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In Focus

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

An NUS study showed that the common fishtail palm (left) provides abundant food and shelter for insects and animals in Singapore. One of them is the Asiatic honey bee Apis cerana, which is pictured foraging for pollen on the flowers of the palm (right).

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12 March 2020

These pits in Sagaing Region in Myanmar were formed due to unregulated informal mining on sites that were abandoned after formal gold mining operations were completed. A recent NUS study showed that better approaches are needed to tackle such informal gold mining activities.

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20 February 2020

Researchers from NUS Biological Sciences have revealed how a butterfly species developed the ability to adjust its wing eyespot size in response to temperature.

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14 February 2020

An adult male Togian jungle-flycatcher (Cyornis omissus omississimus), a subspecies of bird new to science, was discovered on the islands of Wallacea, along with five new bird species and four other subspecies of birds.

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22 January 2020

The bite of the Indian cobra can be deadly. Professor R. Manjunatha Kini from NUS, along with a team of international collaborators, have reported the sequencing and assembly of a high-quality genome of this venomous snake

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07 January 2020

Researchers from NUS Mechanobiology Institute found that the formation of the ‘V’ patterns – also known as chevron patterns – in the swimming muscles of fish do not simply arise from genetic instruction or biochemical pathways but actually require physical forces to correctly develop.

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23 December 2019

NUS researchers have developed flexible, highly-efficient, large-area light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for new wearable device technologies. The novel LEDs emit light in the near-infrared range and could be used in facial recognition or virtual reality eye-tracking technologies.

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20 December 2019

These beautiful artistic crystals resulted when NUS Chemistry researchers recrystallised an organic compound under different conditions. They also obtained the usual straight crystals in addition to flexible crystals.

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11 December 2019

Researchers from the NUS Mechanobiology Institute have shown that cells migrate and spread effectively only if the fibrous protein meshwork that surrounds them is spaced close enough. This finding could explain the abnormal motility patterns displayed by cancer cells.

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26 November 2019

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