Science and Technology News

Phallus drewesii – a new fungus from Vietnam and Asia

Plant researchers from the Southern Institute of Ecology under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology found Dreswe fungus (scientific name is Phallus drewesii Desjardin & B.A. Perry) in a moist evergreen forest in Yang Ly region, Bidoup – Nui Ba National Park, at the altitude of about 1,700 metres. This is the first time scientists recorded the presence of this species in Vietnam and Asia.

Discovery of a new lizard species from Ba Na – Nui Chua Nature Reserve in Da Nang province

A group of scientists from Institute of Tropical Biology under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Mr. Pham Hong Thai from Education Department of Cam Le District, Da Nang, Vietnam and Prof. L.Lee Grismer from La Sierra University, Prof. P.L. Wood Jr from Brigham Young University, USA has discovered a new lizard species named Hemiphyllodactylus banaensis sp. nov. Ngô, Grismer, Phạm & Wood Jr. 2014 from Ba Na – Nui Chua Nature Reserve in Da Nang province. The discovery was published in Zootaxa (No.3760) on February 2nd 2014. 

Discovery of a new plant species – Aristolochia quangbinhensis Do

A group of scientists from Vietnam National Museum of Nature under Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Hanoi pharmaceutical University and Dresden Plant Institute – Germany, has discovered a new plant species named Aristolochia quangbinhensis Do. This species belongs to the Aristolochia subgenus Isotrema (Aristolochiaceae) branch. The discovery was published on Phytokeys 33(2014).

Technology for producing Omega-3 enriched chicken eggs

Omega-3 is an important fatty acid for the human body. It contributes significantly to the prevention of heart disease, reducing triglyceride level in blood, lowering cholesterol, prevention of cancer and diabetes, improvement of memory and reducing the risk of Alzheimers. Omega-3 is essential for the development of brain and sight of the foetus.   

PicoDragon micro satellite active in space for a month

December 19th 2013 marks a full month since the PicoDragon micro satellite was launched into its orbit and successfully transmitting signals to earth. Together with ground stations under the Vietnam National Satellite Centre of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, ground stations under many Japanese universities and amateur radios in the world still continuously receive the signals of PicoDragon.

Nano Curcumin – Improving the efficiency of turmeric essence

Turmeric (Curcuma longa L.) is a precious medical plant which is highly appreciated among the many Vietnamese traditional medical plants. For centuries, Vietnamese people have used turmeric as a traditional condiment, creating yellow colour and special flavour for the dish. Turmeric is also a precious folklore medicine with many uses such as clearing scars, treating stomachache, detoxifying liver, and helping women after giving birth to involute their womb, recover shape and beautify skin.

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