August 28, 2015

Glial cells use lipids to direct neuron organization in the spinal cord

Scientists have discovered that a phospholipid released by glial cells controls the positioning of sensory neurons within the spinal cord by repeling pain-sensing neurons but not position-sensing neurons.

August 28, 2015

Getting a picture of the molecules in a cell in just minutes

Epidermal tissue

Scientists can peek into a single plant cell and—within minutes—get a view of the small molecules, including metabolites, hormones, nutrients, and lipids, inside it.

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August 17, 2015

New ACE-inhibiting molecule found in the asparagus


Using targeted metabolomics, scientists have identified a new compound in the asparagus, opening the way to better understanding which plant compounds have a positive effect on human health.

August 14, 2015

Symposium to explore role of supercomputers in life sciences

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On October 20, an international workshop in Tokyo will feature presentations on the current state of the use of supercomputers in the area of life science.

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RIKEN Research

Electrons take a phonon bath

A theoretical model enables the first exact and universal description of electrons moving in a ‘bath’ of atomic vibrations

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