Research from the Marine Genomics Unit about classification of the marine parasite Dicyemida is being talked about in the news. This research has added a note of certainty to the long-contested question of where do the Dicyemida belong on the planet's family tree. Now, with this answer in hand, researchers can begin to unpack its greater meaning.
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Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi (Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit) and his former postdoc Dr. Kohgaku Eguchi contributed this article on Academist: https://academist-cf.com/journal/?p=5295Read More
External Review Panel: ”Faulty Diving Operation Plan”
-Harassment Involved in OIST Accident
OIST Employee Died During Diving Operation: External Review Panel pointed “Faulty Safety Management” with violation on laws and regulations
The Coordination Chemistry and Catalysis Unit recently published a new catalyst for the hydrogenation of carbon dioxide (CO2) leading to chemicals useful in the industry (such as formic acid and formamide) and enabling energy storage technology.
While existing hydrogenation catalysts require the use of precious metals or unstable (in presence of oxygen) phosphines, the new catalyst is based on Earth-abundant manganese.
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On July 7th, OIST gave food supply of approximately 127kg, including rice and canned foods, to Non-Profit Organization Food Bank Second Harvest Okinawa, lead by the Representing Director Tomoko Okuhira in Naha, which has been delivering foods to economically challenged households for free of charge.Read More
Research from the Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit about an improved microcontact printing method for use in disease diagnostics is being talked about in the news. The researchers described a new sequence of printing steps that have allowed for effective nano-scale printing. The hope is to eventually create a point-of-care device that patients can use on their own.
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Professor Tsumoru Shintake's twenty-minute documentary was broadcast in his home prefecture, Miyazaki.
The documentary of Miyazaki local TV news program "U-doki" introduced his childhood, past career and his two projects at OIST along with President Peter Gruss' comment.
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Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST), which has started its contracted field research activities for Okinawa Prefecture to control nine kinds of alien invasive ants, announced on June 26, “Intrusion of any Specified Invasive Alien Species (IAS) has not been confirmed,” including venomous fire ants, one of the four Specified IAS.Read More
News outlets are showing interest in research from the Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit on adding the amino acid taurine to photosensitizers used in brain cancer therapy. The type of therapy, called photodynamic therapy, is often used to treat brain tumors because it can specifically target cancerous cells while sparing healthy cells nearby from damage.Read More
In April this year, CNN came to OIST to learn more about the Quantum Wave Microscopy Unit's wave energy project and the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit's perovskite solar cell project to feature on its “The Future of Japan” series. The link is now up on the CNN website! Click here (edition.cnn.com/2017/06/13/tech/renewable-energy-japan/index.html) to see it and learn how OIST scientists are reinventing the future of energy.Read More
Twenty-two OISTers participated this Sunday June 18th to the 34th Manza Hari race taking place in front of the ANA International hotel, forming two motivated teams to take on the locals in the dragonboat race.
Despite each team finishing first in their respective qualification runs, their overall recorded times were unfortunately not good enough to qualify for the semi-finals.
A reporter from the Okinawa Times however immortalized the moment with this photo of OIST Team B in action, which was featured on the front page of the Monday edition.
Researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST) in Japan and Australia have sequenced and decoded for the first time the genome of Crown of Thorns Starfish, The path to the biocontrol of this invading predator responsible for the destruction of coral reefs across the oceans.Read More
OIST Professor Keshav Dani just published an already widely shared commentary in the prestigious Physics Today, recounting his experience on multidisciplinary science across the world. His expertise in femtosecond electroscopy led him to work with artwork conservation programs to help analyzing paintings, with neurobiologists to manipulate brain activity and with neuroscientists to build novel microscopes.
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On June 14, along with related agencies and ministries, Cabinet Office's Okinawa Development and Promotion Bureau held a meeting for promoting international conferences to be held in Okinawa. CAO and Okinawa Prefectural Government explained about the past records and the progress status on MICE in Okinawa. According to CAO, there will be 26 international conferences related to government agencies in FY17, all of which are going to be held at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology in Onna Village.Read More
New research from the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit published in eLife demonstrated the ability to track cellular vesicles within a pre-snypatic terminal in real-time!Read More
OIST Science Trip in Miyakojima was started at Miyako High School on June 9, participated by approximately 50 science major students. Dr. Maeva Techer, a postdoctoral scholar from OIST, explained about her career as scientist and her research theme, and gave some advices for the students.
Dr. Techer explained, “A scientist’s job is to make thorough searches and then discover something no one else has done found before. To do this, I work even traveling all over the world.”Read More
BS Japan (BS ch 7)'s science program "Kagaku Michiru" http://www.yakult.co.jp/kagakumichiru/ has featured Prof. Tsumoru Shintake. The theme was "Challenges to infective disease" (The program is in Japanese.)
Research results from the Cellular and Molecular Synaptic Function Unit unearthed new knowledge about the toxic role of the protein alpha-synuclein when overabundant in neurons: inhibiting vesicle endosytosis at the nerve terminal. The researchers believe that this inhibitory process is what occurs in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, before morphological changes such as the loss of function and death of neurons begins.Read More