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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

Photoreactions activate magnetic nanoswitches

Light induces photoreactions that activate the switch of the magnetic orientation of 2D materials dispersed in water

Hair follicle stem cells secrete protein that controls the skin’s sense of touch

An extracellular matrix protein secreted by hair follicle stem cells controls the tactile sensation of the skin

Two inhibitory molecules ensure that cells move full steam ahead

Cells move in a single direction due to two mutually inhibiting molecules on their surfaces

Feature Highlight

Rapid cooling reveals superpowers

Rapid electrical cooling bypasses other states and turns on a superconducting state in materials that were previously not superconductors

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RIKEN People

Instrumental advances in physics

Christopher Butler, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Emergent Phenomena Measurement Research Team, RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science

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Videos

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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Editorial

Harnessing artificial intelligence for society

Michihiko Minoh, Executive Director, RIKEN

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Perspectives

By Artificial Design

Japanese artificial intelligence researchers are working on deep-learning algorithms that glean advanced insights from Japanese types of data.

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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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Impact

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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