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Tohoku University
23 Dec 2019
Researchers revealed the evolutionary changes in neurotransmitter uptake of VMAT1 by reconstructing ancestral VMAT1 proteins.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
A recent study conducted by the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) revealed that Chinese women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are at 4-fold higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) compared with those without the disorder, and also have younger onset of diabetes.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Over 70% of rare disease patients and non-patients are aware of the patient registry but the participation rate accounted for less than 30%, according to a recent survey of the public’s acknowledgement of and participation in the rare disease patient registry.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Professor Ronald Ching Wan MA, Professor and Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics, and Professor Siew Chien NG, Professor of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics and Associate Director of the Centre for Gut Microbiota Research under the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), have received Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships 2020 in recognition of their excellent achievements in scientific research in medicine and the support that gives to the next generation of clinician scientists.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Professor Renjie Zhou, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has been awarded the Croucher Innovation Award 2019 in the amount of HK$5 million in research expenses by the Croucher Foundation for his outstanding research achievements in optical diffraction tomography and in support of his future research works.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Four top research academics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) were presented with prestigious awards from the Croucher Foundation. Professor Jianfang Wang, Professor, Department of Physics received the Croucher Senior Research Fellowship 2020. Two scholars from the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the Faculty of Medicine, Professor Ronald Ching Wan Ma, Professor and Head of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, and Professor Siew Chien Ng, Professor, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Associate Director of the Centre for Gut Microbiota Research were awarded the Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships 2020. Professor Renjie Zhou, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering was awarded the Croucher Innovation Award 2019.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Nine professors of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have earned the honour of being named in the list of “Highly Cited Researchers 2019” as among the world’s top researchers who have demonstrated significant and broad influence reflected in their publication of multiple papers, highly cited by fellow academics.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Prof. Zhou Bolei, Assistant Professor from the Department of Information Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has recently been named as one of the 20 honourees of the regional MIT Technology Review “Innovators under 35”.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
A recent study conducted by the Department of Medicine and Therapeutics of the Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and CUHK Jockey Club Institute of Ageing proved the effectiveness of a multicomponent frailty prevention programme (the Programme) in improving physical and cognitive functions, and self-rated health in pre-frail community-dwelling older persons in Hong Kong.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Ultraprecise 3D printing technology is a key enabler for manufacturing precision biomedical and photonic devices. However, the existing printing technology is limited by its low efficiency and high cost. Professor Shih-Chi Chen and his team from the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), collaborated with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to develop the “Femtosecond Projection Two-photon Lithography (FP-TPL)” printing technology.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Research groups led by Professor Swee Kuan Goh, Associate Professor and Professor Sen Yang, Assistant Professor, both from the Department of Physics at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) have joined forces in developing and applying colour centres in nano-diamonds as a tool for studying the characteristics of quantum materials under extreme conditions.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
20 Dec 2019
Malicious third-party advertisers or hackers expose web users to a security threat by injecting malicious JavaScript code to intercept user clicks and trick them into visiting untrusted web content. To investigate the problem of click interception, the research team led by Professor Wei Meng of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) developed a browser-based analysis framework – Observer, which is able to detect three different techniques for intercepting web user clicks.
Hokkaido University
19 Dec 2019
Researchers have shown mechanical force can start chemical reactions, making them cheaper, more broadly applicable, and more environmentally friendly than conventional methods.
A blow-up of a small portion of the Subaru/XMM-Newton Deep Field.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
19 Dec 2019
A distant galaxy more massive than our Milky Way has revealed that the 'cores' of massive galaxies in the Universe had formed already 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang.
City University of Hong Kong, CityU, CityUResearch
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
17 Dec 2019
A recent research led by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has discovered that the ultrathin gold nanoribbons with unique hexagonal (4H type) crystal phase shows “liquid-like” behaviour under heating, but its hexagonal crystalline structure remains stable. This provides insight into the thermal stability of this new type of metallic nanomaterials and facilitates the development of practical applications in the future.
Asia Research News Partnerships
17 Dec 2019
The Global Young Scientists Summit 2020 in Singapore gathers new and returning eminent scientists and talented young researchers worldwide to convene in Singapore, to spark new ideas and innovations.
National University of Singapore
17 Dec 2019
A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has found that the effective population size and genetic diversity of Singapore’s Cynopterus brachyotis, believed to remain widely unaffected by urbanisation, has shrunk significantly over the last 90 years – revealing that the current biodiversity crisis may be much broader than widely assumed, affecting even species thought to be common and tolerant of fragmentation and habitat loss.
ALMA and NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of a young galaxy surrounded by a gaseous carbon cocoon.
National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ)
16 Dec 2019
Researchers have discovered gigantic clouds of gaseous carbon more than a radius of 30,000 light-years around young galaxies using ALMA.
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
13 Dec 2019
Researchers in Korea have found an effective and inexpensive strategy to transform solar cells from opaque to transparent.
Nagoya University
13 Dec 2019
JAXA and NASA satellite observations show where killer electrons are generated in the Van Allen radiation belts surrounding Earth.
Asia Research News Partnerships
11 Dec 2019
Join Shelley Peterson, Emerging Technologies Lead and Principal Investigator for Augmented Reality at Lockheed Martin, as she speaks at EmTech Asia this February.
IOP Publishing
11 Dec 2019
Rivers in southeast Asia transport more plastic to the ocean than some rivers in Europe, evidence from a new study in Environmental Research Letters suggests.
TWAS, the academy of sciences for the developing world
10 Dec 2019
IAP outlines a set of measures to protect forests and fight climate change in response to the ongoing global crisis surrounding deforestation and forest burning
Ehime University
10 Dec 2019
A new hydrous phase, ε-AlOOH, was observed to be stable at pressures above ~200 GPa. The stability of ε-AlOOH at extremely high pressures may affect the modelling results of the internal structure and deep water circulation of some extra-solar planets, such as terrestrial super-Earths, because the hydroxide may store water in these regions.
Springer Nature
10 Dec 2019
Applications are now open for The Spinoff Prize – a new award for visionary, science- based companies that are on their way to making a commercial impact; winning Spinoff to receive a prize of €30,000; applications open until Feb 28, 2020
Springer Nature
10 Dec 2019
Users of Nature.com to benefit from better off campus user experience
Springer Nature
10 Dec 2019
Latest Nature Index supplement shows US-China research collaborations to be stronger than ever, while UK-EU collaborations stall
Nagoya University
09 Dec 2019
A chemical cage suppresses the activity of a biological clock regulator in the dark and releases it with light, showing potential for future treatments of circadian-clock-related diseases.
Springer Nature
09 Dec 2019
A personal account of bonobo and chimpanzee behaviour by a renowned Japanese primatologist explains what and why we should learn from our closest relatives.
Tohoku University
09 Dec 2019
Researchers have announced the demonstration of high-speed spin-orbit-torque magnetoresistive random access memory cell compatible with 300 mm Si CMOS technology.