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The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
24 Oct 2019
By combining a compressive sensing algorithm with a digital holographic microscope, Prof. Shih-Chi CHEN of the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and his research team have developed a high-speed imaging method. The new approach is able to produce two-photon microscopy images of a 3D sample in one second, which is at a speed three to five times that of the conventional point-scanning method. The research result has been published in the journal Optics Letters recently.
A single glucose-excited CN neuron extends bifurcated axonal branches
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
23 Oct 2019
When a fly eats sugar, a single brain cell sends simultaneous messages to stimulate one hormone and inhibit another to control glucose levels in the body. Further research into this control system with remarkable precision could shed light on the neural mechanisms of diabetes and obesity in humans.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
23 Oct 2019
A research team from the School of Chinese Medicine at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has successfully developed a novel aptamer, i.e. a single-stranded piece of DNA, for the treatment of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) with the aid of artificial intelligence (AI) technology. It is the first time a drug in Hong Kong has been granted orphan drug designation by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Asia Research News Partnerships
23 Oct 2019
Vitafoods Asia is a showcase of the latest ingredients, product developments and technology to shape the industry through science and innovation.
Ehime University
23 Oct 2019
Two new Pd-based initiating systems for C1 polymerization of diazoacetates were reported: Pd(nq)2/borate (nq = naphthoquinone, borate = NaBPh4) and [Pd(cod)(Cl-nq)Cl/borate] [cod = 1,5-cyclooctadiene, Cl-nq = 2,3-dichloro-1,4-naphthoquinone]. The former exhibited high activity, affording poly(alkoxycarbonylmethylene)s with high molecular weights in high yields. The latter was effective for controlling the stereostructure of the resulting polymers.
Asia Research News Partnerships
23 Oct 2019
There will be three breakout tracks at the summit: Data, Innovation and Empowering Patients.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
22 Oct 2019
A recent study conducted by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology of the Faculty of Medicine at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has validated the use of the UK Fetal Medicine Foundation (FMF) triple test for the prediction of preterm preeclampsia at 11-13 weeks’ gestation in a large Asian population. The findings have been published in the international journal American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.
Hokkaido University
21 Oct 2019
A group of neurons called the corticobasal ganglia projecting neurons are important for vocal learning in young birds, but not in adult birds, according to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
21 Oct 2019
Project to explore new methodologies and use cases in the fields of quantum-inspired computing and artificial intelligence with the world’s 1st on-premises installation of Fujitsu Digital Annealer at SMU in Singapore.
Various flexible 3D structures produced by selective bonding technology
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
21 Oct 2019
DGIST Professor Sohee Kim’s Team developed a technology to produce 3D soft and flexible devices by blowing balloons made of polymeric thin films. Can be made in various 3D shapes... Expected to have diverse medical and biomedical applications.
Hokkaido University
18 Oct 2019
A compound effective in killing chemotherapy-resistant glioblastoma-initiating cells (GICs) has been identified, raising hopes of producing drugs capable of eradicating refractory tumors with low toxicity.
Bamboo House
18 Oct 2019
Bamboo, lime and mud are traditional materials being used innovatively in southern India to rebuild homes that can withstand the impact of recurring floods.
Ehime University
18 Oct 2019
Nitrogen-embedded polycyclic compounds with strong antiaromaticity and stability were synthesized and isolated for the first time using pyrrole as a key unit. An expedited approach toward stable antiaromatic polycyclic compounds enables not only the revealing of its fundamental properties, but also its application to organic electronic materials.
Obtained unusual nanostructures
Ehime University
18 Oct 2019
A research team of Ehime University paved a way to achieve unexplored III-V semiconductor nanostructures. They grew branched GaAs nanowires with a nontoxic Bi element employing characteristic structural modifications correlated with metallic droplets, as well as crystalline defects and orientations. The finding provides a rational design concept for the creation of semiconductor nanostructures with the concentration of constituents beyond the fundamental limit, making it potentially applicable to novel efficient near-infrared devices and quantum electronics.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
17 Oct 2019
Comprehensive genomic information of largely understudied Asian populations will expand understanding on the biology of diseases.
Pyrrole- and Azulene-Fused Azacoronene Dication with 22π+6π Aromatic Rings
Ehime University
17 Oct 2019
Polycyclic heteroaromatic molecules are a highly useful class of organic materials. In this study, synthesis of a new azacoronene, in which both pyrrole and azulene moieties are circularly fused, was achieved in just three steps. This new azacoronene exhibited multistep reversible oxidations under electrochemical and chemical conditions. Formation of an aromatic 22π-electron conjugation and a tropylium cation (6π-electron conjugation) in the dicationic state played a key role in stabilizing this cationic species.
Duke-NUS Medical School
17 Oct 2019
Faulty signalling pathway causes the heart to develop unnaturally while in the embryo stage, according to Duke-NUS Medical School researchers.
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
16 Oct 2019
Stereotypical gender role attitudes and negative images of STEM fields of Japanese parents may be associated with girls’ reduced university participation, new study finds.
Asia Research News Partnerships
16 Oct 2019
The best tech conference in Asia is back! Early bird rate expires on 8th November 2019.
Asia Research News Partnerships
16 Oct 2019
More than 600 leaders and participants from global agribusinesses, indoor farms, food brands, ingredient developers, start-ups and investors will come together to exchange ideas on how technology can be applied to the challenges facing the agri-food value chain in Asia. Key partners include Temasek, Ferrero Innovation Center, Wilmar International, EDB Singapore and the Singapore Food Agency, amongst others.
Springer Nature
15 Oct 2019
PhD students in Japan compete in communicating their research vision in three minutes
Springer Nature
15 Oct 2019
A Nature Research survey shows a gap in training on collaborative skills provided to early-career researchers
Asia Research News Partnerships
15 Oct 2019
World-renowned STEM Experts to Speak at Summit
Asia Research News Partnerships
14 Oct 2019
To initiate a stream of events for leaders, experts, policy-makers, and practitioners in Asia in the field of disaster and crisis management, this first series of IDC will bring a sharper focus on water.
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
13 Oct 2019
Nanogenerator is a type of new technology that converts thermal and mechanical energy as produced by small-scale physical change into electricity. Its presence secures a stable and sustainable source of electricity that powers a wide range of small electronic devices equipped with a variety of features. A research team led by Prof. ZI Yunlong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), has recently developed a universal standardized method for evaluating the output capacity of nanogenerators. Compared with the conventional one, the new method can reflect the practical output capacity of the nanogenerator more accurately. This research will set an important foundation for the practical application and commercialisation of nanogenerators as an emerging energy harvesting technology. This research was published recently in the prestigious scientific journal Nature Communications (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-12465-2).
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
11 Oct 2019
The world’s first “AI-enabled Portable Quantitative Phase Microscope for Blood Testing” is one of the five innovative projects to be showcased by The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in the coming Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) 2019 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13 to 16 October. This project is able to provide low-cost, fast and high efficiency blood testing technology in general clinics and underdeveloped areas.
Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) at Kyoto University
11 Oct 2019
The captured CO2 can be converted into useful organic materials.
11 Oct 2019
Helsinki is preparing the international one million euro Helsinki Energy Challenge competition to find a solution for replacing coal in the most sustainable way possible.
Tohoku University
09 Oct 2019
In the wake of major disasters, where structures collapse or people get trapped in hazardous situations, the first 72 hours are critical. Urban search and rescue teams, as well as first responders such as police and medical units, race against the clock to locate survivors, often at their own risk.
08 Oct 2019
Biennial ‘Primates in Peril’ Report Spurs Critical Support for Conserving Most Imperiled Species Globally.