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.
Creating high-resolution full-color moving holograms in 3-D
Three-dimensional (3D) movies, which require viewers to wear stereoscopic glasses, have become very popular in recent years. However, the 3D effect produced by the glasses cannot provide perfect depth cues. Furthermore, it ...
Method for creating high-quality two-dimensional materials could enable industrial-scale production
Two-dimensional materials have a whole host of exotic properties because they are just one atom thick. A*STAR researchers have now developed a method for creating large areas of atom-thin material for use in electronic devices.
Developing greener household products
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore is working with a Japanese multinational company to develop safer, anti-odour and anti-bacteria household products that eliminate the use of harmful biocides.
Researchers generate tiny images that contain over 300 colors
A scheme for greatly increasing the number of colors that can be produced by arrays of tiny aluminum nanodisks has been demonstrated by A*STAR scientists.
Nano packages for anti-cancer drug delivery
Cancer stem cells are resistant to chemotherapy and consequently tend to remain in the body even after a course of treatment has finished, where they can often trigger cancer recurrence or metastasis. A new study by researchers ...
Polymeric material that changes its structure when immersed in salt water
'Smart' materials that alter their structure in response to specific, controllable stimuli have applications in various fields, from biomedical science to the oil industry. Now, A*STAR researchers have created a self-assembling ...
Calculations reveal how mixtures of different elements can control the thermal properties of nanowires
A mathematical model of heat flow through miniature wires could help develop thermoelectric devices that efficiently convert heat—even their own waste heat—into electricity.
Detailed experiments reveal the operational parameters for a promising thermo-magnetic data-storage technology
The mechanics and dynamics of heat-assisted magnetic recording (HAMR) are now better understood thanks to work by A*STAR and the National University of Singapore. The experimental study will help scientists aiming to break ...
Powered by proton gradient, world-first helical molecule transports water across membranes
Getting water across lipid membranes is not easy. In nature, molecules called aquaporins, discovered in the 1990s, move water from one side of a biological membrane to another, but the molecules are fragile and bulky. Now, ...
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.