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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

Making chiral structures from achiral building blocks

Triangular molecules on a silver surface can form different chiral structures depending on how densely they are placed on the surface

How phosphorylation of eIF2 reduces protein synthesis

A study of molecular structure reveals how a small chemical change can make a big difference to function in a cell’s response to stress

Pre- and postsynaptic sites regulate synaptic strength differently

The differential regulation of neuronal signal strength in pre- and postsynaptic cells contributes to information processing in the brain

Feature Highlight

Now polymers can self-heal, even when wet

New spontaneously self-healing polymers don’t mind a bit of wetness, and they may be useful in everything from dentistry to liquid crystal display (LCD) screens

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RIKEN People

Leading the race to regenerate eyes

Michiko Mandai, Deputy Project Leader, Laboratory for Retinal Regeneration, Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research

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Torn but not broken: New polymers give themselves a quick fix

It might seem like something straight out of comic book fantasy, but this self-healing material is all real. Able to repair itself in mere minutes—with practically no external input—this new class of polymer developed by Zhaomin Hou's team could hold the key to making plastics near-invincible.

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RIKEN's global goals

RIKEN’s strong international links will be expanded by new organizational commitments, says RIKEN Executive Director Motoko Kotani.

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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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