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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

A smaller spin system yields its phase diagram

‘Compactifying’ a system allows theorists to calculate its phase diagram

Adaptor protein inhibits T-cell activation

In a surprise finding, a versatile protein has been shown to inhibit the activation of immune cells

Laser intensity fine-tuned to boost atomic clock’s precision

A lattice of strontium atoms could ‘tick’ with unprecedented accuracy

Feature Highlight

Five-minute probe improves breast-conserving surgery

A minor misunderstanding led to a fluorescent probe for tissue samples that rapidly shows breast-cancer surgeons where to cut

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RIKEN People

Making the most of zeros

Ade Irma Suriajaya, Special Postdoctoral Researcher, Interdisciplinary Theoretical and Mathematical Sciences (iTHEMS)

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Environmentally friendly maleate production using modified E. Coli.

Shuhei Noda at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science are working on a more environmentally friendly production method to produce industrially important maleic acid using a genetically modified Escherichia coli.

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To exascale and beyond

The post-K supercomputer will be first off the rack in the exascale era, but will have to manage a post-Moore’s law world, says Satoshi Matsuoka.

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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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