The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) was formed in 2002 to promote science in Singapore. The A*STAR board is statutory and oversees A*STAR Graduate Academy, Joint Council Office, Biomedical Research Council, Science and Engineering Research Council, Exploit Technologies Private Limited, Corporate Planning and Administration Division. The objective is to promote scientific and technological discoveries, improvements and partner with private and public entities to achieve solutions for the betterment of Singapore and mankind.
Researchers mass-producing stem cells to satisfy the demands of regenerative medicine
Steve Oh had been growing stem cells by conventional means at the A*STAR Bioprocessing Technology Institute (BTI) for seven years, when in 2008 his colleague Shaul Reuveny proposed an idea for speeding up the process.
Sequencing technique unveiling the realm of viral mutations
Researchers at A*STAR have devised a sequencing technique that can track specific viral variants produced when viruses such as hepatitis B rapidly mutate within individual patients. The breakthrough allows an unprecedented ...
A counterintuitive approach yields big benefits for high-dimensional, small-sized dataset problems
Extracting meaningful information out of clinical datasets can mean the difference between a successful diagnosis and a protracted illness. However datasets can vary widely both in terms of the number of 'features' measured ...
Extracting useful scientific information from social media
In the second it takes to 'like' this article, 6,000 tweets, 5,000 profile updates, 4,000 photos and 500 blogs will have been posted on multiple social media platforms. As that second extends to a minute, a day and even a ...
Harnessing sunlight with semiconductor microspheres containing metal nanoparticles
A*STAR researchers have performed theoretical calculations to explain why semiconductor microspheres embedded with metal nanoparticles are so good at using sunlight to catalyze reactions.
Pairs of silicon nanocylinders can locally create and enhance light's magnetic field
Shining visible light on two tiny silicon cylinders, or a 'nanodimer', placed just 30 nanometers apart, produces resonant hot spots for both the electric and magnetic fields, finds a study by A*STAR researchers. This phenomenon ...
Green tea as a therapeutic delivery system for anticancer drugs
The humble cup of tea has long been regarded as a cure-all for the hustle and bustle of modern life. Now, researchers from the A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology have identified another benefit of tea—they ...
Stacking improves paper-based test kits and leads to greater accuracy
Paper-based kits for diagnosing disease from saliva samples will become more versatile and effective thanks to a technical development by researchers from the A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. Their innovation ...
Recharging in private
An electronic payment system developed in Singapore will protect the privacy of customers recharging their electric vehicles.
Mapping Singapore's urban heat island phenomenon
Researchers in Singapore are developing a microclimatic modelling tool to prevent further deterioration of the country's urban heat island phenomenon.