May 26, 2015

Fine-tuned molecular orientation is key to more efficient solar cells

Structure of the new solar cell

Using carefully designed materials and an "inverted" architecture, scientists have created polymer solar cells with an efficiency of 10 percent, bringing these cells closer to commercial viability.

May 22, 2015

Switching off brain circuit renders mice “out of touch” with environment

Researchers have made laboratory mice literally “lose touch” with their surroundings by manipulating a braincircuit with light-driven optical genetic tools.

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May 22, 2015

President Matsumoto announces new management initiative

President Hiroshi Matsumoto announced a new initiative intended to help RIKEN achieve its full potential for scientific excellence as a comprehensive research institution.

May 22, 2015

Scientists discover new immune response that targets bacterial sugar coats

Scientists at RIKEN, the Max Planck Society, and the Imperial College of London recently revealed that a protein made in the human pancreas recognizes the tuberculosis bacterium.

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RIKEN Research

A stress tracker for plants

Measuring stress-related hormones in individual plant cells reveals local patterns of metabolic activity

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