Research - In Focus


In Focus

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

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

NUS researchers have found six new species of ant, one of which was named R. murphyi after Professor Dennis H. Murphy, an eminent former NUS professor who first discovered it.

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08 April 2019

A team of researchers from the Mechanobiology Institute at NUS, Temasek Life-Sciences Laboratory, and NUS Biological Sciences have found the cue that enables symmetry breaking in the nematode worm C. elegans zygote.

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14 March 2019

Researchers from NUS Biological Sciences have revealed that haze can negatively impact the survival rates of caterpillars. Toxic chemicals within haze can enter through valve-like openings on their bodies, shown here magnified.

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19 January 2019

While analysing the diversity of filoviruses in Rousettus bats in China, Duke-NUS Medical School researchers, in collaboration with Chinese scientists, discovered, identified and characterised a new genus of the virus in one of the bats.

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10 January 2019