18 Oct 2019
Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST...
Type: Press release
16 Oct 2019
A catalyst’s utility is influenced by its surface charge and how that charge is transferred. Until recently, studying charge transfer has relied on complex imaging techniques that are both expensive...
Type: News Article
11 Oct 2019
Brains are a mazy network of overlapping circuits — some pathways encourage activity while others suppress it. While earlier studies focused more on excitatory circuits, inhibitory circuits are now...
Type: News Article
8 Oct 2019
Treating wastewater is an arduous process relying on complex sewage systems and treatment plants. While this is easier in developed areas with the requisite infrastructure, providing such services in...
Type: News Article
1 Oct 2019
The flagellum is often cited as an example of natural design ingenuity — it is a powerful nanomachine that allows bacteria to swim effortlessly in search of food. Yet despite being a popular object...
Type: Press release
11 Sep 2019
For decades, physicists have been attempting to reconcile quantum mechanics, the physics of the very small, with gravity, the physics of the very large. While many academics are working on quantum...
Type: News Article
9 Sep 2019
Mutualisms are one of the most common interactions in the natural world. That relationships of mutual benefit are so common suggests something important — they are a good survival strategy. In...
Type: News Article
26 Aug 2019
DNA sequencing technologies are indispensable in medicine, although having quick access to results has historically been a challenge. As part of a collaboration, researchers at the Okinawa Institute...
Type: News Article
19 Aug 2019
The natural world is full of complex molecules with important roles in living things. Such compounds can be useful as medicines — but they’re tricky to extract in large amounts. And while it is...
Type: News Article
9 Aug 2019
Silicon dominates solar energy products — it is stable, cheap, and efficient at turning sunlight into electricity. Any new material taking on silicon must compete, and win, on those grounds. As a...
Type: Press release
30 Jul 2019
Scientific discoveries are exciting, but scientists must also develop new approaches to make such discoveries possible. Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate...
Type: News Article
25 Jul 2019
Materials usually expand when heated and contract when cooled, reflecting how energy is stored in atomic bonds. As part of an international effort, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and...
Type: News Article
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