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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

New method allows the spin of a quantum dot to be measured without changing it

Accurate quantum computing is closer to reality, thanks to quantum non-demolition measurements

Manganese water-splitting catalyst shows promise for future hydrogen economy

The discovery of an Earth-abundant catalyst promises to make the production of hydrogen fuel more feasible

Crystals could make data storage more energy efficient

Crystals with special magnetic and electrical properties could help reduce the power consumed by memory storage devices

Feature Highlight

Now polymers can self-heal, even when wet

New spontaneously self-healing polymers don’t mind a bit of wetness, and they may be useful in everything from dentistry to liquid crystal display (LCD) screens

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RIKEN People

Smashing results from nuclei

Frank Browne, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Radioactive Isotope Physics Laboratory, RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science

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Environmentally friendly maleate production using modified E. Coli.

Shuhei Noda at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science are working on a more environmentally friendly production method to produce industrially important maleic acid using a genetically modified Escherichia coli.

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To exascale and beyond

The post-K supercomputer will be first off the rack in the exascale era, but will have to manage a post-Moore’s law world, says Satoshi Matsuoka.

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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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