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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

Domain walls allow dissipationless chiral edge conduction of electrons

Chiral edge states could offer a way to store and manipulate information in low-power electronic devices

Water-saver protein could boost crop drought resistance

Observations of the three-part water-saving effects of a protein offer hope for improved drought resistance in crops

The limit on the radii of neutron stars tightened

The observation of gravitational waves and light from a merging neutron-star binary system has allowed scientists to tighten constraints on the radius of a neutron star

Feature Highlight

Washable solar cells

A new stretchy and washable organic solar cell has opened up the possibility of textile-integrated solar power

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RIKEN People

Engineering life

Miki Ebisuya, Unit Leader, Laboratory for Reconstitutive Developmental Biology, RIKEN Quantitative Biology Center

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Making sure Japanese science counts

Hiroshi Matsumoto, President, RIKEN

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Reforms to confront a national crisis

RIKEN President Hiroshi Matsumoto has a plan to inject fresh life into Japanese science and technology.

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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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