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    Default No overspending for 2015 SEA Games: Chan Chun Sing

    By Patwant Singh | Posted: 01 July 2012 2042 hrs


    SINGAPORE: Acting Minister for Community Development, Youth and Sports, Chan Chun Sing, has given the assurance that there will be no overspending for the 2015 SEA Games that the country will host.

    The minister told this to media after revealing details about the Games' Steering Committee.

    Mr Chan, who chairs the Committee, said it will comprise members from all sectors of society.

    The Committee has a good mix of people from the private, public and people sectors.

    More details are still being ironed out, including the budget, the number of sports and even the Games Village.

    Also being considered is the possibility of setting up a separate fund to help the Singapore athletes train earlier and better for the big event.

    Two dates are being considered for the event, one in June 2015 and the other in November that year.

    Mr Chan reiterated that all this will be done within budget.

    "We are keeping a very tight watch over the entire budget. Unlike the YOG, the SEA Games is very different. In YOG there are various contractual things that we have to abide by, but for the SEA games itself we have greater control of the choices of vendors and the kind of things that we want to use for the Games," said Mr Chan.

    "We are quietly confident that we'll have much greater control over the entire budget," he added.

    This will be the fourth time that Singapore is hosting the event.

    Previously it was staged in 1973, 1983 and 1993. In the last edition, more than 4,000 athletes competed in 29 sports and host Singapore won a record 50 gold medals.

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    Default Only S'pore has 2 feature projects

    04:45 AM Jul 03, 2012

    Singapore - Two projects, one designed to meet Singapore's waste disposal needs and the other to cater to the city's water needs, have propelled the Republic to be the only country with two feature projects among the world's top 10 urban infrastructure projects, according to a new KPMG study.

    The Tuas II Desalination Plant, which will supply Singapore with 318,500m3 of water daily, was chosen as being the most noteworthy project in the water category.

    The 48km-long Deep Tunnel Sewerage System that runs from Kranji to Changi, meanwhile, was selected as being the most noteworthy in the recycling and waste management category.

    KPMG's report, launched at the World Cities Summit, showcases 100 of the most innovative and inspiring urban infrastructure projects around the world. The judging panel took into account the projects' scale, feasibility, technical or financial complexity, innovation, and impact on society.

    In healthcare, the London Royal Hospital, which replaces a number of now demolished old buildings with a coherent structure, was recognised.

    New York's East Side Access project, which will connect the Long Island Rail Road's Main and Port Washington lines in Queens to a new terminal beneath Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, was recognised as a noteworthy project in the urban mobility category.

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    Default Infrastructure woes

    World's policymakers weigh in on keeping pace with rapid urbanisation and growth

    by Woo Sian Boon
    04:45 AM Jul 03, 2012


    SINGAPORE - Infrastructure development in cities has struggled to keep pace with rapid urbanisation and economic growth, according to most policymakers at the World Cities Summit's opening plenary session yesterday.

    Cities in India, for example, face infrastructure deficits in the areas of transport, water and sewage management, said its Minister of Urban Development Kamal Nath.

    Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara, meanwhile, pointed out the social problems that arise with urban living. Citing the example of Tsukuba Science City in Tokyo, Mr Ishihara noted high suicide rates decreased only after bars and pachinko parlours were established in the area, a reflection that "human desires, wishes and demands" have to be met.

    Rapid urbanisation has not only brought about social and economic challenges, but environmental degradation as well, said Indonesia's Minister of Public Works Djoko Kirmanto. The difficulty for Indonesian policymakers lies in the distribution of limited resources to its many provinces and municipalities.

    "Our challenge is how to allocate budget effectively and efficiently so that the surface level of infrastructure is maintained in tip-top condition," said Mr Djoko.

    Singapore's Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Vivian Balakrishan, who was also on the Summit's opening plenary session, felt "dense, open, integrated, well-planned and well-connected cities are the greenest and the most sustainable way of life for the future".

    Besides investing in infrastructure, he added, good governance would also be key.

    When asked how they would plan a sustainable city given that they have no control over migration, India's Mr Nath said emphasis should be placed on "urbanisation by design and not by default".

    Citing the example of Mumbai and New Delhi, he noted that suburbanisation can be planned, thus ensuring a good transport network link to disperse economic activity.

    To minimise rural-urban migration, Nigeria's Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Ama Pepple said her country is developing its agricultural industry so that jobs can also be found not only in cities but also in rural areas.

    She also felt housing for the low-income groups must be made easily affordable in cities to avoid the formation of slums.

    Indonesia's Mr Djoko spoke about the importance of maintaining green spaces in urban areas. "One of the ways is to maintain at least 30 per cent of green open space in every urban area," he added.

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    Default PUB, Int'l Desalination Association sign training MOU

    Posted: 02 July 2012 1709 hrs


    SINGAPORE: The International Desalination Association (IDA) and PUB, Singapore's national water agency, on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore opportunities for mutual cooperation in promising areas of training and education regarding water.

    IDA recently launched its new Desalination Academy, which will hold its inaugural courses at this year's Singapore International Water Week.

    PUB's Academy@WaterHub supports the training and development needs of Singapore's water industry.

    The possible areas of collaboration under the MOU include training and education in desalination and water reuse, and the organisation of IDA Desalination Academy training programmes held alongside key conferences such as Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) and the Saudi Water and Power Forum, Jeddah, where the academy will hold its next set of training courses.

    The MOU also allows PUB to tap into the roster of Master Teachers who are members of the IDA Desalination Academy's faculty for desalination and water reuse training courses for the Asia-Pacific region.

    Likewise, PUB will provide speakers to share insights into Singapore's Public-Private-Partnership approach on Desalination or Water Reuse in IDA's training courses and host technical tours to PUB facilities.

    Patricia A. Burke, IDA's Secretary General, said: "IDA and PUB have established a long-standing, valued and close working relationship.

    "We look forward to exploring ways to further strengthen our alliance through educational programmes that will benefit both Singapore and the international desalination community."

    Mr Ng Han Tong, director of WaterHub at PUB, said: "This collaboration will tap on the synergies between IDA and PUB to bring more training and development opportunities for the global water community, particularly in the areas of desalination and water reuse practices and technologies. We welcome IDA to conduct courses at WaterHub."

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    Default A*STAR scientists develop tech to enhance urban living

    By Julia Ng | Posted: 02 July 2012 1252 hrs


    SINGAPORE: How would you like to see, feel, hear and control your environment... virtually? Well, scientists from A*STAR (Agency for Science, Technology and Research) are putting you one step closer to that.

    They have developed technologies that capture and analyse huge amounts of data to create systems that enhance urban living.

    These include technologies that analyse crowd behaviour, allow remote energy management, predict disease outbreaks, or even tell where some of the windiest spots in the city centre are.

    A*STAR Science and Engineering Research Council's (SERC) "Sense and Sense-abilities" programme focuses on pervasive sensing to address challenges that city planners face in developing urban environments.

    A demo has been set up at the World Cities Summit (WCS) 2012 Expo to showcase the programme's capabilities.

    The demo gathers visual, sound and floor pressure data, which is then translated into "smart" crowd maps that decipher popular travel paths or identify areas with less traffic.

    Such technologies can be used for targeted marketing or enhancing product placements in malls and retail shops, or deployed in traffic management systems to identify potential congestion hotspots.

    Experts said that as the power demands of cities grow, the deployment of smart grids and smart devices that regulate energy usage in the mass consumer electricity market becomes essential in helping cities manage their energy requirements.

    The A*STAR smart energy showcase would demonstrate how "Smart Plugs" can be used to remotely monitor and control home appliances over the Internet, highlighting the significant role energy consumers and end-users play in achieving energy efficiency targets in the future.

    The urban environment can also be modelled to allow city planners to see what future cities could look like. For example, data on wind flow patterns in dense areas like city centres can provide city planners with a better view on how to manage microclimates and reduce "hot spots".

    Weather and genomic data, coupled with information on past outbreaks can also be used in combating diseases - by predicting possible outbreaks and allowing effective intervention strategies to be implemented earlier.

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    Default Singapore to showcase research achievements at Lindau conference

    By Wong Siew Ying | Posted: 01 July 2012 2143 hrs


    LINDAU, Germany: Singapore is expected to showcase its achievements in science and research to Nobel Laureates and top scientists at an international conference in Lindau, Germany on Monday.

    The National Research Foundation (NRF) said this will be a good platform to attract talent to pursue a research career in Singapore.

    Eight younger researchers will also represent Singapore at the conference, including 30-year-old Derrick Fam.

    Mr Fam's work focuses on carbon nanotubes for applications in nanoelectronics.

    And he is looking forward to sharing his experience and learning from his peers at the conference.

    Derrick Fam, research fellow, School of Materials Science and Engineering, NTU, said: "In other cultures, funding may not be that copious and may not be enough for them to do what they want to do... I think the most important thing for them is the creative journey to get around the problem and to formulate solutions to do science with whatever limited resources they have."

    The 62nd Meeting of the Nobel Laureates in Lindau brings together young scientists and Nobel prize winners from around the world.

    Twenty-seven Nobel Laureates and 580 participants, including eight researchers from Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and Research, the National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, will attend this year's conference.

    Dr Francis Yeoh, CEO, National Research Foundation, said: "Singapore aspires to be a hub for leading edge world-class R&D, so I think a platform like this is important for us as a way of making known what Singapore has done...(and) also as a means to attract some of the bright young scientists to consider carrying out research in Singapore."

    As part of his official visit to Germany, Singapore President Tony Tan met researchers from Singapore in Lindau.

    Dr Tan will also be honoured at the science conference for his outstanding contributions to science and education in Singapore.

    - CNA/cc

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    Default Centre for Translational Medicine at NUS opens

    Published on Jul 3, 2012


    A flagship building for translational research and education was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Tuesday. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN



    By Melissa Pang

    A flagship building for translational research and education was officially opened by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Tuesday.

    The 15-storey Centre for Translational Medicine (CeTM) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) will house major research programmes in diseases common here.

    The CeTM is also equipped with state-of-the-art educational facilities, such as a healthcare simulation centre that allows medical students to practice their skills in a realistic and safe environment.

    DPM Teo, who is also chairman of the National Research Foundation, said in a speech that the CeTM is an 'important milestone' in Singapore's journey towards an innovation-driven society and economy.
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    Default Singapore to host inaugural Global Young Scientists Summit

    By Wong Siew Ying | Posted: 03 July 2012 0919 hrs



    LINDAU, Germany: Singapore will host the inaugural Global Young Scientists Summit in January 2013, President Tony Tan Keng Yam announced on Tuesday.

    The summit will be a multi-disciplinary meeting, covering the basic sciences of chemistry, physics and medicines, as well as mathematics, computer science and engineering.

    Apart from attending lectures and discussion groups, the participants will also get to visit various research institutes in Singapore to better understand the science and technology scene in Singapore.

    Speaking in Germany, Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam said the event would bring together young researchers and internationally eminent science and technology leaders.

    The idea of hosting the summit was mooted by Dr Tan in 2010 after he visited a science conference in Lindau, Germany. Like the science conference in Lindau, the Global Young Scientists Summit is aimed at inspiring young scientists.

    The summit is expected to attract up to 350 participants from around the world.

    "We have about 10 Nobel laureates who have accepted our invitation to participate and speak at the conference, and also hold sessions with the scientists," CEO of the National Research Foundation Dr Francis Yeoh said.

    "We've also got six (scientists) who have won other prizes, for example the Millennium Prize, which is a technology prize, and the Turing award."

    The Global Young Scientists Summit will be held from January 20 to 25. It will be held once every two years, with the aim of eventually making it an annual affair.

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    Default Swimming: Two more swimmers for Olympics

    Posted: 03 July 2012 0640 hrs


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    SINGAPORE: Swimmers Quah Zheng Wen, 15, and Mylene Ong, 21, have earned invites from the sport's world body FINA to the July 27 to August 12 London Olympics.

    Ong will race in the women's 100m freestyle and Zheng Wen in the men's 400m individual medley. They are the latest swimmers to qualify, after Joseph Schooling and Tao Li.

    Their inclusion also means Singapore's athlete delegation stands at 21, pending the Singapore National Olympic Council's approval. - TODAY
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    JB police team to track down kidnappers of S'porean family



    04:46 AM Jul 03, 2012


    SINGAPORE - The police in Johor Bahru (JB) have formed a special team to track down the two men involved in the kidnapping of a Singaporean family there on Sunday, according to Bernama news agency yesterday.

    The police, who have not yet identified the nationality of the kidnappers, set up the special team based on a few clues, it reported.

    Singaporean Rita Zahara's younger sister, 25, her two children - aged 11 and 13 - and her domestic helper, 43, were kidnapped on Sunday at about 12.45am in JB, after Ms Zahara, 37, stopped and left her car to buy some fruits.

    Two armed men took off in her car, a white Nissan Sunny with a Singapore registration number plate, and demanded ransom for the release of her family. After several hours, the family was released unharmed at a residential area in Ulu Tiram.

    Johor CID chief Amer Awal is reported as saying that the JB police are on the look out for the white Nissan Sunny, while Malaysia newspaper The Star said the police are looking for a male suspect involved in the kidnapping.

    Malaysian news outlet Mstar.com.my yesterday quoted Mr Amer as saying that he believes the suspects involved will be arrested soon, since the authorities are working on several leads.

    When contacted, Ms Zahara told TODAY that the Malaysian police update her occasionally on their investigations. Mendaki has also contacted her to inform her that it will be working with the Ministry of Education's trauma unit to make sure her children get counselling when they go to school today.

    Her family and maid are still traumatised, she said.

    In a post on her Facebook page yesterday, Ms Zahara thanked friends and family for their concern.

    "Be assured that my family is coping and we thank you for your concern," she wrote.
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    Default Swimmer Lim gets Olympics spot


    by Tan Yo-Hinn
    Updated 02:19 AM Jul 04, 2012

    SINGAPORE -- Multiple SEA Games gold medallist Lynette Lim is the latest Singapore swimmer who is set for the London Olympics.

    The 20-year-old has received an invite from the sport's world body FINA to compete in the women's 400m freestyle after her best time of 4min 15.07sec during the year-long qualifying window met the event's "B" timing of 4:18.07.

    The United States-based Lim, who also competed at the 2008 Beijing Games, becomes the fifth national swimmer to book her ticket to London, after Joseph Schooling (men's 200m butterfly), Tao Li (women's 100m fly), Quah Zheng Wen (men's 400m individual medley) and Mylene Ong (women's 100m freestyle).

    Lim, who won three golds at the 2009 SEA Games, currently holds the national Open women's records for the 400m, 800m and 1,500m freestyle events.

    It also means there are now 22 athletes from eight sports who will represent Singapore at the London Olympics, which will be held from July 27 to Aug 12.

    The final list of athletes will be officially confirmed by the Singapore National Olympic Council by July 9.





    US-based swimmer Lynette Lim (pictured) becomes the latest Singapore athlete to earn a spot at the London Olympics. Today File Photo.

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    Default HDB's new tool will let it simulate urban scenarios

    by Woo Sian Boon
    04:46 AM Jul 04, 2012



    SINGAPORE - The Housing and Development Board will soon be able to make better and more informed decisions on sustainable urban planning initiatives - such as which public housing blocks should have green roofs or solar panels - with the introduction of a new modelling tool.

    A Memorandum of Understanding to test-bed this modelling tool was signed between the HDB, Electricite de France and VEOLIA Environement Recherche et Innovation yesterday at the World Cities Summit.

    The complex Systems Model simulates the built environment of a city and its impact on resource use, environment, people and costs, using complex systems modelling technique.

    Said HDB Chief Executive Officer Cheong Koon Hean: "This new tool will help us in formulating holistic and sustainable urban solutions that will ultimately benefit our residents."

    The simulation tool is currently being piloted in the Greenprint neighbourhood in Jurong East.

    It will simulate and project data for different scenarios, such as shade patterns and waste production, so that sustainable solutions can be implemented. For example, with data on shade patterns, the HDB will be able to determine which blocks should have solar panels to harness the maximum amount of solar energy and which blocks should have green roofs to minimise stress on drainage systems and reduce temperatures.

    The system will also be able to access social behaviour, such as which blocks produce the most waste, so it can be taken into consideration when planning waste collection points.

    As the tool can project different complex scenarios, the HDB hopes to eliminate the risk of physical trial and error when implementing urban solutions by first testing and simulating the solutions on computers.

    Partially funded by the Economic Development Board, the system will be developed in a year, with the HDB hoping to implement actual infrastructure into Jurong East neighbourhood by 2014.

    Separately, the National Environment Agency and IBM researchers yesterday announced a three-year collaboration to develop advanced predictive capabilities to simulate, forecast, manage and report on key environmental concerns in Singapore.

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    Default HDB conferred award for excellence in sustainable development

    Posted: 03 July 2012 1439 hrs



    Artist impression of Waterway Sunbeam in Punggol (Image from HDB)


    SINGAPORE: The Housing & Development Board (HDB) was on Tuesday conferred the Singapore Sustainability Award 2012 Green Technology Award.

    The award recognises HDB's contributions to drive sustainable development efforts in its towns and estates as a responsible master planner and the largest developer of housing in Singapore.

    CEO of HDB Dr Cheong Koon Hean said: "HDB is honoured to be the only public sector recipient winning the Singapore Sustainability Award - Green Technology Award this year.

    "As the largest developer in Singapore, HDB is constantly striving to develop world-class public housing and build a community for comfortable green living - one that is sustainable and adopts best practices in environmental sustainability."

    In a statement, HDB says that from the onset, its towns are planned comprehensively to include all key facilities to create a work-live-learn-play environment to meet residents' needs.

    Flats are designed to embrace local tropical climate conditions, utilising passive design strategies to achieve energy, water and waste management.

    HDB says it strives constantly to achieve more through new ideas and innovations to stretch its environmental targets.

    Inaugurated in 2009, the Singapore Sustainability Awards is an initiative of the Singapore Business Federation and comprises the Sustainable Business Awards and the Green Technology Awards.

    The awards aim to recognise companies for their outstanding sustainable business and green technology practices.

    Besides the Singapore Sustainability Award 2012 - Green Technology Award, HDB was also conferred the Built Environment Leadership Platinum Award -- the highest accolade for BCA's Built Environment Leadership Award.

    The award was for demonstrating excellence and leadership in shaping a safe, high quality, sustainable and friendly built environment in Singapore.

    This is the first time a public sector organisation has been conferred the Built Environment Leadership Award.

    Other recent wins for HDB include the FIABCI Prix d'Excellence Award 2012 for the mixed development at Clementi Town Centre and the Grand Prize for Excellence in Environmental Engineering, presented by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, to recognise the environmental sustainability concepts adopted for the Punggol Waterway.

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    Default Singapore ranks 3rd worldwide for innovation: UN agency

    Published on Jul 4, 2012



    DSO National Laboratories (DSO) scientist working on a biochemical project in the laboratory. -- PHOTO: DSO NATIONAL LABORATORIES



    GENEVA (AFP) - Singapore is third in the world when it comes to innovation, according to a United Nations (UN) agency report that also warned of a two-speed Europe linked to the global economic crisis.

    The report by UN agency World Intellectual Property Index (WIPO) and INSEAD business school ranked 141 countries using 84 indicators. Switzerland took the top spot for the second year running, followed by Sweden and Singapore.

    Switzerland scored particularly well in areas including research and development, creative output and ecological sustainability.

    Report author Soumitra Dutta said that although European countries were 'clear leaders in innovation performance', southern European countries continued to suffer from the effects of the global economic crisis and unresolved structural problems.



    We're very good at it, but ...

    Singapore ranked No 3 in global ranking but is only83rd for innovation efficiency


    04:46 AM Jul 04, 2012

    SINGAPORE - While the Republic has retained third place in an annual index on innovation, it has continued to lag behind in terms of output for its investments in innovation - or in other words, its innovation efficiency.

    The Global Innovation Index (GII), released yesterday, ranked 141 countries across seven categories: Institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication, business sophistication, knowledge and technology outputs, and creative outputs. The index is published by INSEAD eLab, a research centre at the international business school, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

    According to INSEAD, Singapore's position as Asia's most innovative country was due to strong showings across the board, coming in first in innovative inputs, human capital research and business sophistication.

    "Its innovation capabilities rank first in the world, with a well-trained student body, a robust research community, a skilled labour force, sophisticated financial and commercial markets and a business community proactive in adopting the latest technologies," the GII report said.

    In the area of innovation efficiency, however, Singapore was ranked 83rd. It was 94th last year. This was partly due to a weaker showing in creative outputs, where Singapore was ranked 37th, falling by seven places from last year.

    This category measures creativity as part of innovative output, taking into account statistics (such as trademark registrations by residents), creative goods and services (such as national feature films and creative goods exports) and online creativity (such as video uploads on YouTube and monthly edits on Wikipedia).

    INSEAD eLab Associate Director (Asia-Pacific) Nina Laven said that innovation output has been "in the past a weaker area for Singapore". She added: "Creative outputs is still a weakness. I think that moving forward, continued and planned strategic investments in creative clusters by the Singapore Government may raise that ranking."

    This year, however, in the category of knowledge and technology output, Singapore has moved up from 15th to third, she noted. INSEAD attributed this rise to the impact of innovation activities at the macro-economic level. There were "clear improvements" in the growth rate of labour productivity and in foreign direct investment net outflows, INSEAD said.


    Top 10 Leaders in the Global Innovation Index


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    Hong Kong (China)
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    Default Singapore scientists discover control mechanism for obesity, cancer

    By Julia Ng | Posted: 03 July 2012 1049 hrs


    The number of atherosclerotic plaques is significantly reduced in mice deficient in Wip1 as seen in the bottom image. (Credit: A*STAR)



    SINGAPORE: A*STAR scientists in Singapore have made what is believed to be groundbreaking discovery of the mechanism that controls obesity, atherosclerosis and, potentially, cancer.

    Scientists from the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) and the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium (SBIC) said they have found a new signalling pathway that regulates both obesity and atherosclerosis.

    The team showed, for the first time, that mice deficient in the Wip1 gene were resistant to weight gain and atherosclerosis via regulation of the Ataxia telangiectasia mutated gene (ATM) and its downstream signalling molecule mTor.

    A*STAR says these groundbreaking findings were published in the journal Cell Metabolism on 3 July and may provide significant new avenues for therapeutic interventions for obesity and atherosclerosis.

    Obesity and atherosclerosis-related diseases account for over one-third of deaths in the Western world. In Singapore, 10.8 per cent of its population is obese, and cardiovascular disease accounted for 31.9 per cent of all deaths in 2010.

    Atherosclerosis, a progressive disease of the large arteries, is an underlying cause of many cardiovascular diseases.

    Controlling these conditions remains a major challenge due to an incomplete understanding of the molecular pathways involved.

    Obesity and atherosclerosis are accompanied by the accumulation of lipid droplets in fat cells and in foam cells respectively.

    Foam cells can subsequently rupture, damaging blood vessels, and contributing to further progression of atherosclerosis.

    The scientists discovered that Wip1 deficient mice, even when fed a high-fat diet, were resistant to obesity and atherosclerosis by preventing the accumulation of lipid droplets.

    This appeared to be through increased autophagy, the normal process by which the body degrades its own cellular components.

    The scientists showed that the Wip1 deficient mice exhibited increased activity of ATM which decreased mTor signalling, resulting in increased autophagy.

    This degraded the lipid droplets and suppressed obesity and atherosclerosis.

    "This is the first time that Wip1-dependent regulation of ATM-mTor pathway has been linked to authophagy and cholesterol efflux, thus providing an entirely new avenue for treatment of obesity and atherosclerosis," Dr Dmitry Bulavin, senior principal investigator at IMCB and lead author of the paper, said.

    The scientists are hopeful that the ATM-mTor pathway could similarly map onto cancer to suppress tumour progression.

    Similar to suppression of obesity and atherosclerosis, activation of autophagy in cancer cells could result in degradation of cellular content that is essential for cancer cells to sustain rapid proliferation. This, in turn, will result in suppression of cancer growth.

    Dr Dmitry Bulavin said: "We are building on this research to investigate if the same mechanism could also control tumour progression and hence potentially unlock new therapeutic treatments targeting Wip1, ATM and mTor in cancer as well and the preliminary results are promising."

    This discovery also adds to the growing significance of ATM as an important gene with a key role in protecting us from major pathological conditions. Previous work has established Wip1-dependent regulation of ATM as a potent regulator of tumorigenesis via activation of tumour-suppressor p53.

    Together, these three pathological conditions -- obesity, atherosclerosis and cancer -- account for more than 70 per cent of mortality worldwide, making ATM-related pathways very attractive therapeutic targets.

    Professor Hong Wanjin, executive director of IMCB, said, "This is the first time that these important molecules have been integrated into a linear pathway that plays a prominent role in controlling obesity and atherosclerosis. It is a fine example of how fundamental research can shed light on biological and medical questions to potentially open new avenues of formulating therapeutic strategies for the benefit of patients."

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    Default PUB's fish monitoring system wins at IWA Project Innovation Awards

    Published on Jul 4, 2012


    The Public Utilities Board's innovative automated water quality monitoring system won an Honour Award (Applied Research category) on Tuesday at the International Water Association (IWA) Asia Pacific Regional Project Innovation Awards 2012.

    The Fish Activity Monitoring System (Fams) is jointly developed by PUB and the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R), a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star).

    PUB uses fishes to monitor water quality at its waterworks and service reservoirs as part of its water quality monitoring regime to ensure a safe supply of drinking water.

    Fams is able to analyse fish motion activities to identify signs of distress and abnormal fish activity patterns, which indicate changes in water quality, by using video analytics technology and trigger alerts to the operators.

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    Default Hyflux opens S$60m HQ

    by Linette Lim

    04:46 AM Jul 04, 2012


    SINGAPORE - Home-grown water technology company Hyflux yesterday unveiled its S$60 million global headquarters, Hyflux Innovation Centre, in Bendemeer Road.

    The 10-storey complex, with a gross floor area of more than 400,000 sq ft, will house its engineering design and technology commercialisation departments that will integrate R&D outcomes into viable, cost-effective and sustainable solutions for the global water industry.

    At the opening ceremony, Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, said the success of local water companies reflected how Singapore had overcome its water challenge and turned it into a source of economic growth and competitive advantage. He said Singapore-based water companies, including Hyflux, had secured over 100 international projects worth close to S$9 billion over the last six years.

    Hyflux Chief Executive Olivia Lum said the manufacturing capacity of membranes will be progressively increased at the Hyflux Production Hub in Tuas. The hub will eventually provide more than 700,000 sq ft of built-in area for the production of membrane products and systems to be used in projects around the world. Linette Lim

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