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Simpler, greener method for producing Grignard reagents
18 Nov 2021
A new method for creating one of chemistry’s most widely used class of compounds could revolutionize industrial processes, making them cheaper, simpler and more environmentally friendly.
A male brown bear observed in the Rusha area on the Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido, in 2018. Photo taken by Yuri Shirane.
18 Nov 2021
Surveys have revealed an upward trend in the number of brown bears over the past three decades in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island. Researchers at Hokkaido University have been investigating the causes and implications of the increase.
16 Nov 2021
Scientists are turning to genomics to better understand the epidemiology of malaria and to inform control and elimination interventions and strategies. In the Lake Victoria region of Kenya, malaria burden remains very high despite more than a decade of intense control activities. A team of researchers from Osaka City University, Nagasaki University, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Mount Kenya University generated whole Plasmodium falciparum genome sequences from the lake region. Their analyses revealed that malaria parasites from this region appear distinct from other parasites from East Africa, while frequencies of known drug resistance markers were similar to those in other East African parasite populations. Their findings will help to develop improved surveillance tools to determine parasite transmission routes and aid clinical disease management.
Glass as Stable as Crystal : Homogeneity Leads to Stability
16 Nov 2021
Researchers at The University of Tokyo use numerical simulations to model the process called devitrification during which glasses crystallize, which may help improve the long-term stability of glassy materials, like pharmaceuticals and smartphone screens.
11 Nov 2021
Giants in History: A Japanese surgeon, Tetsuzo Akutsu (20 August 1922 – 9 August 2007) built the first artificial heart capable of keeping an animal alive.
A fictitious soba restaurant website created for the study. The participants were provided images of the website with and without a date of establishment. The establishment year is “大正15年” (Taishō 15, 1926)
10 Nov 2021
Japanese customers have higher expectations of restaurants selling traditional foods more when they display an older year of establishment.
08 Nov 2021
We have clarified at the molecular level the mechanism by which a microenvironment, a so-called niche that surrounds cancer cells, is formed in which stromal cells and immune cells are attracted at an initiation stage of breast cancer onset. A molecule called FRS2β is found to be critical for creating this microenvironment. The present finding is expected to be beneficial in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancers at the initiation stage.
Mukawa estuary, Hokkaido, one of the 22 estuaries sampled for the study (Photo: Akihide Kasai).
04 Nov 2021
The diversity of threatened fish in estuaries increases when surrounded by forest cover, whereas estuaries surrounded by farmland show the opposite effect.
Schematic of mechanistic mechanism by which EGFR activates YAP/TAZ
02 Nov 2021
Malfunctioning of the so-called Hippo signalling pathway within animal cells leads to irregular activity of proteins that regulate genes involved in cell proliferation. Researchers have identified a key step in the process of this aberration, opening the door to new therapeutics for cancers such as head-and-neck squamous cell carcinoma and lung adenocarcinoma.
02 Nov 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science use optical microscopy to form a picture of what’s really going on inside surfactant onions
Visual representation of the structural equation model estimating the relations between factors of positive youth development and factors of the mental health continuum
02 Nov 2021
Ghana’s high youth population suggests that evidence-based programs specifically targeting young people’s development and mental health are key to the country’s socio-economic growth. As a result, social scientists are focusing on rigorous testing of the links between these two sides of personal thriving.
29 Oct 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science find that drones may be the next generation of communication bases to monitor the ocean and seafloor because of their high-speed positioning, stability, and efficiency.
Dicentric chromosomes
29 Oct 2021
The new radiosensitivity biomarker can make way for chemoradiotherapy treatments tailored to each cancer patient in the future.
28 Oct 2021
A collaborative project between the Osaka City University Graduate Schools of Medicine and BioMedical Engineering Center (BMEC) revealed new bone formation in critical bone defects of animal model with an exposure to a pencil-type non-thermal atmospheric-pressure plasma at surgery.
27 Oct 2021
Researchers reveal correlation between ribotype (RT) strains of Cutibacterium acnes, which are found in human skin, and the lifespan of the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. Strains RT4 and 8, which are associated with acne in human skin, shortened the lifespan of the nematode, while RT6, which are predominantly found in healthy human skin, did not. Also, it was found that the healthy skin-related RT6 strain of C. acnes improved C. elegans resistance to the pathogenic organism Staphylococcus aureus.
25 Oct 2021
Researchers have revealed in an animal model that ImmuBalance, a fermented soybean product, is effective in suppressing airway inflammation caused by asthma. Results showed a decreased presence of eosinophils in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, a decrease in mucus production in the bronchial epithelium, and a suppression of proteins that induce eosinophilic inflammation.
Some of the recorded carnivore species
20 Oct 2021
Just as humans may leave their home five minutes early to avoid a talkative neighbor or depart work late to avoid a rude coworker, carnivorous mammals may go out of their way to avoid other species. But they’re not trying to navigate awkward social interactions; rather, they are negotiating space and resources for survival.
15 Oct 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science use a machine learning approach to successfully predict material properties that have never before been determined
14 Oct 2021
Researchers from The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science describe a novel feature of the immune response to certain viruses such as measles
13 Oct 2021
Direct evidence that microtubules function as mechano-sensors and regulate the intracellular transport of molecules has been reported, leading to new possibilities in the fields of biomechanics, medicine, and biosensors.
11 Oct 2021
A long-standing hypothesis, the dual-structure model, posits that Japanese populations derive dual ancestry from indigenous Jomon hunter-gatherer-fishers and succeeding Yayoi farmers. We conduct paleogenomic analyses of people of the Jomon, Yayoi, and Kofun periods from Japanese archaeological sites. We identify a later influx of East Asian ancestry in the Kofun period and clarify that the genome of the modern Japanese population is composed of three ancestral components, proposing a tripartite model of Japanese origins.
Image of quantum-circuit black hole lasers
08 Oct 2021
Researchers propose quantum circuit black hole lasers to explore Hawking radiation
Dr. Benjamin List, Specially Appointed Professor, ICReDD, Hokkaido University
07 Oct 2021
Hokkaido University is pleased to announce that Dr. Benjamin List, a Professor of the Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung and a Specially Appointed Professor of Hokkaido University, has been awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
IMAGE
05 Oct 2021
Researchers in Japan have found an energy-efficient way to convert the chief greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into useful chemicals. Using the method, CO2 is transformed into structures called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), suggesting a new and simpler route to dispose of the greenhouse gas to help tackle global warming.
05 Oct 2021
Researchers at Kanazawa University describe in Chemical Society Reviews how large cyclic molecules can be used for the synthesis of big metallic complexes with two or more metal atoms.
Transmission electron micrograph of the Yezo virus.
04 Oct 2021
A previously unknown virus that can infect humans and cause disease has been identified by scientists in Japan. The novel infectious virus, named Yezo virus and transmitted by tick bites, causes a disease characterized by fever and a reduction in blood platelets and leucocytes.
29 Sep 2021
A quick, cost-effective approach improves the accuracy with which machine learning models can predict the properties of new materials.
29 Sep 2021
Researchers conducted an online survey on nutrition, dietary behavior, and body image with 32 national and international level para-athletes with physical disabilities such as spinal cord injury or limb defect/amputation. Results showed that about 40% need assistance in procuring and cooking food and that it is difficult to achieve their ideal diet on their own. Also, although para-athletes with a good body image rated their eating habits as healthy, they had a low percentage of correct answers to questions about nutrition.
28 Sep 2021
Researchers at Kanazawa University report in Science Advances a new method for distinguishing between enantiomers, molecules that are mirror images of each other. The procedure, relevant for the pharmaceutical industry, involves the chemical reaction of target enantiomers with color indicator compounds consisting of one-handed helical polymers, leading to solutions showing different colors in specific solvents between the enantiomers.
Answering a century-old question on the origins of life
27 Sep 2021
The missing link isn’t a not-yet-discovered fossil, after all. It’s a tiny, self-replicating globule called a coacervate droplet, developed by two researchers in Japan to represent the evolution of chemistry into biology.

Events

18 Feb 2010
Keio Media Design launches an information session at New York!
18 Feb 2010
RIKEN will be hosting a booth at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), to be held in San Diego, Feb. 18-22. The AAAS is a global organization dedicated to advancing science around the world.
11 Jan 2010
The objective of the RIKEN Conference is to advance the physical, chemical, biological, medical, and engineering sciences and to promote practical application in these disciplines, as well as to provide an international interdisciplinary forum for discussion among scientists.
12 Jan 2010
JUNBA (Japanese University Network in the Bay Area) will hold its Symposium and Technology Fair on Tuesday, January 12th, 2010.
30 Jan 2010
International GCOE Symposium on Neurocognitive Development "Shedding Light on Developing Brain" is to be held as follows.  *Admission free, registration is required.  *This event will be held in English; no interpretation will be provided.
08 Dec 2009
Time & Date: Tuesday 8th December 2009, 13:00 – 16:30 (Registration starts at 12:30) Venue: 2 Fl, Conference Hall, Old University Library, Keio University Mita Campus Admission Free - Advance registration essential (See below)
14 Dec 2009
The increasingly complex and interconnected world in which we live poses broad new challenges for science and society. Among the most important are global climate change, clean energy, population growth, sustainable food and water supplies, and the development of effective social organizations on both local and global scales.
14 Dec 2009
International Symposium on Complex Systems "Toward Sustainable Social Systems: Phase transition - Evolution - Polysemy" is to be held as follows. * Admission free, Online registration is required.(Deadline: Friday, 11th December, 2009) *This event will be held in English; no interpretation will be provided.
11 Dec 2009
Date December 11th (Fri) 2009, 10:00-17:00 Venue Tokyo International Forum - Hall B7 and Hall B5 Admission Free of charge (Reservation is not necessary.) Organizer Keio Leading-edge Laboratory of Science and Technology [KLL] (Keio University Faculty of Science and Technology / Graduate School of Science and Technology)
13 Dec 2009
Keio Media Design launches an information session at Malaysia (KL)!
11 Dec 2009
Keio Media Design launches an information session at National University of Singapore (NUS)!
30 Oct 2009
The Public Role of Higher Education in a Changing Global Environment Multi-polar initiatives through Linkages and Dialogues
06 Nov 2009
Keio Symposium Mexico and Japan: Opportunities to Enhance Regional Competitiveness in Asia Pacific on November 6
12 Mar 2010
The Tokyo Conference on Psycholinguistics welcomes papers that represent any scientific endeavor that addresses itself to “Plato’s Problem” concerning language acquisition: “How we can gain a rich linguistic system given our fragmentary and impoverished experience?”
28 May 2009
Please join us for exploring KMD and discussing with our distinct faculty members for your learning opportunity.
13 May 2009
International Symposium Presented by Waseda University Organization for Japan-US Studies Research Group “International Cooperation”
06 Apr 2009
On the occasion of the 110th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Greece and Japan, an exhibition of subway art from Athens will open at the Tokyo National Museum on April 7, preceded by a symposium at Keio University on April 6, 2009.
19 Dec 2008
The theme of this year's exhibition, "Innovative frontiers dreams" allows visitors to view the fruits in science and technology nurtured by Keio University - celebrating the 150th anniversary of our founding - while at the same time getting a sense of the University's future hopes.
22 Nov 2008
This is a revolutionary Okinawan exhibition that introduces works such as modern Okinawan art and photography.
18 Dec 2008
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Herbert von Karajan, and a variety of commemorative events are being held throughout the world. The Waseda Symphony Orchestra, which possesses deep relationship with Karajan, is part of commemorative events to celebrate this distinguished man.
21 Nov 2008
Keio Digital Archive Research Center and King's College Centre for Computing in the Humanities Conference
05 Dec 2008
The troubles in US subprime lending that began in 2007 proved to be a catalyst to failures of gigantic financial services companies around the world. To understand the present world business, we are starting a series of global business seminars, first with INDIA.
07 Nov 2008
A ceremony to commemorate Keio University's 150th anniversary will be held at the Hiyoshi Campus on Saturday, November 8, 2008. The occasion will be attended by some 10 000 people, including alumni, students, and guests from Japan and abroad.
07 Nov 2008
A Japanese Takigi Noh Performance will be held at Keio University as part of the 150th Anniversary celebrations.
07 Nov 2008
Invited speakers from China, Korea, the UK, and the US will discuss "The Future of Asia" and Keio University's role in the future of higher education in Japan, Asia, and the world.
27 Aug 2008
Realizing high quality of life and extension of health life expectancy through the consolidation of advanced science, health studies, and medical care
12 Jul 2008
The sessions include "Promise and problems of molecular targeted therapiesin children: Lessons from Hedgehog pathway inhibitors", "Regeneration of the damaged Central Nervous System", "Imaging cognition and genetics" and "Aquaporin water channels: from atomic structure to clinical medicine"
11 Jun 2008
The British Nobel Laureate Lecture Series, a collaboration between Keio University and the British Embassy, commemorates the 150th anniversaries of the founding of Keio University, and the initiation of UK- Japan diplomatic relations. Four lectures will be held as a part of Keio's 150th Anniversary Commemorative Project and UK-JAPAN 2008.
06 Jun 2008
Topics include Latest Trend in Standardization of IPTV, Trend in Standardization of Content Creation and Digital Rights Permission Code, International Standardization of 4th Generation Mobile Communication and Strategy in Japan and more
12 Jun 2008
A collaboration between Keio University and the Dutch Embassy in Japan, this seminar on international peace cooperation will focus on the relationship between security and development in the provision of international assistance to conflict and post-conflict areas.

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