OIST in the News
Onihitode (COTS, Crown-of Thorns Starfish) have long been natural predators against coral reefs, inflicting tremendous damages since 1970s. Not much was known about the mechanism of their outbreaks, and enormous time and cost have been spent for Onihitode-control. However, the recent finding of specific protein that induces aggregation of Onihitode sheds light on countermeasures that have remained rather reactive till today, and voices of expectations are raised among those who have been tackling on Onihitode issue.Read More
Since 2012, Okinawa Prefectural Government (OPG) started a countermeasure against outbreaks of Onihitode (demon starfish) which devours coral reefs. By checking the distribution of baby Onihitode, prediction of their outbreak time and place has been made to prevent their outbreaks.Read More
The new story from the Developmental Neurobiology Unit, published in Scientific Reports, about the investigation of human blindness using the zebrafish model has been picked by international news!
You can read more about the story here.
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Satoh Unit's recent research result published in Nature (April 5 online, April 13 printed magazine) is covered by many media outlets in Japan and the world.
Read more about the story: "Into the DNA of a Coral Reef Predator"
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OIST takes its scientists to inspire kids live in remote islands in Okinawa a few times a year.
Last weekend, a science program "OIST Science Trip" was held in Ishigaki and Kohama islands. Dr. Casey Galvin (Shen Unit) and a special guest Dr. Yuko Kakazu, Outreach Specialist of Subaru Telescope, the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan along with OIST Community Relations Section's staff gave school children some science talks and an interactive activity.Read More
Researchers in the Mathematical Soft Matter Unit analyze the stability of chains of magnetic balls under the influence of gravity, giving insight into unstretchable materials used in architecture. You can read more about it in the news article "To Buckle or Not to Buckle'.
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Prof. Pinaki Chakraborty, head of the Fluid Mechanics Unit and Dr. Tapan Sabuwala of the Continuum Physics Unit collaborated with researchers at Rutgers University to investigatie why pebbles and boulders on asteroid Itokawa’s surface occupy separate regions.Read More
As a result of a visit of DPA (German Press Agency)'s reporter to OIST the other day, many German-language media outlets featured OIST. The reporter met President Gruss, Professor Kuhn as well as a group of German PhD students at OIST. English translation of the original DPA article available at the bottom of this page.
New research from Professor Robert Sinclair, head of OIST's Mathematical Biology Unit, and collaborators at the University of Helsinki supports a structure-based classification system for viruses which could help in the identification and treatment of emerging viruses. Read more in the news article here.
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Researchers in OIST's Human Development Neurobiology Unit have recently published a paper in Japanese Psychological Research about their work to develop culturally appropriate parent-training programs for Japanese families of children with ADHD. Read more about it in the news article here.Read More
The news story "Robbed of Royalty: mutilation and social determination of female Diacamma ants" covering the Ecology and Evolution Unit's recent research has been reproduced in the following media outlets:Read More
Professor Ye Zhang and Guanying Li from the Bioinspired Soft Matter Unit along with Toshiaki Mochizuki, Koji Koizumi and Toshio Sasaki from the Imaging and Instrumental Analysis Section have just been published in Chem for their latest research.Read More
Researchers in the Light Matter Interactions Unit have recently published a paper in Optics Letters in which they outline how they created a frequency comb in the visible spectrum. Read more about their research in the news article "Micro-bubbles and Frequency Combs".Read More
Professor Mahesh Bandi, head of the Collective Interactions Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) has used turbulence theory combined with experimental wind plant data to explain the statistical nature of wind power fluctuations in a single-author paper published in Physical Review Letters. The findings have implications for engineering and policy alike. Read the article here.Read More
Nikhil Bhalla, Doojin Lee and Shivani Sathish from Professor Shen's Micro/Bio/Nanofluidics Unit have created a novel sensor capable of measuring both charge and mass of biomolecules that could help revolutionise healthcare diagnostics. Read the article here.Read More
Research from Professor Yazaki-Sugiyama and Dr.Read More
The newly announced collaboration between OIST's Neural Computation Unit and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. to make more human-like artificial intelligence has received coverage in the following media outlets:Read More
National Geographic Japan's famous interview series "「研究室」に行ってみた。" came to OIST and featured Prof Tsumoru Shintake as a "great physicist"!
Every working day, a new story will be up until September 28.
Ryukyu Broadcasting Corp (RBC) covered Police training against terrorism which was held August 29 on OIST campus.
* The link below will be no longer available after a few days. If you are interested in watching it, please contact the Media Section.Read More
On August 29, Minister Yosuke Tsuruho, Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs visited OIST. Some local TV stations broadcast his visit.Read More