Cholinergic Interneurons Figure 1. The image on the left shows all neurons (the black dots) in the rat striatum, a part of the brain that is involved in higher-level decision-making. The image on the right shows just the cholinergic interneurons. There are far fewer black dots because cholinergic interneurons make up only 1 to 2 percent of the neurons in the striatum. It is these neurons that influence mental flexibility. (The large white spots are bundles of nerves.) Date: 23 June 2015 Copyright OIST (Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University, 沖縄科学技術大学院大学). Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0). Download full-resolution image Tags Research Share on: Related Images Figure 3. Surprizing genome structure of Symbiodinium The Marine Genomics Unit of OIST has decoded the genome of the algae Symbiodinium minutum. The paper was published in the online version of Current Biology on July 11. This is a major advance in understanding the complex ecology of coral reefs. Postdoctoral Fellow Benoit Guénard Sifts Leaf Litter Post-doc Benoit Guénard at work. Leaf litter is sifted in bags like these and are later transferred into bags specially designed for Winkler extraction. Man Hai Village Man Hai Village, near the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Gardens. Much of the vegetation on this photo is rubber trees. Final Adjustments to the Wave Glider Final adjustments to the Wave Glider Palladium Nanoparticles at Different Temperatures Grammatikopoulos simulated two palladium nanoparticles colliding at different temperatures. The hotter the temperature, the more homogenous the resulting product, and the further the atoms in the particle crystallize.