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Schematic of the ionic polymer-graphene composite (IPGC) actuator or “motor”. When an electric field is applied, the redistribution of ions causes the structure to bend. Copyright : Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
21 May 2015
Researchers in South Korea have developed an electrode consisting of a single-atom-thick layer of carbon to help make more durable artificial muscles. Ionic polymer metal composites (IPMCs), often referred to as artificial muscles, are electro-active polymer actuators that change in size or...
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21 May 2015
An understanding of natural immune suppression mechanisms in the female reproductive tract could lead to new ways to combat cancer. Just after menstruation, the immune response of the female genital tract is “up and running” to stave off sexually transmitted infections. A...
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21 May 2015
Malaysia aims to protect 10% of its marine environment by 2020. Less than 1%, however, is currently protected. This may have dire consequences for the country’s endangered dugong population, warn a Malaysian scientist and her research team. In the shallow, warm, coastal...
Silicon wafer during production. Copyright : 123rf.com
19 May 2015
A new process for cutting silicon wafers could streamline the production of smaller and more powerful microchips for electronic devices.   Electronic chips are built on small pieces of silicon that are cut from silicon sheets, called wafers, in a process known...
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Gastric cancer – the second deadliest cancer worldwide – has a particularly high prevalence among Asian populations. Copyright : 123rf.com
19 May 2015
Researchers in Singapore have developed an ultrasensitive method to detect micro-RNAs: tiny molecules that can indicate the presence of tumours. They are applying the technology toward a non-invasive screening test for gastric cancer. In 2012, 8.2 million lives were lost to cancer...
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The new Compton camera incorporates high-accuracy, three-dimensional, gamma ray position measurement technology developed at Waseda University. Copyright : Waseda University
19 May 2015
Japanese researchers have significantly improved the performance of a gamma ray-imaging “Compton” camera. The new technology has potential applications in scientific research, medical treatment and environmental monitoring, as well as radioactive decontamination work.   Based on a high-sensitivity mobile gamma ray camera...
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A*STAR is working with the LION Corporation, a major manufacturer of detergents, soaps, medications, oral hygiene products and other toiletries. Copyright : A*STAR
19 May 2015
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore is working with a Japanese multinational company to develop safer, anti-odour and anti-bacteria household products that eliminate the use of harmful biocides.   Scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering...
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KAIST’s protein detection platform can be used with paper substrates. Copyright : Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
19 May 2015
Researchers in Korea have succeeded in making a new protein detection platform using low-cost plastic and paper substrates. Their work could help reduce the cost and improve the accuracy of infectious disease diagnosis. Healthcare researchers are increasingly focused on the early detection...
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19 May 2015
Prisons are common settings for tuberculosis (TB) outbreaks, yet screening and prevention services can be extremely limited. As the spread of drug-resistant TB increases, understanding and monitoring levels of the disease among vulnerable populations can minimise the delay of much-needed treatment.  ...
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Purslane (Portulaca orelacea) is an herb grown in most regions of the world. Copyright : 123rf.com
19 May 2015
Researchers in Malaysia are exploring the link between antioxidant production in the herb purslane and the salinity of the soil where it grows. Their results suggest that salt-stressed purslane may be a potential source of bioactive compounds for commercial use. Epidemiological studies...
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