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Nature Publishing Group
12 Aug 2007
Summaries of newsworthy papers include Natural products in a flask, Prevention and treatment of craniosynostosis, Positive selection during human evolution, Signalling flies to sleep and a sponge to soak up regulatory RNAs
RIKEN
10 Aug 2007
Researchers discover a key molecule involved in regulating our immune response
RIKEN
10 Aug 2007
New revelations about how muscle tissue forms could help scientists develop more effective strategies for therapeutic tissue replacement
RIKEN
10 Aug 2007
Today’s high-tech devices would not exist without a good theory to predict how electrons move through semiconductor crystals. But gaps remain in the theory. Resolving these problems could lead to a more robust theory that enables new breakthroughs in electronics.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
09 Aug 2007
jEnterprise is a real-time continuous network monitoring tool to prevent potential performance degradation or downtime. It provides intelligent troubleshooting and support for new protocols such as IPv6 to ensure coverage at all times and is the world's only cross platform enterprise level distributed network analysis and troubleshooting tool
Nature Publishing Group
08 Aug 2007
Summaries of newsworthy papers include Ultrafast X-rays: ‘Dusty mirror’ gets a makeover, Neurology: Ubiquitin is ubiquitous in Huntington’s disease, Biodiversity: Insects get tropical, Physics: Ultracold matters, Recycling in the Earth's mantle, Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Understanding antidepressants
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Asia Research News
08 Aug 2007
Two groups of scientists at A*STAR were awarded the Prestigious Engineering Achievement Award by the Institution of Engineers Singapore for their research in cognitive radio technologies to exploit the under-utilised television bands for wireless broadband services and a breakthrough system for measuring electromagnetic radiation in the environment
Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
08 Aug 2007
The Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) will host the Society for Biological Engineering (SBE)’s 3rd International Conference on Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (ICBN) at Biopolis on August 13 to 15, 2007 where international experts will present new discoveries at the interface of science, engineering and medicine.
Nature Publishing Group
08 Aug 2007
The highlights include how white blood cells adhere to the blood-vessel wall to protect us from bacterial infection, a fast, automated biosensor for measuring the oxygen uptake by microbes in saltwater, how the Beijing Spectrometer allows scientists to search for new exotic particles and much more.
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
07 Aug 2007
Drug delivery systems need to maximize the therapeutic activity while minimizing negative side effects. Layered double hydroxide has great potential for a controlled release formulation. The second research is on Betulinic acid a natural product isolated from plants, which has potential as an anti-cancer agent.
UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme
07 Aug 2007
Almost 95 percent of enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region are SMEs. While ICT can benefit them, they have been slow to adopt ICT due to many reasons. This e-Primer, with a foreword by Kim Hak-Su discusses benefits ICT brings to SMEs, explores uses, surveys past policies and programmes and recommends policy options for interested governments.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
06 Aug 2007
Penang, 4 Aug - Universiti Science Malaysia (USM) is planning to set up a campus abroad which focuses on offering post-graduate courses.
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Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
06 Aug 2007
A grant has just been awarded to University Malaysia Sarawak for the development of a microarray which will allow simultaneous detection of all enterovirus serotypes in a single test, allowing rapid public health decisions on EV71 outbreaks. Current technologies are slow and tedious in that each virus serotype must be ruled out one by one.
Tokyo University of Science
06 Aug 2007
On June 27th, 2007, Tokyo University of Science signed an Academic Exchange Agreement with the University of Applied Sciences Jena in Germany.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
05 Aug 2007
The researchers have found that despite the differences of disasters involved and their technologies, they exhibited common characteristics and that socio-technical disasters are not sudden cataclysmic events but evolved in phases with long developmental period.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
05 Aug 2007
Very few sustained efforts to develop scenarios for the future of higher education have been undertaken. Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) is a bit of a trend-setter in this respect, and this book is to be welcomed by those interested in exploring the future of universities.
Nature Publishing Group
05 Aug 2007
Summaries of newsworthy papers include Behaviour: Of mice and man-eaters, Cancer: Gene reduces severity of lung cancer, An unfolding antibiotics story, How inflammatory lymphocytes develop, Seeing transcription in living colour and Virus-based screen for ion channel modulators.
RIKEN
03 Aug 2007
An important stage in the early development of an embryo is the formation of the dorsal–ventral axis, which distinguishes the front (ventral) side of the animal from the back (dorsal). RIKEN researchers are identifying the genes and proteins that contribute to this process in Xenopus laevis, the African clawed frog.
RIKEN
03 Aug 2007
Repairing damaged retinas is now a possibility. Japanese researchers from RIKEN and Kyoto University have demonstrated retinal regeneration in a mammalian model. It is a discovery that may ultimately lead to new therapies for retinal diseases including the degenerative disease called retinitis pigmentosa.
RIKEN
03 Aug 2007
Japanese researchers identify genes controlling health-giving compounds in common food crops. Vegetables like cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower are anti-carcinogenic with antioxidant properties and offer a natural defense against crop pests, potentially reducing the need for synthetic pesticides.
University of the Philippines Diliman
03 Aug 2007
This study explores how the state defines “indigenous people” and determines their position in the Philippine society. Through cultural productions by indigenous performing troupes, cultural difference is established which also results to cultural brokerage. (Audio links are available).
University of the Philippines Diliman
03 Aug 2007
Bangka, Kaluluwa at Katutubong Paniniwala - Bangka is the general Philippine term for all kinds of seacraft. The rituals involving the bangka reveal that it is more than a water vessel in Philippine culture: it is a repository of an entire belief system in indigenous society.
UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme
02 Aug 2007
This recently completed project aimed to develop a mobile telemedicine system in Indonesia using existing Internet communication technology. This system will allow remote patients to receive a routine check-up using a mobile phone and local hospitals to respond faster by being able to contact specialists in spite of geographic barriers.
Nature Publishing Group
01 Aug 2007
The haze of air pollution over the Indian Ocean may be causing as much lower atmospheric warming as the recent increase in anthropogenic greenhouse gases, a Nature study suggests. Summaries of newsworthy papers include Earthquakes: Love and stress, Deep brain stimulation in a minimally conscious state and Tunable light sources lose their mirrors
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
01 Aug 2007
Concept notes should be specific on what linkages between migration and Natural Resources Management are to be researched and with what methodology. Concept notes should be submitted to [email protected] before 31 October 2007. Concept notes will be accepted in English, French and Spanish.
Universiti Sains Malaysia
01 Aug 2007
Universiti Science Malaysia (USM) became the first public institution of higher learning in the country to offer the Harvard Book Prize to outstanding students.
Keio University
01 Aug 2007
The symposium combined the themes of “ubiquitous network society” and “industry-academia collaboration” to discuss examples of how information communication technology and related R&D are being used to make daily life more convenient and to solve various problems in society.
Keio University
01 Aug 2007
Keio’s project aims to create communities in a comfortable, safe and creative living and communication space in which everyone will be able to live and communicate with each other. The “Co-mobility Society” combines the latest technologies to provide practical solutions for improving various difficulties and problems of daily life.
Keio University
31 Jul 2007
As a facility to carry out their joint research, Keio University and Dentsu plan to establish the Keio University Second Life Campus within Virtual Tokyo, which Dentsu will open in August this year as a virtual city within the Second Life metaverse.
30 Jul 2007
Various organizations and government agencies involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS in the country gathered to share success stories and challenges at a workshop that launched the latest Asian Development Bank (ADB)-funded project against the epidemic.