Nature Communications


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11 Sep 2015
A research team at Japan's National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) successfully identified the atoms and common defects existing at the most stable surface of the anatase form of titanium dioxide by characterizing this material at the atomic scale with scanning probe microscopy.
28 Aug 2015
Scientists have developed a method, using a double layer of lipids, which facilitates the assembly of DNA origami units, bringing us one-step closer to DNA nanomachines.
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07 Aug 2015
Researchers in Japan have been looking into how tsunami-type waves can originate from massive storm systems, independent of earthquakes or landslides.
29 Jul 2015
For the first time, researchers have directly seen how organic molecules bind to other materials at the atomic level. Using a special kind of electron microscopy, this information can lead to increasing the life span of electronic devices, for example.
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27 Jul 2015
Restoration of DNA structure shown to be prerequisite
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13 Jul 2015
New material releases stored heat under weak pressure
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13 Jul 2015
A novel mechanism of droplet phase separation
Figure 1. A nickel catalyst triggers the cross-coupling reaction between aromatic esters and boronic acids
29 Jun 2015
Making carbon-carbon bonds continues to be an important strategy to synthesize useful pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and organic materials. Chemists have expanded the scope of a Nobel Prize-winning carbon-carbon bond forming reaction by using esters and boronic acids as coupling partners in the presence of an economically friendly nickel catalyst.
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29 Jun 2015
Production of unique peptides for positive selection of killer T cells in the thymus
24 Jun 2015
A nanostructure design enables pixels to produce two different colors depending on the polarization of the incident light
05 Jun 2015
A Korean and Taiwanese research team has recently discovered strong evidence that zinc is associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and improves social interaction in mouse models with ASD.
20 May 2015
A research group led by Yusuke Yamauchi at National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in cooperation with other research organizations in Japan and overseas, successfully developed a nanoporous gold material with a regular, uniform pore arrangement using polymers as a template.
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20 May 2015
Japanese researchers are studying quail to understand the underlying mechanisms involved in their breeding behaviours.
Morphology of the primary jaw joint in mammals and reptiles/birds
22 Apr 2015
Researchers at the RIKEN Evolutionary Morphology Laboratory and the University of Tokyo in Japan have determined that the eardrum evolved independently in mammals and diapsids―the taxonomic group that includes reptiles and birds.
07 Apr 2015
Researchers in South Korea have developed a novel photolithographic technology enabling control over the functional shapes of micropatterns using oxygen diffusion.
08 Mar 2015
Researchers in South Korea have, for the first time, developed a simple technique to produce a two-dimensional nitrogen-containing crystal that has the capacity to be a potential rival to graphene and silicon as semi-conductor materials.
Figure 1. A single-step APEX reaction to synthesize uniform nanographenes.
17 Feb 2015
The rapid and uniform construction of nanographene sheets has now become possible in a precisely controlled manner from a new catalytic system developed by a team of chemists at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University and the JST-ERATO Project led by Professor Kenichiro Itami.
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03 Dec 2014
A research team in South Korea has developed a technology that can manipulate a polarized light in broadband operation with the use of a metamaterial.
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11 Sep 2014
This breakthrough in quantum information processing was achieved using state-of-the-art diamond growth technology.
23 Feb 2014
RIKEN, the University of Tokyo, and NIMS succeeded for the first time in generating and visualizing electron spin vortex state "skyrmion molecules" with topological charge 2 within a thin film of "La1+2xSr2-2xMn2O7," a layered manganese oxide which is a ferromagnetic material with uniaxial anisotropy.
29 Jan 2014
Waseda University researchers have discovered a hormonal mechanism for controlling aggressiveness in male birds. The team hope this may lead to a method of reducing aggressive behavior in humans.
24 Jan 2014
(Tsukuba, 23 January 2013) Robust, highly conductive 3D graphene structures for use in super-capacitors, through a method inspired by blown sugar, created.
11 Sep 2013
An experimental demonstration of light scattering controlled by silicon nanoparticles augurs well for the development of integrated optical circuits
09 Jul 2013
A team of researchers from Japan has finally solved the riddle of the origin of the turtle shell.
02 Jul 2013
Korean researchers from Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) have developed a novel bio-inspired composite electrocatalyst which outperforms platinum, in terms of cost, production simplicity and has a longer cycle life reaching above 1000 cycles.
22 Jun 2013
A research team headed by Dr. Takashi Nakanishi, a Principal Researcher of the NIMS Organic Materials Group, Polymer Materials Unit, developed a full-colour tunable luminescent liquid material with excellent light stability based on an anthracene molecule, which is a general organic fluorescent dye.
12 Jun 2013
A new prototype random-access memory, which uses light for reading out information, is presented in this week’s online issue of Nature Communications. This memory has an exceptionally high write and read speed, a low energy consumption and good endurance making it a promising candidate in the quest for a “universal memory”.
27 May 2013
(Tokyo, 27 May 2013): Scientists at Tokyo Tech have developed a new self-assembled nanostructure that can survive very hot or saline environments.
30 Apr 2013
A research group at the International Center for Materials Nanoarchitectonics (MANA) of NIMS discovered an intriguing phenomenon in which an inorganic layered crystal expanded and contracted by 100 times its original size in a few seconds in an aqueous solution, displaying a behavior similar to a living cell.


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