Whether it’s bird anatomy or science cartoons, Masaki Ouchida can do it all. She spoke with us about her career in science illustration, from the US to Japan.
Self-organizing cardiomyocytes on flexible polydimethylsiloxane sheets form tiny pumps. This is the first step towards building micro-hearts.
Jens checks out Nerd Nite in Tokyo — swords and physics and brains oh my!
Just a quick post to let you know that the Spring issue of RIKEN Research Magazine came out towards the end of March. This issue covers issues including the discovery of element 113, earth-friendly pesticides, and the secrets of a rice-killing fungal toxin. Enjoy!
Interview with Takashi Tsuji, team leader of the Laboratory for Organ Regeneration at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology
The parts of the brain responsible for creating a memory must be re-activated during a specific part of the sleep cycle for mice to remember.
Today we post our first Dear RIKEN question and answer.
I recently spoke with RIKEN scientist Shigeru Kuratani about evolutionary morphology, sci-fi monsters, the genius of Alien, and more.
An interview with Yuko Kiyosue, discussing the 3D images of living cells that gained her and her colleagues a recent award.
Learn what electrolithoautotrophs are and how the scientists proved that A. ferrooxidans can use electric potential to fuel growth.
Recently four new synthetic elements were added to the periodic table. We asked Dr. Morita whether he thinks his team “discovered” or “created” element 113.
Black smokers are deep-sea hydrothermal vents found in the ocean. Now scientists believe that they may host electroecosystems in which the primary producers use electric currents as their energy source.
Friday I participated in a small symposium that focused on science communication (for institutions in Japan). We discussed using social media as a means to self-publish wow! and amazing! research findings. Here are some of my thoughts about how useful this plays out in Japan.
We’ve just gotten our order of RIKEN at a Glance booklets back from the printers, and they look fantastic. Follow the link to download your electronic copy now!
Read about the purpose of our blog and what we hope to achieve with it.
Welcome to the It Ain’t Magic science blog! (brought to you by the RIKEN Global Communications Team)
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 found a way to significantly reduce the amount of energy required by organic light emitting diodes (OLED) displays.Continue!
CAPON was found to link Aβ plaques and hippocampal neurodegeneration in mice, explaining how these two hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease are related.Continue!
Treatment with adrenergic receptor antagonists (AdR blockers) was able to reduce stroke-related brain damage in mice and improve motor recovery.Continue!
A mouse model shows that absence seizures are triggered by faulty connections between the cortex and fast-spiking neurons in the striatum.Continue!
A new imaging technique called opto-OISI allows scientists to non-invasively visualize where specific neurons project in the living brain.Continue!
The newly named gore-tex gene is responsible for the development of nanopores that allow chemicals in the air to be detected (in flies).Continue!