Institute for Basic Science

Founded in November 2011 by the South Korean government, the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) supports basic research within the entire range of natural sciences including physics, life science, chemistry, mathematics, earth science, and astronomy by providing highly advanced, supportive, self-directed research environments.

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Sunscreen for dancing molecules

Since life is mostly based on water, our molecules are moving, vibrating and somersaulting in a liquid environment. But electron microscopy—a technique to study a static version of this nanoworld—has been almost impossible ...

dateAug 01, 2018 in Nanomaterials
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The blueprint for El Nino diversity

A new research study, published this week by an international team of climate scientists in the journal Nature, isolates key mechanisms that cause El Niño events to differ. The team found that the complexity and irregular ...

dateJul 25, 2018 in Earth Sciences
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Correcting the eyesight of microscopes

Scientists have discovered a new property of wave propagation that leads to a new way to improve the resolution of virtually all optical technologies, including microscope lenses, telecommunications, laser-based lithography, ...

dateJun 28, 2018 in Optics & Photonics
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Breaking laws, making glass

The laws that explain how pizza gets uniformly cooked in an oven are not valid for systems of atoms at ultracold temperatures. A team of researchers at the Center for Theoretical Physics of Complex Systems, within the Institute ...

dateJun 12, 2018 in Condensed Matter
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Troika of proteins controls leaf old age onset

Researchers at the Center for Plant Aging Research, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), have discovered that a three protein hub – dubbed NAC troika—controls the onset of leaf old age. Their systematic study, ...

dateMay 29, 2018 in Biotechnology
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How to code a functional molecular machine

An international team has developed a model that simulates protein evolution. Starting from stiff, unfunctional proteins, the computer model shows how evolving protein components can work together to give rise to dynamic ...

dateMay 29, 2018 in Biochemistry
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Detecting the shape of laser pulses

A team of researchers at the Center for Relativistic Laser Science, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS) have developed a method to measure the shape of laser pulses in ambient air. Unlike conventional strategies, ...

dateMay 17, 2018 in Optics & Photonics
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