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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

‘Snap freezing’ produces different state

The state that a correlated-electron material adopts on cooling depends on how rapidly it is cooled

Pinning down parasitic plants

A key player in the infection mechanism of parasitic plants has been identified

An unexpected autoimmune connection

A gene not considered a risk factor for disease has been linked to rheumatoid arthritis

Feature Highlight

Dreamless sleep stores the day’s sensory experiences

The discovery of how tactile experiences are encoded in the brain during deep sleep could help to treat people with memory problems

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RIKEN People

Building the mind of the post-K machine

Balazs Gerofi, Research Scientist, System Software Development Team, Flagship 2020 Project, RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science

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Controlling the dynamics of life

Researchers at RIKEN are pursuing the promise of unprecedented control over health and disease with the emergence of a truly interdisciplinary field of cell biology.

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Special Feature

RIKEN discovers superheavy element 113

Researchers at RIKEN will be the first in Asia to name an element in the periodic table

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Superbugs with superpowers

Organisms discovered in extreme alkaline environments produce enzymes excellent for preserving smells, capturing tastes and cleaning laundry

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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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