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Anti-Cancer Virusvideo

Anti-Cancer Virus Fits Tumor Receptor Like a “Key in a Lock”

Seneca Valley Virus sounds like the last bug you’d want to catch, but it could be the next breakthrough cancer therapy. Now, scientists at...
Mitochondrial

Study Demonstrates Impact of Temperature on Mitochondrial DNA Evolution

In multicellular organisms, including humans, most DNA is coiled up within the cell’s nucleus. A small part, however, is tucked away within the mitochondria—...
cholinergic interneurons

A Vital Pause: Neurons in the Brain’s Striatum May Help Regulate...

Changing our behavior based on unexpected cues from our environment is an essential part of survival.  The ability to drop what you’re doing when...
neurotransmitters

Remake, Refill, Reuse: Recycling at the Synapse Revealed

Neurons in the brain form tangled webs of connections. Within these webs, cells communicate with each other to control motor, cognitive and other functions. A...
Nanomushroom Sensors

Nanomushroom Sensors: One Material, Many Applications

A small rectangle of pink glass, about the size of a postage stamp, sits on Professor Amy Shen’s desk. Despite its outwardly modest appearance,...
Marangoni effectvideo

A Superficial Relationship: Soap on Water

A bowl of water sprinkled with pepper flakes sits ready on Mahesh Bandi’s kitchen countertop. Bandi, a professor of physics at the Okinawa Institute...
molecular wires

Building Molecular Wires, One Atom at a Time

Electronic devices are getting smaller and smaller. Early computers filled entire rooms. Today you can hold one in the palm of your hand. Now...
textiles

Traditional Secrets to Keeping Cool: Investigating Okinawan Textiles

When Yoko Nomura moved from warm, dry California to the subtropical island of Okinawa, she was struck by the stifling heat and humidity. Searching...
E.coli

Shining a Light on Bacterial Cell Division

Imagine trying to defeat an army of invaders that can double its population size every twenty minutes. This is what the human body is...
polymers

Taming Charybdis: Controlling a Vortex Using Polymers

A vortex in the atmosphere can churn with enough power to create a typhoon. But more subtle vortices form constantly in nature. Many of...
wastewater

Down and Dirty: Cleaning Okinawan Pig Farm Wastewater with Microbial Fuel...

One of the greatest threats to the environment today is wastewater left over from production activities. Agricultural practices, such as pig farming, produce a...
antibiotics

Predatory Bacteria: The Quest for a New Class of Antibiotics

In 2016 the World Health Organization named antibiotic resistance as “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.” The...
renewable energy

A Sustainable Future Powered by Sea

Professor Tsumoru Shintake at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) yearns for a clean future, one that is affordable and...
silicon batteries

Supercharging Silicon Batteries

As the world shifts towards renewable energy, moving on from fossil fuels, but at the same time relying on ever more energy-gobbling devices, there...
nanothreads

Weaving with Nanothreads

Researchers in the group led by Professor Helma Wennemers in the Laboratory for Organic Chemistry, have used their chemical looms to produce a unique...
perovskite

The Power of Perovskite

Originally a mineral, the perovskite used in today’s technology is quite different from the rock found in the Earth mantle. A “perovskite structure” uses...
Dicyemida

Parasite Revealed: New Insights into Dicyemida

Revealing the origin and evolutionary history of the world’s manifold life forms is one way in which we seek to understand them. Even the...
Disease Detection

Miniature Technology, Big Hope for Disease Detection

The field of medicine is always on the lookout for better disease diagnostic tools—simpler, faster, and cheaper technologies to enhance patient treatment and outcomes....
graphene

Graphene Enhancing Our Vision of the Infinitely Small

Developing new scientific devices pushing the limits of what we can observe and measure does not occur overnight. There are typically baby steps involved,...
Parkinson’s Disease

New Mechanism Behind Parkinson’s Disease Revealed

Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurological illness that affects approximately 10 million people worldwide. It is marked by a progressive decline in physical function,...