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.
A light-triggered cleanable, recyclable chip makes fabrication feasible for all
Throw away the detergent and forgo the elbow grease: pesky proteins can now be removed from surfaces by simply exposing them to light, thanks to a reusable titania template developed by A*STAR researchers.
A cost effective means for counting white blood cells promises to improve diagnosis in low-resource areas
An inexpensive, low-tech method for counting white blood cells, that uses gold nanoparticles and paper has been devised by researchers from the A*STAR Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. The simple, low-cost and ...
Phosphorus-based ligand facilitates palladium-catalyzed complex molecules
The scope and productivity of an essential palladium-catalyzed coupling reaction that generates complex molecules has been improved thanks to A*STAR research that uses low-reactivity materials.
Experiments show that the careful choice of witnesses makes it easier to detect entangled quantum states
Accurately probing the delicate relationship between linked, or 'entangled', photons—irrespective of the distance between them—is an important element of quantum cryptography, and perhaps even teleportation. Now, A*STAR ...
Predictive tool to identify sequences causing mutations, genome instability and diseases
Scientists from A*STAR's Bioinformatics Institute (BII) have developed an analytical model and computational tool to rapidly and accurately predict the occurrence and locations of R-loop Forming Sequences (RLFSs) in any genome ...
Biosensor may improve clinical diagnosis of influenza A
Sensors based on special sound waves known as surface acoustic waves (SAWs) are capable of detecting tiny amounts of antigens of Influenza A viruses. Developed by A*STAR researchers, the biosensors have the potential to detect ...
Exposing breast cancer using nanoscale polymers
Photoacoustic imaging is a ground-breaking technique for spotting tumors inside living cells with the help of light-absorbing compounds known as contrast agents. A*STAR researchers have now discovered a way to improve the ...
Highly confined transport of light energy over long distances using networks of gold nanoparticles
A way to transport highly confined light energy over long distances using extended networks of partially fused gold nanoparticles has been demonstrated by an international team of researchers. This demonstration raises the ...
An expression for droplet deformation simplifies calculations for a wide range of applications
A simple formula that describes the initial deformation of a droplet as it hits a solid surface is likely to help to model droplet behavior in a variety of different contexts, shows new research by A*STAR.
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.