Advanced Science


20 Nov 2009
A fluorescent sensor helps scientists track specific chromosomal modifications that can alter gene activity
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13 Nov 2009
Visualization of stress in the cell’s protein factory, the endoplasmic reticulum, may lead to new treatments for many debilitating diseases
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16 Oct 2009
Astrophysicists at RIKEN lend their expertise to biologists to develop one of the world’s fastest and most sensitive cameras to observe cell behavior at the nanometer scale.
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09 Oct 2009
Researchers at RIKEN created a new graphite nanotube that conducts electricity when exposed to light, which could lead to efficient solar batteries based on organic materials and developed molecular devices that can respond to various types of stimuli, similar to living organisms.
02 Oct 2009
Photosynthetic processes in an artificial system can be described accurately by a quantum physical theory
Quantum Simulators
01 Oct 2009
Press Release - A review in Science this week outlines the main theoretical and experimental aspects of quantum simulation and emphasizes some of the challenges and promises of this fast-growing field.
14 Aug 2009
Radiation bursts from thunderclouds may not always be associated with lightning
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07 Aug 2009
Mutual controllability of electricity and magnetism in a weak magnetic material points the way to low-power electronics
24 Jul 2009
To enable the identification of different varieties and prevent illegal cultivation, a broad range of research and development at the DNA level has been conducted so far.
17 Jul 2009
A technique for characterizing ultrafast light pulses will lead to better optical probes for studying electron dynamics
17 Jul 2009
A total of around 200 people, including 24 members of RIKEN, attended the event, which showcased cutting-edge research and technology in chemical and materials science.
10 Jul 2009
‘Metamaterials’ — artificially created materials with nanostructures designed to control light — are attracting considerable attention for the development of a range of new technologies, such as very thin eyeglass lenses, optical microscopes that will allow the observation of atoms and optical fibers with no transmission loss.
03 Jul 2009
A chance observation leads to potential insights into the basis for cell damage associated with disorders like Alzheimer’s disease
26 Jun 2009
Research on the function of a type of RNA called ‘Gomafu’ is the primary field of study at RIKEN’s Nakagawa Initiative Research Unit.
19 Jun 2009
An organic compound provides the rare opportunity to study electrons that behave as if they have no mass
19 Jun 2009
A newly created yeast gene archive will enable efficient analysis of the function of bioactive compounds with potential pharmaceutical use
19 Jun 2009
A two-day joint workshop organized by RIKEN and the University of Edinburgh was held at the British Embassy in Tokyo on 14–15 May, featuring presentations by leading researchers in the fields of Systems Biology, Computational Biology and Metagenomics.
12 Jun 2009
This article gives an overview about research combining organic substances and base metals such as zinc to create molecules with properties equivalent to those of precious metals, or molecules that can cause completely new chemical reactions.
05 Jun 2009
New phosphorescent complexes improve manufacturing of high-efficiency light sources
28 May 2009
The University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) has recently organized a group of biotechnologists and chemical engineers to conduct scientific investigations in a bid to produce ethanol from so-called 3rd generation biofuel feedstocks.
24 May 2009
Enhancements to an experimental technique reveal novel magnetic materials
15 May 2009
There are liquids that can climb up the walls of their container like a life form and down the other side. Superfluid helium is the only liquid that exhibits this mysterious phenomenon.
08 May 2009
In their latest work, Tahara and a team of international and Japanese scientists have directly observed how an organic molecule named stilbene rearranges its structure.
08 May 2009
The new Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope has identified a new pulsar by detecting its gamma-ray emission
08 May 2009
Kei Manabe, Initiative Research Scientist, has developed an innovative ‘pinpoint’ catalyst, which can drastically decrease the number of synthetic processes, thereby attempting to bring innovation to chemical synthesis.
08 May 2009
RIKEN has had a long history of space research, and many groundbreaking discoveries are continuing to be announced.
24 Apr 2009
A microscopy technique unveils previously hidden information on the nature of superconductivity
17 Apr 2009
RIKEN scientists, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Tokyo, Japan, and Sungkyunkwan University, Korea, have unveiled the possible existence of a new magnetic phase in the spatial arrangements of electron spins
17 Apr 2009
“People think cholesterol is bad for health. But without cholesterol, we could not survive. Cholesterol is important, but its function remains elusive.”
16 Apr 2009
There are many types of medicine for which effects are improved and side-effects are decreased when attention is based to the rhythm of ingestion. For example, people with hyperlipidemia are prescribed with medicine that reduces the formation of cholesterol, and this medicine is best taken in the evening.


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