RIKEN

Stopping malignancy in its tracks

An unusual chemical compound isolated from a mud-dwelling fungus found in a soil sample collected in Daejeon, South Korea, could lead to a new family of antitumor drugs. Discovered by teams led by Jong Seog ...

Jul 01, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 0

Embracing superficial imperfections

Chemists normally work rigorously to exclude impurities from their reactions. This is especially true for scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) experiments that can produce atomic-scale images of surfaces. Using ...

Jul 01, 2011 5 / 5 (2) 0 | with audio podcast

Making holograms look more real

(PhysOrg.com) -- Although human vision is capable of perceiving objects in three dimensions (3D), we spend much of our day looking at two-dimensional screens. The latest televisions and monitors can trick ...

Jun 24, 2011 4 / 5 (4) 2 | with audio podcast

Superconductivity's third side unmasked

The debate over the mechanism that causes superconductivity in a class of materials called the pnictides has been settled by a research team from Japan and China. Superconductivity was discovered in the pnictides ...

Jun 17, 2011 4.8 / 5 (18) 42 | with audio podcast

First X-ray lasing of SACLA

RIKEN and the Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) have successfully produced a first beam of X-ray laser light with a wavelength of 1.2 Angstroms. This light was created using SACLA, a cutting-edge X-ray ...

Jun 17, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 0

A diamond ring sparks a paradigm shift

The sweet smell of benzene gave birth to the term ‘aromatic’ molecules, but it is the chemical bonds within these compounds that have fascinated researchers for almost 200 years. Encasing alternating ...

Jun 06, 2011 5 / 5 (5) 0 | with audio podcast

The new kid on the block

In synthetic chemistry, ‘carbene’ species—compounds bearing a carbon atom with two unpaired electrons—have a ferocious reputation. Left uncontrolled, they will react with ...

Jun 03, 2011 5 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast

Measuring evolution's waistline

Nearly 150 years ago, noted German biologist Ernst Haeckel made the bold assertion that ‘ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny’: in other words, morphological changes that occur during an organism’s ...

Jun 03, 2011 4.7 / 5 (6) 8 | with audio podcast

Unraveling plant reactions to injury

Better understanding of plant defense systems, and the potential to generate stress-tolerant plants and even new malaria drugs, may all stem from the documentation of a molecular mechanism that plays a significant ...

May 27, 2011 not rated yet 0

How plants self heal

Many animals and plants regenerate tissues or even whole organs after injury. Typically, specialized cells at the wound site revert to a ‘pluripotent’ state–via a process called dedifferentiation—which ...

May 20, 2011 5 / 5 (1) 1