10 October 2017 | Research

Mr Lim Swee Cheng from the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS was the lead author of a paper on the discovery of a new type of sponge, Plenaster craigi, which was found living on rock nodules targeted for deep-sea mining. The tiny sponges, named partly for the multitude of stars that make up their backbones, belong to a genus of their own and are the most abundant organism found to date that live on the nodules.


09 October 2017 | Research

Prof Teh Bin Tean, Academic Vice Chair (Research) at Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) and also Deputy Director (Research) at National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS), Prof Patrick Tan and Dr Yong Chern Han, Research Fellow, both from the Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Programme at Duke-NUS, together with Mr Cedric Ng, Senior Research Associate from NCCS have completed a genetic map of Durio zibethenus, the only durian species sold commercially, called Musang King (Mao Shan Wang in Chinese). A paper on their study was published online in the prestigious journal Nature Genetics on 9 October 2017.

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09 October 2017 | Research, General News

A study conducted by NUS together with national water agency PUB showed that a person could save up to 5 litres of water daily using smart shower devices. Behavioural scientist Prof Ho Teck Hua, Deputy President (Research & Technology) and Tan Chin Tuan Centennial Professor at NUS said that initiatives such as the use of smart shower devices that provide real-time information can motivate behavioural change and complement traditional policy tools in achieving Singapore’s water-conservation goals.

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09 October 2017 | General News

Dr Kostantinos Glinos, Visiting EU Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS, and Mr James Crabtree, Senior Fellow at the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the School, noted that while scientific research is increasingly global, its potential is still not consistently exploited to address major challenges such as climate change or health epidemics, especially in Asia. They opined that if progress could be made on these fronts, stronger scientific networks could help to make progress on many Asian flashpoints.

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08 October 2017 | Education, Community

More than 4,000 elderly residents of rental flats have benefitted from the Neighbourhood Health Service (NHS) over the past decade, which was initiated by students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. NUS medical, nursing and social work students conducted health screening for Kampong Glam residents for the first time recently.

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08 October 2017 | Research

A survey conducted by Asst Prof Ng Kok Hoe of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS with volunteer group SW101 found that a third of 242 social workers polled had no idea how much the Government spends tackling poverty but half believed government programmes are helping poor people.

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08 October 2017 | Education, Research

Prof Low Kay Soon, Director of the Satellite Technology and Research Centre at NUS, opined that with foresight, investment in human capital and technology and some fortunate timing, Singapore has a good shot at creating a space for itself in the satellite industry.

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07 October 2017 | General News

Prof Vinod Thomas, Visiting Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS and former senior vice-president at the World Bank, noted that population issues should be higher on national agendas, with policies to expand managed immigration and strengthen social support for the elderly. He noted that a major demographic challenge East Asia faces is the longer life expectancy in the region and the resultant decline in the size of its working-age populations.

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07 October 2017 | General News

Asst Prof Ng Kok Hoe from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS was part of the research team in the first point-in-time survey in Singapore conducted in March 2017 by volunteer welfare organisation Montfort Care and volunteer group SW101. The study found 180 people sleeping outdoors across 25 locations in Singapore. Most were men aged above 50 and 60 per cent had jobs.

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07 October 2017 | Education

Asst Prof Chen Yu from the Dept of Architecture at NUS School of Design and Environment shared about her study trip with a group of 22 NUS students in Fujian province, China.

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