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Through RIKEN Research, our quarterly magazine and website, we present the best of research from RIKEN to the international community. Our research is shown in an accessible, easy-to-read format, providing regular insights into the people, facilities and programs that make up RIKEN. The core component of RIKEN Research are short, easy-to-understand Research Highlight articles explaining for a broad scientific audience some of the latest research articles published by RIKEN researchers.

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Recent Research Highlights

Watching enzymes inhale

X-ray laser pulses track the motions of a cellular respiration enzyme on a nanosecond scale

Useful new supramolecular polymer responds to heat and alcohol

An intriguing new plastic that forms by either cooling or heating its components in alcohol promises numerous applications

Innovative electronics feels like a second skin

Sensors made from stretchable nanomeshes allow patients’ skin to breathe naturally while continuously monitoring their health

Feature Highlight

Imaging the birth of new brain cells

PET imaging of new neurons in the brain promises to advance our understanding and treatment of depression

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RIKEN People

Revealing our clever immune system

Alexis Vogelzang, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Mucosal Immunity, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences

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Encouraging a long-term perspective

Shigeo Koyasu, Executive Director, RIKEN

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Nature’s genius aids sustainability science

From bioplastics and stress-resistant rice to drugs and biofuels, the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science is one of the pivotal science hubs helping Japan reach its ambitious 2030 sustainability targets.

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Special Feature

Nihonium takes its place at the table

Nihonium is the official name, and Nh the chemical symbol, for element 113, which was discovered by Kosuke Morita's group at the Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science.

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Breeding mutants

Tomoko Abe has bombarded thousands of plants with heavy ions to create unusual varieties

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RIKEN Places

Energizing photons to the max

The RIKEN SPring-8 Center hosts the most powerful synchrotron radiation facility in the world and an x-ray free-electron laser that is a billion times brighter

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