Jun 2022
A high-level seminar-cum-networking event on Water Sustainability in Singapore was held on 21 April 2022 at Newcastle University Research & Innovation Institute Singapore (NewRIIS). The event saw the presence of representatives from Singapore's National Water agency PUB, Northumbria Water, NUCoRE Water and other organisations.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
09 Jun 2022
A new apparatus uses magnets to remotely control guidewires through tiny, tortuous blood vessels for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases.
Asia Research News
09 Jun 2022
Giants in History: Hideki Yukawa (23 January 1907 – 8 September 1981) was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1949 for predicting the existence of the pi meson subatomic particle
Kanazawa University
08 Jun 2022
Researchers at Kanazawa University in collaboration with teams from Toyama Prefectural University and BioSeeds Corporation report in ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces the identification of a molecule with enhanced antiproliferative activity in cancer cells. The underlying biomolecular mechanism is the inhibition of an enzyme that is overproduced in several types of cancer.
Tohoku University
07 Jun 2022
Researchers at Tohoku University have unearthed a means to stabilize lithium or sodium depositions in rechargeable batteries, helping keep their metallic structure intact. The discovery prevents potential battery degradation and short circuiting, and paves the way for higher energy-density metal-anode batteries.
UHRF1 controls DNA methylation of synovial fibroblasts in RA patients.
Ehime University
07 Jun 2022
Potential of a novel therapeutic strategy for rheumatoid arthritis by UHRF1 stabilization We identified an epigenetic regulator UHRF1 that suppresses various pathogeneses in rheumatoid arthritis. The UHRF1 expression level in synovium showed a negative correlation with the severity of pathogenesis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and mouse arthritis models. In addition, stabilization of the UHRF1 expression achieved improvement of the arthritis pathology. Our results indicate that the stabilization of the UHRF1 protein is a potential therapeutic strategy for rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo-IIS)
06 Jun 2022
Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo studied the anomalous properties of amorphous solids, including glasses, using computer simulations, and found a common vibrational mechanism underlying them, which may help control the glass properties
Lingnan University (LU)
06 Jun 2022
Lingnan University (LU) comes first in Hong Kong and second in Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan universities in the Chinese University Translation Ability Index 2021 recently released by the National Translation Competence Research Center of Beijing Foreign Studies University.
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06 Jun 2022
Partnership seeks to deepen symbiotic industry-academia collaborations in applied research and talent upskilling. First-of-its-kind made-for-Asia sustainable R&D to develop kale stems as prebiotics
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Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
06 Jun 2022
Researchers have created time machine-like simulations recreate the full life cycle of some of the largest collections of galaxies observed in the distant universe 11 billion years ago.
Tohoku University
06 Jun 2022
In order to quickly detect the presence of the influenza A virus, researchers developed a fluorogenic probe that could bind to the promoter region. A fluorogenic probe uses tiny molecules called fluorophores that emit light when a specific target is present.
Newcastle University in Singapore
05 Jun 2022
An international team of researchers, led by Changfang Zhao, from Nanjing University of Science and Technology, has developed a novel lightweight, high toughness auxetic structure made from plastic composite laminates. The auxetic structure can be used for constructing primary structures in the transport industry, such as land vehicles, as well as aircrafts and marine vessels, to maximize fuel efficiency.
Asia Research News
03 Jun 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are alien civilizations, prehistoric bird diets, and how we smell.
Hokkaido University
03 Jun 2022
Scientists have revealed two enzymes that regulate protein degradation of proteins in the cell membrane of plants, and established the roles they play in plant growth and development.
Participants rated the ethical decision of automated vehicles and human drivers.
Hiroshima University
03 Jun 2022
A research team has studied how humans react to the introduction of AI decision making. Specifically, they explored the question, “is society ready for AI ethical decision making?” by studying human interaction with autonomous cars.
Kanazawa University
03 Jun 2022
Tetraphenylammonium, with all four hydrogens of ammonium (NH4+) replaced with benzene rings, has neither been discovered in nature nor chemically synthesized, calling into question whether it could exist. Here, we succeeded in synthesizing tetraphenylammonium for the first time, demonstrating its stable existence. The synthetic strategy used in this study, radical coupling, may be applicable to the synthesis of various related ammoniums with high structural novelty.
Asia Research News
02 Jun 2022
Giants in History: Known for her pioneering contributions to bio-organic chemistry, Darshan Ranganathan (4 June 1941 – 4 June 2001) is considered India’s most prolific chemist.
The Japanese Nutrition Risk Index (NRI) is used to examine the relationship between sarcopenia and malnutrition in MHD patients
Osaka Metropolitan University
01 Jun 2022
Scientists at Osaka Metropolitan University utilized a Japan-developed, objective, and simple nutritional indicator called the Nutrition Risk Index (NRI) to unveil a long-suspected yet unverified relationship between sarcopenia and malnutrition in end-stage kidney disease patients. Their findings confirmed that malnutrition contributes to sarcopenia, which can be detected through NRI.
DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute
01 Jun 2022
Resilient Education Information Infrastructure for the New Normal (REIINN) project has commenced the construction of its first LokaLTE Base Station in San Andres Elementary School, Tanay, Rizal, 24 May 2021. At the official groundbreaking ceremony, the Project REIINN team led by Technical Lead Philip Martinez was joined by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Rizal Provincial Director Fernando Ablaza, Electronic Industries Association of the Philippines, Inc. (EIAPI) Vice President Vic Gruet, Department of Education (DepEd) Rizal Education Program Supervisor in Science Robert Dela Cruz, and Tanay Municipal Mayor Rex Manuel Tanjuatco. “DOST- Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) initiated the Project REIINN in 2021, believing that through technology-based interventions coupled with appropriate policies, access to the internet and information in unserved and underserved areas will be the new normal,” said DOST Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña in a message. Funded by 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. One of the project’s initiatives is the development and deployment of small-scale, community-operated LokaLTE towers.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
31 May 2022
A large body of research supports the critical role of handwriting in reading, both in alphabetic languages and Chinese. Studies of alphabetic languages found that handwriting practice facilitates early letter categorisation ability.
Hokkaido University
31 May 2022
Scientists have described the youngest therizinosaur fossil from Japan and the first in Asia to have been found in marine sediments.
Osaka Metropolitan University
31 May 2022
Dr. Nishikawa at Osaka Metropolitan University focused on the Kondo effect on minimal ferrimagnetism and attempted to elucidate it theoretically. As a result, they found that the Kondo effect occurred via multiple "quantum entangled states" depending on temperature and other factors. They also found that the Kondo effect suppressed electrical conductivity through minimal ferrimagnetism, when usually it is amplified in many other cases.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
31 May 2022
The food manufacturing industry could save significant costs by employing a 3D printing solution developed by researchers at International Islamic University Malaysia.
Tohoku University
30 May 2022
A research group has revealed a new cobalt-chromium-based alloy that shares the strength, ductility and flexibility of human bones, making it ideal for implants that replace or support damaged bones.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
30 May 2022
A research team led by Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has found that a proteolytic enzyme called membrane-type 1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) plays an important role in the regulatory mechanism of fullness, or satiety, and it could serve as a promising potential drug target for the management of obesity.
Asia Research News
27 May 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are a wormlike robot, shady spider sales, and different ways of keeping a healthy heart.
26 May 2022
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