Singapore Standardizes Genetic Testing for IVF Embryos

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has approved genetic testing of IVF embryos as mainstream clinical service. Pre-implantation genetic testing (PGT) for monogenic or single-gene defects (PGT-M) and chromosomal structural rearrangements (PGT-SR), previously available under a pilot programme, are now classified as mainstream, regulated clinical services with effect from May 1. PGT-M and PGT-SR, previously known as …

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Coronoavirus Contact Tracing Smartphone App

Singapore developed a contact-tracing smartphone app called TraceTogther. It allow Singapore to quickly track people who have been exposed to confirmed coronavirus cases. The app can identify people who have been within 2 meters of coronavirus patients for at least 30 minutes, using wireless Bluetooth technology. The app was developed by the Singapore Government Technology …

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General Fusion Has Over US$100 Million to Make a Fusion Demo Plant

General Fusion has successfully closed USD$65 million with a Series E round led by Temasek (Singapore fund). There was US$38 million (C$50 million) released from the Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund. The total funds recently made available to General Fusion is over US$100 million. They will use the money to design, construct, and subsequently operate its …

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South Korea University mandatory dating class

South Korean universities have courses that make it mandatory for students to date their classmates. Students have to date each other in three randomly assigned pairings. Courses on dating, sex, love and relationships are trying to increase coupling and eventually birthrate. Most young korean woman and men don’t want to have kids. They reason it …

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Solid State battery for Dyson electric car

Billionaire vacuum cleaner maker James Dyson will open an electric car factory in Singapore in 2020. The British consumer goods company will invest about $2.7 billion to launch new electric cars. Dyson has plenty of experience working with batteries, electric motors and sleek luxury designs. Most new electric car start-ups, including Dyson, Tesla, Apple and …

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Breakthrough for large scale printing of wood at ten times lower cost than other 3D printing

Cellulose is the most abundant and broadly distributed organic compound and industrial by-product on Earth. The bottom-up use of cellulose to fabricate 3D objects has had big problems that prevented printing wood for practical applications. Use in combination with plastics has lacked scalability and has had high production cost. Researchers in Singapore have demonstrated the …

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Singapore’s $400 billion fund sees companies with World Changing technology from both China and Silicon Valley

Singapores sovereign wealth fund GIC Pte is one of the largest public sovereign wealth fund in the world and manages over $398 billion. The fund is giving it equal attention to Chinese technology companies and to Silicon valley technology companies. GIC invested in Alibaba before its 2014 IPO — the stock has since almost tripled …

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Combining the best results of 18 different cancer algorithms boosts treatability from 60% to over 80%

Scientists in Singapore have made a unique discovery about how to treat cancers – when it comes to pinpointing cancer treatment targets, it is better to listen to many computer programmes rather than just one. Researchers have developed an advanced system that integrates this ‘wisdom of the crowd’ through a powerful consensus algorithm to isolate …

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Singapore creates AI, robotics, data analytics and IoT lab

Under a five-year partnership, Singtel, NTU Singapore and the National Research Foundation Singapore (NRF Singapore) will establish a S$42.4 million corporate lab, to be called Singtel Cognitive and Artificial Intelligence Lab for Enterprises (SCALE@NTU), to develop applications for use in the areas of public safety, smart urban solutions, transportation, healthcare and manufacturing. The partners, through …

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USA First and China Second in Internet Ranking Index

China ranked second after the United States in an internet development index released on Monday that gauges six dimensions from internet infrastructure to application among 38 countries. China has the largest number of internet users and is the world’s top e-commerce and mobile payment market by transaction volume, according to the Global Internet Development Index, …

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