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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.
University of the Philippines Diliman
30 Jul 2007
Researchers in the Philippines have revealed that a fast and low cost photographic method is just as effective as the more expensive videographic method in assessing the condition of coral reef benthic communities.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
29 Jul 2007
Most of the cross-arms of the 275 kV and 123 kV electricity transmission lines in Malaysia and other countries are made of hard wood. Due to natural weathering the wood decays over time. For safety and maintenance, it is useful to have a simple, accurate non-destructive decay detection system.
Nature Publishing Group
29 Jul 2007
Summaries of newsworthy papers include Genetic risk factor for multiple sclerosis, Graphene senses single molecules, A new twist on the AFM, To mend a broken heart, A genetic variant enhances emotional memory, Transporting immune cargo
RIKEN
27 Jul 2007
A team of Japanese molecular biologists has determined the structure of a protein complex that plays a key role in the initiation of one of the most fundamental of biological processes: the replication of DNA.
RIKEN
27 Jul 2007
Researchers from the RIKEN SPring-8 Center in Harima, the Japan Atomic Energy Agency and the universities of Tokyo and Virginia have discovered how changes to the crystal structure of the oxide material HgCr2O4 correlate to its magnetic state
RIKEN
27 Jul 2007
RIKEN scientists have accurately measured a tiny voltage produced by segregating electrons according to their spin1, a result which could help to usher in a new era of spin-based computing.
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26 Jul 2007
Prof. Dr. Peter M. Palese of Mount Sinai School of Medicine will be speaking on improvements of vaccines at the upcoming Bangkok International Conference on Avian Influenza 2008: Integration from Knowledge to Control (23-25 January 2008) in Bangkok, Thailand. Registrations are now open.
Nature Publishing Group
25 Jul 2007
An exclusive interview in this week's Nature Podcast with Simpsons head writer Al Jean, also includes Homer, Lisa and, er, Stephen Hawking. Together they explain why the Simpsons is the most scientifically literate show on TV, and now at the movies. The interview is supported by a feature in this week's issue of Nature.
Nature Publishing Group
25 Jul 2007
Summaries of newsworthy papers include Climate change: Don’t blame the weatherman, Pressure in the Amazon, Tectonics: Rift of difference, Materials: Graphene oxide ‘paper’ is super strong and Quantum physics: Entangling atom pairs
University of the Philippines Diliman
25 Jul 2007
A microscope imaging technique for visualizing and analyzing semiconductor integrated circuits developed by a team of scientists from the University of the Philippines’ National Institute of Physics was awarded a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Nature Publishing Group
25 Jul 2007
Highlights from Nature China include Organogels: Stick and shine, Autoimmune disease: A balanced approach, Forestation: Carbon storage in soil, Papaya ringspot virus: Coat variations, Frustrated magnets: Seeking stardom
UNDP Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme
24 Jul 2007
Many countries in the Asia-Pacific region are collecting and analysing large amounts of biological data but have their progress is impeded by low network bandwidths. This project addresses the problem of low bandwidth and reliability through the introduction of third generation P2P protocols.
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
24 Jul 2007
Researchers in Universiti Teknologi Mara are working on pre-nanoemulsion gel from coconut oil which can help repair skin damage and chewable vitamin C tablets and herbal tea made from hibiscus.
Keio University
24 Jul 2007
The paper evaluates the effects of reducing higher income tax rates in New Zealand. The results indicates that reduction in higher income tax rates would improve New Zealand’s long run economic performance if it were financed by a decline in non-productive government spending and/or increase in revenue from other less distortional taxes.
Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
22 Jul 2007
Universiti Putra Malaysia's researchers have produced MBSofax, an array of newly synthesized ‘fine organics’ originated from palm oil and its fractions. It is suitable for use in the cosmetics, food, drugs, pharmaceuticals and other chemical industries.
Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)
22 Jul 2007
Researchers from Universiti Teknologi Mara are working on a non toxic, nature dye for optoelectronic devices, a new source of energy that is environmentally friendly and particleboards from oil palm for the furniture industry.
Nature Publishing Group
22 Jul 2007
Scientists have identified the cellular target of two important anticancer molecules as a component of the spliceosome and a rapid and very sensitive technique for the detection of infectious prion proteins is reported. Prions, the cause of neurodegenerative diseases such as mad cow are infectious proteins in the brain.
RIKEN
21 Jul 2007
The RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI) is currently accepting applications for two full-time laboratory head and/or unit leader positions in the Intellectual Brain Function Research Group. Closing date is July 31, 2007
RIKEN
21 Jul 2007
RIKEN invites applications for the position of Chief Scientist (Laboratory Director) to head a new laboratory for theoretical biology or bioinformatics. Applications from overseas are welcome.
RIKEN
21 Jul 2007
Applicant must have a doctoral degree with an excellent track record in plant biology. We encourage early career scientists with an international experience. RIKEN Plant Science Center engages in research and development to improve plant productivity for sustainable agriculture.
RIKEN
21 Jul 2007
A team of researchers from RIKEN’s Discovery Research Institute, Wako, and the US universities of Chicago and Santa Barbara has elucidated the role played by electrons in the transition of a two-dimensional disordered material from an insulating to a metallic state.
RIKEN
21 Jul 2007
A team of researchers from the RIKEN Discovery Research Institute has shown that the strong light–matter interaction between a short laser pulse and a mix of the two noble gases helium and neon can be used to create laser pulses with very high energies and extremely short duration. This work marks the beginning of an entirely new research field.
RIKEN
21 Jul 2007
Researchers provide a detailed insight into the change in structure of a metal complex when exposed to light. This study not only sheds new light on the fundamental question of how metal-ligand complexes change shape in real time, but could have implications for practical applications that use these materials.
Keio University
21 Jul 2007
Keio University will host the Doctoral Students Conference, one of the main events of APRU* (Association of Pacific Rim Universities) at its Mita campus. At this international conference, doctoral students of member universities with different cultural backgrounds and diverse disciplines will all present papers and participate in discussions.
Keio University
21 Jul 2007
Keio University has decided to partner with Google Book Search Library Project for digitalization and release of its library collection, and for this purpose, has signed an Agreement fwith Google, Inc. This project already has 25 partners in the U.S. and Europe, however Keio University will be the first partner outside U.S. and Europe.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
20 Jul 2007
This is a Call for Proposals on how developing countries can access technologies and information contained in existing patents to enhance innovative research at the national level.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
20 Jul 2007
IDRC’s Urban Poverty and Environment Program (UPE) is launching the IDRC ECOPOLIS Graduate Research and Design Awards with the goal to promote research and design projects that help lighten the environmental problems borne by the urban poor and enhance their financial, human, resource, and social and political assets.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
20 Jul 2007
High-level delegates from Canada and Vietnam met in Hanoi, Vietnam, on June 11, 2007 to discuss economics, trade, and the work of long-time IDRC partner, the Vietnam Economic Research Network (VERN), at a luncheon meeting hosted by the Centre.
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
20 Jul 2007
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