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21 Mar 2022
The theme of MTE 2022 is "Embracing the New Norm and Moving to New Frontiers," and this prestigious event is expected to attract over 10,000 online visitors from all over the world via its virtual exhibition platform.
21 Mar 2022
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (16 March 2022) — The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic pushed 4.7 million people in Southeast Asia into extreme poverty in 2021, as 9.3 million jobs disappeared, compared with a baseline no-COVID scenario, according to a new Asian Development Bank (ADB) report presented at the Southeast Asia Development Symposium (SEADS).
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
21 Mar 2022
Electrical stimulation of nerve fibers could promote the growth of the myelin sheath, a protective layer around neurons that is crucial for transmitting nerve impulses. The finding, published in the journal Biofabrication, introduces a new paradigm in the treatment of diseases where the myelin sheath is progressively lost, leading to muscular atrophy, hand and foot deformities, gait abnormalities, and paralysis.
Asia Research News
18 Mar 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are bug survival tactics, melting permafrost, and a new type of dinosaur.
Tohoku University
18 Mar 2022
Tohoku University scientists in Japan have developed a virus-based approach for measuring variations in gene regulatory elements, called transcription factors, as conditions change in live organisms.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
18 Mar 2022
Dr Jesus Alfonso D. Datu, Assistant Professor at the Department of Special Education and Counselling (SEC), The Education University of Hong Kong, was named a Rising Star from the Association for Psychological Science (APS) in February 2022. The designation is presented to outstanding psychology researchers in the earliest stages of their careers.
Asia Research News
17 Mar 2022
Giants in History: Woo Jang-choon (8 April 1898 – 10 August 1959) was a Korean-Japanese agricultural scientist and botanist. Woo performed horticultural research, first in Japan, then in Korea.
Shiosai art festival sustainable tourism in Japanese village of Mitarai
Hiroshima University
16 Mar 2022
The small-scale, community-led Shiosai art fair embodies a revitalizing tourism approach that has breathed new life into the aging island village of Mitarai.
Asia Research News: Editors Choice
Asia Research News
16 Mar 2022
Microgravity worms help solve astronaut muscle problems, CO2 recycling and drug development, Remote control of robot hand, Enabling the study of diverse Hepatitis B. Read all in the March's Editor's Choice and even more in the Asia Research News 2022 magazine.
View from the Subaru Telescope of broader landscape
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
15 Mar 2022
Far from the white sandy beaches and palm trees of Honolulu, Hawaii, astronomers from around the world travel to the top of a volcano that looks like a plateau on Mars. Naoyuki Tamura, a project associate professor at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, has been making that same journey to the top of Maunakea to supervise the construction of a new instrument for the Subaru Telescope.
Earth formation
Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
15 Mar 2022
Unlike most traditional Japanese universities, the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) at Tokyo Institute of Technology has created a ‘flat’ and diverse research environment. On its ten-year anniversary, Outgoing Director Kei Hirose shares what is special about the institute and the secret behind its successful management.
Tohoku University
15 Mar 2022
Adolescent carers in the UK were more at risk of experiencing psychological distress and poor mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic than their non-carer peers.
An artist’s impression of Mars four billion years ago
Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
15 Mar 2022
The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) based at Tokyo Institute of Technology will reach a turning point this year. For the first time in its 10-year history, it will extend the scope of its initial research theme, "The Origins and Evolution of the Earth and Life", to include searching for evidence of extra-terrestrial life. ELSI’s new director, Yasuhito Sekine, told Asia Research News what they hope to achieve in the next phase and how.
Osaka City University
15 Mar 2022
A research group has revealed that amyloid-β (Aβ) detected in blood is secreted from peripheral tissues (pancreas, adipose tissue, skeletal muscle, liver, etc.) that are sensitive to glucose and insulin. Also, that Aβ secreted from peripheral tissues acts as a regulator on pancreatic β-cells to suppress insulin secretion. The results of this study indicate that blood Aβ levels fluctuate significantly with diet, and special care should be taken when using blood samples as a diagnostic marker for Alzheimer's disease, such as taking blood samples during fasting.
Kanazawa University
14 Mar 2022
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a responsive molecular system that, through chemical reactions, inverses its chirality before becoming racemic.
Hokkaido University
14 Mar 2022
As a result of global warming in the 21st century, the Greenland ice sheet may contribute several metres to sea-level rise in the centuries to come; however, effective climate change mitigation measures will greatly reduce its decay.
Crushed can point singularity
Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU)
14 Mar 2022
Mathematician Yukari Ito was excited at first to work from home. There was no need to commute to her office at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, where she is professor, and she could attend seminars by mathematicians around the world from her living room. But there are also challenges, so she hopes some things will go back to the way they used to be.
Tohoku University
14 Mar 2022
Higher lead levels in a mother’s blood can increase the chance of her bearing male offspring, according to new research led by Japanese scientists at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine.
Hokkaido University
14 Mar 2022
Researchers aim to streamline the time- and resource-intensive process of screening ligands during catalyst design by using virtual ligands.
Wildfire in the forest
Hokkaido University
12 Mar 2022
A recent summertime climate pattern could be driving co-occurring European heatwaves and large-scale wildfires over Siberia, Canada and Alaska.
Weekly News Bites
Asia Research News
11 Mar 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are giant, extinct crocodiles, insect-inspired microbots, and ageing of our internal organs.
Frog: Occidozyga baluensis
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
11 Mar 2022
A study on puddle frogs suggests underestimated biodiversity in Southeast Asia.
The cancer stem cells cultured on the DN gel formed a tumor when injected into mice brain.
Hokkaido University
11 Mar 2022
A soft hydrogel could help scientists find treatments for drug-resistant cancer stem cells.
Tohoku University
10 Mar 2022
The Global Navigation Satellite System associated with a Japanese cell phone carrier can enhance monitoring of crustal deformation changes for earthquake early warning models.
Three of the fish species selected for this study: Aluterus scriptus (left), Siganus fuscescens (center) and Amphiprion frenatus (right). (Photos courtesy of Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan).
Hokkaido University
10 Mar 2022
Scientists have developed a model that predicts six tropical fish species will expand into northern parts of Japan as sea temperatures rise.
The 200-year-old U Bein Bridge, located in Amarapura
International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
10 Mar 2022
Myanmar’s military coup has created new challenges for the country’s researchers.
Tohoku University
10 Mar 2022
Researchers discovered the gene expression regulation mechanisms that drive coral transition from a floating larvae to one that sits sedentary in reefs.
Asia Research News
10 Mar 2022
Giants in History: Roseli Ocampo-Friedmann (23 November 1937 – 4 September 2005) was a Filipino-American scientist whose research focused on cyanobacteria and microorganisms that inhabit extreme environments.
Biotinylation of interacting proteins in a protein degrader-dependent manner
Ehime University
09 Mar 2022
An analysis method for protein–protein interactions using proximity-dependent biotinylation for next-generation drugs
Is it possible to develop antiaromaticity by nonbenzenoid aromatic compounds?
Ehime University
09 Mar 2022
- New HPHAC analogues with an embedded nonbenzenoid aromatic ring have been synthesized. - The newly synthesized HPHACs exhibit multistep redox properties and their dicationic species showed an aromatic nature based on macrocyclic conjugation. - Methylation on the nonbenzenoid aromatic ring resulted in the development of "antiaromaticity".