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1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020
Subject/journal group: All
The table to the right includes counts of all research outputs for Osaka University published between 1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020 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||6||0.69|
Highlight of the month
The Moon is a carbon source
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The Moon is slowing effusing carbon atoms into space — a discovery that may require revisiting theories regarding lunar origins.
Analysis of rock samples brought back by the Apollo lunar missions showed that they had hardly any carbon in them. This led to the theory that the Moon was formed when a Mars-sized object smashed into Earth, breaking off a large chunk that became the Moon. The heat of this collision would have burnt off any carbon.
But now a Osaka University–led team has analysed data from Japan’s Kaguya lunar orbiter and found that, on average, each square centimetre of the Moon’s surface emits roughly 50,000 ions a second.
This discovery suggests that carbon on the Moon has ancient origins and hence a new theory may be needed to explain how the Moon formed.
- Science Advances 6, eaba1050 (2020). doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aba1050
Top articles by Altmetric score in current window
Asteroid shower on the Earth-Moon system immediately before the Cryogenian period revealed by KAGUYA
The Astrophysical Journal Letters
1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020
International vs. domestic collaboration by Share
- 53.7% Domestic
- 46.3% International
Note: Hover over the graph to view the percentage of collaboration.
Top 10 domestic collaborators by Share (234 total)
- Osaka University, Japan
- Domestic institution
The University of Tokyo (UTokyo), Japan
Kyoto University, Japan
Nagoya University, Japan
Hokkaido University, Japan
Tohoku University, Japan
Kyushu University, Japan
National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), Japan
Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech), Japan
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan
Top 10 international collaborators by Share (1597 total)
- Osaka University, Japan
- Foreign institution
French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan
University of Michigan (U-M), United States of America (USA)
Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), United States of America (USA)
Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres, Germany
University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), United States of America (USA)
Harvard University, United States of America (USA)
Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich (LMU), Germany
National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy
Jiangnan University, China
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
- ERATO Ito Glycotrilogy Project, Japan
- Functional Annotation of the Mammalian Genome (FANTOM), Japan
- JEOL YOKOGUSHI Research Alliance Laboratories, Japan
- KamLAND-Zen Collaboration, 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
- 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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