Editor’s Note – Oct 2015 Print Magazine

Don’t miss our exclusive interview with Nobel laureate Professor Shuji Nakamura and special feature on science communication in the October 2015 print magazine!

Whichever way you look at it, aging and infectious disease are two issues that Asia urgently needs to address. In this issue, our writers point out that a demographic seismic shift is underway, while recent examples like MERS demonstrate how outbreaks can bring entire countries to their knees. Can science and technology play a part in tackling these concerns?

Our two Views articles in this October 2015 issue explore the role of innovation in healthcare at both the personal (wearable technology) and public health (disease prediction) levels. From fall sensors for the elderly to Internet-based flu forecasting, the race is on for researchers working
on solutions.

This issue, we are pleased to present to you the top three winning essays from the inaugural Asian Scientist Writing Prize as part of our special feature on science communication. Do also check out the photos from ‘the science party of the year,’ where Singapore’s science luminaries gathered to celebrate the launch of Singapore’s Scientific Pioneers, a commemorative book published under the Asian Scientist imprint.

Lastly, don’t miss our exclusive interview with Professor Shuji Nakamura, winner of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics and inventor of the blue light-emitting diode (LED), which was cited by the Nobel Foundation as a more energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly way “to illuminate the world.”


Rebecca Tan
Managing Editor

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Rebecca did her PhD at the National University of Singapore where she studied how macrophages integrate multiple signals from the toll-like receptor system. She was formerly the editor-in-chief of Asian Scientist Magazine.

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