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Duke-NUS Medical School
09 Mar 2022
Tests using a mouse model of Alport syndrome suggests that turning off a cell signalling protein may significantly prolong life by preventing kidney scarring.
Peppercorns
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
09 Mar 2022
Researchers in Malaysia are using the chemistry of natural products for sustainable health and energy solutions.
Blooming flower
Hokkaido University
09 Mar 2022
Scientists from Hokkaido University and colleagues have identified a pathway that accelerates plant flowering in low-nitrogen soils — a finding that could help enhance agricultural production.
Pain neuron-derived Reg3γ protects brain metabolism of LPS challenged mice (Kenta Maruyama).
Hokkaido University
08 Mar 2022
A research team led by the National Institute for Physiological Sciences and joined by Hokkaido University explored the role of pain neurons in the regulation of endotoxic death. They found that peptide named Reg3γ acts as a pain neuron-enriched brain-targeted hormone that protects the host from endotoxic death.
Tohoku University
08 Mar 2022
Researchers have developed a new method for rapid 3D imaging. Instead of having to scan repeatedly in 2D, the researchers proposed a one-scan technique that uses a light needle to process at depth and laterally.
Osaka City University
08 Mar 2022
Scientists develop a method to genetically label neurons with a single gene of interest in mice by combining the anterograde transsynaptic spread of adeno-associated virus serotype 1 (AAV1) with intersectional gene expression. In two distinct circuits: the retina/primary visual cortex to the superior colliculus and the bilateral motor cortex to the dorsal striatum, injections of AAV1 expressing either Cre or Flpo recombinases and the Cre/Flpo double-dependent AAV into two upstream regions and the downstream region, respectively, were used to label postsynaptic neurons receiving inputs from the two upstream regions.
ELSI
Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
08 Mar 2022
The Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) in Tokyo launches a new integrated graduate course exploring the origin and evolution of life and planets.
Conceptual artwork in the theme of 'the Origins of Life' by Padi Faraji.
Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
08 Mar 2022
A team at Japan’s Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) is conducting evidence-based outreach to demonstrate why science communication training is so important, with an aim of encouraging other higher education and research institutions to follow its lead.
Stars and forest at night
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
08 Mar 2022
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.
The scientists injected the nanoparticle solution into the tail veins of live mice and were able to obtain high quality MRI (left) and near-infrared fluorescence (right) scans of tissues and blood vessels.
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
08 Mar 2022
A nanoparticle’s size is fine-tuned to offer high-resolution images before and during surgical procedures.
Woodpecker
Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
08 Mar 2022
Inspired by the woodpecker’s ability to strike trees with its beak rapidly and repeatedly without injury, engineers in Malaysia have used computer simulations to find ways to improve the design of composite beams used in impact-prone structures.
SignTown
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
08 Mar 2022
Computer game uses a camera and AI-based movement recognition to teach sign language to a broader public.
OMNI ocean sensing system
Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo (UTokyo-IIS)
08 Mar 2022
Device designers at the University of Tokyo are developing cheap and accessible ways to monitor and explore the sea.
Spinning electricity under the sky
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
08 Mar 2022
A magnetic hybrid system generates electricity day and night with radiative cooling and solar heating.
Skeleton
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
08 Mar 2022
A novel biomaterial promotes bone tissue regrowth, showing promise for surgical procedures.
STAM Image
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
08 Mar 2022
A quick, cost-effective approach improves the accuracy with which machine learning models can predict the properties of new materials.
Stimulating Blood Vessel Formation with Magnets
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
08 Mar 2022
A magnetic field could boost blood vessel growth to regenerate damaged tissue.
Better memristors for brain-like computing
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
08 Mar 2022
Neurone-like junctions made of mixed oxide-based materials could reduce the massive energy consumption of artificial intelligence operations.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
08 Mar 2022
Hong Kong has an aging population. The number of people 65 or older is forecast to increase to 2.16 million by 2031 and 2.56 million by 2041. As a result, Hong Kong’s recurrent social welfare and health expenditure as a percentage of nominal GDP is forecast to increase from $52.4 billion in 2014 to $563.6 billion in 2042. Hong Kong may experience a structural financial deficit within a decade because of higher social and health spending for older adults and a smaller working-age population.
Testing liquid flow
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
08 Mar 2022
A surprising tree-inspired discovery is helping scientists design surfaces that encourage different liquids to move in varying directions.
City University of Hong Kong (CityU)
08 Mar 2022
Whale and dolphin post-mortem imaging could breathe new life into marine conservation.
Robot hand with crossed flexure hinge (CFH) system
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
08 Mar 2022
A reimagined robot hand combines strength with flexibility and resilience, sidestepping problems with existing designs.
Asia Research News
08 Mar 2022
Asia Research News surveyed institutions in Asia to learn about their latest contributions to antimicrobial resistance research.
Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria
Asia Research News
08 Mar 2022
The Asian Development Bank partnered with global institutions to examine efforts to curb one of humanity’s most significant global health threats.
Children and workers
Asia Research News
08 Mar 2022
A recent study in The Lancet provides the most comprehensive understanding of this global health problem to-date.
Weekly News Bites
Asia Research News
04 Mar 2022
Asia Research News monitors the latest research news in Asia. Some highlights that caught our attention this week are linking carbon offsets to crypto, using math to predict vaccine efficacy, and a benefit of COVID restrictions for Dengue-prone regions.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
03 Mar 2022
Dr Hou Wai-kai, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology (PS), The Education University of Hong Kong, has been elected a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science (APS) for his outstanding contribution to the discipline. 
Asia Research News
03 Mar 2022
Giants in History: Gopalasamudram Narayanan Ramachandran (8 October 1922 – 7 April 2001) is best known for developing the Ramachandran plot to understand the structure of short chains of amino acids, known as peptides.
Inside cover art selected for the Jan. 18, 2022 issue of Chemical Communications
Ehime University
02 Mar 2022
An innovative sample preparation method for cellular proteomics and protein structural analysis
Data Mover Challenge 2021
National Supercomputing Centre (NSCC) Singapore
02 Mar 2022
The SupercomputingAsia Conference recognised key HPC pioneer-leaders with its annual SCA22 Awards. The winning teams from Asia, Australia and the US were also announced at the awards ceremony for the international Data Mover Challenge 2021 (DMC21) competition.