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OIST Wave Energy Project officially launched in maldives

An OIST project to convert wave energy into electricty has gone been officially launched this week in the Maldives. Professor Tsumoru Shintake, leader of the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit, and his colleagues designed special Wave Energy Converter which have nof been deployed for field trials with the cooperation of the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) of the Republic of Maldives and Kokyo Tatemono Company Limited (Kokyo) of Tokyo, Japan.

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【Hana Wa Shimairo】 Mr. Hidehito Adaniya, OIST Researcher

"The New Electron Microscope Challenge"

Mr. Hidehito Adaniya hailing from Hirara Shimozato in Miyako Island is trying to develop a new type of electron microscope at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Onna village. "With the electron microscope, I would like to be able to research virus behavior and contribute to society" he says.

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Unveiling Biological Evolution with Robots

Research using robots to unveil the evolution of living things and how they have adapted to the environment over time, had started to appear. The field of robot development and biological evolution seems unrelated at first glance, but to the cutting-edge researcher there is an interesting theme hidden in them. Experiments that are difficult to conduct on real living organisms, such as repeating experiments under specific conditions and reproducing many generations worth of changes over a short period of time, are being conducted on robots.

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OIST Neurobiology Research Unit in the News

OIST's Neurobiology Research Unit (Wickens Unit) has been in the news regarding a new paper published in eLife. The stdu, co-authored by Dr. Stefano Zucca, Aya Zucca and Prof. Jeff Wickens amongst others explores the use of optogenetics to show how certain neurons in the brain's striatum pause activity in response to significan events.

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Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit in the News

New developments in solar panels by the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit have been attracting attention in the media. A study led by Prof. Yabing Qi, with major contributions by Dr. Jia Liang and Dr. Zonghao Liu, has led to the creation of new photovoltaics utilising perovskite treated with manganese. The study is featured in Advanced Energy Materials.

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Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit Research in the News

Taking inspiration from the biological building methods used in cells and the extracellular membrane, the Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit, led by Prof. Zhang, has designed and synthesized a nanoscale toolkit of molecules that can interact together to assemble complex molecular structures. Their work was recently published in the journal Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

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Funding System for Practical Application of Research

OIST, lectures in Tokyo.

【Tokyo】 Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) held a Science Café for the media in Tokyo on the 19th, and Dr. Ahmed Shahriar, who launched a research funding program "Proof of Concept (POC)" that scouts innovative technical research from the university, gave a lecture. "We can contribute to the development of Okinawa", Dr. Shahriar said as he gave his visions on being closer to the proving stage that will enable the future application of projects within the prefecture.

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CDC Closed for Preventive Measures Against Measles


One OIST employee has been infected with the measles and as a preventative measure, the Child Development Center at OIST has been closed on the 19th of April. There are no reports of measles patients amongst children nor their parents.

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Neural Computation Unit Research in the News

Researchers from the Neural Computation Unit at OIST have used the latest optical neural imaging technology to isolate and record the activity of the neurons in the striosome, shedding light on the role of striosomal neurons in reinforcement learning. Their work was recently published in the journal eNeuro.

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Students' Project "Oki Coral Watchers" is in Japan Times!

A students' project on coral watch in Okinawa was introduced in Japan Times! Maggi Mars Brisbin from the Mitarai Unit talks to the reporter.

Visitors to Okinawa invited to be citizen scientists as tourism takes its toll on coral

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Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit Research Featured on the Cover of Advanced Biosystems

An image created by PhD student Shivani Sathish from the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit at OIST has been featured on the cover of the journal Advanced Biosystems, published in print on April 10th.

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G0 Cell unit in the news

A paper released by OIST's G0 Cell Unit has identified that the common immunosuppressant chemical rapamycin has more potential uses for medicine.

The study, published in Open Biology, explores the chemical's ability to reverse the effects of mutation in yeast cells, effectively "curing" the cells by restoring their normal function.


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Quantum Dynamics Unit Research in the News

New research from OIST's Quantum Dynamics Unit sheds lights on the movement of electrons in two-dimensional systems. The study, which was published in Physical Review Letters, shows that polarization has a strong impact on electrons.

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OIST Wave Energy Converter Project in the Maldives in the News

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MEE) of the Republic of Maldives and Kokyo Tatemono Company Limited (Kokyo) of Tokyo, Japan, to embark on a wave energy project in the Maldives.

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Membrane Cooperativity Unit Research in the News

Members of the Membrane Cooperativity Unit at OIST have devleoped a new imaging technique for observing individual protein molecules for a long time, providing new insights into how cells move. Their research was recently published in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.

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Quantum Gravity Unit Research in the News

A new perspective bridges two approaches to understanding quantum gravity.

Yasha Neiman of the OIST Quantum Gravity Unit recently published a paper on quantum gravity, and a new vantage point on the geometry of space and time in the Journal of High Energy Physics.

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President Gruss' Interview on Science and Art (Filmmaking)

President Peter Gruss' comment on the relationship of science and art was featured in the article entitled "Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?" of NAUTILUS.

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Computational Neuroscience Unit Research in the News

Researchers from OIST's Computational Neuroscience Unit have modelled the molecular basis of learning in the cerebellum, a part of the brain that receives sensory input and coordinates voluntary movements. Their work was recently published in the journal Cell Reports.

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