Hokkaido University

Possibly 1000 km long river running deep below Greenland’s ice sheet

Updating ice sheet models with this open valley could provide additional insight for future climate change predictions.

Study offers new insight into the elusive origin of water on the earth

Organic matter could be the source of terrestrial water.

Bio-inspired hydrogel can rapidly switch to rigid plastic

A new material that stiffens 1,800-fold when exposed to heat could protect motorcyclists and racecar drivers during accidents.

Building blocks of life may have originated in interstellar clouds

An experiment shows that one of the basic units of life­­­ — nucleobases — could have originated within giant gas clouds interspersed between the stars.

Electron sandwich doubles thermoelectric performance

Scientists from Hokkaido University and their partners in Japan and Taiwan have enhanced the capacity to transfer squandered heat into usable energy by altogether...

The molecules that energize babies’ hearts

Before birth, cardiac muscle cells use energy generated by breaking down glucose. Immediately after birth, they rapidly switch to breaking down fatty acids. This...

The widespread effects of ocean floors on the sea surface

In the 2000s, pathways transporting warm water beginning in the Kuroshio Current, a northward-streaming ebb and flow on the western side of the North...

Obesity inhibits key cancer defense mechanism, study

In recent years, several researchers have focused on obesity as a potent cancer risk factor. Scientific shreds of evidence have suggested that obesity was associated...

Why noise can enhance sensitivity to weak signals

Japanese scientists have discovered a new mechanism to clarify stochastic reverberation, in which sensitivity to weak signals is upgraded by the noise. The finding is...

Revealing the immunopathogenesis of Johne’s disease

An exploration group has disentangled the immunopathogenesis of Johne's disease, a ceaseless ox-like infection that has caused endemics in Japan and numerous different nations,...