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Computational Neuroscience Unit Research in the News

Researchers from OIST's Computational Neuroscience Unit have modelled the molecular basis of learning in the cerebellum, a part of the brain that receives sensory input and coordinates voluntary movements. Their work was recently published in the journal Cell Reports.

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Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit Research in the News

In several recent papers, Prof. Shen and colleagues at the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), described their creation of a new biosensing material that can be used to monitor processes in living cells.

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Evolutionary Genomics Unit Research in the News

Termites are among the rare organisms that can feed on wood. This remarkable ability has allowed them to become one of the most abundant animals in the terrestrial tropics, and they’ve got their gut bacteria to thank. Researchers from OIST's Evolutionary Genomics Unit, in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Sydney, have shown that the bacterial communities in termite guts came about through both inheritance and transfer between colonies.

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Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit Research Featured on the Cover of Analytical Chemistry

An image created by PhD student Shivani Sathish from the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit has been featured on the cover of the December issue of the journal Analytical Chemistry.

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Marine Biophysics Unit Research in the News

Sea urchin is a delicacy in Japan and much of the Western world. Its roe, called uni, is used in sushi, gourmet cuisine, and sauces and flavorings. But the large red sea urchin (Mesocentrotus franciscanus) caught off the coast of Southern California—the primary urchin fished in the U.S.—is vulnerable to increased water temperatures and ocean acidification. New work led by Kirk Sato, currently a researcher at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, explores the viability of another species—the pink sea urchin (Strongylocentrotus fragilis)–as an alternative.

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Fluid Mechanics Unit and Continuum Physics Unit Research in the News

Using a twist on a textbook physics experiment, researchers in the Fluid Mechanics Unit and the Continuum Physics Unit at OIST have shed light on a complex phenomenon in fluid mechanics.

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Developing a New Electron Microscope: Dr. Adaniya from Miyako gave a lecture at Junku-Do bookstore in Naha

 

Dr. Hidehito Adaniya (49), who was born in Miyako, studied in the US and is currently working at OIST for developing a new electron microscope, gave a lecture at Junku-Do bookstore in Naha on 19th.

After graduating Miyako high school, he entered Faculty of Law and Letters at Ryukyu University, and then went to the State University of California majoring in physics and obtained PhD.  After 15 years of life as a researcher in the US, he came back to Okinawa to start working at OIST in September 2012.

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OIST Collective Interactions Unit Research in the News

In a new study published in the journal Physical Review Letters, Mahesh Bandi and his colleagues present a method for quantifying the elusive Marangoni effect. The researchers found that using their model, they could closely predict the speed at which a surfactant spread.

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Structural Cellular Biology Unit Research Featured on the Cover of Molecular Microbiology

An image created by the Structural Cellular Biology Unit is being featured on the cover of the February issue of the journal Molecular Microbiology. The image is part of a paper published in this journal titled, "Spatial separation of FtsZ and FtsN during cell division."

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Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit Research in the News

Building molecular wires, one atom at a time: researchers from the Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit at OIST have found a simple way to construct and deconstruct molecular metal chains, atom-by-atom.

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Molecular Cryo-Electron Microscopy Unit Research in the News

Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Graduate University (OIST) and Waseda University have been able to define the structure of heterochromatin thanks to new, high-contrast imaging in cryo-electron microscopy. Their work appears this January in the journal Molecular Cell.

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Science and Technology Group Research on Bashofu Textiles in the News

In an effort to document an important part of Okinawan folk culture, researchers from OIST's Science and Technology Group, in collaboration with the University of the Ryukyus and the Kijoka Basho-fu Association, have used scientific techniques to characterize the materials and processes used to make traditional Okinawan Basho-fu textiles.

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Upcoming Veritas Quartet Concert

By Tomohiko Teruya

On December 28th, Veritas Quartet Concert, of which performance I have been waiting for a long time, is finally to be held in Naha.  Though not widely known, Veritas Quartet was born in Okinawa, and this time, they will have the third Okinawa concert.  Veritas Quartet was inaugurated through the initial organizer Mr. Kei Toguchi of Bureau Danke, and with a call by violinist Ms. Machiko Shimada, two more young performers active outside of Japan joined. 

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Structural Cellular Biology Unit Research on Cell Division in the News

Researchers from the Structural Cellular Biology Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST), in collaboration with researchers from Stockholm University, have shed light on the mechanism of cell division in E. coli. Their research, recently published in Molecular Microbiology, is a step forward in the search for new ways to target bacteria with antibiotics.

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Children with ADHD and Family Support: OIST Science Talk

By Shizuka Shimabukuro

Our unit has been working on ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) research on children, and I myself particularly have been working on development of efficient parent trainings.

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Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit Research in the News

By suspending organic samples in water vapor, scientists at OIST’s Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit were able to demonstrate another way to view them at high resolution. The researchers found they could send an electron beam, commonly used in microscopy, through vapor dense enough that it might be possible to keep samples in their native, wet state and still allow for ultrahigh resolution imaging.

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The Science Bridge Collaboration in the News

A new science initiative dubbed The Science Bridge builds a partnership between Western and Middle Eastern neuroscience communities. Supporters of the project, who include three faculty connected to OIST, recently published a new article, “Building Bridges through Science,” which appears in the journal Neuron.

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Marine Genomics Unit on Worm Genome Evolution in the News

Researchers from the Marine Genomics Unit at OIST, in collaboration with Okayama University, have decoded two worm genomes and found that they have several genetic similarities with the vertebrates.

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Shaking the Concept of Art: Collaboration of AI and Human Beings

OIST Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Exhibition

Can sense of beauty be cultivated in AI?  Can AI autonomously create art works? At Onna Village in Okinawa, OIST Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Exhibition is currently being held, exploring potentials of AI and intelligence of human beings.  I visited the OIST’s futuristic buildings surrounded by forests to see the exhibition.

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