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    (updated: 2019/11/26)
  • 2020 2nd Graduate School of Science Application Guidelines Released

  • The 2nd graduate school of science application guidelines are released. Please visit here and read them carefully.

    ● Online Application: December 12, 2019 - December 17, 2019 by 5:00 PM JST
    Deadline for submitting application documents by post: January 8, 2020 by 5:00 PM JST

    (updated: 2019/09/30)
  • Life's building blocks may have formed in interstellar clouds
  • Yasuhiro Oba (Institute of Low Temperature Science)

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

    (updated: 2019/05/12)
  • Gas insulation could be protecting an ocean inside Pluto
  • Shunichi Kamata (Planetary and Space Group)

    A gassy insulating layer beneath the icy surfaces of distant celestial objects could mean there are more oceans in the universe than previously thought. Read more?

    (updated: 2018/08/01)
  • Questioning conventional understanding of antifreeze proteins
  • Gen Sazaki (Institute of Low Temperature Science)

    Scientists have discovered that an ice-binding protein (fcIBP) from the sea ice microalga does not fit in the conventional classification of ice-binding proteins, suggesting unknown mechanisms behind its antifreeze property. This finding could lead to a broader application of the antifreeze protein in food and medical industries. Read more?

    (updated: 2018/07/05)
  • New Mystery Discovered Regarding Active Asteroid Phaethon
  • Kiyoshi Kuramoto (Planetary and Space Group)

    Based on a new study of how near-Earth asteroid Phaethon reflects light at different angles, astronomers think that its surface may reflect less light than previously thought. This is an exciting mystery for the recently approved DESTINY+ mission to investigate when it flies past Phaethon. Read more?

    (updated: 2018/02/06)
  • Baby, it’s cold outside: understanding conditions for star formation
  • Yasuhiro Oba and Naoki Watanabe (Institute of Low Temperature Science)

    Researchers demonstrate how a gas escapes ice at an extremely cold temperature, providing insight about how stars form in interstellar clouds. Read more?