January 2015

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes for the New Year

Start the New Year with science and curiosity. Come to the OIST Open Campus on February 1st, from 10:00−17:00, to enjoy science lectures, demonstrations, workshops, research presentations, graduate school explanations, and a Science Café: OIST Open Campus 2015.

The Ants That Conquered the World

The Ants That Conquered the World

Professor Evan Economo sequenced more than three hundred ant species to unravel the evolution of one globally dominant ant genus.

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Tackling Neurotransmission Precision

Professor Tomoyuki Takahashi introduces a new way to measure the distance from voltage-gated channels to vesicles, and explains how this distance affects neural signaling precision and efficacy.

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OIST Hosts Joint Symposium with the University of Tokyo

On December 12-13th, OIST hosted a joint symposium with guest professors from the University of Tokyo.

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To Know The Enemy

Recent collaborations between scientists in Okinawa and Australia are helping to spur genomic research of the Crown of Thorns starfish, a threat to coral reefs across the Indo-Pacific region.

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Accelerating Particles into Medicine

Professor Hirotaka Sugawara announces his new unit, which will find ways to apply particle and nuclear physics technology to medical research.

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SCORE High!

21 teams of Okinawan high school students, selected from the 31 teams that applied, competed in the 3rd SCORE! – Science in Okinawa: Research for Enterprise - contest on Saturday 13 December.

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Shifting Boundaries and Changing Surfaces

OIST’s Mathematical Soft Matter Unit explores the interaction of energies at the crossroads between physics and mathematics.

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OIST Joins Japan’s Brain/MINDS Project

OIST becomes part of Japan’s national effort to map the Brain

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More OIST on the Web

Every month, hundreds of high school students visit OIST. Here a few of these high school visits: Ishikawa High School, Okinawa Technical High School, Gushikawa High School, Sakuya Konohana Senior High School, the Zion Christian Academy.