RIKEN Research

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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

Super-heavy chemistry

The formation of a hexacarbonyl complex with the synthetic heavy element seaborgium paves the way for studies of relativistic effects in the chemical properties of the heaviest elements

Beating a bottleneck to regenerate nerves

A membrane-mimicking biocompatible conducting polymer selectively binds to nerve cells and stimulates the changes needed for nerve regeneration

Memories get the emotional switch

Neurons that encode whether a memory is positive or negative can be reprogrammed to switch the emotional association of the experience

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Breaking bonds in benzene

An easy method for rearranging the carbon–carbon bonds in aromatic molecules at low temperature could open up new possibilities in synthetic organic chemistry

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RIKEN People

Finding hidden treasure in the genome

Piero Carninci, Deputy Center Director and Division Director, Division of Genomic Technologies, RIKEN Center for Life Science Technologies

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Banking on biological tools for research innovation

Repositories of biological materials and information such as the RIKEN BioResource Center help ensure that research in the life sciences addresses emerging societal challenges in health, agriculture and conservation.

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RIKEN Places

Building neural connections

The RIKEN Brain Science Institute has the infrastructure to support interdisciplinary research on the identification and manipulation of the neural circuits underpinning behavior

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