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1 Sep 2014
The brain is a complicated network of small units called neurons, all working to carry information from the outside world, create an internal model, and generate a response. Neurons sense a signal through branching dendrites, carry this signal to the...
26 Aug 2014
Nobody could have enjoyed science so much this summer as much these children did. Everyone had a blast! From August 18-22, the Onna-OIST Children’s School of Science (OOCSS) 2014 took place at the Fureai Taiken Center in Onna Village. This is the...
19 Aug 2014
Before cells divide, they create so much genetic material that it must be wound onto spools before the two new cells can split apart. These spools are actually proteins called histones, and they must multiply at the same moment that the cell doubles its...
18 Aug 2014
The new Child Development Center (CDC) at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University is ready to accommodate people. The new building will replace the temporary structure that has hosted the CDC since January 2013, doubling the...
15 Aug 2014
The ability to find food and avoid predation dictates whether most organisms live to spread their genes to the next generation or die trying. But for some species of microbe, a unique virus changes the rules of the game. This unusual virus turns some...
7 Aug 2014
Imagine the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University logo. Now, imagine shrinking the logo so that it can fit onto a grain of salt. A few weeks ago, the Biology Resources Section carved the design onto an actual grain of salt, a...
5 Aug 2014
On August 2, Japanese astronaut Naoko Yamazaki visited OIST to deliver a talk entitled “Linking Space, People, and Dreams,” in which she discussed the eleven years she spent training to achieve her lifelong dream of space flight. Her 15 days on the...
25 Jul 2014
Panagiotis Grammatikopoulos in the OIST Nanoparticles by Design Unit simulates the interactions of particles that are too small to see, and too complicated to visualize. In...
18 Jul 2014
Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has highly-educated women who have chosen to use their skills and expertise to advise and collaborate with the research of others, rather than conduct their own research. With the...
11 Jul 2014
OIST has acquired a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system which enables sophisticated physiological analyses of small animals.  OIST is the second university in Japan to own an MRI with such high static magnetic field strength, a feature which...
10 Jul 2014
On July 9, 2014, Dr. Yuuri Yasuoka1 in the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s Marine Genomics Unit, published...
4 Jul 2014
OIST has a new resident: a life-size humpback whale! Last Saturday, June 28, eighty children visited OIST to paint a mural of a humpback whale with Okinawan artist pokke104. The fourteen-meter long mural is the same size as a real humpback whale and now...
3 Jul 2014
The human brain is the most complex computer in existence.  Understanding how it works has been a scientific endeavor for centuries.  However, technology has only recently advanced to the point where we can really understand brain function down...
25 Jun 2014
Combining physics and neurobiology to tackle Parkinson’s Disease is research “I would never have been able to do outside of OIST,” says Professor Keshav Dani.  The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s...
19 Jun 2014
What do zombies and ancient ants have in common?  They are both subjects of study at OIST.  Evan Economo’s Biodiversity and Biocomplexity Unit, in collaboration with the...
17 Jun 2014
Members of OIST’s Ecology and Evolution Unit study a wide range of topics with the common thread of taking advantage of new technologies, such as next-generation DNA sequencing, to better understand...
13 Jun 2014
OIST is welcoming Assistant Professor Julia Khusnutdinova to head a new unit called Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis.  Khusnutdinova is joining OIST from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, where she is a Postdoctoral Research...
5 Jun 2014
Dinosaurs and mathematics do not seem like an obvious pair, but for Professor Robert Sinclair and his Mathematical Biology Unit, they are a logical match.  Sinclair was part of a team that recently...
4 Jun 2014
Researchers in OIST’s Open Biology Unit led by Prof. Hiroaki Kitano are working on a physiological computer modeling platform called PhysioDesigner. This system is intended to create a virtual physiological model...
29 May 2014
A paper by Dr. Masako Nakamura of the OIST Marine Biophysics Unit on the ecology of a deep-sea limpet called Lepetodrilus nuxon has been published in...

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