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In Focus

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

The photo above shows microscopic imaging of the control (left) and rejuvenated fibroblasts (right), with fluorescent labels highlighting the nucleus (blue), nuclear envelope (green), and cytoskeleton (in magenta). The presence of more contractile proteins (in red) in the rejuvenated fibroblasts indicates that they have recovered their ability to contract. This encouraging discovery from recent study from the Mechanobiology Institute at NUS holds great potential for applications in regenerative medicine and stem cell engineering.

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26 May 2020

These mini kirigami light-driven thin-film robots pictured here are developed by a team of researchers led by Associate Professor Ho Ghim Wei from NUS Electrical and Computer Engineering. With the ability to simultaneously sense strain and temperature, these robots show the way towards developing diverse intelligent behaviours in soft robots.

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06 May 2020

Blue phosphorus, a form of phosphorus that has unique optoelectronic properties, has been synthesised in an atomically-thin layer on gold by NUS chemists. This breakthrough provides a platform for further exploration of new blue phosphorus-based electronic devices.

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27 April 2020

This artistic reconstruction of a 13,000-year-old weevil shows iridescent colours which may have originated as a means of camouflage. The discovery, made by researchers from Yale-NUS and University College Cork, offers insights to the origin of light-scattering nanostructures present in today’s insects.

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16 April 2020

A new maritime trap-jaw ant species, Odontomachus litoralis, has been recently discovered in Singapore mangroves. Left: Full-face view of O. litoralis worker. Right: Full-face view of O. litoralis male.

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03 April 2020

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