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N° 12 Décembre 2015 3 p. 399 kb
This month, Taiwan’s science, technology and education press review includes the following news articles: New pancreatic cancer drug extends life for patients; DBS could restore mobility for Parkinson’s sufferers; Lab tests of fossils rewrite Taiwan prehistory; ROC shines at International Junior Science Olympiad; Computer science campaign in Taiwan draws strong response; Technology university eyes Southeast Asia, Africa for students; MOE high school education forum concludes in Taipei; Quota for China students to rise: gov’t; Taiwan biggest winner at Hong Kong invention competition; Hsinchu Science Park confirms Apple lab; TVGH heavy ion radiotherapy unit plan gets government approval; Smart flashlight wins gold in innovative design contest; and ITRI opens microsystem, laser tech centers.
N° 11 Novembre 2015 3 p. 64 kb
This month, Taiwan’s science, technology and education press review includes the following news articles: Biobank project develops predictive model for diabetes; AML survival predictor genes identified; Heart cell injections could treat heart illness: researchers; Pioneer study finds how cancer spreads: NTU; Taiwan research team wins DREAM Challenge on ALS; Youth with overseas experience a positive force: MOE; Taiwan bags 56 medals at iENA Nuremberg; Local institute unveils warning system to prevent traffic accidents; Students’ mobile app wins Red Dot Award in Germany; Taiwan technology institute wins 4 ‘Oscars of Invention’ awards; and Taiwan shines at APICTA Awards.
N° 10 Octobre 2015 3 p. 312 kb
This month, Taiwan’s science, technology and education press review includes the following news articles: Researchers calculate mass of black hole; Researchers herald local breakthrough in fish cultivation; NTU makes bio functional intraocular plastic lenses; Education minister urges universities to find new funding; English listening as part of university entrance contested; English proposed as second language; EPA develops new technology to make roads from old tires; NARL launches cloud-based bridge safety system; and Formosat-5 slated for February 2016 launch.
N° 09 Septembre 2015 3 p. 307 kb
This month, Taiwan’s science, technology and education press review includes the following news articles: Academia Sinica scientist named Kuiper Prize winner; Academia Sinica researchers find new corn protein; Taiwan extends Earth Science Olympiad win streak; Taiwanese scientists share Ig Nobel; Two Hakka-language child centers open in Taichung; National Taiwan University rises in global ranking; Israel Universities to launch project on Taiwan studies; Overseas students in 2016 projected to top 100,000; Credit Suisse to host 16th Asian technology forum; NASA space exhibition to touch down in Taiwan next year; and Latest technological innovations on display in Taipei.
N° 08 Août 2015 3 p. 313 kb
This month, Taiwan’ s science, technology and education press review includes the following news articles: NTU team sheds light on aging process, tumor cells; New met hod may help catch cancer; Taiwan team finds way of boosting plant growth , Taiwan makes plate tectonics study breakthrough; Research team identifies possible acid rain trigger; Curriculum guideline changes at a glance; Ministry touts ‘ top universities ‘ results; New Taipei school raises student food awareness; Hung Hsiu – chu says more vocational training needed; Taiwan company wins WEF technology award; Drones, high – tech weaponry to be on show at exhibition; and Microalgae – based carbon capture tech developed.
N° 07 Juillet 2015 3 p. 306 kb
In July, Taiwanese researchers managed to model the structure of filamentous plant viruses. This finding is expected to significantly bolster animal vaccine manufacturing technologies.
In Taipei, kindergarten subsidies are to be expanded. From now on, children as young as four years of age receive city subsidies if they attend a private kindergarten.
The National Applied Research Laboratories have developed a customizable device that protects valuable items against earthquakes offering a protection capacity superior to any existing equipment. Furthermore, a team at National Central University (NCU) has built the lightest and smallest advanced ionospheric probe (AIP) in the world. The so-called « Cosmic Cube » is set to be installed on the FORMOSAT-5 satellite and is expected to save millions of New Taiwan dollars.
N° 06 Juin 2015 3 p. 306 kb
In June, progress was done in the medical field in Taiwan; a solution to help people suffering from autism, by boosting their zinc transmission to the brain. A next generation anticancer drug was discovered and could help patients with hard-to-penetrate tumors. In universities, a new cursus opened for pop music and the admissions for PhD will be decreased by 30% to focus more on quality rather than on quantity. A team of students won an award for developing a system to help the visually impaired people. And at the Pittsburgh Invention Show, Taiwan was the biggest winner for the fourth consecutive year.
N° 05 Mai 2015 3 p. 189 kb
In the biomedical field, a solution was found to make artificial muscles out of onion cells; the use would mainly be for robots. A possibility for renewable energies lies in the South China Sea, where the power of waves could have a potential to provide 75% of the electricity used in Taiwan. Once more in the clean energy field, a Taiwanese team developed a method of making biofuel from microalgae at a very low cost; the solution could also be used in other fields such as health supplements and cosmetics.
In Education, President Ma is aiming at an increase of foreign students in Taiwan via scholarship programs as a soft-power tool. Taiwanese pupils succeeded very well, again, in a world-wide ranking in mathematics and sciences. In vocational high schools, students started to develop on-campus businesses to give them a practical experience linked to the studied subjects.
In e-commerce, Yahoo Taiwan is developing a way to use photos for shopping online. Starting 2017, the government will introduce smart data in ID cards, such as driver license, health insurance data and, maybe later, digital certification, electronic voting, mobile payment and tax collection.
N° 04 Avril 2015 13 p. 915 kb
In the medical field, a new test was developed to detect Alzheimer, in 5 hours, by blood analysis. A huge progress was made for retinal transplantation, which could one day lead to a solution for people with incurable eye disease. Against skin cancer, a team manage d to find a way to detect melanom a 6 months earlier than usual.

In Education, a university is promoting chemistry via a truck turned into a laboratory, driving from a high school to another in the country. Students in Taiwan are gathering funds to create elementary schools and child – care centers in Central America as a way to fight against poverty and criminality.

In the technologic al field, Acer and MediaT ek are promoting the Internet of Things. An ultrafast rechargeable aluminum – ion battery cell has been produced by ITRI; the advantages of aluminum over lithium are numerous.

N° 03 Mars 2015 9 p. 757 kb
In the medical field, development has been made to fight against pancreatic cancer and an ancient medicine revealed to be efficient to prevent kidney failure for diabetics.

In education, a new system was implemented to integrate a few students in college without the standard requirements; this new system should help students very strong in only one branch, students who studied abroad as well as students with big capacities but from poor family background to access university.

In the technological field, a new marine radar should help detecting tsunami. The NARL released two new chips: a new 3D solar chip that could find multiple uses and a chip combining 3 sensors which will mainly be used for smartphones. A patented innovative process can refine solar energy waste into reusable raw materials.

N° 02 Février 2015 5 p. 311 kb
In the cyber-technology field, a Taiwan team of hackers won the 2nd place at the Japan hackathon, behind a South Korean team. The event’s purpose is mainly to determine the strength in cybersecurity.

A Taiwan academician won the Khwarizmi award, from Iran, for his contributions to the advancement of science.

In the field of biomedical sciences, a research team confirmed that circulating blood cells can contribute to heart cells regeneration. Another cardiologist team led a research on hypertension and according to their results, a sodium-free diet is not a solution as good as pretended as it might increase the risk of high blood pressure.

The number of foreign students staying in Taiwan and get a job increased 68 percent in 2014. The cause is a recent new policy set in July 2014. Most of the foreign students deciding to stay in Taiwan come from Southeast Asia.

N° 01 Janvier 2015 6 p. 587 kb
A NTU undergraduate student had the opportunity to work with a Professor on a project about climate science. Their work was then published in the prestigious Science Journal.

The XYZprinting Inc. produced the “da Vinci”, a 3D printer that not only was granted a Nikkei Excellence Award for its affordable price, ease of handling and attractive exterior design, but also might become the future world leader of 3D printing.

Shih Hsin University launched a “human library” on the campus. It consists of group sessions from 30 to 120 minutes, where students can interact with academics that offer their knowledge on a wide range of topics.

An eco-friendly urban architecture design from National United University in Miaoli County was shortlisted as one of the 10 best projects at the 2014 Social Revolution Festival’s “Under the Bridge” competition in Russia.

A state-of-the-art Taiwan Photon Source center was opened in Hsinchu, with the goal of improving Taiwan’s research and development competitiveness in the fields of biomedicine, nanotechnology, semiconductors and other areas of science.