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Tohoku University
02 Nov 2021
Cancer in the lymph nodes has the highest risk of spreading. To catch it early, doctors often employ CT scans, MRIs and Ultrasounds to look for blockages in the blood flow. Now, a research group better understands why this happens: tumors lacking blood vessels impair the blood flow.
Lingnan University (LU)
02 Nov 2021
The Centre for Film and Creative Industry, the University Library and the Department of Visual Studies of Lingnan University (LU) jointly launched “A History of Film Exhibition and Reception in Colonial Hong Kong (1897 to 1925)” database. The open-access database, developed under the Research Grants Committee-funded project “Screen Practices in Colonial Hong Kong: A History of Film Exhibition and Reception from 1897 to 1925”, serves as an essential resource for research on Hong Kong film history from the initial screenings of motion pictures in the late 1890s to the mid-1920s when the local film industry took shape. It provides online access to over 29,000 items of news materials, covering movie theatres, distribution companies and circuits, advertisements, and film reviews.
Duke-NUS Medical School
02 Nov 2021
The world’s largest analysis of gastric tumour cells provides a launch pad for scientists to plan more effective therapies.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
29 Oct 2021
Scientists demonstrate that diluting high concentration electrolytes can improve the cycling abilities of lithium metal batteries over a wide range of temperatures
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
29 Oct 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science find that drones may be the next generation of communication bases to monitor the ocean and seafloor because of their high-speed positioning, stability, and efficiency.
Osaka City University
29 Oct 2021
A collaborative project between the Osaka City University Graduate Schools of Medicine and BioMedical Engineering Center (BMEC) revealed new bone formation in critical bone defects of animal model with an exposure to a pencil-type non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasma at surgery.
Dicentric chromosomes
Hiroshima University
29 Oct 2021
The new radiosensitivity biomarker can make way for chemoradiotherapy treatments tailored to each cancer patient in the future.
Schematic illustration of the discharge of ASSBs
Osaka Prefecture University
28 Oct 2021
Researchers succeed in developing a lithium sulfide cathode containing a solid electrolyte with high decomposition resistance, enabling the realization of all-solid-state lithium-sulfur batteries that exceed the energy density of lithium-ion batteries
 On-water molecular crafting of conducting MOF nanosheets
Osaka Prefecture University
28 Oct 2021
Spontaneous wide-area spreading of oil on water inspires a facile energy-saving route of crafting electrically conductive nanostructures for future sensor/energy devices
Asia Research News
28 Oct 2021
Giants in History: Maqsudul Alam (14 December 1954 – 20 December 2014) was a biologist from Bangladesh who is renowned for his research on genome sequencing.
Osaka City University
27 Oct 2021
Researchers reveal correlation between ribotype (RT) strains of Cutibacterium acnes, which are found in human skin, and the lifespan of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Strains RT4 and 8, which are associated with acne in human skin, shortened the lifespan of the nematode, while RT6, which are predominantly found in healthy human skin, did not. Also, it was found that the healthy skin-related RT6 strain of C. acnes improved C. elegans resistance to the pathogenic organism Staphylococcus aureus.
Tohoku University
27 Oct 2021
Roughly eight hours sitting in an office can be excruciating for your back. But now researchers at Tohoku University have developed a new smart chair that may solve office workers’ back problems. The new chair identifies sitting behavior associated with worsening low back pain, warning workers so they can get up and move around before the pain worsens.
Osaka City University
26 Oct 2021
Researchers have revealed in an animal model that ImmuBalance, a fermented soybean product, is effective in suppressing airway inflammation caused by asthma. Results showed a decreased presence of eosinophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, a decrease in mucus production in the bronchial epithelium, and a suppression of proteins that induce eosinophilic inflammation.
Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU)
25 Oct 2021
Biologists from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have discovered in Hong Kong waters a new species of hard coral and two new species of nudibranch, a type of marine mollusc, that have never been identified anywhere else in the world. The discoveries of new species from these commonly seen animal groups are a vivid reflection of Hong Kong’s rich marine biodiversity.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
25 Oct 2021
Scientists design a novel thermoelectrochemical cell that efficiently converts waste heat into electricity for low-power devices
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
25 Oct 2021
The UNESCO-listed Wolong National Nature Reserve, a prime habitat for the endangered panda, was badly damaged by the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. To rebuild the reserve into an ecologically sustainable area, Dr Lewis Cheung Ting-on, Associate Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), and his research team devised two unique accreditation systems for the ecotourism industry, one for tourism businesses and one for ecotour guides, as part of the regulations for the tourism development in the ecologically sensitive reserve. The guidelines included holistic recommendations for ecotourism planning, activities, infrastructure and marketing. In 2016, the local administration in Wolong implemented the recommendations in full. This was the first regional ecotourism certification programme in a protected area in China and it has had a positive influence on the ecotourism development in other protected areas in the mainland and in Taiwan.
Some of the recorded carnivore species
Hiroshima University
22 Oct 2021
Just as humans may leave their home five minutes early to avoid a talkative neighbor or depart work late to avoid a rude coworker, carnivorous mammals may go out of their way to avoid other species. But they’re not trying to navigate awkward social interactions; rather, they are negotiating space and resources for survival.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
22 Oct 2021
Scientists develop new algorithm for rapid, computerized diagnosis of COVID-19, overcoming the limitations of reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction
Asia Research News Partnerships
22 Oct 2021
Set the stage for a path to recovery through innovations
Tohoku University
21 Oct 2021
An international research team has discovered a monolayer Mott insulator that has strong heat and light resistance. The breakthrough potentially paves the way for realizing the control needed to induce superconductivity at room temperature.
Fe Villanueva del Mundo- The angel of Santo Tomas
Asia Research News
21 Oct 2021
Giants in History: Fe Villanueva del Mundo (27 November 1911 – 6 August 2011) was a Filipina paediatrician who founded the Philippines’ first paediatric hospital. She graduated top of her class at the University of the Philippines, and in 1936 became the first female student to attend Harvard Medical School.
Lingnan University (LU)
21 Oct 2021
“Speaking the same language” and careful choice of words are the key to crowdfunding success, according to a recent study conducted by the Department of Marketing and International Business of Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong. The study also showed the substantial power of specific words and phrases in predicting crowdfunding outcome. With crowdfunding being an increasingly popular and major source of capital for new ventures, these findings do have important implications for budding entrepreneurs as subtle nuances in word choice might mean a critical difference during the evaluation by the potential backers, and hence significantly affecting the success rate of the pitch.
Nanofluidic device
Osaka Prefecture University
19 Oct 2021
When liquid meets gas, a unique zone forms. Variable by nature, molecules can cross from one state to another, combining in unique ways to either desirable or unwanted ends. From heat escaping a mug of coffee to increasing molecular concentrations in chemical solutions, gas-liquid interfaces are ubiquitous across nature and engineering. But a lack of tools capable of precisely controlling such gas-liquid interfaces limit their applications — until now.
19 Oct 2021
An ambitious project using cutting edge environmental DNA, known as eDNA, to understand the richness of biodiversity of UNESCO’s marine World Heritage sites launches today.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
19 Oct 2021
Researchers from Korea reveal the key protein involved in the development of aggressive prostate cancer
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
15 Oct 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science use a machine learning approach to successfully predict material properties that have never before been determined
Springer Nature
15 Oct 2021
Dozens of researchers tell Nature they have received death threats, or threats of physical or sexual violence.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
15 Oct 2021
EdUHK audiology experts have found improved ways to test the hearing of the young and elderly through technological innovation.
Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo
14 Oct 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science describe a novel feature of the immune response to certain viruses such as measles
14 Oct 2021
Climate change may lead to a modest net reduction in global annual energy expenditures by the end of the 21st century, according to a study published in Nature.