Scientists have developed a new automated computational mass spectrometry system that can search an organism’s entire metabolome for as-yet-unknown metabolites (potential drugs).
Experimentally evolving E. coli under pressure from a large number of antibiotics was able to identify constraints underlying evolved drug resistance.
This newly created ethylene-based material has shape memory that allows self-healing!
A new brain imaging study shows that autistic severity is linked to how long certain regions of the brain store information.
For the first time, scientists have measured the strength of magnetic fields near supermassive black holes and something doesn’t add up.
A new story for inner ear evolution based on the developmental patterning found in hagfish, one of two extant jawless vertebrates and a link to the last common ancestor of modern jawed vertebrates.
Scientists have developed a new way to accurately detect the margins between cancerous and non-cancerous tissue during breast cancer surgery.
Scientists have developed a new method for machine learning that allows an AI to make better classifications without negative data.
Fun times at nerdnite tokyo. Brains, bosons, and math, oh my!
Scientists discover that mutations causing the degenerative movement disorder spinocerebellar ataxia type 29 work by disrupting calcium release of neurons inside the brain.
New genetic insights into the plant rehydration process: this is why your plants don’t die after you forgot to water them.
Scientists have succeeded in growing three-dimensional salivary gland tissue that produced saliva like normal glands when implanted into mice.
Scientists have decoded the genomes of two species of shark, bringing the grand total of sequenced shark genomes to three.
Amanda writes about the Ig Nobel awards after founder Marc Abrahams visited nerdnite Tokyo. Science at its best!
A group of scientists have developed a human-friendly, ultra-flexible organic sensor powered by sunlight, which acts as a self-powered heart monitor.
A survey of a molecular cloud has found that the organic chemical makeup of protostars varies considerably.
Scientists show that two epigenetic factors improve the success rate of cloning via somatic cell nuclear transfer.
Scientists designed transgenic plants that survive drought-like conditions by bumping up acetic acid production only when water is scarce.
An international research team led by RIKEN BDR has identified a pair of genes that regulate how much REM (dream) and non-REM sleep an animal experiences.
Bioluminescence imaging of fly brains reveals neurons sensitive to fly poo laced with pheromones (you can see the fecal “landmark” in the dotted circle). Need we say more?
Scientists have found evidence that hippocampal memories of experience are not stored in place cells.
Scientists have discovered a gene that allows plants to cope with extreme heat by changing the composition of chloroplast membranes.
Researchers discover a dopaminergic circuit in the brain that allows fear associations to disappear when there isn’t anything to be afraid of anymore.
Blue light alters some gene expression in plants by changing the transcription start sites to downstream locations.
Learn how (neurologically) cool octopus arms are (as if you didn’t already know).
ANT1 mutations found in bipolar disease that affect mitochondria lead to hyperexcitable serotonergic neuronal activity in the brain.
New contributor and nuclear physicist Sarah Naimi talks about her recent experience in science communication at a recent scicom event in Tokyo.
Scientists have discovered a gene in mice that allows memory replay at rest, a process necessary for forming long-lasting memories in mice.
A group of scientists led by researchers have discovered a key mechanism through which spider silk is formed.
Scientists discover a deletion mutation that reduces amyloid-beta plaque formation in Alzheimer’s disease model mice.
Newly discovered plant peptide hormone can be used to protect plants from excessive environmental salt.
Specially engineered bacteria can produce an industrially significant chemical from renewable sources in a much gentler process than the one currently used by industry.
Researchers have linked changes in mouse immune-cell metabolism to anxiety-related behavior and alterations in brain chemistry.
Scientists show that CLE25 is a plant hormone that travels from roots to leaves and helps close stomata in times of dehydration stress.
An international collaboration has determined that cooption of the Heat Shock Factor (HSF) gene system is what allows larvae of the sleeping chironomid to be able to survive severe desiccation.
A new way to image the brain from outside the head using bioluminescence.
A new way to optogenetically activate neurons deep in the brain using infrared light and upconversion nanoparticles. It’s non-invasive!
Even fish want to avoid carbon dioxide. Now we know that they can because of chemosensation and the Terminal Nerve.
Bar talk about tinkering with bioluminescent molecules from jellyfish, corals, and algae, figuring out how they work, and making them more useful for brain science.
Data from the Himawari-8 geosynchronous satellite was used in weather simulations to improve forecasts of sudden precipitation and tropical storm development.
Scientists show that the moss Funaria hygrometrica can remove harmful lead from water when in the protonema stage of development.
Enlarged ventricles is a sign of an aging brain. New research shows that this phenomenon can be predicted by lagging brain circulation that is detected by MRI.
Fall is here, and with it comes the latest issue of RIKEN Research. This issue covers tactile learning during sleep, supercomputers and simulations, solar cells, fly olfaction, tumor vaccines, and more
Social novelty and contextual novelty are segregated in the SuM region of the hypothalamus and in projections to the hippocampus, allowing memories of meeting new people to be formed separately from memories of new places.
Fast and sensitive: A new antibody test for the COVID-19 virus. Just a pinprick of blood and results in 30 minutes.
A new piezoelectronic microinjection method has allowed the first successful genome editing in marsupials: albino opossums.
A mutation in a gene needed for H3K9 methylation is directly linked to autism spectrum disorders and early neurodevelopment.
A new breed of lab mouse allows the study of naturally occurring melatonin. These mice will adjust better to jetlag than regular lab mice and experience daily torpor.
The calcitonin receptor and its ligand amylin act in the brain to motivate mouse mothers to protect their pups, even in risky/dangerous situations.
Researchers have found a dietary amino acid linked to oncogene expression / tumor formation; reduced consumption reduced cancer in flies.
Scientists have developed two cancer therapies that use an artificial glycosylated metalloenzyme to specifically target cancer cells in mice.
H2AK119ub1. Say that three times really fast! But seriously, it allows maternally acquired traits to be inherited.
COVID-19 series — Part #4: Team Leader Aki Minoda from RIKEN IMS talks about how the pandemic has affected the way we work.
Scientists find that antimatter reacts to gravity the same way that regular matter does. Continue!
A method for making super-flexible and ultra-thin wearable electronics uses water-vapor plasma to create gold-gold bonds. Continue!
Reducing the amount of starch branching enzymes in cassava plants made more resistant and thus healthier tapioca starch. Continue!
Drug therapy with with diazoxide relieved symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of mice and improved memory. Continue!
By imaging the brain while zebrafish “swim” in virtual reality, scientists have learned that even fish can create internal models to predict future outcomes. Continue!
Researchers used a postnatal supply of GLP to reverse neural and behavioral symptoms of Kleefstra syndrome in mice! Continue!