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NHRI researchers make key lung cancer finding

By Lee I-chia

The National Health Research Institutes (NHRI) yesterday said it had discovered that succinate levels in blood serum could serve as a potential biomarker for lung cancer progression, and that inhibiting succinate levels might reduce the risk of lung cancer metastasis. NHRI Institute of Cellular and SystemFULL STORY

Ministry planning chip research centers

By Lin Chia-nan

The Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) plans to set up new semiconductor research centers to boost industrial applications of space technology, quantum computing and artificial intelligence (AI), Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said yesterday. Taiwan’s semiconductor industry last year generated revenues totalingFULL STORY

Foundation finds safety problems at retail stores

By Lo Chi

A recent study found four major public safety concerns at large retail stores, the Consumers’ Foundation said yesterday. As the Lunar New Year holiday approaches, major retailers are filling up with crowds of people shopping for New Year’s goods, the foundation said. From Jan. 8 to WednesdayFULL STORY

Firefighters contain blaze in forested Taichung area

A forest fire on Sunday broke out in the mountainous area of Lishan (梨山) in Taichung, destroying three hectares of forest, the Dongshih Forest District Office said. While the fire was contained at 4pm yesterday, it was still being put out as of press timeFULL STORY

CCP tactics likely to continue: report

By Aaron Tu and Dennis Xie

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is likely to continue its carrot-and-stick approach toward Taiwan, but would become more polarizing, the Institute for National Defense and Security Research think tank said in a report last week. The CCP would likely adopt the same approach in its TaiwanFULL STORY

Official defends policies for food imports

By Lee Hsin-fang and Wu Liang-yi

The government’s food policy is based on protecting people’s health, international standards and scientific evidence, a Presidential Office official said on Sunday. The official, who declined to be named, made the remarks in response to media queries about requests by Washington and Tokyo that Taiwan liftFULL STORY

Tsai as DPP chairperson opposed by 45%: survey

By Wu Su-wei and Jake Chung

Forty-five percent of Taiwanese oppose President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) doubling as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) chairperson, a survey released yesterday by the Taiwanese Public Opinion Foundation showed. Tsai was re-elected as president on Jan. 11 with a record 8.17 million votes, or 57.13 percent of theFULL STORY

A-bian’s TAPA starts dissolution

By Ann Maxon

The Taiwan Action Party Alliance (TAPA) yesterday announced that it has begun the dissolution process. The decision followed the announcement on Jan. 12 by former president Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁), the party’s spiritual head, that he was withdrawing from politics. TAPA failed to win any seats in Jan.FULL STORY

Taiwan only definable by Taiwanese, Mayor Ko says

By Lee I-chia

Taiwan cannot be defined by anyone but Taiwanese, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) told reporters in Finland on Sunday. Reporters asked Ko, who is on a European trip, about a joint statement by China and Myanmar on Saturday that the two nations adhere to the “oneFULL STORY

Teen delegation to visit schools, NGOs in Indonesia and NZ

A delegation is to visit Indonesia and New Zealand on an 11-day trip as part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Teen Diplomatic Envoys Program. The 12-member delegation, made up of students from the three senior-high schools that placed best in English proficiency competitions over theFULL STORY

Legislative Yuan passes 2020 government budget

The Legislative Yuan yesterday passed this year’s central government budget, which projects a surplus of about NT$30 billion (US$1 billion), or about 1.4 percent of total spending. In final budget negotiations, lawmakers cut the Executive Yuan’s proposed expenditure by 1.17 percent to NT$2.077 trillion and addedFULL STORY

Private universities reducing salaries

By Wu Po-hsuan

Some private universities have reduced faculty salaries citing the nation’s declining birthrate, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported on Sunday. Professors at public universities used to earn about NT$100,000 per month, associate professors about NT$80,000 and assistant professors about NT$70,000, the report said. However, at some privateFULL STORY

Family donates thousands of pieces by Hung Jui-lin to Ministry of Culture

Hung Chun-hsiung (洪鈞雄), the eldest son of Taiwanese artist Hung Jui-lin (洪瑞麟), said he was taking an evening stroll with his father in California 24 years ago, when the senior Hung looked at the sunset and said: “If I keep walking in that direction, IFULL STORY

Unhealthy dietary habits might raise AMD risk: study

By Lin Hui-chin and Dennis Xie

An unhealthy diet composed of mostly high-sugar or deep-fried foods could triple the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a US study has suggested. “A threefold higher incidence of late AMD was observed among participants with a Western pattern score above, as compared with below, theFULL STORY

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