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VP(R)'s Picks: A Breakthrough in Stem Cell Technology

VP(R)'s Picks: A Breakthrough in Stem Cell Technology

Embryonic stem cells generally are established from pre-implantation embryos made up of dozens of cells called blastocysts. But HKU scientists have managed to capture stem cells from embryos much earlier in the development process. Moreover, they have achieved this for multiple animal species such as mice, humans and pigs. The research opens up wide new avenues for science investigation, translational medicine and biotechnology.

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VP(R)'s Picks: Religious Chanting May Improve Brain & Heart Well-being

VP(R)'s Picks: Religious Chanting May Improve Brain & Heart Well-being

Mindfulness meditation is well known to induce positive changes to health. Now HKU researchers have provided evidence that religious chanting may also have benefits for both the brain and heart.

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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: A Gold Standard for Display Technology

VP(R)'s Picks: A Gold Standard for Display Technology

The technology behind bendable screens depends on organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). Iridium-based OLEDs are currently favoured, but these are expensive, so the search has been on for new classes of OLEDs. Professor Vivian Yam Wing-Wah recently showed that gold-based OLEDs are a cheaper, less toxic and equally effective alternative.

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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: An Invention to Smile About

VP(R)'s Picks: An Invention to Smile About

The creators of the award-winning NJ toothbrush drew inspiration from high-speed railways and deep knowledge and research on dental and gum diseases to create a flexible toothbrush that can improve oral health by reaching elusive “dead corners” that may be missed by conventional brushes.

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Vice-President (Research)'s Picks: Quantum Mechanics Speeds Up Discovery of Cause & Effect

VP(R)'s Picks: Quantum Mechanics Speeds Up Discovery of Cause & Effect

The ability to identify cause-effect relations is an essential component of the scientific method. New research by Professor Giulio Chiribella greatly speeds up that process by using quantum strategies that open the path for applications ranging from the design of communication networks to the development of intelligent quantum machines.

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