18 Oct 2019
Despite their important ecological role as decomposers, termites are often overlooked in research. Evolutionary biologists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST...
Type: Press release
16 Oct 2019
A catalyst’s utility is influenced by its surface charge and how that charge is transferred. Until recently, studying charge transfer has relied on complex imaging techniques that are both expensive...
Type: News Article
16 Oct 2019
The ruthenium nanocluster (Ru) is attached to a support structure and heated to 200oc. Over time, the metal reacts with oxygen in the air, forming ruthenium oxide (RuOx). This reaction is detected by...
Type: Photo
11 Oct 2019
Brains are a mazy network of overlapping circuits — some pathways encourage activity while others suppress it. While earlier studies focused more on excitatory circuits, inhibitory circuits are now...
Type: News Article
8 Oct 2019
The new phylogeny correctly places the Sphaerotermitinae as a sister of the Macrotermitinae, within the Termitidae family. Both subfamilies display the rare behavior of building combs within their...
Type: Photo
8 Oct 2019
Treating wastewater is an arduous process relying on complex sewage systems and treatment plants. While this is easier in developed areas with the requisite infrastructure, providing such services in...
Type: News Article
7 Oct 2019
An excitatory circuit, µ, comprises a pattern of neurons that are firing (1) or not (0). Local and global inhibitory circuits acted on the excitatory circuit, allowing the circuit to remember a...
Type: Photo
7 Oct 2019
BioAlchemy's devices use microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology to remove impurities from wastewater.
Type: Photo
1 Oct 2019
Honey bee colony collapse has devastating consequences for the environment, the global economy, and food security worldwide. The culprits behind some of the destruction – parasitic Varroa mites – are...
Type: News Article
1 Oct 2019
A micro-CT scan that researchers in OIST’s Ecology and Evolution Unit use to study the varroa mites that threaten honey bee colonies.
Type: Photo
1 Oct 2019
This 3D reconstruction of the bacterial flagellar hook was created using cryogenic electron microscopy coupled with high performance computing. Credit: Dr. Hideyuki Matsunami
Type: Video
1 Oct 2019
The flagellum is often cited as an example of natural design ingenuity — it is a powerful nanomachine that allows bacteria to swim effortlessly in search of food. Yet despite being a popular object...
Type: Press release
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