HKU scientists help soybeans to grow in saline soil
7 March 2022
Scientists are finding ways to improve crop resilience.
The team studied six coral reef fish species at a natural volcanic seep in Papua New Guinea.
Active liquid crystals with computational function
4 March 2022
The team shows how the building blocks of a circuit could be created using liquid crystals.
Researchers from the Faculties of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong discovered a causal link between smoking and a higher risk of contracting mild to severe COVID-19, using data from large scale genome-wide association studies.The research team found that heavier smoking behaviour is likely to increase the risk of contracting both mild and severe forms ...
A heat-resistant alloy created for space missions
2 March 2022
An international team of scientists created an alloy that will not melt at 700℃.
Surgeons and engineers worked together to design a soft robot for laser microsurgery.
Researchers at City University of Hong Kong estimate that infection and mortality rates could be significantly reduced for all countries if high-income countries donated 46% of their vaccine stocks to low-income countries.
A research team led by scientists from City University of Hong Kong has designed a new material that achieves efficient liquid cooling at extremely high temperatures, fundamentally solving a 266-year-old challenge presented by the Leidenfrost effect. This breakthrough can be applied in aero and space engines, as well as improve the safety and reliability of next-generation nuclear reactors.The ...
A new way to identify land for forest restoration
25 February 2022
Currently, most estimates of the potential of tropical forests as a carbon sequestration mechanism are based on present-day climate and do not take into account potential impacts from future climate change and rising atmospheric CO2 concentrations.Forest restoration projects are also vulnerable to impacts from climate change. Rising temperatures, drought, insect outbreaks and increases in wildf...
Croucher Foundation today launched the Climate Change Survey, a selection of 20 high quality scientific publications that can assist organisations as they assess climate-related risks in Hong Kong.
The field of DNA nanotechnology began with DNA origami less than two decades ago, when scientists discovered that they could fold DNA into different shapes, allowing them to build tiny molecular structures. Today, a Croucher scholar is advancing the field to simulate the qualitative properties of nano scale DNA structures to make them more effective tools for science and medicine.
Evaporation as a new approach to understand early evolution
9 February 2022
Evaporation could have helped create an environment for early evolution.
Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC) is the fifth most common cancer in Hong Kong and the third leading cause of cancer deaths, with more than 1,800 newly registered cases annually, underlining the importance of research that helps fight the disease.
Citizens help document and learn about Hong Kong’s jellyfish.
Marine ecologists find low functional diversity of invertebrates threatens mangroves
10 January 2022
Mangrove forests were once dominant in the tropics but have been disappearing at alarming rates worldwide. This threatened ecosystem supports a broad range of specialised invertebrates, however little is known about the impact of mangrove deforestation on the functional diversity and resilience of these resident fauna.
Dr Chi Chung Wu (Croucher Fellowship 2018) had more than beauty in mind when he colourised his image, Cardiomyocyte mitosis. Not only did he capture the cell division process of primary mammalian cardiomyocyte, the contractile unit of the heart, but the colours the Croucher Scholar used made it more accessible to colour blind viewers.The four separate images of the second prize winner in the Cr...
Croucher Image Awards winner reveals the hidden beauty of West Antarctica ice flows
23 December 2021
Dr Felix Ng (Croucher Scholarship1995) won the Croucher Image Awards 2021 with an image that captures not only an important scientific discovery, but also the beauty of that knowledge.“I wanted people to be intrigued,” Dr Ng says when asked what inspired him to use satellite-based radar to create an image of ice stream velocity data in West Antarctica.The image spans more than 1,000 kilometers ...
Welcome Class of 2021
8 December 2021
23 outstanding young scientists have been awarded the 2021 Croucher Scholarships, Studentships, Fellowships and Science Communications Studentships.
Croucher Awards Presentation Ceremony 2021
8 December 2021
Croucher Foundation held a ceremony on 8 December 2021 to present awards to the recipients of the Croucher Senior Research Fellowships 2020 and 2021, Croucher Senior Medical Research Fellowships 2020 and 2021, Croucher Innovation Awards 2019 and 2020, and to two recipients of the newly announced Croucher Innovation Awards 2021, in recognition of their excellent scientific research achievements....
Obesity is a global pandemic associated with a significantly reduced life expectancy due to increased risk of type 2 diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic kidney disease and cancer.