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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 dots mark the spot

Small connecting proteins are the key to easy-to-make probes for biomedical imaging

Transfer of epigenetic information found to involve a DNA replication protein

A DNA replication protein helps copy chemical tags to newly synthesized genetic material

The workings of a gene silencer

A protein that silences genes by packing DNA into an inactive form is guided into place by RNA

Feature Highlight

Jupiter’s volcano-powered auroral lights

NASA’s Juno spacecraft has helped explain how volcanoes on the moon Io spew particles that are flung out by Jupiter’s magnetic field, before rebounding back. A high-speed atmospheric encounter on the return leg creates the Red Giant’s once mysterious transient auroras.

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RIKEN People

Home to nuclear families

Marco Rosenbusch, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, SLOWRI Team, RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science

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RIKEN’s direction under the next mid- to long-term plan

Shuichiro Itakura, Executive Director, RIKEN

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Polymers that heal and machines with muscles

Chemists in the emerging field of functional soft matter are discovering materials that are made mostly of water, are temperature responsive, and can self-heal, opening the door to a future with less waste and more intuitive devices.

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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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