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Professor Vivian W W Yam receives the prestigious Porter Medal 2020
Professor Vivian Wing-Wah Yam, Philip Wong Wilson Wong Professor in Chemistry and Energy, and Chair Professor of Chemistry at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), has been bestowed with the prestigious The Porter Medal 2020.The Porter Medal is awarded every two years to the scientist who, in the opinion of the European Photochemistry Association, the Inter-American Photochemistry Society, and the Asian and Oceanian Photochemistry Association, has contributed most to the subject of Photochemistry.
HKU-codeveloped automated laser-scanning ‘hunter drone’ seeks out fossils, minerals and biological targets
Science fiction has machine-intelligent hunter drones and they have now become science fact with a new HKU-codeveloped autonomous ‘hunter drone’ that seeks out targets at night using a scanning laser.This technique - Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence (LSF) - was codeveloped at HKU and has been highly successful in palaeontology, making fossil bones glow and revealing otherwise invisible details like skin and cartilage. The application of LSF to an aerial system is possible because of the laser’s ability to project over great distances with little loss in power.
HKUMed introduced and carried out Asia's first Water Vapour Thermal Therapy for Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia
LKS Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) has introduced and successfully carried out Asia’s first Water Vapour Thermal Therapy (also known as “Rezūm”) for patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). The surgery was led and carried out by the Division of Urology of the Department of Surgery.
From technology to daily life: HKU Engineering develops handy thermography fever detection system for public transportations
Thermography, also known as thermal imaging, has been developing as fever screening technology since the SARS outbreak, and is now a common tool in fighting COVID-19. It is widely used in venues such as restaurants, fitness centres, and beauty salons, etc. However, existing systems have to be connected to computer systems and require professional set up. Besides, this kind of system is yet to be seen in public transportation.A multidisciplinary group of researchers from the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Computer Sciences led by Dr S.C. Fu, Research Assistant Professor of the...
An unexpected heat shock to neurons: HKU scientists and collaborators uncover a new mechanism for balancing protein stability during neuronal development
A research team led by Dr Chaogu Zheng from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), in collaboration with a team led by Professor Martin Chalfie (2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry) from the Department of Biological Sciences at Columbia University, recently discovered an unexpected role of the heat shock proteins (HSPs), also known as the molecular chaperones, during neuronal differentiation, which refers to the process a neuron takes to acquire its shape and function. HSPs are mostly known to protect cells from various stresses, e.g. extreme temperatures, toxins...