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.
Deadly bacterium uses cellular proteins as bait to sabotage a pathway that enables immune response
A protein produced by the pathogen responsible for the bubonic plague sabotages immune detection through a multi-pronged attack, protecting the bacteria as they pursue their deadly mission.
Socially intelligent computers can turn difficult online negotiations into win−win situations
Programming fundamental 'social intelligence' skills into software agents can make humans substantially more trusting of online negotiations, which can lead to superior outcomes in e-commerce transactions, finds an A*STAR-led ...
Scientists discover new roles for viral genes in the human genome
Research on the expression of viral DNA within the human genome furthers our understanding of human evolution and embryonic development
Study could lead to improved catalysts for producing hydrogen fuel from waste biomass
Experimental analysis and computer simulations reveal new insights into the process by which ethanol produced from waste biomass can be converted into hydrogen in the presence of a catalyst. These insights should aid the ...
Oxide/carbon composites could power green metal-air batteries
Electrochemical devices are crucial to a green energy revolution in which clean alternatives replace carbon-based fuels. This revolution requires conversion systems that produce hydrogen from water or rechargeable batteries ...
Cheap, environmentally friendly solar cells are produced by minimizing disruptive surface layers
By tailoring the interface between the two sections of a solar cell, A*STAR researchers have produced a high-performance solar cell from the abundant and cheap materials of copper (II) oxide and silicon.
Tiny conjugated polyelectrolyte-nanoparticle probes produced by ultrasonication prove superior to commercial products
James Bond liked his martini to be 'shaken not stirred', and now A*STAR researchers have found that shaking, rather than stirring, also produces better nanoparticles for bioimaging—with important implications for spying ...
A cost-effective method uses fungi to convert palm oil waste to green products
Leftover plant matter from the production of palm oil could provide a generous source for making biofuels and environmentally friendly plastics. Researchers from A*STAR have developed a fungal culture for use in a cheap and ...
Computational technique reveals how tiny pillars affect the condensation of vapor onto a surface
A computational technique to analyze how water vapor condenses on a surface patterned with an array of tiny pillars has been co-developed by an A*STAR researcher. Calculations carried out using this technique reveal that ...
Scientists learn to monitor neural stem cells that might help repair neurological damage
A labeling compound identified at A*STAR that specifically marks neuronal stem cells is not only a useful research tool, but could also assist clinical efforts to repair neurological damage in patients.