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

Corralling factors that manage migration

Cells use a sequestration mechanism to ensure that they can respond sensitively to migration cues

Harnessing greenhouse gas for batteries

Carbon dioxide used to synthesize possible electrolytes for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries

Shining the spotlight on green fluorescent protein

An ultrafast spectroscopy technique rules out the possibility that ‘wagging’ motion of green fluorescent protein molecules significantly contributes to its glow

Feature Highlight

Growing a thick skin

Lab-grown skin sprouts hair and grows glands, paving the way for burn, scar and hair-loss therapies

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RIKEN People

Listening to the noise

David Priest, Foreign Postdoctoral Researcher, Laboratory for Single Cell Gene Dynamics, RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center

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A healthy balance

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences are advancing our understanding of the internal and external factors that contribute to disease.

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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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Chemists at the front of RIKEN elixir of health and wealth

The pioneering research of two RIKEN chemists in the early twentieth century had a major impact on the organization’s success

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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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