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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

Quantum information finds its edge

Electronic states at the edge of topological insulators are promising as carriers of quantum information

Probing water molecules at cell membrane interfaces

Ultrafast laser pulses offer insights into the role water plays in transport through biological membranes

Making an unconventional computer using conventional technology

By exploiting imperfections in electronic devices, scientists are using existing manufacturing techniques to make the building blocks of quantum computers

Feature Highlight

Washable solar cells

A new stretchy and washable organic solar cell has opened up the possibility of textile-integrated solar power

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RIKEN People

Engineering life

Miki Ebisuya, Unit Leader, Laboratory for Reconstitutive Developmental Biology, RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center

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Making sure Japanese science counts

Hiroshi Matsumoto, President, RIKEN

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Reforms to confront a national crisis

RIKEN President Hiroshi Matsumoto has a plan to inject fresh life into Japanese science and technology.

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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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