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SEA Junction
27 Apr 2021
Article by Rosalia Sciortino* originally published in The Jakarta Post, Thursday, 22 April 2021
π-Extended Azacoronene with a Janus Double-Concave Structure
Ehime University
27 Apr 2021
A facile synthesis of two types of pyrrole-fused azacoronene with planar and double-concave π-structures was achieved. The two electron-rich azacoronenes were found to interact with electron-deficient π-electron compounds depending on their three-dimensional structures. Azacoronene with a curved structure was found to be less aromatic than those with a planar one based on macrocyclic π-conjugation.
Tohoku University
22 Apr 2021
An international research team has unearthed more about the crustal growth history of the Central African shield—one of the oldest continental pieces on the planet that formed part of the supercontinent Columbia.
Tohoku University
22 Apr 2021
A research team, led by researchers from Tohoku University, has defined the events that punctuated the crustal history Northeast Japan. Their study has revealed the main ages of the events that shaped the geological roots of Japan.
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Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
22 Apr 2021
The two most recent additions to the Subaru Telescope in February 2021, including a miniature telescope, have enabled the international Prime Focus Spectrograph team, led by Kavli IPMU members, to observe night sky spectra for the first time.
PD-L1 immunohistochemical staining in typical oral malignant melanoma (left) and squamous cell skin cancer (right)
Hokkaido University
22 Apr 2021
Scientists have shown that the biological molecule PD-L1 is a potential target for the treatment of metastasized oral malignant melanoma in dogs.
Duke-NUS Medical School
22 Apr 2021
A mitochondrial peptide called MOCCI has a surprising sidekick, and they work together to regulate inflammation and immunity, Singapore researchers reveal.
Lingnan University (LU)
21 Apr 2021
Lingnan University in Hong Kong (LU) is ranked third in the world for “Quality Education” at the latest Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings 2021 released today (21 April).
Lingnan University (LU)
21 Apr 2021
Lingnan University in Hong Kong (LU) - ‘LU Jockey Club Gerontechnology and Smart Ageing Project’ (the project) organised a two-day conference entitled “Gerontechnology Conference⸺Partnership Strategies for a Collaborative Society’ on 15 and 16 April 2021. The guests of honour, Dr Lam Ching-choi, Chairman of the Elderly Commission and Mr Leong Cheung, Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, officiated at the launch ceremony with Prof Leonard K Cheng, President of Lingnan University , and Prof Joshua Mok Ka-ho, Vice-President of Lingnan University .
Ultra-High Proton Conduction in Polyoxometalate-based Framework
Hiroshima University
20 Apr 2021
Protons are the next big thing when it comes to fuel cell technology. The subatomic exchange produces power on a scale that challenges contemporary solid-state fuel cell technology, used to help power space shuttles. To realize the proton-based technology sooner, an international team of researchers have developed a hybrid material that effectively transports protons at high temperatures and humidity — two major challenges in past attempts.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
20 Apr 2021
This article discusses about a conceptual framework for halal food quality management based on the element of Islamic philosophy: epistemology, tasawwur (worldview), ontology, and axiology.
Lingnan University (LU)
20 Apr 2021
Lingnan University in Hong Kong (LU) honoured 33 scholars, students and graduates in a Research and Knowledge Transfer Excellence Awards Presentation Ceremony held yesterday (19 April) for their important achievements in original research, knowledge transfer projects of real social relevance and impact, and success in obtaining competitive research grants.
Osaka City University
19 Apr 2021
Researchers discovered, while exploring the photomechanical properties of diarylethene, that under irradiation with UV light the crystal of the compound peels off into micrometer sized crystals at a world’s fastest speed of 260 microseconds. As the material returns to its former molecular structure when exposed to visible light, the exfoliation method positions itself as a candidate for photoactuator manufacturing.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
16 Apr 2021
Devices that can see shortwave infrared light, which is invisible to the naked eye, could soon become cheaper and more accessible to a broader consumer base.
Population heatmap of Tehran
Hiroshima University
16 Apr 2021
A person who owns a car or who has a college education may be less vulnerable to COVID-19, according to an analysis of cases in Tehran, Iran, one of the early epicenters of the pandemic. While such variables do not inherently lower a person’s risk, they do indicate an infrastructure of protection that persists despite how densely populated a person’s district might be.
Tohoku University
16 Apr 2021
Rapid and accurate flood mapping following a disaster is crucial for accelerating relief and response decisions. With news crews often the first on the scene, Tohoku University researchers have created a machine learning model that harnesses the power of media photos. The model helps quickly identify flooded buildings within 24 hours of the disaster.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
16 Apr 2021
The Department of Education Policy and Leadership (EPL) of The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), is collaborating with Cambridge Assessment International Education to offer two professional development qualifications in educational leadership. The collaboration makes EdUHK the first university in the world to offer Cambridge leadership qualifications as part of a postgraduate degree programme.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
15 Apr 2021
A five-year study in Singapore has highlighted that chronic wounds among patients with diabetic foot ulcers and bed sores led to longer hospital stays.
City University of Hong Kong, CityU, CityUResearch
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
15 Apr 2021
In the era of Artificial Intelligence (AI), a novel optical “micro-comb” chip developed by a physicist from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has played a pivotal role in building the fastest optical neural network processor. An international research team has recently demonstrated the world’s fastest and most powerful optical neural network processor, which is capable of operating at faster than 10 trillion operations per second. When applied to handwritten digital recognition, a common benchmark in AI, it achieved an accuracy of nearly 90%. It represents an enormous leap forward for neural networks and neuromorphic processing.
Tohoku University
15 Apr 2021
A research team based at Tohoku University has 3D printed the first proton exchange membrane, a critical component of batteries, electrochemical capacitors and fuel cells.
Tohoku University
15 Apr 2021
Researchers from the Department of Neurology at Tohoku University have developed a new taxonomy for a rare autoimmune disease known as neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder. The disease was previously thought to be a form of multiple sclerosis (MS) and had, until now, borrowed its taxonomy from MS.
City University of Hong Kong, CityU, CityUResearch
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
15 Apr 2021
Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is an aggressive type of breast cancer with a high fatality rate. Currently, chemotherapy is the major treatment option, but the clinical result is unsatisfactory. A research team led by biologists at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has identified and characterised a set of specific super-enhancers that stimulate the activity of the related critical cancer genes. The research has also discovered that the deletion of certain specific super-enhancers could reduce tumour cell growth. The latest findings may help discover new effective drug targets for TNBC patients to improve their survival chance.
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
15 Apr 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo develop a novel device for the safe and effective transplantation of human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived pancreatic beta-cells in type I diabetes mellitus
Hokkaido University
Hokkaido University
14 Apr 2021
On April 15, 2021, Hokkaido University and Shionogi & Co., Ltd. will start to monitor COVID-19 in Osaka Prefecture based on wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE), with the cooperation of the Prefectural Government.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
14 Apr 2021
Prof. June.M. Kwak, and Prof. Chang-Hee Cho are selected for the research funds granted by Samsung Science & Technology Foundation
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
14 Apr 2021
Researchers at the Institute of Industrial Science at The University of Tokyo examined a new method of producing concrete via direct bonding of sand particles, which may help reduce greenhouse emissions and even construct a Moon base.
Reverse genetics for SARS-CoV-2 by the CPER method.
Hokkaido University
13 Apr 2021
Researchers from Osaka University and Hokkaido University develop a system for analyzing mutations in SARS-CoV-2 that is much simpler and faster than existing methods.
Odorrana swinhoana frog six sex chromosomes
Hiroshima University
13 Apr 2021
The O. swinhoana frog species is the first vertebrate known to retain descendant genes that now determine sex in mammals, birds, and fishes inherited from a common ancestor.
Qaanaaq Village in July 2018. The ocean is still covered in sea ice
Hokkaido University
13 Apr 2021
Hokkaido University researchers have clarified different causes of past glacial river floods in the far north of Greenland, and what it means for the region’s residents as the climate changes.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
13 Apr 2021
Scientists develop high performing electrocatalyst to synthesize ammonia in an effort to replace conventional eco-unfriendly methods