Source: Tokyo Institute of Technology, Center for Public Information
For immediate release: 26 August 2013
Tokyo Institute of Technology publishes the latest issue of its online newsletter, Tokyo Tech Bulletin: http://www.titech.ac.jp/bulletin/index.html
(Tokyo, 26 August 2013) How pufferfish meditate magnesium to survive is just one the cutting edge research projects covered in the August 2013 issue the Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin
Research highlights in the August 2013 issue of the Tokyo Tech Bulletin include:
Akira Kato and co-workers at Tokyo Institute of Technology, together with researchers from Japan’s Shimonoseki Academy of Marine Science and Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Minnasota, USA, have uncovered the molecular mechanisms behind Mg2+ secretion in fresh and seawater Takifugu pufferfish species.
Biochemical processes: DNA-based method enables the identification of a bacterium as an indicator that obstructs methane fermentation
Methane fermentation is a complex microbial ecosystem where various microorganisms coexist. This complexity makes it difficult to quantify the operational conditions required for stable and highly efficient methane fermentation.
Quantum computing: Manipulating a single nuclear spin qubit of a laser cooled atom
It is advantageous to implement a quantum bit (qubit) with a single nuclear spin because the nuclear spin is robust against any stray magnetic fields. This robustness can be attributed to the small magnitude of the magnetic moment of the nuclear spin compared with that of the electronic spin.
Visual perception: vertical disparity corrects stereo correspondence
It is well known that humans perceive 3D structures of scenes using the horizontal difference of images observed by our eyes— referred to as horizontal (binocular) disparity. It is also known that vertical disparity produces the sensation of surface slant about the vertical axis.
Sustainable Development Goals: ‘Must haves’ for integrating planetary well-being and human well-being
One of the next major challenges for research and policy on sustainability is setting the post-2015 development agenda. This challenge is a direct result from the formal ending of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2015, as well as from the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), in which governments agreed that an intergovernmental process would develop novel Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be integrated into the post-2015 global development agenda.
Innovators and Innovations
Removing radioactive cesium following Fukushima
The Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin also includes updates of news and events:
International Symposium on Food Halalness in and around South-East Asia
"Science and Engineering Communication Project" launched this summer
Art Club: Encountering great friends to share the joy of painting
Through student eyes:
Uniting in Norway: What I learnt and my future plans
Miwako Kato and Yukiko Tokida
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