The walk of Japanese children develops differently from children in other countries

Researchers have discovered that the manner of walking, or gait, of Japanese children develops differently from that of children in other countries.   Researchers have discovered that the manner of walking,…

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X-ray light catchers for space just got a whole lot lighter

Tokyo, Japan – A team led by scientists from Tokyo Metropolitan University have created unprecedentedly lightweight optics for X-ray space telescopes, breaking the traditional trade-off between angular resolution and weight….

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Females itch less than males

Japan — Among the many reasons men may have for envying women  —  at least when it comes to bad skin inflammation — human females have a significantly lower incidence…

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Launch of a materials open platform for permanent magnet by NIMS and four magnet makers

   Since 2017, NIMS has been operating materials open platforms (MOPs): collaborative frameworks under which NIMS facilitates industry-specific joint basic research by private companies and academia. The new Magnet MOP,…

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Scientists develop novel computational model for aptamer generation, with wide applications

Oligonucleotides are short, single strands of synthetic DNA or RNA. Albeit small, these molecules play an important role in molecular and synthetic biology applications. One type of oligonucleotide — aptamers…

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DNA moves steadily during interphase, providing cells robust housekeeping system

Researchers in Japan have discovered that the local DNA motion inside of human cells remains steady throughout interphase, where the cell grows and replicates its DNA for cell division. The…

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New insights into effects of membrane proteins on plant growth

Scientists have revealed two enzymes that regulate protein degradation of proteins in the cell membrane of plants, and established the roles they play in plant growth and development. Ubiquitin is…

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Spines of life: Fast-breeding sea urchin provides new model for genetic research

Many people may not realize that the humble sea urchin is a titan when it comes to the study of biology. Now, researchers from Japan have discovered that sea urchins…

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Sarcopenic obesity linked to dementia in elderly patients, say scientists

Obesity, an increasingly prevalent lifestyle disease, often occurs along with poor muscle mass. This condition, called sarcopenic obesity, is evaluated based on the patients’ body mass index (BMI) and handgrip…

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An epigenetic cause of miscarriages is identified and cured in mice

Researchers led by Azusa Inoue at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) in Japan have discovered a gene responsible for prenatal death when critical transgenerational instructions are missing…

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