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Red microbeads indicate the flow of food particles into the digestive tract of the tunicate Ciona intestinalis Type A

The evolution of gut defense

Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have mapped the transformative journey of how animal guts have advanced to shield themselves...
Hot chip: the nanomushroom chip used to grow bacterial colonies for testing

Chips, light and coding moves the front line in beating bacteria

Our immune system is consistently fighting against bacteria. Now, this consistent fight against bacteria has taken a new move with the announcement of a tool....
Scientists decoded the mysteries of Okinawan Habu venom

Scientists decoded the mysteries of Okinawan Habu venom

Habu snakes, which are more often found in Okinawa, have 3 species. Two of these species have been introduced and one is native to the...
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Bigger eyes but reduced brain power in nocturnal fishes

Coral reefs buzz with movement all day and all night. As the day-dynamic fishes withdraw at dusk, the night-dynamic or nocturnal fishes wander out...

Study demonstrates impact of temperature on mitochondrial DNA evolution

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is usually passed down from one generation to the next only through the mother. Researchers have long assumed that variations in...
A magnified photograph of a glass Whispering Gallery Resonator. The bubble is extremely small, less than the width of a human hair.

Glass bubbles boost nanoparticle detection

Scientists at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) have developed a technology that enlightens some of the smallest particles to detect their...
The color plot represents the current of electrons as the magnetic field and frequency of microwaves is varied. The white line highlights the strong dependence of the current on the direction of the magnetic field.

Polarization has strong impact on electrons, study

One phenomenon in Physics has demonstrated particularly astounding: how electrons move affected by captivated electromagnetic waves. Polarization happens when waves, for example, electromagnetic or light...

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