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Morphing flat materials into any shape you want 18 November 2019

How the maths behind the art of kirigami may engineer future change.

HKU scientists discover ‘signpost’ in chromatin maze 4 November 2019

Chemical biologists have identified a histone mark that regulates chromatin structure.

Rechargeable liquid fuels set out to power electric vehicles 9 October 2019

Rechargeable “e-fuel” paves way for renewables in energy generation in the future.

Biologist gets a taste for novel protein research 2 October 2019

Novel protein family that plays a role in sour taste reception and inner-ear balance revealed.

World first for ultracold quantum simulation 19 September 2019

The world's first 3-D simulation of topological matter consisting of ultracold atoms.

Memory cue for depression treatment 18 September 2019

Does the way we remember negative events affect our likelihood of experiencing depression?

Accelerating next-generation protein engineering 9 August 2019

Croucher scholars involved in a breakthrough to engineer clinically useful proteins.

Discovering the difference when egg cells divide 18 July 2019

Cell biologists at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Germany, have now discovered a previously unknown structure in mammalian eggs that appears indispensable for error-free distribution of chromosomes in meiosis.

Breakthrough in deriving early embryonic stem cells 19 June 2019

A new approach to derive expanded potential stem cells from both pig and human cells.

Gravitational wave method may solve dark matter boson mystery 11 June 2019

A team of astrophysicists tired to verify the existence of ultralight bosons.

Nanotech key for purer and safer drugs 30 May 2019

Physicists and chemists have developed a new method that could potentially produce pure, higher-quality medicinal drugs.

Corn and soybeans grow better together 16 May 2019

Using intercropping to alleviate environmental and food supply issues.

New light on protein and hormone signalling in plant growth 14 May 2019

Researchers have discovered an important function of a plant protein.

Tackling viral hepatitis B in Hong Kong 23 April 2019

An estimated 576,000 people are living with hepatitis B in Hong Kong, according to a study carried out by HKU.

Greater illumination on inorganic perovskite LEDs 29 March 2019

An efficient way to produce brighter, all-inorganic perovskite LEDs.

Herbs for the gut: new drug for irritable bowel syndrome 22 March 2019

Constantly struggling with abdominal pain and constipation or diarrhoea?

Towards treatment of a rare neurodegenerative disease 18 March 2019

Scientists have identified a compound to possibly cure neurodegenerative diseases.

Novel microrobots detect lethal bacteria in 15 minutes 25 February 2019

A fluorescent microrobot has been developed to shorten the detection time.

Viral genetic factors linked to nasopharyngeal cancer 19 February 2019

Nasopharyngeal cancer is prevalent among young adult males in Guangdong.

A new toolkit for studying how PARP activity boosts cancers 13 February 2019

New method developed by Croucher scholar helps to study ADP-ribosylation.