20 Sep 2018 Issue 4

Ten years of collaboration with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

   The “Built Environment and Health” session of the collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and National Taiwan Univ....more

Coral record of an anthropogenic N perturbation in the remote open ocean

   Like all organisms, marine phytoplankton require nitrogen to live and grow. Although the majority of the air we breathe is N2, the nitrogen in the atmosphere is n....more

Glucose-sensitive self-healing hydrogel as sacrificial material for fabricating vascularized constructs

   A major challenge in tissue engineering is the lack of proper vascularization. Because host-capillary invasion upon the implantation of man-made tissues requires ....more

Molecular Genetics of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia in Taiwan: Clinical and Pathogenetic Implications

   Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most prevalent adult leukemia in the Western world. CLL belongs to the indolent lymphoma category, but its clinical cour....more

Self-assembly of conjugated rod-coil block copolymers for organic electronics

   The field of organic electronics has enjoyed increasing interest over the past decade. Organic light-emitting diodes, field-effect transistors and solar cells hav....more

High-performance CsPb1-xSnxBr3 perovskite quantum dots for highly efficient light-emitting diodes

   All inorganic CsPbBr3 perovskite quantum dots (QDs) have attracted considerable interest because of their high photoluminescence, tunable and narrow emission wave....more

Deciphering brown root rot disease of trees

The comparative and population genomics landscape of Phellinus noxius    Under most circumstances, fungi coexist with trees or act as saprotrophs responsible for ....more

Positive in-plane magnetoresistance induced by nanodomain boundaries in graphene

   Graphene supports long spin lifetimes and long diffusion lengths, making it promising for spintronics. However, rendering graphene magnetic remains a fundamental ....more

Evidence-based international recommendations for difficult biliary access

A must-read for endoscopists   Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) is the preferred treatment for bile duct stones and plays an important role....more

Strategies for improving the functionality of zeolitic imidazolate frameworks

Tailoring nanoarchitectures for functional applications   Zeolitic imidazole frameworks (ZIFs), a subclass of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) built with tetrahedra....more

Systematically selecting conservation areas for habitat quality and multiple ecosystem services protection

   Conservation areas generally consist of natural resources that must be sustained and preserved, such as habitats, species, ecosystems, and the services they provi....more

Bridging a way to their origins – Introduction to the NTU-USYD Collaborative Project

Interview:Professor Yu-Wen Chen    Intercountry adoptions have been justified as being in the best interests of children who cannot receive suitable care in their....more

Historical Narratives in the Pre-Qin and Han Periods

   The long history of Chinese historical narratives that originated in the Shang-Zhou (商周) era, bloomed in the Warring States (戰國) period and prospered in the H....more

Why should a guidebook, not a textbook, be written on Xunzi studies?

   This volume is neither an introduction to Xunzi’s (ca. 315-235 BCE) philosophy nor a collection of those research articles and essays that the author has co....more

Climate Change and Societal Risk

An Introduction to Sociology of Climate Change    In modern society, nation states have faced various challenges, including housing bubbles, pollution, and unempl....more

‘Micro’ organism, ‘Macro’ problems

Studies of the MERS-CoV macro domain conducted by NTU structural biologists reveal a promising new therapeutic target.    The macro domain is a well-known prote....more

Quadruplex formation enhanced by DNA methylation

   It is well known that DNA secondary structure and methylation are involved in regulating gene expression in mammals. Research has shown that G-quadruplex (G4) str....more

An integrative tool for phosphoproteomics: a key in systems biology

   Systems biology is a data-driven science in which a combination of experimental and computational approaches are used to understand complex dynamic biological sys....more

Assembly of recombination-mediated DNA repair machinery

   How cells maintain their genome integrity is our long-term interest. The genome is constantly exposed to various endogenous and exogenous insults, ranging from en....more

Developmental changes in conceptual processing in children with autism

   Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by deficits in social communication. To explore the developmental changes in....more

Contextual modulation of to-be-remembered information in visual working memory

   Humans exhibit a remarkable cognitive flexibility to adapt to novel contexts. This great flexibility for new contexts relies on three cognitive abilities in conce....more

Deep-sea corals and coral-bioeroding foraminifera in the South China Sea

   Coral reefs are shallow-water ecosystems that occur in tropical and subtropical seas. They feature very high biodiversity and primary productivity, as well as bea....more

Deep-sea ecosystem functions linked to biodiversity over the past 20,000 years

   Biodiversity-ecosystem function (BEF) relationships have received much attention from ecologists, conservation biologists, and managers because they can be used t....more

Quantum topological Hall effect in noncoplanar antiferromagnetic oxides

   The integer quantum Hall (IQH) effect, first discovered in 1980 by von Klitzing [1] (a 1985 Nobel Laureate), is one of the most fascinating discoveries in physics....more

Light propagation in electrically driven liquid-core/liquid-cladding optical waveguides with electromicrofluidics

   Liquid-core/liquid-cladding optical waveguides offer optically smooth liquid/liquid interfaces to guide light along microfluidic liquid streams with adjustable op....more

A fast-track characterization protocol of spin-orbit torque efficiencies

   Spin-orbit coupling is a source of many exotic physical phenomena found in various condensed matter systems; these phenomena, such as the current-induced spin Hal....more

A novel mechanism of fine-tuning inflammatory responses

   Inflammation is an important component of innate immunity and is quickly induced by the host upon pathogenic infection. Upon infection, innate immune cells, such ....more

Snake venom is a key ingredient for developing anti-thrombotic agents

   Upon vessel wall injury, the integrity of the endothelial cell layer is disrupted, and platelets interact with exposed extracellular matrix (ECM) molecules. The i....more

Influence of genetic variants on the response to lithium treatment in bipolar disorder

   Bipolar disorder (BPD) is a major psychiatric illness with a chronic recurrent course, ranked among the leading disabling diseases worldwide. Lithium medication r....more

The R&D premium and takeover risk

   Why do firms with high R&D intensity offer their investors higher stock returns? Although R&D typically has long-term implications for future earnings, it....more



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