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Self-healing gels could power future electronics

Materials, Technology12 May 2021National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Ion-conducting gels that repair themselves following damage are under development for wearable electronics.

Putting a spin on Heusler alloys

Materials, Technology12 May 2021National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Heusler alloys are promising contenders for faster and more energy-efficient computing and memory storage devices.

Manufacturing made easy with one-step printing

Nanotech, Technology12 May 2021The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)
Printing electronic circuits could soon get easier and cheaper.

Elastomers develop stronger bonds of attachment

Materials, Technology12 May 2021National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
Molecular interactions within gels and rubbers can be controlled to fabricate stronger and more elastic materials.

AI helps design new alloys made to order

Artificial Intelligence, Materials, Technology12 May 2021National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
An artificial intelligence approach extracts how an aluminium alloy’s contents and manufacturing are related to specific mechanical properties.

Bringing the green revolution to electronics

Environment, Materials, Technology12 May 2021National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS)
From biomemory to implants, researchers are looking for ways to make more eco-friendly electronic components.
Assistant Professor Tony Z. Jia

Early Earth droplets and the origins of life

People, Science, Space11 May 2021Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tony Z. Jia is a specially-appointed assistant professor and lab manager at Japan’s Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is an astrobiologist and shared highlights from his dual research/management role.

The virus hunter

Environment, People, Science11 May 2021Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
Tomohiro Mochizuki tracks down viruses inside single-cell organisms thriving in boiling hot springs. His fieldwork is conducted in relatively extreme environments and, despite the significance of his investigations, he doesn’t need many fancy gadgets back at his lab at Japan’s Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI). ARN asked Mochizuki about his virus-hunting exploits and what they involve.
Mayuko Nakagawa operating a stable isotope mass analyser

Weaving a tale of early-Earth ecosystems

Environment, People, Plants & Animals, Science11 May 2021Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
“By looking at substances in volcanos, lakes and hotsprings, you can start to see the ecosystems that existed billions of years ago,” says Mayuko Nakagawa, a microbiologist and specially-appointed assistant professor at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) based at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan. She analyses components left by microorganisms with colleagues from various disciplines, while as a lab manager, she looks after cutting-edge equipment and visitors from different countries.
Nakagawa in lab

見えない生態系が残した物語を紡ぐ

Environment, People, Plants & Animals, Science11 May 2021Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI), Tokyo Institute of Technology
火山や湖、温泉の物質からは数十億年前に存在した微生物の生態系が見えてくると語るのは、東京工業大学・地球生命研究所(ELSI)の中川麻悠子特任助教。異分野の研究者たちと共に微生物の作り出した成分を解析する傍ら、ラボマネージャーとして国内外の訪問者サポートや最先端の機材の管理などを行っている。

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