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RCAST NAVI 2017/01


  2017 JANUARY

[Press Release]
* 2017/1/24
  Chemically-activatable alkyne-tagged probe for imaging microdomains in
  lipid bilayer membrane

  Professor Akimitsu Okamoto, Lecturer Satoshi Yamaguchi (Bioorganic
  Chemistry) and a research team designed an alkyne-labeled steroid probe
  for enabling activation of the precursor in a lipid bilayer membrane.
  The results of this research were published on Scientific Reports.


[Research News]
* Ultra-high-speed optical fiber sensor enables detection of structural
   damage in real time
   - Dr. Neisei Hayashi (Information Devices)

  A research group including members from Tokyo Institute of Technology
  and RCAST have developed a real-time fiber-optic distributed sensing
  system for strain and temperature. The system requires light injection
  from only one end of the fiber and can achieve a sampling rate of 100
  kHz, an improvement of over 5,000 times the conventional rate.

  Press Release:Tokyo Institute of Technology

* New way for measuring DNA modification that helps initialize cell
   functions - Tungsten enables one-step analysis of DNA sequences
   - Professor Akimitsu Okamoto , Assistant Professor Gosuke Hayashi
     Graduate Student Kenta Koyama (Bioorganic Chemistry)

  The research group have developed a new analytical method that uses the
  rare metal tungsten to measure 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5hmC), a marker
  for gene expression, one nucleotide at a time. This method holds promise
  of contributing to advances in epigenetics and regenerative medicine
  research by simplifying 5hmC detection in the genome, and accelerating
  the pace in which knowledge on the initialization of cell functions is

  UTokyo Research 

* Insect-controlled Robot: A Mobile Robot Platform to Evaluate the
   Odor-tracking Capability of an Insect
   - Project Lecturer Noriyasu Ando, Graduate Student Shuhei Emoto,
     Professor Ryohei Kanzaki (Intelligent Cooperative Systems)
  The capability to localize an odor source is necessary for insect
  survival and is expected to be applicable to artificial odor-tracking.
  The insect-controlled robot is driven by an actual silkmoth and enables
  us to evaluate the odor-tracking capability of insects through a robotic
  platform. The results of this research were published on scientific
  video journal "JoVE".

## Award ##

  Professor Masahiko Inami (Information Somatics), recieved the Kenjiro
  Takayanagi Achievement Award of The Takayanagi Kenjiro Foundation.
  Keisuke Kawashima (Ishikita Lab.), wins a Excellent Poster Award in the
  CSJ Poster Presentation Award 2016

  Takumi Suzuki (Ishikita Lab.), wins a Excellent Poster Award in the CSJ
  Poster Presentation Award 2016

## Online News ##

  GIZMODO : Watch This Moth Drive a Scent-Controlled Robot Car Because
  Anything Is Possible in 2017

## News Paper ##

  The Japan Times : Believe it or not, virtual reality's takeover now
  Professor Masahiko Inami (Information Somatics)


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