Tag - riken



JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 16, 2014
Obokata to withdraw much-maligned thesis on stem cells
Haruko Obokata, the lead author of papers on allegedly groundbreaking stem-cell research, has expressed her intention to withdraw the doctoral thesis she submitted to Waseda University, an official at the college said.
Japan Times
Mar 14, 2014
Stem cell papers had 'grave errors'
The president of the government-backed Riken institute admitted Friday there were "grave errors" in two papers produced by its researchers on a possible method to create pluripotent stem cells but wouldn't say whether the alleged irregularities were intentional.
Mar 12, 2014
Was breakthrough premature?
Questions and suspicions have challenged the validity of a Japanese scientific paper that reported in January on a method for reprogramming body tissue cells into stem cells by simply exposing them to acidic liquids.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 11, 2014
Lab may have to retract groundbreaking stem cell paper as questions arise
A government-affiliated laboratory considers retracting a research paper on a trailblazing method to create stem cells that drew global attention after one of the co-authors said the paper should be withdrawn until certain aspects are confirmed.
Japan Times
Feb 15, 2014
Stem-cell leap defied Japanese norms
It's not surprising that last week Haruko Obokata issued a plea for privacy. On Jan. 29 she published a scientific paper on stem cells that could revolutionize medicine, and overnight the researcher based at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe became a domestic and international star.
Feb 15, 2014
Helping female researchers soar
Dr. Haruko Obokata, 30, deserves all the global attention she has received for her breakthrough method in creating stem cells. How many other talented Japanese women out there could make great contributions to scientific research if they were judged by their motivation and accomplishments rather than by their gender.
JAPAN / Science & Health / ANALYSIS
Jan 30, 2014
STAP may advance cancer fight, medicine
The new stem cell developed by the Riken institute and Harvard University is a breakthrough that shows we can use a simple method to reprogram mature body cells into an immature state similar to cells in a fertilized egg.
Dec 19, 2013
Stem-cell researcher Takahashi gets plug from Nature
A researcher at Riken Center for Development Biology is one of British science journal Nature's five persons to watch in 2014, recognizing her work using artificially made stem cells to restore damaged retinas of blind people.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jul 31, 2013
World's first iPS clinical research for retina regeneration begins
The world's first clinical research using induced pluripotent stem cells, known as iPS cells, for the regeneration of retina begins Thursday, according to a Japanese team of researchers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Jun 27, 2013
Japanese government panel OKs world's first clinical research using iPS cells
A health ministry panel approves the world's first clinical research using human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells, which can grow into any type of human body tissue.
Jun 4, 2013
Supercomputer used to simulate disaster evacuations
University of Tokyo researchers have used the K supercomputer to develop a simulation for mass evacuations in case of tsunami.
JAPAN / Science & Health
May 10, 2013
Japan's next supercomputer to be 100 times faster than K
The science ministry has embarked on a quest to develop a next-generation supercomputer by 2020 that will be 100 times faster than K, Japan's fastest supercomputer, ministry officials said.
Mar 27, 2013
Making clinical use of iPS cells
Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research asks the health ministry for permission to do a clinical study using iPS cells to treat eye disease.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 9, 2013
Riken researchers use single mouse to clone 598 mice of 26 generations
Researchers have succeeded in producing 598 mouse clones over 26 generations from a single mouse by using a re-cloning technique.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Mar 1, 2013
Riken to apply for approval to conduct iPS clinical research
The government-backed Riken scientific research institute said Thursday it has applied for government permission to conduct clinical research using induced pluripotent stem cells, known as iPS cells, to regenerate retinas.
Nov 14, 2012
K supercomputer drops to No. 3
A supercomputer developed by the Riken research institute has slipped to third place globally in computing speed, according to a biannual ranking announced Monday by the U.S.-European TOP500 project.
Jun 26, 2012
Fujitsu developing new supercomputer to succeed K
Fujitsu Ltd. President Masami Yamamoto said Monday the company is developing a new supercomputer to succeed K, the supercomputer it built with state-backed major research institute Riken, now that a U.S. machine has stolen its computing speed crown.
Japan Times
Feb 12, 2012
Are supercomputers worth their super price tags?
"Why do we have to aim for the world's No. 1 — what's wrong with being the world's No. 2?"
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital
Feb 12, 2012
10,000,000,000,000,000 calculations per second
In today's ever-more digitalized world, we all have a tale or two to share about how personal computers have let us down: like how they refused to let us run different programs at the same time or how the data was so heavy that the damned device kept us on hold forever before conducting even the most trivial operation.
Nov 20, 2011
'K' group wins supercomputer prize
A team of researchers has won the top prize in the field of supercomputer research based on results it obtained using Japan's "K" supercomputer, the world's fastest computer.


Later this month, author Shogo Imamura will open Honmaru, a bookstore that allows other businesses to rent its shelves. It's part of a wave of ideas Japanese booksellers are trying to compete with online spaces.
The story isn't over for Japan's bookstores