Research Achievements

December 2, 2020 

The helix of life: New study shows how "our" RNA stably binds to artificial nucleic acids

As medical research progresses, traditional treatment protocols are being rapidly exhausted. New approaches to treat dis

December 1, 2020 

Peeking into the pods of black soybeans

Scientists are getting closer to figuring out how to synthesize a plant pigment that could have medicinal uses.   Nagoy

November 26, 2020 

Researchers find how stress and the circadian clock affect sleep

The findings could lead to the development of new therapies for sleep disorders caused by stress or a disturbed circadi

November 25, 2020 

Killer electrons in strumming sky lights

Wisps of pulsating aurora lights are a rare, yet magical sight. Now, scientists suggest they could be associated with d

November 18, 2020 

Identifying the microscopic mechanism of vibrational energy harvesters

Familiarity with self-power generation devices     Structure around a Si atom which has 5 covalent bonds with oxygen at

November 11, 2020 

Catalyzing a zero-carbon world by harvesting energy from living cells

Scientists from Nagoya University have achieved a breakthrough in converting energy-deficient metabolites to a biorenew

November 6, 2020 

Researchers find a backup mechanism that removes cellular debris from the brain

Microglia -- the brain's immune cells -- play a primary role in removing cellular debris from the brain. According to a

November 5, 2020 

3D model shows bacterial motor in action

Scientists have constructed a high-resolution 3D model that shows what happens when a bacterial motor switches directio

October 28, 2020 

Direct observation of a single electron's butterfly-shaped distribution in titanium oxide

A valence electron in titanium oxide has been imaged at a resolution of 0.2 Angstroms using synchrotron X-ray diffracti

October 27, 2020 

Establishment of a rapid synthesis method for useful organic fluorine compounds

The reaction of triflones with the organic magnesium Grignard reagent allows for the synthesis of gem-difluoroalkenes  (

October 15, 2020 

Molecular design strategy reveals near infrared-absorbing hydrocarbon

The lessons learned from a near infrared absorbing, bowl-shaped molecule made only from hydrogen and carbon atoms offer

October 8, 2020 

On the trail of causes of radiation events during space flight

Lessons from conjunction observations with ISS detectors and the Arase satellite.   Scientists have made significant pr

October 8, 2020 

Planting Parasites: Unveiling Common Molecular Mechanisms of Parasitism and Grafting

β-1,4-glucanase, a cell wall degrading enzyme, is integral for plant parasitism and cross-species grafting in the plant

October 7, 2020 

Setting a TRAP for pandemic-causing viruses

A new laboratory technique quickly sifts through trillions of synthetic proteins to find ones that can target viruses,

October 2, 2020 

A new method for in vivo plant cell imaging with SNAP-tag proteins

A new technique for the fluorescent marking of proteins in plant cells which represents an important step forward in pla

September 30, 2020 

LED-based UV irradiation safely prevents the loss of bone and muscle mass in mice

A research team at Nagoya University in Japan has revealed that narrow-range ultraviolet (UV) irradiation using light em

September 18, 2020 

A new synthesis method for three-dimensional nanocarbons: Connecting carbon by catalysis to create octagonal structures

  A new synthesis method creates curved octagonal structures by linking benzene rings. Credit: Issey Takahashi     A t

September 10, 2020 

Scientists identify an enzyme that facilitates grafting between plants of different families

Scientists have found that the tobacco plant Nicotiana can maintain grafts between a broad range of species. Using Nico

September 3, 2020 

Unlocking the mystery of tau for treatment of neurodegenerative diseases

Scientists unlock the secret about how abnormality in the production of the mysterious "tau" protein leads to neurodege

August 21, 2020 

Antagonistic genes modify rice plant growth

Rice stems lengthen when a newly identified gene activates during flooding. Another gene suppresses lengthening in shor

August 20, 2020 

Surface deep: Light-responsive top layer of plastic film induces movement

Scientists show that azobenzene-containing film, important for many industries, does not need to be made entirely of li

August 18, 2020 

Research team develops the first physics-based method for predicting large solar flares

      Solar flares emit sudden, strong bursts of electromagnetic radiation from the Sun's surface and its atmosphere, an

August 4, 2020 

Scientists find how clock gene wakes up green algae

The findings could be applied to making green algae produce more lipids -- a possible source of biofuel.   A team of re

July 29, 2020 

Unusual electron sharing found in cool crystal

Tungsten atoms are seen to come together in a way that is similar to an outer space ion. The finding suggests many more

July 15, 2020 

Pre-brain surgery test protects language in some tumors

A preoperative procedure might enable surgeons to protect the language centers during brain tumor removal without needi

July 14, 2020 

New study shows how plants regulate their growth-inhibiting hormones to survive

Scientists from Japan have, for the first time, observed one of the natural mechanisms underlying the regulation of the

June 30, 2020 

The exhaust gas from a power plant can be recovered and used as a raw reaction material

Energy-saving CO2 capture technology with H2 gas is developed by integrating the CO2 separation and conversion process

June 18, 2020 

Shining light on a malignant lung cancer

A near-infrared light treatment could help manage a rare form of lung cancer.   Treating a rare type of malignant lung

June 11, 2020 

Hayabusa2 reveals more secrets from Ryugu

Ryugu's interaction with the sun changes what we know about asteroid history   In February and July of 2019, the Hayabu

June 3, 2020 

Small see-through container improves plant micrografting

A transparent container made by Nagoya University researchers allows easy and quick grafting of very young plants, with

May 28, 2020 

The fight goes on: Clinical trial shows promising new treatment for rare blood cancer

Although lymphoma is one of the most common types of blood cancer, it has a rare subtype for which no effective treatme

May 22, 2020 

Training instance segmentation neural network with synthetic datasets for seed phenotyping

Development of an efficient method to accelerate the development of machine learning models for plant phenotyping   In

May 20, 2020 

The ins and outs of sex change in medaka fish

Scientists could gain insight into atypical sex development in vertebrates, including humans, by studying how nutrition

April 30, 2020 

Found: Neural circuit that drives physical responses to emotional stress

 This circuit could be a key target for treating stress-related disorders such as panic disorder and PTSD.   Researcher

April 17, 2020 

Discovery of a drug to rescue winter depression-like behavior

    A group of animal biologists and chemists at the Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (ITbM), Nagoya Universit

April 15, 2020 

Untwisting plastics for charging Internet-of-things devices

Scientists are unraveling the properties of electricity-conducting plastics so they can be used in future energy-harves

April 9, 2020 

Scientists identify hormone produced in nitrogen-starved leaves that stimulates roots to take up nitrogen from soil

A new study at Nagoya University has highlighted the extraordinary ability of plants to communicate between their shoot

April 7, 2020 

Observing the Internal 3D Structure of the Nipple to Understand and Fight Breast Cancer

Researchers from Nagoya University, led by Assoc. Prof. Naoki Sunaguchi, employed X-ray dark-field computed tomography

April 2, 2020 

The discovery of new compounds for acting on the circadian clock and promoting the differentiation of brown adipocytes

The research team comprised of Designated Associate Professor Tsuyoshi Hirota and Postdoctoral Fellows Simon Miller and

March 19, 2020 

Electric jolt to carbon makes better water purifier

Nanocarbons for purifying water get a lot more efficient by exposing a precursor mixture to high voltage.   Nagoya Univ

March 12, 2020 

Worm nerve responses for good and bad

Studies on a tiny soil worm help explain how animal nervous systems translate external signals as 'good' or 'bad' in or

March 10, 2020 

Safety Zone Saves Giant Moons from Fatal Plunge

Numerical simulations showed that the temperature gradient in the disk of gas around a young gas giant planet could play

March 9, 2020 

Wearable devices powered by body motion using stretchable carbon nanotube thin films

A simple, cost-effective and scalable method to produce power generators that stretch with your body may reduce our rel

February 27, 2020 

Two sides of a coin: Our own immune cells damage the integrity of the blood-brain barrier

Researchers have shown that microglia, a class of immune cells in the brain, regulate the permeability of the brain's p

February 26, 2020 

Discovery of bacterial ancestor yields new insight into calcium channels

A new ion channel identified in bacteria fills a missing link in the evolutionary history of ion channels in mammals.  

February 7, 2020 

Movement of a liquid droplet generates over 5 volts of electricity

Scientists have developed an energy harvesting device that generates over 5 volts of electricity from a liquid droplet.

January 15, 2020 

Seashells found inland in Jordan hint at why Neanderthals disappeared and modern humans survived

Long-distance resource-gathering and co-operative behaviour with distant groups may have been key to the survival of H.

January 14, 2020 

Laser diode emits deep UV light

Nagoya University researchers say they have designed a laser diode that emits the shortest-wavelength ultraviolet light

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