Research - In Focus


In Focus

Snapshots of the eye-catching and thought-provoking research at NUS.

An NUS senior lecturer has slid into the history books by finding a snake species which had not been seen here in 172 years, confirming the snake’s presence in contemporary Singapore

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14 November 2019

This corallimorpharian (Corynactis sp.) with tentacles and mouth protruding was found at Pulau Ubin as part of a study to establish the diversity and distribution of corallimorpharians in Singapore.

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17 September 2019

A ‘triangulene’ molecule, observed with a Scanning Tunnelling Microscope and a Non-Contact Atomic Force Microscope, was synthesised by NUS chemists fusing 15 benzene rings together. These molecules could be used in the development of next generation molecular spintronic devices.

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06 September 2019

Two new, rare species of Pseudogaurax frit-flies have been discovered in Singapore by NUS researchers. Pseudogaurax are known predators of the eggs and young of other insects and spiders.

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30 August 2019

Using theoretical equations, NUS researchers have predicted locations of atomic defects in the 2D material WSe2 (right) and confirmed their position (left). This breakthrough reveals the origins of certain light emission properties in WSe2 and may improve optical performances in other 2D materials.

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22 July 2019

NUS marine scientists found that coral species in Singapore's sedimented and turbid waters are unlikely to be impacted by accelerating sea-level rise.

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01 July 2019

Researchers from Duke-NUS have found the mechanism behind how dormant neural stem cells in fruit flies (left) are activated (right) to stimulate the generation of new brain cells. If similar mechanisms apply to humans, this discovery could potentially help people with brain injuries or diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

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26 June 2019

A satellite weighing just 2.6 kilogrammes designed by the Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) at NUS was deployed into orbit on 17 June. It is hoped that the nanosatellite will advance the field of cyber security by demonstrating the phenomenon of "quantum entanglement" in space.

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21 June 2019

Sea anemones are common animals in many marine habitats, but the identities and classification of most tropical species remain poorly established. For the first time in over a century, NUS researchers were able to re-establish the identity of a Phymanthus sea anemone.

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10 June 2019

A researcher from the NUS Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum has used modern genetic methods to analyse and reclassify several Southeast Asian toad species.

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21 May 2019

For the first time, the brain's immune cells (red) have been revealed at cellular resolution in a live brain, thanks to scientists from Duke-NUS. It is hoped this discovery will clarify the important role these cells play in neurological diseases.

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02 May 2019

NUS researchers have shown that carbon black, a common pigment, demonstrates a range of beautiful colours when heated with a focussed laser, and has the potential to be used in fluorescence displays.

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18 April 2019