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Nano-policing pollution

19-May-2015

Pollutants emitted by factories and car exhausts affect humans who breathe in these harmful gases and also aggravate climate change up in the atmosphere. Being able to detect such emissions is a critically needed measure.New research by the Nanoparticles by Design Unit at the Okinawa Institute of ...

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Decoding DNA's phonebook

06-May-2015

New clues about diseases like inflammatory bowel disorder may be found thanks to a new genomic interactions catalogue by a group of researchers in Japan and the United Kingdom. This research is published in Nature Genetics.Biologists have compiled the most comprehensive catalogue of promoter ...

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Rapid and efficient DNA chip technology for testing 14 major types of food borne pathogens

30-Mar-2015

Toshiba Ltd and Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health collaborate in the development of a rapid and efficient DNA chip technology for testing 14 major types of food borne pathogens for applications in hygiene management in food manufacture, pharmaceuticals, and cosmetics. The researchers are ...

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Innovative image sensing technology for early diagnosis of diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease

25-Sep-2014

Professor Kazuaki Sawada and Dr. Takigawa of the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology and colleagues at Toyohashi University of Technology have established an easy to use, low-cost, rapid, and high sensitivity semiconductor-imaging based medical diagnostic biosensing system for ...

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Discovery of quantum vibrations in 'microtubules' corroborates theory of consciousness

22-Jan-2014

A review and update of a controversial 20-year-old theory of consciousness published in Physics of Life Reviews claims that consciousness derives from deeper level, finer scale activities inside brain neurons. The recent discovery of quantum vibrations in "microtubules" inside brain neurons ...

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Shimadzu announces completion of new quality center

06-Dec-2013

Shimadzu announces the completion of the new Quality Center building, which has been under construction at its head office (Sanjo Works) premises since February 2013. The Quality Center has been constructed to improve the quality of products developed and manufactured by Shimadzu. It consolidates ...

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Raman pixel by pixel

15-Aug-2013

Raman spectroscopy provides molecular specificity through spectrally-resolved measurement of the inelastic scattering under monochromatic excitation. In the context of microscopy, it may serve as label-free cell imaging, providing structural information. However, the very low cross-section of ...

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A new future for an old crop: barley enters the genomics age

30-Jan-2013

The barley genome is almost twice the size of that of humans and determining the sequence of its DNA has proved to be a major challenge. This paper published in Nature is a detailed overview of the functional portions of the barley genome, revealing the order and structure of its 26,000 genes. ...

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The guide to biomolecular movie-making

08-Jan-2013

High-speed atomic force microscopy (HS-AFM) is providing the means to produce dramatic footage of moving biomolecules, and scientists at Kanazawa University leading the field. Toshio Ando and co-workers at Kanazawa University have developed and used HS-AFM to increase our understanding of several ...

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Tokyo Institute of Technology research: Towards medical treatments using cell level control

06-Nov-2012

Researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology and the Weizmann Institute of Science identify a means of controlling biological processes that could help treatments for immune disease, neurological disorders and cancer.The cellular response to a number of signals including inflammatory cytokines, ...

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