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As agriculture goes urban, it brings along technologies which may alter the future of food. Urban farming is the practice of agriculture — usually thought of as a rural phenomenon — in the city. Among the primary benefits of urban farming is the advancement of food production. Futurism made an infographic highlighting some of the …

Artificial intelligence for crops, super-charged nutrient absorption, and lab-grown alternative proteins. What do these industry buzzwords mean for Singapore’s future of food? And has the current pandemic changed anything? We speak to three companies making waves in the food innovation ecosystem. TAPPING ON CROP INTELLIGENCE Archisen develops and operates systems and solutions to grow local …

Scientists led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a novel method of using fruit peel waste to extract and reuse precious metals from spent lithium-ion batteries in order to create new batteries. The team demonstrated their concept using orange peel, which recovered precious metals from battery waste efficiently. They then made functional …

The current Covid-19 situation has brought the issue of food security into sharper focus. Here’s how A*STAR and the Singapore Food Agency are driving R&D efforts to strengthen the country’s food safety and supply. Having to import more than 90 per cent of its food for its population of almost six million, land-scarce Singapore is …

In Singapore, there are over 2,000 new cases of blood cancers diagnosed every year. While Singapore boasts one of the highest cure rates for acute leukemia in children, the cure rate for middle-aged adults hovers around only 50 percent. Presently, chemotherapy remains the most common and effective course of treatment. However, the emergence of more …

As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, there’s one thing we’re all counting on to rescue us from the drudgery of socially-distanced life: a vaccine. How many times have you heard “X won’t happen again until there’s a vaccine”? Concerts, conferences, festivals, sporting events, weddings, and anything else that entails a lot of people being in …

Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a synthetic peptide that can make multidrug-resistant bacteria sensitive to antibiotics again when used together with traditional antibiotics, offering hope for the prospect of a combination treatment strategy to tackle certain antibiotic-tolerant infections. On its own, the synthetic antimicrobial peptide can also kill bacteria that have grown …

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) have showed that applying “temporal pressure” to the skin of mice can create a new way to deliver drugs. In a paper published in Science Advances, the researchers showed that bringing together two magnets so that they pinch and apply pressure to …

A long-term research collaboration between A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) has successfully created first-in-class human liver organoids that capture both the functional and structural features of the organ. Notably, the advanced liver organoids are able to replicate structural changes that occur during liver injuries induced by drugs …

A team of scientists from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s (A*STAR) Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and the National University of Singapore (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has identified the microbial factors underlying the response of the gut microbiome to antibiotic treatment. The study discovered a small set of gut bacteria …