A Nagoya University-led research team in Japan has found a new neural pathway that links the circadian clock, stress, and wakefulness in mammals. The team identified a neuron, called the corticotropin-releasing factor (CRF) neuron, that becomes excessively active when the mammal is under stress, which could trigger insomnia and other sleep disorders.
A new, cheaper method easily and effectively separates two types of carbon nanotubes. The process, developed by Nagoya University researchers in Japan, could be up-scaled for manufacturing purified batches of single-wall carbon nanotubes that can be used in high-performance electronic devices.
A research team led by Nagoya University has created a fluorescent marker molecule that does not degrade under a Sted microscope. Images of living cells can now be captured over relatively long periods by an optical microscope with a resolution below the diffraction limit, optimally down to 60 nanometres.
A team at Nagoya University has shed light on how distinct sensory neural pathways function in "feeling" changes in temperature in the environment on the one hand, and actually responding to these changes, such as seeking a cooler or warmer site, on the other.