Articles tagged with ‘Singapore’

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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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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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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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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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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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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