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

A changed exchange for magnetic materials

A method for controlling the magnetic texture of exotic materials offers a route to realizing the next generation of electronic devices

A radical route to fluorine-containing molecules

Two new strategies have been developed to incorporate fluorine atoms into potential drugs

The hunt for partially hydrated electrons

A powerful new spectroscopy technique can probe the dynamic chemical processes that occur at the interface between air and water

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

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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