RIKEN

Bringing life into focus

Spinning-disk confocal microscopy is an optical imaging technique that can be used to generate detailed three-dimensional fluorescence images of living cells and their contents. Although a powerful tool for ...

May 17, 2013 4 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast

Solving a complex protein problem

Many proteins undergo processing within cellular compartments called the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. Transit between these structures is facilitated by transport vesicles, which bubble ...

Feb 14, 2014 4 / 5 (4) 0

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

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

Untangling a protein's influences

Most proteins have multiple moving parts that rearrange into different conformations to execute particular functions. Such changes may be induced by molecules in the immediate environment, including water ...

Jan 06, 2012 5 / 5 (3) 0

Longer-lasting chemical catalysts

Metal-based chemical catalysts have excellent green chemistry credentials—in principle at least. In theory, catalysts are reusable because they drive chemical reactions without being consumed. In reality, ...

Jan 13, 2012 5 / 5 (3) 0 | with audio podcast