Articles tagged with ‘Asia Research News 2015’

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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19 May 2015
An international team is developing artificial enzymes designed for industrial plants that could convert carbon dioxide into carbonates, with the ultimate aim of reducing CO2 emissions. Enzymes are biological catalysts that accelerate chemical reactions, such as the conversion of gaseous carbon dioxide...
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In Malaysia, 1,096 cases of illegal infant abandonment were recorded from 1999 to 2011. Copyright : 123rf.com
14 May 2015
Researchers have published the first systematic data on infanticide and illegal infant abandonment in Malaysia, which could ultimately aid in the development of preventive measures. Infanticide refers to the non-accidental death of infants from one day to one year in age. Infant...
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Copyright : Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University
14 May 2015
Japanese researchers are studying quail to understand the underlying mechanisms involved in their breeding behaviours. At Nagoya University and the National Institute of Basic Biology, researchers have found a brain receptor that helps to initiate quail breeding. Meanwhile, researchers at Waseda and...
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Perched on top of the lander, the camera pointing system monitored the lunar rover as it descended onto the moon’s surface to commence exploration. Copyright : The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
14 May 2015
A rugged camera technology developed by researchers in Hong Kong and China successfully captured 360 degree panoramic views of the moon during China’s first lunar landing in 2013. The “camera pointing system” (CPS) is a sophisticated tool capable of controlling a camera’s...
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14 May 2015
Malaysian researchers are developing an ozone treatment to protect papaya and other exotic fruits from diseases and decay during storage and transportation. Postharvest diseases reduce the value and quality of agricultural products, leading to economic losses for growers and producers. This is...
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13 April 2015
Researchers in Switzerland and Japan have developed a rapid, simple and safe method for generating large libraries of novel organic molecules in a fraction of the time required for traditional organic synthesis. Led by Professor Jeffrey Bode of the Institute of Transformative...
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The dam’s frame consists of gabion cages: wire mesh baskets filled with sturdy columns of recycled concrete cylinders or rocks.
13 April 2015
Researchers in the Philippines are using green engineering to develop a low-cost dam that aims to prevent flooding, generate electricity, and help end food and water shortages. Designed by a team from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD), the “Gaia dam”...
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13 April 2015
Research has shown a significant association between haze events in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia. Since 1997, the massive burning of biomass in Sumatra and Kalimantan, Indonesia, has affected neighbouring countries...
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13 April 2015
Researchers in Singapore are gaining further insight into how the mechanical environment of cells drives fundamental cellular processes such as motility, growth and survival. These processes are integral to many clinical challenges, from cancer prognosis to wound healing and skin repair. Cells...
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