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In Focus

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

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. (Photo credit: James Eaton/Birdtour Asia)

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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

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