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Masahiro Nakaoka, Rommel Llanillo, Muammar Princess Soniega
Hokkaido University
03 Sep 2021
Social vulnerabilities of coastal communities and their reliance on blue carbon ecosystem services may be improved by addressing three major factors, according to a study led by Hokkaido University researchers.
Researchers find that climate change adaptation brings health co-benefits
Hiroshima University
03 Sep 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has increased attention on links between public health and the planet’s health — areas traditionally addressed in separate science and policy circles. Now, an international research collaboration conducted the first comprehensive review of urban climate change responses and potential human health improvements.
Accumulation of POPs-like contaminants in raptors
Ehime University
03 Sep 2021
Knowledge of the detailed accumulation profiles of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and POPs-like contaminants in wild animals is critical for ecological risk assessment. Comprehensive screening of organohalogen compounds in the livers of wild birds from Osaka, Japan using two-dimensional gas chromatography in combination with high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC–HRToFMS) revealed specific accumulation of typically unmonitored POPs-like compounds in raptors.
Tohoku University
03 Sep 2021
Carthamin’s usage as dye dates back to ancient Egypt. But scientists only discovered its chemical structure in 2019. Now, a collaborative group of researchers has identified the genes required for the biosynthesis of carthamin.
Osaka City University
02 Sep 2021
Researchers have developed a general quantum algorithm that can directly calculate the energy difference of an atom and molecule using a quantum computer. By avoiding the need to calculate the total molecular energies, the general algorithm is expected to be applied not only to quantum chemical calculations but also to various physical and mathematical problems, which are intractable with nowadays classical computers.
Kanazawa University
02 Sep 2021
Researchers at Kanazawa University describe in Scientific Reports the identification of small compounds that can regulate the cellular production of extracellular vesicles — nanocontainers transporting biomolecules between cells. Such compounds hold promise for use in therapies for various diseases.
Kanazawa University
02 Sep 2021
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences how a protein molecular motor can chop off a piece of cell membrane. The constrict-and-cut mechanism resembles that of a ratchet motor, and is of importance in processes mediating the entry of particles into cells.
Singapore University of Technology and Design
02 Sep 2021
Written by contributors ranging from world leading experts and researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing of Electronics: Principles and Applications is designed to be a one-stop guide for anyone interested in the 3D printing of electronics.
Duke-NUS Medical School
02 Sep 2021
A rapid way to track an elusive part of the immune system will bring better vaccine strategies
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
01 Sep 2021
Prof. Jae Youn Hwang's team, DGIST, develops deep learning technology to segment buildings from aerial images
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
01 Sep 2021
KAIST researchers have used whole-genome sequencing to track the development from a single fertilized-egg to a human body.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
01 Sep 2021
Scientists from South Korea add foreign atoms to monolayer graphene in a controlled manner to selectively enhance its desirable properties
Singapore University of Technology and Design
01 Sep 2021
From having your audio interrupted to your data being wiped out, researchers highlight the security limitation of Bluetooth technology implementations.
International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM)
31 Aug 2021
Scientists at the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) have designed their first electric motorbike using a specially-constructed battery.
Institute of Policy Studies of Sri Lanka
30 Aug 2021
On 20 May 2021, Sri Lanka’s worst-ever marine disaster occurred when a fire erupted on the Singapore-registered MV X-Press Pearl container ship just 18 km Northwest of Colombo. While the long-term cost is yet to be determined, the negative impact on industries such as fisheries and tourism, and people who rely on the coastal resources of Sri Lanka is already apparent.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK)
27 Aug 2021
The healthcare systems of the mainland and Hong Kong face similar challenge of spiralling costs in the face of increasing demand from a more prosperous and aging population, and a surge in non-communicable diseases. Hong Kong government reforms aim to reduce the burden on the over-stretched public healthcare system. The public policy research by Dr Alex He Jingwei, Associate Professor and Associate Head (Research and Development) at the Department of Asian and Policy Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong, has contributed to knowledge informing large-scale reforms in both mainland China and Hong Kong, and generated public debate. His work provided a significant reference in a major government-supported reform blueprint for the mainland’s healthcare system, much of it now being implemented in the State Council’s 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-2020), engagement with policymakers, and media engagement in mainland China and Hong Kong, reaching an audience of at least a billion people.
Tohoku University
27 Aug 2021
Around 650 million years ago, the Earth entered into the Marinoan glaciation that saw the entire planet freeze. The “Snowball Earth” impeded the evolution of life. But as it warmed, biotic life began to flourish. A research team from Tohoku University has analyzed rock samples from China to tell us more about this transition.
Tohoku University
27 Aug 2021
Tohoku University’s Center for Innovative Integrated Electronic Systems, in collaboration with the University of Cambridge has published a study that uses hexagonal boron nitride as a tunnel barrier for ferromagnetic tunnel junctions.
Asia Research News Partnerships
27 Aug 2021
Speakers announced for the 10th edition of IPI’s premier technology matching event
Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences (iCeMS) at Kyoto University
26 Aug 2021
A multi-functional, small molecule can tag mutant genetic sequences inside mitochondria for removal.
Distinguished Professor Reiko Kishi, Hokkaido University Center for Environmental and Health Sciences, recipient of the ISEE 2021 John Goldsmith Award.
Hokkaido University
26 Aug 2021
Distinguished Professor Reiko Kishi of the Hokkaido University Center for Environmental and Health Sciences was honored with the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE)’s prestigious 2021 John Goldsmith Award, on August 26, 2021.
LU
Lingnan University (LU)
26 Aug 2021
Lingnan University (LU) in Hong Kong organised a series of online orientation activities to welcome about 850 new undergraduate students today (26 August).
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
26 Aug 2021
Prof. Jong-Soo Lee, DGIST, succeeded in developing green-emitting Cd-Free quantum dot synthesis technology with high color reproduction capability
Osaka City University
26 Aug 2021
Researchers discover a link between an increase in protein Ba of the complement immune system and the eventual development of thrombotic microangiopathy in patients who have received an allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Hokkaido University
25 Aug 2021
A novel CT scan-based approach has revealed significant changes in a parameter indicating lung destruction in some asthmatics. This finding could lead to more personalized treatments for asthma accompanied by persistent airflow limitation.
Ehime University
25 Aug 2021
Researchers at Ehime University have reported the sound velocity of MgSiO3 Majorite garnet up to the pressure of 18 Gigapascals and temperature up to 2,000 Kelvins. Their results lead to understanding of the mineral composition of the Earth’s mantle transition zone (MTZ), which has not been fully elucidated yet. This study suggests that a mechanical mixture of slab and mantle rocks, rather than equilibrated rocks, is more likely to explain seismological observations throughout the MTZ.
Osaka City University
24 Aug 2021
Researchers have succeeded in storing electricity with the voltage generated from ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) using a nanometer-thin magnetic film. Exploring the storage characteristics of the commonly used iron-cobalt and iron-nickel alloy thin films, they found that by controlling the thermal conditions of the thin film to be within FMR excitation range, energy can be stored by all the electromagnetic waves that surround us – including Wi-Fi.
Tohoku University
23 Aug 2021
Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune disease that attacks the tear duct and salivary glands, leading to patients suffering unbearable dry eyes and mouth. To date, treatment options have been limited. But this may change thanks to a recently developed mouse model that will help explain the pathogenic mechanisms behind the disease.
Tohoku University
23 Aug 2021
Magnesium rechargeable batteries show immense promise for a greener future because of their energy density, safety, and cost. But the lack of high-performance cathode materials has impeded their development. Now, a research team has developed liquid-sulfur/sulfide composite cathodes that enable high-rate magnesium batteries.
Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST)
23 Aug 2021
Dr. Hyunki Lee's team selected for developing a system that precisely measures human movements