OIST in the News
OIST's Theory of Quantum Matter Unit has been in the news following the publication of their new paper outlining an experiment into a substance know as a Quantum Spin Ice.
The paper outlines the synthesis and testing of a material called praseodymium hafnate (Pr2Hf2O7), which displayes strange quantum properties that are very similar to light. You can read the full story here.
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A new study released by OIST's Neural Computation Unity has explored the link between the hormone Serotonin and patience in mice. Authored by Dr Dr Kayoko Miyazaki, Dr Katsuhiko Miyazaki and Prof. Kenji Doya, the paper finds that increased seratonin boosts the length of time mice are willingto wait for a food reward, provided they believe there is a high chance they will get one. The paper is published in Nature Communications.Read More
Stop Using a Straw! OIST Volunteers Send Out Instagram Messages
OIST Eco Club, composed of 15 members of OIST researchers, students and their family members, started “World Oceans Day Photo Contest” on Instagram. The aim is to disseminate educational messages to prevent further oceanic contamination with plastic products, through posting photos of people with a drink not using a straw. The deadline for the photo contest is until 7 pm on June 8, Friday.Read More
A recent paper released by the Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit has used a global meta-analysis of all known ant species to explore why species diversity is higher in the tropics than at higher latitudes. The paper is published in Nature Communications.
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An OIST project to convert wave energy into electricty has gone been officially launched this week in the Maldives. Professor Tsumoru Shintake, leader of the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit, and his colleagues designed special Wave Energy Converter which have nof been deployed for field trials with the cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) of the Republic of Maldives and Kokyo Tatemono Company Limited (Kokyo) of Tokyo, Japan.Read More
OIST's Neurobiology Research Unit (Wickens Unit) has been in the news regarding a new paper published in eLife. The stdu, co-authored by Dr. Stefano Zucca, Aya Zucca and Prof. Jeff Wickens amongst others explores the use of optogenetics to show how certain neurons in the brain's striatum pause activity in response to significan events.Read More
New developments in solar panels by the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit have been attracting attention in the media. A study led by Prof. Yabing Qi, with major contributions by Dr. Jia Liang and Dr. Zonghao Liu, has led to the creation of new photovoltaics utilising perovskite treated with manganese. The study is featured in Advanced Energy Materials.Read More
Taking inspiration from the biological building methods used in cells and the extracellular membrane, the Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit, led by Prof. Zhang, has designed and synthesized a nanoscale toolkit of molecules that can interact together to assemble complex molecular structures. Their work was recently published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.Read More
One OIST employee has been infected with the measles and as a preventative measure, the Child Development Center at OIST has been closed on the 19th of April. There are no reports of measles patients amongst children nor their parents.Read More
Researchers from the Neural Computation Unit at OIST have used the latest optical neural imaging technology to isolate and record the activity of the neurons in the striosome, shedding light on the role of striosomal neurons in reinforcement learning. Their work was recently published in the journal eNeuro.Read More
A students' project on coral watch in Okinawa was introduced in Japan Times! Maggi Mars Brisbin from the Mitarai Unit talks to the reporter.Read More
A paper released by OIST's G0 Cell Unit has identified that the common immunosuppressant chemical rapamycin has more potential uses for medicine.
The study, published in Open Biology, explores the chemical's ability to reverse the effects of mutation in yeast cells, effectively "curing" the cells by restoring their normal function.
The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) of the Republic of Maldives and Kokyo Tatemono Company Limited (Kokyo) of Tokyo, Japan, to embark on a wave energy project in the Maldives.
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Members of the Membrane Cooperativity Unit at OIST have devleoped a new imaging technique for observing individual protein molecules for a long time, providing new insights into how cells move. Their research was recently published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.Read More
A new perspective bridges two approaches to understanding quantum gravity.Read More
President Peter Gruss' comment on the relationship of science and art was featured in the article entitled "Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?" of NAUTILUS.Read More