Articles tagged with ‘A*STAR’

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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3 July 2014
New technology for generating smoother laser images could be used to control the quality of polymer packaging and printed electronics, and for biomedical imaging. Laser light is synchronized in time and space to produce a very bright, sharp, coherent beam, making it...
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Micrograph of the 100-channel neural recording integrated circuit chip. Image: Nanyang Technological University and A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics
3 July 2014
Neural recording systems are vital tools for acquiring and processing brain signals. Scientists at the A*STAR Institute of Microelectronics, Nanyang Technological University and the National University of Singapore have developed an integrated circuit chip that offers record-low power consumption for direct recording...
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A batch of piezoelectric sensors similar to the ones currently being customised to Hoestar’s design specifications for the automated, wireless monitoring of equipment. Image: Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE)
2 July 2014
A new diagnostic tool for machinery can save industries time and money. Researchers at the Singapore Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have developed and demonstrated a miniature wireless sensor to remotely diagnose the health of machinery, such as motors, pumps...
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Image: Laurent Jegou/ Flickr
30 June 2014
A new type of non-volatile computer memory that can withstand higher temperatures has been developed at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). This makes it useful for computers capable of managing systems in what are known as harsh environments, such...
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30 June 2014
Researchers in Singapore have produced lactic and acrylic acids from palm oil waste, mitigating the negative impacts of oil palm plantations on the environment. Oil palm plantations have a controversial history in South-East Asia, not least because of their environmental impact on...
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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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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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Credit: Institute for Infocomm Research (12R)
28 January 2014
Singapore researchers have developed software that searches images on the internet to find suitable colour matches for grayscale images.  Creating a high-quality realistic colour image from a grayscale picture can be challenging. Conventional methods typically require the user’s input, either by using...
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