Read about international media coverage of OIST.

Machine Learning Tracks Moving Cells

New software from the Micro/Bio/Nanofluids Unit allows scientists to study the migration of label-free cells at unprecedented resolution. Read More

Scientists Crack Genome of Superfood Seaweed, Ito-Mozuku

The Marine Genomics Unit has unveiled the genome of ito-mozuku, the popular Japanese brown seaweed, providing data that could help farmers better grow the health food. Read More

Prof. Kono Helps Uncover How Cells Split Smoothly

Prof. Kono and her colleagues have uncovered how one protein keeps conditions ‘just right’ so that cells can easily divide into two identical daughter cells. Read More

<Column> OIST Science Talk Season 2 : No. 6 - Dr. Tsumoru Shintake

OIST Communication and Public Relations Division hold  "OIST Scientists Talk on Clothing, Food and Housing" at Junku-do Bookstore Naha from 6:30pm - 7:30 pm every second Friday of the month. 

Before the each event, OIST Communications staff introduces the speaker.  This time, Tomomi Okubo, The Media Section staff wrote about Dr. Tsumoru Shintake and introduced about his project on wave power generator.

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Contributed Article on Citizen Science and Fire Ant Countermeasure

Dr. Masashi Yoshimura, the coordinator of the OKEON Churamori Project contributed an article to the journal "Seibutsu no kagaku Iden” and it is published on Vol.73 No.2 in 2019.

Chapter 3. Citizen Science and RIFA Countermeasure
By Masashi Yoshimura (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology)

You can read the article from here (In Japanese only)


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Mouse Model of Parkinson's in the News

The Brain Mechanism for Behaviour Unit pinpointed how brain activity changes in mouse models of Parkinson’s disease, hinting at what may drive symptoms in humans. Read More

Target for Cancer Therapy Demystified in Yeast Experiments

The G0 Cell Unit revealed the mechanism driving an important enzyme for tumor cell proliferation, hinting at methods to undermine it. Read More

Fasting Study Makes Headlines

A new study by the G0 Cell Unit uncovers previously unknown effects of fasting, including notably increased metabolic activity and possible anti-aging effects. Read More

Improved Perovskite Solar Cells in the News

The Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit has made modifications to Perovskite Solar Cells render them more stable and scalable than ever before. Read More

SCORE! Event - TV Report

SCORE!, a start-up contest for local high school students jointly hosted by OIST was featured in QAB's evening news:  

QABプラスリポート 理系女子「リケジョ」が奮闘


You can read the event report from our website: Okinawa’s Future is Bright! Start-up Contest by Local High School Students 


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Paper by Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit Downloaded Most

A research paper by Prof. Eliot Fried's Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit was the most downloaded article of the in the Journal of Nonlinear Science during 2018. Congratulations Prof. Fried and his team!

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Eye-catching Kaleidocycles in the News

Researchers in the Mathematics, Mechanics, and Materials Unit have unveiled a new class of kaleidocycles, one they predict could spur advances in fundamental research, synthetic chemistry, and even robotics. Read More

Immune Signal Unit Explains Key Immune System Regulator

Researchers describe how the transcription factor JunB, which modulates gene expression, plays a critical role in keeping the immune system in line in mice. Read More

Who is the Owner? Plastic Floats Washed Up on the Coast of Okinawa

Ryukyu Shimpo ran a story based on the interview of Dr. Chris Petoukhoff about his and his friends discovery on the beach of Tancha.


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BOOKS AND ARTS : Do luxe labs shape science?

Laboratory Lifestyles: The Construction of Scientific Fictions Sandra Kaji‑O’Grady, Chris L. Smith and Russell Hughes MIT Press (2019)

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OIST Column Series #6: What is the Indian Festival that Scientists Celebrate in Okinawa?

The latest OIST column for the Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+ is out! Click this link to read and know more about the  grand Diwali celebrations organized at OIST each year!


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Training on Ant for High School Students in Miyako Island

On November 10, staff members of the OIST OKEON Churamori Project visited Taira Port to teach the Miyako High School Science Club how they track down and study ants.

The project monitors fire ant populations on the island as a part of prefectural alien species countermeasure program. Members hold research training sessions to make local residents more aware of the impact of alien species on remote island environments. The Miyako High School students learned basic knowledge about fire ants and how to collect and study ants.

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New Study on Depression by scientists from OIST's Neural Computational Unit Garners Media Attention

A new study by Dr. Tokuda and Prof. Doya from the Neural Computational Unit at OIST has identified  three sub-types of depression that previously unknown.

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Structural Cellular Biology Unit in the News

An paper published in Nature Communications has detailed a study into the shape of bacterial cells and their associated z-rings. Authored by Dr. Bill Söderström, Dr. Alexander Badrutdinov, Dr. Helena Chan and Prof. Ulf Skoglund, the paper outline how the team, inpsired by cube shaped watermelons, use nanofabricated moulds can be used to alter the natural rod shapes of bacteria into a variety of new shapes.

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Column: New Students From 15 Different Countries and Areas

The forth article is now online : OIST's column series at the Asahi Shimbun GLOBE+ "Scientists without boarders from Chura-shima".

It is about OIST student's life, focusing Mohamed Atwa. : (Only in Japanese)

The tentative translation is updated.


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OIST's Perovskite Solar Cells Claim Media Spotlight

A new study on commercialization of perovskite solar cells by the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit  at OIST, lead by Prof. Yabing Qi  has garnered media attention. Read the complete story here.

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