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1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Osaka University published between 1 June 2020 - 31 May 2021 which are tracked by the Nature Index.
Hover over the donut graph to view the FC output for each subject. Below, the same research outputs are grouped by subject. Click on the subject to drill-down into a list of articles organized by journal, and then by title.
Note: Articles may be assigned to more than one subject area.
Outputs by subject (Share)
|Earth & Environmental Sciences||5||0.97|
Highlight of the month
A muscle-inspired system of molecular motors
A muscle-inspired molecular motor can shift millimetre-scale objects when activated by light.
Molecular motors are promising for use in many applications including robots. But it has been challenging to combine individual molecular motors so that they all act together in a manner similar to muscle fibres and generate forces large enough to make macroscale operations.
Now, five researchers, including two from Osaka University, have demonstrated a novel active network made from genetically modified kinesin — a motor protein — and microtubules, which mimic the units that contract in muscles. They used this bioinspired system to open and close millimetre-sized grippers.
A further advantage of this approach is that it can be fabricated by three-dimensional printing.
Systems based on this approach could find application in soft robotic systems.
- Nature Materials 20, 1149–1155 (2021). doi: 10.1038/s41563-021-00969-6
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Asteroid shower on the Earth-Moon system immediately before the Cryogenian period revealed by KAGUYA
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Journal of Neuroscience
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International vs. domestic collaboration by Share
- 55.04% Domestic
- 44.96% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (266 total)
- Osaka University, Japan
- Domestic institution
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan
Kyoto University, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
Nagoya University, Japan
Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University, Japan
Hokkaido University, Japan
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
Spintronics Research Network of Japan (Spin-RnJ), Japan
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Top 10 international collaborators by Share (1521 total)
- Osaka University, Japan
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA)
Max Planck Society, Germany
Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China
University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK)
National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA)
The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France
Note: Collaboration is determined by the fractional count (Share), which is listed in parentheses.
Affiliated joint institutions and consortia
- AIST-Osaka University Advanced Photonics and Biosensing Open Innovation Laboratory (PhotoBIO-OIL), Japan
- Assembling Galaxies of Resolved Anatomy (AGORA), United States of America (USA)
- Belle Collaboration, Japan
- Center for Information and Neural Networks (CiNet), Japan
- Center for Spintronics Research Network (CSRN) - Osaka University, Japan
- Daikin Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- ERATO Ito Glycotrilogy Project, Japan
- Functional Annotation of the Mammalian Genome (FANTOM), Japan
- Genetic Study Group of Investigation Committee on Ossification of the Spinal Ligaments, Japan
- International Consortium for Blood Pressure (ICBP), United States of America (USA)
- JEOL YOKOGUSHI Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- KamLAND-Zen Collaboration, Japan
- Kaneka Fundamental Technology Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- Keihanshin Consortium for Fostering the Next Generation of Global Leaders in Research (K-CONNEX), Japan
- Microlensing Observations in Astrophysics (MOA), New Zealand
- Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image (MAXI), Japan
- Nippon Shokubai Research Alliance Laboratories at Osaka University Suita Campus, Japan
- Osaka University - Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corportation Joint Research Chair for Neuro-Medical Science, Japan
- Osaka University-Panasonic Science Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- RIKEN-ISIR Department of Disease Glycomics (Alliance Laboratory), Japan
- The ATLAS Collaboration, Switzerland
- The MOA Collaboration, Japan
- The Super-Kamiokande Collaboration, Japan
- ULVAC-Osaka University Joint Research Laboratory for Future Technology, Japan
- United Graduate School of Child Development (UGSCD), Japan
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