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There are four fundamental forces in the physical world: electromagnetism, strong force, weak force, and gravity. Gravity is the only force still unexplainable at the quantum level.
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
24 Jan 2020
Silly questions lead to surprising answers about the fundamental nature of the universe. We might have been getting it wrong this whole time.
Hiroshima University
24 Jan 2020
Japan’s government should invest in financial literacy programmes in schools and the media to help people make better decisions about savings, investment and pensions.
Electromicroscopic image of West Nile virus colored in yellow. Courtesy of Cynthia Goldsmith, P.E. Rollin, USCDCP.
Hokkaido University
23 Jan 2020
West Nile virus (WNV) inhibits autophagy — an essential system that digests or removes cellular constituents such as proteins — to induce the aggregation of proteins in infected cells, triggering cell death and brain inflammation (encephalitis), according to Hokkaido University researchers.
“Metallurgists are very interested in analysing material microstructures because they determine their properties,” says Dmitry Bulgarevich of Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS).
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
23 Jan 2020
Machine learning approaches are being used to automatically tag microscopic structures in pictures of steel alloys.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
23 Jan 2020
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak haematologist Kuan Jew Win is looking for ways to detect certain blood diseases and cancers early.
Tohoku University
23 Jan 2020
During the early summer, corals simultaneously release tiny balls composed of sperm and eggs, known as bundles, that float to the ocean surface. Here the bundles open, allowing the sperm to fertilize the eggs where they eventually settle on the seafloor and become new coral on the reef.
Conceptual illustration showing deep-sea osmolyte TMAO stabilizing the interaction between microtubules and kinesins. (Munmun, T. et. al., Chemical Communications, December 26, 2019)
Hokkaido University
22 Jan 2020
Researchers have discovered a method to control biomolecular machines over a wide temperature range using deep-sea osmolyte trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO). This finding could open a new dimension in the application of artificial machines fabricated from biomolecular motors and other proteins.
Quantum dots made of cadmium sulfide emit ultraviolet and blue wavelengths of light. Toxicity remains a concern for biological applications.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
22 Jan 2020
Tiny nanoparticles can illuminate tissues and cells, but safer, more effective materials are needed before their mainstream application.
Bajau Laut
Universiti Malaysia Sabah
22 Jan 2020
Debate over granting Malaysian citizenship to sea gypsies who have historically lived along the coast, long before Malaysia was a country, raises fundamental questions about citizenship.
22 Jan 2020
A new compound could help doctors detect epileptic foci in the living human brain as well as further the understanding of psychiatric disease.
Tohoku University
22 Jan 2020
Researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new type of smart contact lenses that can prevent dry eyes. The self-moisturising system, which is described in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies, maintains a layer of fluid between the contact lens and the eye using a novel mechanism.
The europium Eu(III) complex with nanocarbon antenna emitting fine red light.
Hokkaido University
21 Jan 2020
A stacked nanocarbon antenna makes a rare earth element shine 5 times more brightly than previous designs, with applications in molecular light-emitting devices.
brain concept
Asia Research News
21 Jan 2020
A resource for journalists to find stories and sources. Focus On: Brain highlights research and experts exploring questions ranging from basic structure and function, to technology, diseases and treatments.
3D heart
Qatar University
21 Jan 2020
Using tissue engineering techniques, researchers are developing living heart valves that can grow after implantation in the human heart.
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
21 Jan 2020
The relationship between body size and climate in lizards and snakes is more complex than originally thought.
spins of light
IOP Publishing
21 Jan 2020
Vortex-like flows of light particles within an optical fibre could help solve the unsolvable.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
20 Jan 2020
Blocking a central nervous system protein could treat irritable bowel syndrome.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
17 Jan 2020
Playing with the elements of magnetic alloys can lead to effective industrial catalysts.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
17 Jan 2020
Astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan have analyzed the paths of two objects heading out of the Solar System and determined that they likely originated from outside of the Solar System.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
17 Jan 2020
Assessing the social science research landscape of developing countries reveals key challenges to building strong and influential research systems.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
17 Jan 2020
Half a century of metal testing aims to make Japan’s industries safe.
Asia Research News Partnerships
16 Jan 2020
The Smart Wearable Device Asia Pacific Summit (SWAP) 2020, hosted by Duxes, took place at the Marco Polo Hotel in Shenzhen, China, from January 13-14.
Duke-NUS Medical School
15 Jan 2020
First-of-its-kind study led by Duke-NUS Medical School and National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) applies experimental methodology using human neural cells and brain organoids to investigate mechanism underlying epileptic seizures in Angelman syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder.
Hokkaido University
15 Jan 2020
A gassy insulating layer beneath the icy surfaces of distant celestial objects could mean there are more oceans in the universe than previously thought.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
15 Jan 2020
A new method could speed up drug discovery and lead to purer, side-effect-free medications.
Asia Research News Partnerships
15 Jan 2020
Opening plenary lecture by Sir Konstantin Novoselov, Nobel Prize in Physics (2010), at the Global Young Scientists Summit 2020.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
15 Jan 2020
Astronomers uncovered the true identity of the fireball spotted on April 29, 2017.
Shan women
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
14 Jan 2020
Social scientists in Myanmar seeking to understand the factors that influence women’s participation in politics and the economy are finding that, before they can study, first they must inform.
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
14 Jan 2020
A new approach uses two types of stem cells to repair both heart muscle and blood vessels damaged during severe heart attacks.
National University of Singapore
14 Jan 2020
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has developed a personalised assessment tool which can detect the incidence of cancer, predict patient survivability and determine patient suitability for immunotherapy cancer treatment.