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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 hexameric ion-channel complex revs up a bacterial engine

A bacterial engine turns on and off as the number of its protein units changes

Scanning tunneling microscopy reveals molecular dissociation induced by localized surface plasmons

Scanning tunneling microscopy observations of a single molecule provide new insights into photocatalytic reactions

Bringing fullerene closer to semiconducting polymer boosts the efficiency of organic solar cells

Fine-tuning the structures of polymers can maximize the light-conversion ability of organic solar-cell systems

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Lighting up the depths of the brain

By using special nanoparticles to convert infrared radiation into light deep inside the brain, neuroscientists can safely explore new areas

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RIKEN People

Seeing the sweet side to everything

Chengcheng Huang, Glycometabolic Biochemistry Laboratory, RIKEN Cluster for Pioneering Research

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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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Engaging society, changing society

As RIKEN embarks on its new seven-year plan, President Hiroshi Matsumoto discusses his vision for ensuring that research engages society and contributes to sustainable development.

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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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