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Through RIKEN Research, our quarterly magazine and website, we present the best of research from RIKEN to the international community. Our research is shown in an accessible, easy-to-read format, providing regular insights into the people, facilities and programs that make up RIKEN. The core component of RIKEN Research are short, easy-to-understand Research Highlight articles explaining for a broad scientific audience some of the latest research articles published by RIKEN researchers.

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Recent Research Highlights

Molecules identified in a mushroom include one with anticancer and antimalarial activity

Molecules in a mushroom could lead to new antimalarial and anticancer drugs

Cryo-electron microscopy shows how stabilizing proteins bind to microtubules

Flash freezing a shape-shifting protein reveals details about its role in intracellular transportation and the maintenance of cell shape

Probing structural changes in electroactive self-assembled monolayers

A powerful method is demonstrated for analyzing the electrochemically induced electronic-state and structural changes that occur in an iron-tipped self-assembled monolayer

Feature Highlight

Gut microbes become tiny industrial chemical factories

Researchers have developed an environmentally friendly way to make maleic acid, an industrially important chemical, from feedstock using genetically modified gut bacteria

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RIKEN People

Laser links

Daniela Serien, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Advanced Laser Processing Research Team, RIKEN Center for Advanced Photonics

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Extremely precise measurements of antiproton magnetic moment

Dr. Stefan Ulmer from the Fundamental Symmetries Laboratory at RIKEN, who led the BASE collaboration at the antiproton decelerator at CERN, succeeded in measuring the antiproton's magnetic moment with a degree of accuracy 350 times better than had ever been achieved before.

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Working toward excellence in research administration

Shigeharu Kato, Executive Director, RIKEN

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Math is the common denominator

Engaging mathematicians is the key to accelerating the impact of interdisciplinary research.

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Special Feature

Nihonium takes its place at the table

Nihonium is the official name, and Nh the chemical symbol, for element 113, which was discovered by Kosuke Morita's group at the Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science.

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Breeding mutants

Tomoko Abe has bombarded thousands of plants with heavy ions to create unusual varieties

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RIKEN Places

Energizing photons to the max

The RIKEN SPring-8 Center hosts the most powerful synchrotron radiation facility in the world and an x-ray free-electron laser that is a billion times brighter

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