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Biometric devices help pinpoint factory workers’ emotions and productivity

Happiness, as measured by a wearable biometric device, was closely related to productivity among a group of factory workers in Laos, reveals a recent study. The team of researchers from the School of Economics at Hiroshima University conducted a study to examine relationships between toy painters' productivity and on-the-job emotional states. 

What to expect when you’re expecting electric transportation

While electric vehicles alone may not reduce carbon emissions, a new study reveals that when electric vehicles are powered with renewable energy and coupled with carbon policy strategies, they can help combat climate change without sacrificing economic growth.

illustration of hives
Geometry of a common skin disease

In a recent study from Hiroshima University, researchers turned to mathematics to predict hive patterns in humans. Hives afflict 1 in 5 people, but the exact mechanisms behind the itchy red rashes are not well known.

There’s a New Squid in Town
There’s a New Squid in Town

Original text and photos by OIST, edited by Emma Buchet. “Cephalopods were the first intelligent animals on the planet.” This quote from Dr. Sydney Brenner, molecular geneticist and one of the founders of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University ( OIST), highlights the burgeoning scientific interest in cephalopods like cuttlefish, octopuses, and squid…

How people trick themselves into thinking something is heavier than it really is
How people trick themselves into thinking something is heavier than it really is

Holding a steering wheel at different arm positions can influence how much force we think we need to steer In a recent study published in PLOS One researchers from Hiroshima University and Nagoya Institute of Technology found that if you hold your car steering wheel at certain angles (1 , 4, or 5 on the clock)…