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Microfluidics Polymer Study In the News!

The design of new microfluidic devices by the team in Prof. Shen's Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit gathered international media attention!

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Coral Conservation Areas to Be Specified : Experts’ Panel Adopted Declaration to Prevent Coral Bleaching


Responding to the record magnitude of coral bleaching which took place in Okinawa and Kagoshima in 2016, the Ministry of Environment held an experts’ panel in Onna Village (* the venue was at OIST.) on April 23, and consolidated an urgent declaration for establishing new oceanic conservation areas and framework for eco-tourism, etc.

Through monitoring the current situations and making predictions of future coral bleaching, the Ministry of Environment is going to discuss areas which urgently need measures for conservation.

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Photoluminescent Stress Sensor molecule in the News!

Dr. Georgy Filonenko and Prof. Julia Khusnutdinova from the Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit have recently reported a new photoluminescent compound that can be incorporated in polymer materials and emits light when the polymer is under mechanical stress.

You can read the news release here.

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OIST Surfing Acetone Droplets now a highlight by the Editor of Physics of Fluids!

Dr. Stoffel Janssens - from the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit - story about about acetone droplets floating on water thanks to the Leidenfrost Effect is now an Editor's pick by the Editor of Physics of Fluids!

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Onihitode Aggregation Inducing Molecules Shed Light on Coral Conservation


Onihitode (COTS, Crown-of Thorns Starfish) have long been natural predators against coral reefs, inflicting tremendous damages since 1970s.  Not much was known about the mechanism of their outbreaks, and enormous time and cost have been spent for Onihitode-control.  However, the recent finding of specific protein that induces aggregation of Onihitode sheds light on countermeasures that have remained rather reactive till today, and voices of expectations are raised among those who have been tackling on Onihitode issue.

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Diving Tourism Expected to Flourish


Since 2012, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) started a countermeasure against outbreaks of Onihitode (demon starfish) which devours coral reefs.  By checking the distribution of baby Onihitode, prediction of their outbreak time and place has been made to prevent their outbreaks.

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OIST Zebrafish Retina is an eye-catcher for international news!

The new story from the Developmental Neurobiology Unit, published in Scientific Reports, about the investigation of human blindness using the zebrafish model has been picked by international news!

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Satoh Unit's Nature Paper on a Coral Reef Predator at the Forefront of Media Attention!

Satoh Unit's recent research result published in Nature (April 5 online, April 13 printed magazine) is covered by many media outlets in Japan and the world.

Read more about the story: "Into the DNA of a Coral Reef Predator"

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OIST Science Trip in Yaeyama: NHK news

OIST takes its scientists to inspire kids live in remote islands in Okinawa a few times a year. 

Last weekend, a science program "OIST Science Trip" was held in Ishigaki and Kohama islands. Dr. Casey Galvin (Shen Unit) and a special guest Dr. Yuko Kakazu, Outreach Specialist of Subaru Telescope, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan along with OIST Community Relations Section's staff gave school children some science talks and an interactive activity. 

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Balls of Steel

Researchers in the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit analyze the stability of chains of magnetic balls under the influence of gravity, giving insight into unstretchable materials used in architecture. You can read more about it in the news article "To Buckle or Not to Buckle'. 

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Asteroid Itokawa Research in The News

Prof. Pinaki Chakraborty, head of the Fluid Mechanics Unit and Dr. Tapan Sabuwala of the Continuum Physics Unit collaborated with researchers at Rutgers University to investigatie why pebbles and boulders on asteroid Itokawa’s surface occupy separate regions.

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Germany Loves OIST

As a result of a visit of DPA (German Press Agency)'s reporter to OIST the other day, many German-language media outlets featured OIST. The reporter met President Gruss, Professor Kuhn as well as a group of German PhD students at OIST. English translation of the original DPA article available at the bottom of this page.


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Mathematics Supports a New Way to Classify Viruses Based on Structure

New research from Professor Robert Sinclair, head of OIST's Mathematical Biology Unit, and collaborators at the University of Helsinki supports a structure-based classification system for viruses which could help in the identification and treatment of emerging viruses. Read more in the news article here.

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Japanese ADHD Behavioral Therapy

Researchers in OIST's Human Development Neurobiology Unit have recently published a paper in Japanese Psychological Research about their work to develop culturally appropriate parent-training programs for Japanese families of children with ADHD. Read more about it in the news article here.

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Okinawan Ants in the news!

The news story "Robbed of Royalty: mutilation and social determination of female Diacamma ants" covering the Ecology and Evolution Unit's recent research has been reproduced in the following media outlets:

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Blocking Cancer Cell Migration

Professor Ye Zhang and Guanying Li from the Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit along with Toshiaki Mochizuki, Koji Koizumi and Toshio Sasaki from the Imaging and Instrumental Analysis Section have just been published in Chem for their latest research.

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Micro-bubbles and Frequency Combs

Researchers in the Light Matter Interactions Unit have recently published a paper in Optics Letters in which they outline how they created a frequency comb in the visible spectrum. Read more about their research in the news article "Micro-bubbles and Frequency Combs".

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New Insights into Wind Energy Fluctuations

Professor Mahesh Bandi, head of the Collective Interactions Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has used turbulence theory combined with experimental wind plant data to explain the statistical nature of wind power fluctuations in a single-author paper published in Physical Review Letters. The findings have implications for engineering and policy alike. Read the article here.

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OIST Team Unveils Novel Sensor

Nikhil Bhalla, Doojin Lee and Shivani Sathish from Professor Shen's Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit have created a novel sensor capable of measuring both charge and mass of biomolecules that could help revolutionise healthcare diagnostics. Read the article here.

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OIST and Fujitsu Collaborate to Create New Algorithms For Artificial Intelligence

The newly announced collaboration between OIST's Neural Computation Unit and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. to make more human-like artificial intelligence has received coverage in the following media outlets:

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