OIST in the News
Using a promising wastewater treatment technology, called a microbial fuel cell (MFC), the Biological Systems Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) aims to help the island of Okinawa—and by proxy, other locations with similar wastewater issues—reduce its wastewater burden. Their study was published last month in the journal Scientifica.Read More
I have been doing basic research on quantum technologies at OIST. The word, “quantum” represents all the elements in the microscopic world, including atoms, electrons, molecules, ions, and etc. Under the microscopic world, there are various phenomena human beings cannot understand, such as two particles existing at two spots simultaneously or particles going through walls, etc. With the advent of technologies and research, since the end of 20th century, people came to be able to control such mysterious quantum world. And now in the 21st century,Read More
By Jyunichi Taki, Science Editorial Staff, Nikkei Newspaper Electric Edition
Based on some completely new ideas, Professor Tsumoru Shintake from Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate School has been tackling on practical use of wave energy generation. Utilizing smashed-up waves on coral reefs is quite an idea technologically, which is unique to Okinawa. The demonstration turbine was recently completed and now the turbines are to be implemented on a real shore.
Using remote acoustic monitoring to track bird activity on Okinawa for the first time, scientists from OIST's Biodiversity & Biocomplexity Unit examined the distribution of birds on Okinawa.Read More
Research from the Nucleic Acid Chemistry and Engineering Unit on predatory bacteria is being talked about in international news. In a recently published paper, the unit members took steps forward in the genetic manipulation of B. bacteriovorus, a type of bacteria with potential future applications as a living antibiotic.Read More
The website "MIRAICHIZU" is targeting high-school students in Okinawa to help them create a career plan and get ideas about what kinds of jobs are available in Okinawa. The articles are written by local university students.
This time, Dr. Nana Arakaki from the OIST DNA Sequencing Section introduced her job and delivered messages to students in Okinawa.
OIST research team in collaboration with Australian researchers found out that the phantom insects regarded as an extinct species have been surviving. Lord Howe stick insects have been considered to be extinct since black rats from wrecked ship intruded the island in 1918, which affected the island’s ecosystem. However, the same kind as Lord Howe stick insects were found alive in Balls Pyramid Island, which is located in the vicinity of Lord Howe Island.Read More
Recently OIST's Ecology and Evolution Unit confirmed the survival of a thought-to-be extinct species of large flightless insect: the Lord Howe Island stick insect. International media has been talking about this very big news.
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On October 4th, OIST and Okinawa Prefectural Public Health and Environment Institute made an announcement that they have analyzed genome of habu venom for the first time in the world. According to their discovery, not only strong components of habu venom, but also weak components of habu venom have been evolved through generations, based on coinciding functions, so-called, “genetic drift.”Read More
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The Asahi Shimbun GLOBE featured Prof. Doya in its October issue.
The article offers in-depth information about Prof. Doya as one of the most active players in his field. You can read it (in Japanese) from their website.Read More
On 29th, OIST BOG made an announcement of the November 1 inauguration of Dr. Cherry Murray (65) and the resignation of Dr. Torsten Wiesel (93), the incumbent BOG Chair who received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1981.
Dr. Murray used to serve as a dean of Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. With the first graduation ceremony coming on February 2018, OIST aims at the expansion of faculty members, stressing their need to contribute to the sustainable development of Okinawan economy.Read More
Read Professor Síle Nic Chormaic's article "Challenging a Culture of Inequality" that was published in Optics & Photonics News in the October 2017 issue. The article features Professor Nic Chormaic's own experiences with gender inequality in science and addresses some of OIST's equality initiatives.
The program has already featured three other professors from OIST. You can watch the clips from:Read More
Dr. George Iwama (63), the former Executive Vice President of OIST became the President and Vice Chancellor of Quest University in Canada. The announcement was made public on August 25th webpage of the Quest University.Read More
The Economo Unit's staff scientist Dr. Masashi Yoshimura explained about fire ants which recently discovered in Japan and became a big concern in the Japanese society.
"Science Portal" is a website brought to you by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).Read More
The Mitarai Unit's Postdoctral Scholar received an interview by a web media "Top Researchers" and talked about his research on coral.
Top Researchers (Japanese)