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25 Jun 2013
On June 19, the Red Cross blood donation bus made its first visit to the OIST campus. With many students, researchers, and staff, OIST was the perfect stop to make. The OIST Health Center already had 20 people pre-registered before the 19th, indicating...
21 Jun 2013
OIST Café, a seminar aimed at science students, was inaugurated in April in Tokyo. This month it was held again in Tokyo, and also in Sapporo, on June 16 and 19. These events were intended for science majors interested in doing research in an...
21 Jun 2013
Many organisms rely on symbiotic relationships, in which two species rely on each other for survival and one lives inside the other. But mealybugs, often regarded as pests since they feed on plant juices, survive on a tripartite symbiotic relationship...
10 Jun 2013
OIST has offered its conference facilities to host various academic conferences and workshops. Today on June 10, the 500-seater OIST auditorium, which was completed in May 2012, opened its doors to the first major international conference, “The...
29 May 2013
Two recent events at the University underlined OIST’s ambition to spread scientific ideas and concepts to the population of Okinawa and all staff at the University.  On Saturday 25 May, 350 people crowded into the OIST Auditorium to listen to a...
17 May 2013
In order to carry out the complex physical and mental functions required in daily life, the many neural circuits that allow communication between different parts of the brain must be properly connected. While electrical impulses transmit information...
14 May 2013
While OIST adheres to a philosophy that rejects barriers between scientific disciplines, the University also seeks out ways to erase the lines between the arts and sciences. In a single week, the campus was a buzz with activity as Nobel Laureates and...
13 May 2013
Prof. Hirotaka Sugawara, Distinguished Professor and Special Advisor to the President of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University was awarded on May 13 the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Government of Japan. Prof. ...
2 May 2013
As a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen in the UK, Gordon Arbuthnott came across a paper by a group in Sweden that introduced him the world of the dopamine, a neurotransmitter commonly dubbed the brain chemical behind pleasure. Published by...
23 Apr 2013
An aerial view of OIST’s campus shows off its spectacular architecture, surrounding landscape, and building layout. Orient yourself to Japan’s only international and interdisciplinary graduate university by watching this fly-by tour.
19 Apr 2013
Mathematics has a knack for describing the universe, so accurately that some contemporary physicists have suggested that reality itself is composed...
12 Apr 2013
“I had no clue what foraminifera were,” says OIST researcher Dr. Beatrice Lecroq.  To find out, this curious Swiss French biologist journeyed to the strange, deeper parts of the ocean, intrigued by these one-celled animals. Stranger perhaps is that...
12 Apr 2013
The old saying is “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” but sometimes, especially in science, it’s worth reviewing old methodologies to see they’re keeping up with the rapidly advancing technological age in which we live. In a...
3 Apr 2013
Over the past year OIST has had people from all walks of life come to marvel at its architecture, diverse research and researchers, stupendous views, and gourmet lunch from the Kaito+ Café. Nearly 22...
29 Mar 2013
If weather and technology cooperate during the next four years OIST researcher, Daisuke Hasegawa of the Marine Biophysics Unit will have received more than 800,000 emails from the ocean. With the help of zipties,...
22 Mar 2013
An international collaborative proposal by OIST researcher Mahesh Bandi has won him and his colleagues a Young Investigators Grant from ...
22 Mar 2013
While many talented researchers call OIST home today, the university also places emphasis on the scientific stars of tomorrow. Over the past week, OIST has hosted two events that foster the skills and ideas of young, budding scientists and entrepreneurs...
15 Mar 2013
When Professor Tsumoru Shintake first formed the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit at OIST in September 2011, he knew his grand scheme to develop a new, innovative electron microscope wouldn’t happen...
12 Mar 2013
Physicists have long searched for universal laws that explain the nature and properties of matter and energy on scales as large as the universe and as small as a proton, but until relatively recently, complex biological systems, like the structure of DNA...

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