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Tohoku University
13 Dec 2021
Biophysicists in Japan have found ways to make and manipulate capsule-like DNA structures that could be used in the development of artificial molecular systems. Such systems could function, for example, inside the human body.
Tohoku University
10 Dec 2021
Asthma sufferers generally find their condition gets worse at night. Now a research group may understand why. Melatonin, a sleep hormone that is sometimes prescribed to treat insomnia, exasperates the constriction of the bronchus - the pathway that moves air to and from your lungs.
A Batman River loach,
10 Dec 2021
The critically endangered Batman River loach is the first of Shoal and Re:wild's Top 10 Most Wanted Lost Fishes to be rediscovered
Kanazawa University
09 Dec 2021
Using data on electromagnetic (EM) waves and plasma particles measured simultaneously via multiple satellites, an international collaborative research group has discovered the existence of invisible “propagation path” of EM waves and elucidated the mechanism by which EM waves propagate to the ground.
Lingnan University (LU)
09 Dec 2021
At the Honorary Doctorate Conferment Ceremony today (9 December), Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong conferred honorary doctoral degrees upon four distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in their respective professions and valuable contributions to the well-being of society. They were Mr Norman Chan Tak-lam(陳德霖), a prominent financial leader who received a Doctor of Business Administration, honoris causa; Ms Sylvia Chang Ai-chia (張艾嘉), an esteemed film director who received a Doctor of Humanities, honoris causa; Prof Deane E. Neubauer, a prolific political science scholar who received a Doctor of Social Sciences, honoris causa (in absentia); and Prof Zhong Nanshan(鍾南山), a world-renowned respiratory disease expert who received a Doctor of Science, honoris causa (in absentia).
Asia research News - Editor's Choice
Asia Research News
09 Dec 2021
Micro-plastics cross blood brain barrier, Stomach cancer atlas, Omicron variant isolated, 120-year-old reaction turned on its head and Reporting through the coup, all in the December Editor's Choice. Plus our latest podcast: Decentralization and Democracy in Myanmar.
Julian Banzon
Asia Research News
09 Dec 2021
Julian Arca Banzon (13 March 1908 – 13 September 1988) was a biochemist from the Philippines who was a pioneer in alternative fuel research.
Photo of project equipment and aeroplane
09 Dec 2021
An engineering project team, has been awarded the Institution of Engineers - Singapore, Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards 2021 in the Research & Development Category. The award was for their work on Replication & Repair of Hot Air Thermal Defects on Composite Aero-Structures.
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
09 Dec 2021
A team of astronomers including Kavli IPMU's Ji-an Jiang has discovered the fastest optical flash of a Type Ia supernova.
Duke-NUS Medical School
08 Dec 2021
A new saliva-based COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test (ART) technology co-developed by the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre and the National University of Singapore shows promise in early clinical testing, outperforming existing ARTs and delivering results in minutes, with nearly comparable sensitivity to the gold standard Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test.
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
08 Dec 2021
If researchers can detect Q-balls in gravitational waves, it could help explain why more matter than anti-matter was left over after the Big Bang.
Microbial Brazil nut effect artwork
Tohoku University
08 Dec 2021
Tohoku University researchers have dubbed a newly discovered phenomenon, where microbe-generated gas bubbles create granular fluctuations on the wet sandy floors of waterbodies, the microbial Brazil nut effect.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
07 Dec 2021
A vital part of a child’s development is learning to regulate emotions and build relationships: often called ‘socioemotional competence’. To encourage this life-long learning, The Education University of Hong Kong, with the support of the Simon K. Y. Lee Foundation, has created the 3Es project. The project is in its sixth year and its name represents the goals of early prevention, early identification and early intervention, where local children encounter difficulties in reading and arithmetic (hard skills), and in managing emotions and behaviour (soft skills).
The expression of the immune response gene ​​NLRC5 (red purple) is suppressed in SARS-CoV-2 (green) infected cells (Photo: Ji-Seung Yoo, Koichi Kobayashi).
Hokkaido University
07 Dec 2021
Scientists at Hokkaido University and Texas A&M University have identified a key mechanism used by the SARS-CoV-2 virus to evade host immune systems.
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Singapore University of Social Sciences
07 Dec 2021
The University launches Node for Inclusive Fintech (NiFT) as thought leader in fintech sector that champions inclusivity issues to meet the United Nation’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Image of an ovarian granulosa cell tumor
Hokkaido University
03 Dec 2021
Examination of Japanese cases of gynecological cancer offers a better understanding of the profile of a rare ovarian tumor and could change treatment guidelines.
DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute
03 Dec 2021
With the upcoming field testing of the Gul.ai System prototype, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) and the University of Rizal System (URS) sealed a collaboration through the conduct of a virtual signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last 26 November 2021.
Tohoku University
03 Dec 2021
Two-dimensional materials exhibit highly desirable properties for advanced technologies, such as flexibility, superconductivity and more. Yet the mechanism by which they become has eluded scientists for some time. Through a novel monitoring and analysis method, researchers have revealed a critical mechanism in the development of 2D monolayer transition metal dichalcogenide.
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
02 Dec 2021
Researchers from the The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science use electron energy loss spectroscopy to understand local thermal behavior at grain boundaries in polycrystals
The first female doctor in Korea- Esther Park
Asia Research News
02 Dec 2021
Giants in History: Esther Park (1877-1910), born Kim Jeom-dong, was the first female Korean physician to practise modern medicine in Korea.
Immunofluorescence staining of uninfected and infected Vero E6 cells
Asia Research News
30 Nov 2021
Researchers at the Department of Microbiology at The University of Hong Kong have succeeded in the isolation of SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant from clinical specimens. This is the first known research team in Asia that has succeeded in isolating the Omicron variant. The isolated variant will enable the development and production of vaccines against Omicron, which has been designated as a "variant of concern" by the World Health Organization.
Tohoku University
30 Nov 2021
Despite significant advancements in computing technologies, they pale in comparison to the energy efficiency of human brains. Now, researchers from Tohoku University and the University of Gothenburg have developed a new spintronic technology for brain-inspired computing.
30 Nov 2021
Creating a broader and more dynamic marketplace for Inventions and Innovations
Illustrating the movement of the synthesized microrobots
Hokkaido University
29 Nov 2021
Synthesized microrobots that are capable of converting their mechanical motion into a means of self-propulsion in water have been developed by scientists at Hokkaido University.
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Lingnan University (LU)
29 Nov 2021
Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong will confer honorary doctoral degrees upon four distinguished individuals in recognition of their outstanding achievements in their respective professions and valuable contributions to the well-being of society.
Our simulated result for resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) spectra of infinite-layer nickelate
Osaka Prefecture University
29 Nov 2021
In 2019, a new superconductor was discovered amongst the nickelates (nickel-based oxides), but only now have the underlying physical and chemical similarities with their Periodic-Table twin superconductors, the cuprates, been identified.
EdUHK App Helps Change Eating Habits
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
26 Nov 2021
The Hong Kong SAR Government’s 2018-19 Health Behaviour Survey showed that around 96% of residents aged 15 or over consumed less than five portions of fruit and vegetables per day. Added to this, almost 10% of these people ate processed meat at least once a day, on average. The World Health Organisation states that an unhealthy diet and lack of physical activity are leading global risks to health, and its member states have agreed to halt the rise of diabetes and obesity in adults, teenagers, and of overweight children by 2025.
Osaka City University
26 Nov 2021
In a continuing effort to improve upon previous work, a research team at the Graduate School of Science, Osaka City University, have applied their recently developed Bayesian phase difference estimation quantum algorithm to perform full configuration interaction (full-CI) calculations of atoms and molecules without simulating the time evolution of the wave function conditional on an ancillary qubit. Superior to conventional methods in terms of parallel execution of quantum gates during quantum computing, this new algorithm is expected to be much easier to implement in actual quantum computers.
Ehime University
25 Nov 2021
A joint research team with members from Ehime University and the Ehime University Senior High School developed an e-learning program to provide university-level information education to high school students, improving their information skills to the level of second-year university students or higher.
Min Chueh Chang
Asia Research News
25 Nov 2021
Giants in History: Min Chueh Chang (10 October 1908 – 5 June 1991) was a Chinese-American biologist who studied fertilization in mammalian reproduction.