Science

Study: Bidi Smoking Costs India US$12 Billion A Year

Study: Bidi Smoking Costs India US$12 Billion A Year

AsianScientist (Jan. 2, 2019) – In a study published in the journal Tobacco Control, a researcher in India has highlighted the economic costs of smoking bidi—an inexpensive cigarette consisting of unprocessed tobacco wrapped in leaves. Bidi is very popular in India, with 72 million regular users over the age of […]

When Keeping Cool, Socioeconomic Status Matters

When Keeping Cool, Socioeconomic Status Matters

AsianScientist (Jan. 2, 2018) – Singapore households from different socioeconomic groups vary significantly in their use of water and electricity for heat relief, according to a study by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). They published their findings in the journal Nature Communications. In Southeast Asia, climate models […]

Neutron Beam Sniffs Out Salty Concrete

Neutron Beam Sniffs Out Salty Concrete

AsianScientist (Jan. 2, 2019) – Researchers in Japan have developed a non-destructive method to measure salt content in structures such as bridges, tunnels, and elevated roadways, which can suffer from degradation due to exposure to salt from seawater and other sources. They reported their findings at the 18th JSMS Symposium […]

An Eye-Opening Stem Cell Discovery

An Eye-Opening Stem Cell Discovery

AsianScientist (Dec. 31, 2018) – Scientists in Japan have discovered a way to convert human pluripotent stem cells into various cell types in the human eye. They published their findings in the journal Cell Reports. Regenerative medicine is fast becoming a reality as scientists continue to find new ways to […]

Asian Scientist Magazine’s 2018 Year In Review

Asian Scientist Magazine’s 2018 Year In Review

AsianScientist (Dec. 31, 2018) – As 2018 draws to a close, Asian Scientist Magazine takes stock of some of the major milestones we’ve crossed, from hosting public education events to launching the book series and . Capturing the nuances of scientific research and translating it into something that the public […]

An Antimalarial Drug Strikes Gold

An Antimalarial Drug Strikes Gold

AsianScientist (Dec. 31, 2018) – A team of researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, has developed a class of gold-containing molecules that impair the malaria parasite’s metabolic function, leading to parasite death. Their findings are published in the journal Dalton […]

For Aging Adults, Weight Change May Raise Mortality

For Aging Adults, Weight Change May Raise Mortality

AsianScientist (Dec. 27, 2018) – Weight change in middle-aged and elderly Singaporean Chinese is linked to increased mortality risk, according to scientists in Singapore. The findings have been published in the International Journal of Obesity. A host of chronic health complications, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease, are associated with obesity. […]

Gene Defect Found To Trigger Lupus Symptoms

Gene Defect Found To Trigger Lupus Symptoms

AsianScientist (Dec. 27, 2018) – Scientists in South Korea have identified a switch that controls the expansion of a subset of immune cells involved in the development of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Their findings are published in the journal Immunity. SLE is a chronic disease where the immune system produces […]

A Flexible Way To Convert Waste Heat To Electricity

A Flexible Way To Convert Waste Heat To Electricity

AsianScientist (Dec. 27, 2018) – A research group in Japan has developed an inexpensive, large-scale and flexible thermoelectric generator (FlexTEG) that has high mechanical reliability and can convert heat into electricity efficiently. The findings are published in the journal Advanced Materials Technologies. Thermoelectric conversion is one of the most attractive […]

WeDoctor’s Jerry Liao: Medicine For The Masses

WeDoctor’s Jerry Liao: Medicine For The Masses

AsianScientist (Dec. 28, 2018) – In 2010, Mr. Jerry Liao Jieyuan and his team created an online platform called (Mandarin for ‘to register’) for patients to make consultation appointments with their doctors. Five years later, the platform was as WeDoctor after it raised almost US$400 in investment from the likes […]