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Combining sunflower pollen with printer toner, scientists from NTU Singapore have developed a paper-like material that is able to fold itself into new shapes in response to environmental humidity. Patterns digitally printed on the pollen paper using a commercial laser printer, determine the three-dimensional shape the paper folds into. The process is reversible but can …

The variety of humble algae that cover the surface of ponds and seas could hold the key to boosting the efficiency of artificial photosynthesis, allowing scientists to produce more energy and lower waste in the process. A study by NTU Singapore scientists showed how encasing algae protein in liquid droplets can dramatically enhance the algae’s light-harvesting and …

Avant and A*STAR’s Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) have inked a research collaboration to jointly advance the scale-up of Avant’s proprietary process to enable cost-effective, food-grade production of cultivated fish in Singapore and beyond. The parties will establish a Joint Research Laboratory for Cultivated Fish Bioprocessing in Biopolis, Singapore where both parties will jointly develop and …

Materials scientists from NTU Singapore have found a way to prevent internal short-circuits, the main cause of fires in lithium (Li)-ion batteries. Billions of Li-ion batteries are produced annually for use in mobile phones, laptops, personal mobile devices, and the huge battery packs of electric vehicles and aircraft. This global battery demand is set to grow, with …

SARS-CoV-2 genome folds into complex structures inside host cells. A team of researchers from Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) and Bioinformatics Institute (BII), together with Duke-NUS Medical School, integrated a variety of technologies to study not only the whole genome of SARS-CoV-2, but also its RNA structures, and …

NUS doctoral student Ms Yeo Huiqing (left) and undergraduate student Ms Yeoh Tze Xuan (right), who were part of the research team, sampling mosquito larvae from standing water on dried leaves. (Photo: Nalini Puniamoorthy) A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Assistant Professor Nalini Puniamoorthy from the Department of …

Wellcome Trust has provided a grant of S$2.5 million to the National University of Singapore (NUS) to establish the Asian Clinical Research Network (ACRN) to conduct antimicrobial clinical research to develop the most effective ways to treat and prevent life-threatening drug-resistant infections. This will be the first clinical trial network established in Asia focusing on drug-resistant …

An interdisciplinary team of scientists from NTU Singapore has identified, for the first time, a key mechanism by which a dangerous plant disease can infect crops. The Xanthomonas bacteria, known as the “crop killer”, is a globally prevalent bacterium capable of infecting 400 different plant species. It causes bacterial spots and blights in the leaves and fruits of the plants …

Landmark findings underscore the importance of reducing exposure to fine respiratory aerosols, especially in indoor environments The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been thought to spread primarily when an infected person coughs or sneezes, but little is known about its transmissibility through activities such as breathing, talking and singing. A new study led by researchers …

Scientists in Singapore have done research on additional preventive measures against the COVID-19 virus. One of these studies examined how proper ventilation in spaces is effective in reducing droplet and aerosol transmission, on top of the current safe management measures. However, in indoor spaces where ventilation may not be optimal, air-purifying devices can help clean the air and reduce …