USC Stem Cell scientists obtain “how to” guide for producing hair follicles

How does the skin develop follicles and eventually sprout hair? A USC-led study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), addresses this question using insights gleaned from organoids, 3D assemblies of cells possessing rudimentary skin structure and function--including the ability to grow hair.

Researchers From Taiwan Has Discovered A New Mechanism of Memory Formation

There is an old Chinese saying that goes like this: “Once bitten by a snake, you will fear grass rope for ten years”. If a fortunate individual bitten by a poisonous snake managed to survive, the shape of the snake and the sense of danger will be associated together and stored into memory.

Stanford Professor Creates An Artificial Eclipse To Image Extrasolar Planets

As anyone anticipating this month’s eclipse knows, one way to dim a star is to block it with something else – the moon, perhaps. Or in the case of distant stars whose light masks orbiting exoplanets, a shade-throwing satellite might do.

Science Beam – using computer vision to extract PDF data

There’s a vast trove of science out there locked inside the PDF format. From preprints to peer-reviewed literature and historical research, millions of scientific manuscripts today can only be found in a print-era format that is effectively inaccessible to the web of interconnected online services and APIs that are increasingly becoming the digital scaffold of today’s research infrastructure.

Study in Nature demonstrates method for repairing genes in human embryos that prevent inherited diseases

OHSU leads team to prevent cardiomyopathy through gene correction

UCI stem cell therapy attacks cancer by targeting unique tissue stiffness

A stem cell-based method created by University of California, Irvine scientists can selectively target and kill cancerous tissue while preventing some of the toxic side effects of chemotherapy by treating the disease in a more localized way.

Self-driving bus set for testing in Taipei

A self-driving bus will be put through its paces Aug. 1-5 in Taipei as part of local government efforts to spur the metropolis’s smart city development and further enhance the quality of life for residents.

Taiwan places top 10 in international math, physics olympiads

Taiwan competitors placed in the top 10 in the international math and physics Olympiads, bringing home a total of 11 medals, the Ministry of Education announced July 23.

Scientists develop method for real-time glutathione measuring

Glutathione is the most abundant natural antioxidant in cells. It protects them from damage and regulates a number of important functions, including cell proliferation and death, the synthesis of the genetic material and proteins and the activation of gene expression.

Seven Taiwan universities rank in Asia-Pacific top 100

A total of seven Taiwan tertiary education institutions are ranked among the 100 best universities in the Asia-Pacific, according to U.K.-based Times Higher Education magazine July 4.

MOST , Taiwan unveils plan for AI research centers

The Ministry of Science and Technology unveiled plans July 6 to establish up to four artificial intelligence innovation research centers across Taiwan as part of government efforts to enhance the nation’s competitiveness in AI technology.

Complex Organic Molecules Found on “Space Hamburger” — Prebiotic Atmosphere Discovered on Accretion Disk of Baby Star

An international research team, led by Chin-Fei Lee of the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA, Taiwan), has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to detect complex organic molecules for the first time in the atmosphere of an accretion disk around a very young protostar. These molecules play a crucial role in … Continue reading Complex Organic Molecules Found on “Space Hamburger” — Prebiotic Atmosphere Discovered on Accretion Disk of Baby Star

Repurposed Asthma Drug Shows Blood Sugar Improvement among Some Diabetics

After 12 weeks of taking an anti-asthma drug, a subset of patients with type 2 diabetes showed a clinically significant reduction in blood glucose during a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial, report University of California San Diego School of Medicine and University of Michigan researchers.

Quantum Dots Make the Leap from TVs to Antibacterial Eye Drops

Quantum dots are transforming electronic displays on TVs and tablets. But now, one group reports in ACS Nano that these tiny structures may someday provide relief for eye infections resulting from contact lens wear, trauma or some types of surgeries.

President Tsai Highlights Progress In Fostering Biomedical Sector

President Tsai Ing-wen said June 26 that the government is committed to fostering Taiwan’s potential-laden biomedical and pharmaceuticals sector through such measures as strengthening local companies’ positions in international markets and bolstering inter ministerial collaboration on industry development initiatives.

Microneedle patches for flu vaccination prove successful in first human clinical trial

Despite the potentially severe consequences of illness and even death, only about 40 percent of adults in the United States receive flu shots each year; however, researchers believe a new self-administered, painless vaccine skin patch containing microscopic needles could significantly increase the number of people who get vaccinated.