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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

Radio telescope measures dust grains that could seed new planets

Radio observations map the sizes of dust grains in a protoplanetary disk surrounding a star

New insulating state found in stretched graphene

Quantum simulations reveal that graphene undergoes an unexpected and potentially useful change in state when stretched

Highly energetic neutrino traced back to a blazar

Detection of an energetic neutrino, along with gamma-ray observations, suggests that a distant black hole is a source of high-energy cosmic rays

Feature Highlight

Gut microbes become tiny industrial chemical factories

Researchers have developed an environmentally friendly way to make maleic acid, an industrially important chemical, from feedstock using genetically modified gut bacteria

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RIKEN People

Laser links

Daniela Serien, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Advanced Laser Processing Research Team, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics

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Extremely precise measurements of antiproton magnetic moment

Dr. Stefan Ulmer from the Fundamental Symmetries Laboratory at RIKEN, who led the BASE collaboration at the antiproton decelerator at CERN, succeeded in measuring the antiproton's magnetic moment with a degree of accuracy 350 times better than had ever been achieved before.

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Working toward excellence in research administration

Shigeharu Kato, Executive Director, RIKEN

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Math is the common denominator

Engaging mathematicians is the key to accelerating the impact of interdisciplinary research.

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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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