Articles tagged with ‘Asia Research News 2014’

Colony of human pluripotent stem cells, stained for DNA (blue) and the protein  Oct4 (green). Image: Zandstra Laboratory, University of Toronto
30 June 2014
A new method for testing how human stem cells respond to environmental cues could dramatically improve the ability to harness these cells for regenerative medicine and drug-screening applications. The method was developed by a University of Toronto (U of T) team in...
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Schematic showing how the artificial membranes are formed and their advantages over existing live cell culture methods. Image: ACM Biolabs
27 June 2014
Synthetic cell membranes offer low-cost, easily maintained drug targets that help shorten the drug discovery process. What once took weeks or even months can now be done in a matter of days. Cells communicate with each other and exchange vital molecules through...
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The Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants project is using stellite tracking devices to learn more about elephant behaviour and ecology, and how to mitigate human-elephant conflict. Image: University of Nottingham Malaysia
27 June 2014
A new project is using GPS-collars, camera traps and dung to tell us more about elephants in Malaysia and how to mitigate human-elephant conflict. “We can only manage what we measure.” That’s the key to a unique research project that’s harnessing high-sensitivity...
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Dr Guieb with the Dumaracol chanters. Image: Jenifer Lie
27 June 2014
Researchers from the Philippines are searching for the last chanters of an epic tale. Reconstructing the tale may help the researchers understand the local knowledge systems and cultural practices of one of the country’s oldest ethnic groups. The island province of Palawan,...
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Main: Cancer cells spread and grow through the body via the bloodstream as malignant cells in a human body. Image: 123rf.com Insert: Diagram demonstrating the isolation Image: National University Hospital and CellSievo
27 June 2014
A new non-invasive method in Singapore, involving the harvest of circulating tumour cells, will help doctors monitor the progress of cancer patients to determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy. Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) are cancer cells that have sloughed off from the primary...
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Image: Peter Verhoog, Dutch Shark Society
27 June 2014
Scientists from Canada and Australia have discovered that a decline in shark populations is detrimental to coral reefs — information that may prove integral to restoration and conservation efforts. “Where shark numbers are reduced due to commercial fishing, there is also a...
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A*STAR's energy harvester. Image: Institute of Microelectronics
27 June 2014
Dead batteries may soon be a thing of the past. Researchers in Singapore have found a way to efficiently harness low frequency vibrations as a power source for miniature electronic devices. A team from Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)...
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Image: Colombo, Sri Lanka
27 June 2014
A study is comparing the experiences of internally displaced populations in Sri Lanka and India. How are they rebuilding their lives and what can governments do to promote security and protect livelihoods? Ethnic conflict, natural disaster and changes in land ownership are...
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This robotic system is designed to help surgeons insert a radio frequency ablation needle into a breast tumour as demonstrated on this goat. Image: Fujie Lab, Waseda University
27 June 2014
Japanese researchers are harnessing robotics technology to automate a safe and minimally invasive treatment for breast cancer. Researchers at Waseda University’s Fujie Lab, in cooperation with Kyushu University and Tohoku University, are building a robotic surgical assistant that uses radiofrequency ablation to...
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Methyl blue is a toxic organic dye generally used for staining biological samples. Image: Wikipedia
26 June 2014
A new method to manufacture cloth involving the use of a common industrial bleaching agent promises an environmentally safe way for waste water filtration. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) is an odourless white powder used as an industrial and commercial bleaching agent for paint, paper,...
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