Nature Special issues
Nature periodically publishes articles that focus on aspects of science in the Asia-Pacific region. Below is a list of some of these features.
- Spotlight & Focal Point
Regional features that promote global acknowledgement of science in the particular county / region.
- Nature Supplement
Nature supplements are published in Nature and distributed around the globe.
- Editorial Coverage
Various areas of Asia Pacific have been covered.
Spotlight & Focal Point Taiwan China Singapore Japan Australia
17 Dec. 2020
Fresh twist for the future of food science
Japanese food scientists are creating new value through novel ways of utilizing food and ingredients that have potential to support a healthy planet and an ageing population.
3 Dec. 2020
Rising a steep challenge
Japan's farming sector has been dealt a tricky hand, but necessity might just push its robotics and smart agriculture industry forward.
6 Aug. 2020
Japan's bioeconomy built on a foundation of fermentation
With cells primed to drive key production processes and more sustainable economies, Japan’s strong history with fermentation research will help push ideas to commercialisation.
4 Jun. 2020
A twisted ladder to prosperity
Genomic medicine is being harnessed to address southeast Asian health concerns and to help Thailand reach high-income status.
31 Oct. 2019
Japan's gene therapy and genome editing boom
The timing is right, as intensified commercial interest collides with maturing research in these cutting-edge fields.
28 Mar. 2019
Cracking the code of personalized medicine
South Korea is at the vanguard of a revolution in AI and big data healthcare.
15 Nov. 2018
A race against time and old age
Nanomedicine is on the frontline of Japan’s efforts to revitalise its economy, and it may pre-emptively solve some of the world’s toughest problems to boot.
8 Nov. 2018
Looking to the east
The future of vaccine research may be in Asia.
11 Oct. 2018
An alternative Japan experience
Meet the sides of Japanese cities that most international researchers never see.
4 Oct. 2018
A seismic shift
How Kobe rebuilt itself after a devastating earthquake and turned into a biotechnology hub.
22 Mar. 2018
Reforming the system
Japan’s radical new program to boost just a handful of universities has precedents across the world.
8 Feb. 2018
Entering a new era of space development
Businesses are increasingly investing in space exploration and development.
21 Dec. 2017
Speeding up the sequencing
In the age of genomic big data, the worlds of medicine and IT are rapidly colliding.
21 Dec. 2017
A smart place to work
Lower house prices, proximity to Tokyo, and a burgeoning R&D ecosystem are thrusting Kanagawa into the modern world from its ancient history.
14 Dec. 2017
Scientists seeking to reverse or stall the effects of ageing are trying to make the leap from laboratory research to human trials.
7 Dec. 2017
Catching up with carbon
Japan's historical leadership in the field of nanocarbon research is being challenged. Learn how it’s fighting to stay on top of a field it pioneered.
7 Sep. 2017
Smarter, not harder
The young discipline of sports science is finding ways to stretch the boundaries of human biology
30 Mar. 2017
The Washoku Restoration
How Japan’s culinary revival could ease the burden of an aging society and breathe new life into an ailing agricultural sector.
31 Aug. 2016
As science becomes increasingly globalized and collaborative, Japan is looking to bring more overseas researchers into the fold.
06 Jul. 2016
Science at the foot of Mt. Fuji
Japan's Yamanashi prefecture has a lot to say for itself when it comes to cutting-edge R&D.
09 Jun. 2016
Smart foods for an aging population
The search for taste launched Japan as a food science pioneer. Now it leads a global drive to create functional foods, and opportunities abound for career-hungry researchers.
02 Dec. 2015
Japan was the first country to commercialize the lithium-ion battery in the 1990s and is once again reasserting its market dominance with more efficient commercial lithium-ion batteries for automotive applications.
29 Oct. 2015
This year, as Singapore hosts various events to mark its Golden Jubilee ― the 50th year since becoming an independent state ― it has a lot more to celebrate than its rapid social and economic development. Science has also been booming.
14 Oct. 2015
Long recognized as producers of high-quality science, Australian institutions are striving to find better ways to translate research excellence into social, environmental and financial benefit.
9 Oct. 2014
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9 Jan. 2014
21 Mar. 2013
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13 Oct. 2005
Nature Supplement Singapore New Zealand China Australia Asia Global
17 November 2021
Key to Canada’s strength as a leading science nation is its high-quality research, informed by its vast natural resources. But the country is losing ground in areas where it held an early lead.
27 October 2021
COVID-19 has brought new urgency to the study of infectious disease. This Nature Index supplement shines a light on some of the research, and the people and institutions behind it, that aims to reduce the staggering human and economic cost of communicable disease.
25 September 2021
Many leading science cities are active in research related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This Nature Index supplement showcases how they are supporting climate change and clean energy targets, protecting oceans, coastal communities and food security.
30 June 2021
Researchers are rethinking the nature and potential of matter. From new metal mixes that form more efficient catalysts to bio-inspired super-black products, their work is driving advances in manufacturing, drug discovery and product design.
26 May 2021
China's successes in space exploration, quantum technologies and cutting-edge chemistry underline its superpower status in research, rivalling that of the United States. As the nation's science policy shifts towards self-sufficiency and talent repatriation, we see the impact of rising geopolitical tensions on collaborative articles with the US, and signs that its remarkable growth in research output in recent years is slowing down.
17 March 2021
Sustainability, climate-change mitigation, and biomedical science are key areas for future research prowess in the Asia-Pacific region. While COVID-19 travel restrictions have disrupted collaborations between far-flung nations, they have focused attention on vast opportunities for researchers in countries in close proximity and South and southeast Asia to work more closely together on new initiatives.
Nature Vol. 588 No. 7837, 10 December 2020
As investments and revenues soar year-on-year and nations vie for leadership in the field of artificial intelligence, research output continues its steep, upward trajectory. But there are significant ethical and technical challenges to overcome.
Nature Vol. 587 No. 7835, 26 November 2020
Although national science organizations are thriving under funding certainty, there are concerns that some universities will be left behind.
Nature Vol. 581 No. 7809, 28 May 2020
This supplement investigates South Korea’s strategy to become a ‘first mover’ by investing in basic research grants and original discoveries.
Nature Vol. 580 No. 7804, 23 April 2020
This supplement features stories of success and challenges in the hard-fought and expensive race to increase survival rates. But it’s not all good news - improved treatments may still be out of reach in the countries where 70% of global cancer deaths occur.
Nature Vol. 576 No. 7786, 12 December 2019
This supplement explores the materials that will give rise to the new industries of the future. It highlights the intriguing field of energy harvesting and profiles the early career stars who are expanding the physical world through new materials discoveries
Nature Vol. 575 No. 7783, 21 November 2019
This supplement explores the effects of political instability and escalating trade tensions on US-China and UK-EU research collaborations, and highlights the most successful 'big science' players in high-energy physics, genomics and oncology
Nature Vol. 574 No. 7779, 24 October 2019
Nature Index 2019 Young Universities profiles some of the most intriguing young universities in the world and highlights the research that’s putting them on the map, including treatments for paraplegia, tsunamis on Mars and medical microbots
Nature Vol. 564 No. 7735, 13 December 2018
China’s rise is the story of the century in science. Its scientific output has already overtaken that of the United States, but on measures of quality, such as articles published in the high-quality journals tracked by the Nature Index, it still has a big gap to close. Some exceptional disciplines, though, are leading the way to overcoming the quality deficit.
Nature Vol. 563 No. 7729, 1 November 2018
Nature Index 2018 Science Cities profiles five science cities that are leaders in their regions. But each is contending with problems of equity and engagement that need to be addressed to keep them strong.
Nature Vol. 561 No. 7723, 20 September 2018
If ideas are the flames burning from the torches of discovery, scientists are the hands that hold them. Creative minds uphold the scientific enterprise.
Nature Vol. 558 No. 7711, 28 June 2018
For every top ten country producer of Earth and environmental sciences except China, output has been declining. Climate change is the issue that looms largest.
Nature Vol. 555 No. 7697, 22 March 2018
Has Japan’s contribution to high quality scientific output continued to decline?
Nature Vol. 552 No.7683, 7 December 2017
This supplement investigates the changing role of corporate institutions in the world of science and the costs and benefits to high-quality research of these evolving arrangements.
Nature Vol. 551 No.7678, 2 November 2017
This supplement reveals that the country’s output of high-quality research in the natural sciences has declined over the past five years, following on from long-term declines in federal funding for research and development.
Nature Vol. 550 No.7676, 19 October 2017
Science thrives in cities. With two-thirds of the global population projected to live in urban areas by 2050, cities will become even more distinctly the domain of knowledge and innovation.
Nature Vol. 549 No.7673, 28 September 2017
Saudi Arabia is already the scientific leader of the Arab world, but it is not standing still. Through investment in research and education – and a new focus on maximising the commercial value of its academic prowess – the country is beating a path to reducing its reliance on oil.
Nature Vol. 548 No.7666, 10 August 2017
This supplement examines the connection between high-quality research and the commercialization of new products and services.
Nature Vol. 545 No.7655, 25 May 2017
This report looks beyond China’s continued increase in publication output and examines how it holds up in other factors that contribute to a functioning research ecosystem.
Nature Vol. 543 No.7646, 23 March 2017
Japan’s status as a science superstar is vulnerable. This supplement examines Japan’s efforts to arrest the decline and return to form as an innovative nation.
Nature Vol. 539 No.7629, 17 November 2016
The supplement highlights some of the most fruitful collaborations between institutions and countries, such as those resulting from the bonds between China and the United States.
Nature Vol. 538 No.7626, 27 October 2016
The supplement highlights these countries’ quality natural science research.
Nature Vol. 535 No.7613, 28 July 2016
This supplement identifies the ascendant performers in the world of science.
Nature Vol. 532 No.7600, 28 April 2016
In 2015 Saudi Arabia had the largest growth of its region in the production of high-quality research tracked by the Nature Index, propelling the country into a leading position.
Nature Vol. 531 No.7594, 17 March 2016
Japan is among the top producers of high quality research in the Nature Index, but new analysis reveals this position is being challenged.
Nature Vol. 528 No.7582, 17 December 2015
Nature Index 2015 China reveals the country’s output of high quality science continues to grow – a trend that shows no signs of slowing.
Nature Outlook: Liver Cancer
Nature Vol. 516 No.7529, 3 December 2014
Liver cancer is one of the most lethal forms of the disease: fewer than 40% of those who have it survive a year after diagnosis, even with treatment, and there are not many promising therapies in the pipeline. But if researchers can understand why some people with unhealthy livers develop cancer but others do not, they may be able to more effectively treat the disease — or even prevent it.
Nature Vol. 515 No.7526, 13 November 2014
The Nature Index 2014 Global supplement provides a snapshot of results from the new Nature Index, comparing the countries and institutions around the world that contributed to some of the highest quality research during the previous calendar year.
Nature Outlook: Rice
Nature Vol. 514 No.7524, 30 October 2014
A simple grain with global impact, rice has helped to build empires and fed revolutions. Now, scientists are starting a rice revolution of their own to feed a hungry world. By decoding genetics, improving breeding and, perhaps, reshaping the plant’s biology, researchers are working to take the world’s most vital crop into the future.
Nature Outlook: Assessing Science
Nature Vol. 511 No.7510, 24 Jul. 2014
The issue of how to evaluate the fruits of academic research confronts scientists and policymakers all over the world. Each country has its own set of circumstances depending on its research infrastructure and wealth as well as its economic, environmental and developmental objectives. Australia and New Zealand might be neighbours, but their programmes of research assessment are very different. Focusing on the tools and methods used to measure the quality and impact of science in Australia and New Zealand should inform similar debates throughout the scientific world.
Singapore Feature: Future Urban Solutions
Taking care of the big picture
Innovative approaches to future urban solutions
20 Dec. 2012
Frontline disease prevention and control
18 Oct. 2012
World-leading drug discovery and development
19 Apr. 2012
Excellence in basic and clinical medical research
19 Jan. 2012
Advancing life science and biotechnology research
15 Sep. 2011
Celebrating 60 years of research at one of China’s leading organizations for medical science
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