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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)…

Genetically modified mice can show which functional foods can heal kidney disease
Genetically modified mice can show which functional foods can heal kidney disease

Scientists create a mouse model that can show kidney disease progression and treatment in live animals.

Can we peek at Schrödinger’s cat without disturbing it?
Can we peek at Schrödinger’s cat without disturbing it?

Researchers describe a way of measuring a quantum system while keeping its superposition intact Quantum physics is difficult and explaining it even more so. Associate Professor Holger F. Hofmann from Hiroshima University and Kartik Patekar from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay have tried to solve one of the biggest puzzles in quantum physics: how to…

Math shows why animals see at night
Math shows why animals see at night

Original text by Margaux Phares, edited by Emma Buchet. Biological experiments confirm mathematical modeling of retina development in mice By combining mathematics with science, an interdisciplinary team at Hiroshima University (HU) found how changes in the shape of DNA structure affect the nuclei of nocturnal animals. Their findings could help explain how nocturnal animals, such…

 
 


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