Scientists have created extra large zooplankton to help feed the fish in aquafarms. The new plankton were created using an ion beam to generate mutations.
Joint activity of two gut bacteria leads to excessive MOG-specific T-cell activity and demyelination of neurons in the spinal cord of a mouse model of multiple sclerosis.
Amanda Alvarez writes about Steven Rieder and his research in modeling clusters of growing new stars.
A new and most precise measurement of protons shows that they are lighter than previously thought.
New research implicates clumps of insoluble, misfolded proteins in the development of mental illness in people with Huntington’s disease
A new optical clearing method allows imaging of cancer metastasis at incredibly high resolution.
Amanda Alvarez writes about the recent seminars at RIKEN by Philip Campbell and Emilie Marcus, the editors-in-chief of Nature and Cell.
Kylius Wilkins talks to Urs Frey and his recent success manufacturing carbon nanotubes (CNTs).
A new study shows that mice who learn to find goals in virtual reality use their hippocampus the same was as in the real world.
RIKEN is looking for you. Check out our new introductory videos! learn about exotic nuclei and much much more.
A recent study of Ngly1 deficient mice used a secondary knockout to create double knockouts with symptoms similar to human NGLY1 deficiency.
A nihonium walk of fame is being built to commemorate the discovery of the 113th element
Researchers have created drought resistant transgenic rice using a gene from a small Eurasian flowering plant
???This Spring we’ve put together a special centennial issue of RIKEN Research ???
Don’t know anything about RIKEN? We’ve made a new RIKEN booklet that should help!
Discovery of an enzyme that prevents obesity in mice through glycosylation of a protein involved fat-cell differentiation.
Masaki Watabe talks about automated robotic researchers, future robot rule, and scientific philosophy.
It’s almost the end of the year and a here’s an early holiday present! The winter issue of RIKEN Research is here, covering plant parasites, depression, atomic clocks, and more! Enjoy!
Amanda Alvarez writes about how neuroscientists are studying consciousness with mathematics
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
Scientists have identified where social memories are stored in the brains of mice. Mice are forgotten because memories cannot be retrieved.
iPS cell-derived retinal cells have been successfully transplanted from one monkey to another without need of immunosuppressant drugs.
neuroamanda talks about gender equality for female scientists is Japan.
Measuring altitude using atomic clocks seems like a crazy idea, but it’s already being done at RIKEN in Japan
Science & art: how NMR works and how NMR spectra have been used to compose music based on molecular structures.
None of us would get on a plane that had its parts changed in mid-air, says Eve Marder, who has spent her career probing a very specific cluster of crustacean nerve cells. Yet we are all walking around undergoing a constant turnover of cellular parts, and so are the lobsters and crabs Marder studies.
A quick post to let you know that the Summer issue of RIKEN Research Magazine came out towards the end of June. This issue covers brain evolution, regenerating skin, super-clear synapses, and much much more! Enjoy!
Highlights from the recent EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) conference held in Manchester (actually, pre-ESOF). Science was everywhere, even out by the sheep
A rant about right-brain/left-brain pseudoscience and a call for science-inspired art. Scientists can be artists (and artists can be scientists)!
Kosuke Morita and Kouji Morimoto talked to reporters on Thursday morning about how they came up with name “nihonium” for element 113.
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.
COVID-19 series — installment #3: Team Leader Osamu Sakura (@RIKEN Center for Advanced Intelligence Project) talks about how the pandemic has affected society through the need for telework.
Vermilion samples taken from ancient artifacts with sulfur-free tape can tell us about trade patterns 3000 years ago.
Several single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are related to dietary habits, including coffee, tea, tofu, and yogurt consumption.
Norepinephrine released in the locus coeruleus during fear learning is accompanied by increased calcium and cAMP levels in nearby astrocytes.
The degree of neuronal synchrony between the anterior cingulate cortex and the hippocampus during recall is an indication of memory age (in mice).
Artificial intelligence has successfully identified features relevant to cancer prognosis that were not previously noted by pathologists
Blood analysis in supercentenarians showed that they have many more cytotoxic CD4 T-cells than people with average life spans.
Not only is hydrogen sulfide a good biomarker for schizophrenia, it’s also the culprit and a new starting point for drug discovery.
A new microfluidic device can keep tissue cultures functional for weeks on an artificial membrane
Big telescopes yield big data! Detailed observations gas filaments connecting galaxies in a distant proto-cluster in the early Universe.
Research shows that the claustrum acts as a ‘consciousness conductor’ that synchronizes and connects areas within the mouse brain. Continue!
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. Continue!
Sphingolipid S1P is reduced in brain white matter of people with schizophrenia, making S1P receptors a good target for new treatments. Continue!
Scientists have developed a staining procedure that makes see-through tissue, organs, and bodies useful. Continue!
Mice who experienced artificial gravity on the ISS suffered less damage to their immune system (thymus) than weightless mice did. Continue!
Time measured at the top and bottom of the Tokyo Skytree with ultraprecise clocks has verified the time dilation effect predicted by Einstein. Continue!