Articles tagged with ‘Asia Research News 2014’

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26 June 2014
A plant fibre traditionally used by ancient Egyptians to make rope and sailcloth is now finding uses as a component in structural building materials. Kenaf (Hibiscus cannabinus), a versatile, quick-maturing, fibrous plant of the jute family, was first planted in Egypt about...
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Image: University of Nottingham Malaysia
26 June 2014
Malaysian researchers are developing natural products, bio-fungicides and ozone treatments to enhance the storage and shelf life of tropical fruits. In developing countries, disease and decay can inflict huge losses on food that left the field in perfect condition. These losses occur...
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26 June 2014
Replacing a high-temperature processing technique with an infrared treatment allows the manufacture of tiny devices without damaging their polymer components. Microfluidic devices allow microelectronic engineers to shrink laboratories to the size of a computer chip. By ferrying reagents through a series of...
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26 June 2014
Researchers in the Philippines have developed the world’s first music synthesizer to recreate the sounds of five traditional bamboo instruments: the Kolitong (polychordal bamboo tube zither), Diwas (bamboo panpipes), Takumbo (parallel-stringed tube zither), Gabbang (bamboo xylophone) and Bungkaka (bamboo buzzer). A team...
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Insulin pens. Image: Sriram Bala/ Flickr
26 June 2014
Researchers are currently investigating whether a naturally occurring human protein that can trigger the death of cancer cells could also be used as a treatment for obesity and diabetes. Called tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL), the protein’s role in promoting apoptosis,...
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Coastal town of Gopalpur, Odisha on 13 October, 2013, in the aftermath of Cyclone Phailin. Image: ADRA India/ EU Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection
26 June 2014
Authorities, environmentalists and local stakeholders are working together on India’s east coast to assess the area’s biophysical and social vulnerabilities to climate change. This is helping them develop proactive adaptation strategies to protect the area and those who live in it from...
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Prototype proactive construction management system (PCMS) undergoes testing in a construction site environment. Image: The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
26 June 2014
Researchers at  The Hong Kong Polytechnic University are developing a proactive construction management system to enable construction workers to detect and thus avoid dangers. In Hong Kong, construction ranks as its most dangerous industry in terms of on-the-job fatalities. In 2011 the...
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This map depicts the migration of Asian women around the world, in response to growing demand for ccaregivers. ©Fulton Design 2014
26 June 2014
Researchers in North America and the Asia-Pacific region are exploring how the reorganization of domestic care work around the world is influencing migration patterns and how migration, in turn, is influencing social welfare and care. Professor Ito Peng of the University of...
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26 June 2014
A review of  maternal deaths in India’s Koppal district reveals that pervasive community gender bias contributes to avoidable deaths. Researchers are developing assessment tools for frontline healthcare workers to improve care for women. Because of their low social status, girls and women...
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26 June 2014
Hong Kong is a unique city due to its complex geographical setting and its concentration of very high buildings. Researchers are taking advantage of this fact to study how cities are ventilated in order to provide guidelines for future city design. The...
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