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International Joint COE Center for Magnetic Self-Organization 2010:07:09:15:21:39
In April 2010, we started a new international joint COE program: Center for Magnetic Self-Organization in Laboratory and Astrophysical Plasmas (CMSO) for a new type of interdisciplinary research and education. Its main subject is to activate the international and interdisciplina...
July 9, 2010
A video movie of annual changes in the full bloom date of Prunus Jamasakura (Yamazakura) for these 1 2010:03:15:15:27:42
The University of Tokyo has been continuing recording and analyzing of a forest video data to observe the annual changes in the full bloom date of Prunus Jamasakura (Yamasakura) over 14 years since 1996. Two video recording robot cameras with stereophonic microphones (referred t...
March 15, 2010
Success in Thrust Enhancement of Microwave Rocket 2010:01:15:15:42:03
A Microwave Rocket model was successfully lifted up by microwave power irradiated from a ground-based power source, Gyrotron. By using a repetitively pulsed microwave beam, a metallic model rocket of 126g weight was propelled for 1.2m without any propellant consumption.
January 15, 2010
December 25, 2009
Practical Use of Topological Supramolecule 2009:11:16:16:14:56
Topological supramolecule such as rotaxane and catenane, which has mechanically interlocked molecular system, is one of the most intensive research areas in chemistry from interests of molecular switch and motor. The University of Tokyo, Advanced Softmaterials Inc. and Nissan Mo...
November 16, 2009
Ultra-selfish genes are forever 2009:10:06:16:20:20
Homing endonuclease genes are 'selfish' mobile genetic elements whose endonuclease promotes the spread of its own gene by creating a break at a specific target site and using the host machinery to repair the break by copying and inserting the gene at this site.
October 6, 2009
Anomalous orbital motion of electrons in an iridium oxide discovered by synchrotron x-ray 2009:03:06:16:26:53
Electrons orbiting the nucleus of an atom act like waves, rather than particles. Recently, Professor Hidenori Takagi and Dr. B.J.Kim of the department of Advanced Materials, University of Tokyo, in collaboration with Dr. T. Arima and H. Ohsumi of RIKEN, hit on the idea of using ...
March 6, 2009
February 16, 2009
The controlling mechanisms of mimicry 2008:03:03:16:45:12
Insects often mimic to other models to protect them from predators or to prey other insects. The studies of mimicry have been carried out from the view points of ecology or ethology so far, but the controlling mechanisms of mimicry have not been studied well. Young caterpillars ...
March 3, 2008
Watching the synapses form in an intact organism 2007:12:18:16:41:54
Synapses are specialized junctions through which neurons signal to each other and to other target cells such as muscles and are crucial to the functioning of the nervous system. However, the mechanism of how the synapses form during development remains poorly understood. In this...
December 18, 2007
600 million-year-old mystery of vertebrate genome evolution 2007:09:05:16:59:31
Early vertebrate genome evolution has long been in need of clarification, and it is now of particular interest because several distantly related vertebrate genomes have been recently sequenced. We reconstructed the gnathostome (jawed vertebrate), osteichthyan (bony vertebrate), ...
September 5, 2007
Neural wiring by a negative signal 2007:08:31:17:04:42
The proper functioning of the nervous system depends on precise interconnections of distinct types of neurons. Therefore, understanding how neurons specifically find and recognize their target cells is a central question in neuroscience. Involvement of specific molecular cues ex...
August 31, 2007
And finally… Fishy genome swims into view 2007:06:07:17:13:05
The medaka fish (Oryzias latipes), a popular pet in Japan and model organism in the laboratory, has had its genome sequenced. The data, reported in this week’s Nature, offer novel insights into vertebrate genome evolution.
June 7, 2007

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