Month: January 2019

NGS and machine learning elucidates 11 patterns of white blood cells in Japanese population.

The team of Akemi OKADA at Osaka University has used next-generation sequencing of leukocyte DNA and machine learning to analyze patterns of white blood cells in Japanese population. Based on 170,000 Japanese whose genetic data are stored in Biobank Japan, their procedure revealed that individual differences in 11 overall patterns are related to more than […]

Inoac Co. develops mass production of silica air gel for low-cost car insulation

Inoac Technical Research Institute Co. and AIST, under  NEDO contract, have developed a lightweight, high-strength polypropylene and silica airgel with low thermal conductivity of 0.016 W / (m · K). It can be cut and curved and has been developed into mass production of long rolled specimen with a length of 30 meters. It is expected […]

NextGem venture explores self-renewing human hematopoietic stem cells

NextGem has basic technologies to identify and isolate hematopoietic stem cells which are active over a long time, a very small portion of hematopoietic stem cells with the proportion of around 1 cell in 100,000 cells of mouse bone marrow cells. The company applies AI and bioinformatics technology including machine learning to reveal such cells […]

NEDO consortium achieves 5.5% solar energy conversion using Ta2N5 photoelectrode

Artificial Photosynthetic Chemistry Process Technology Research Association (ARPChem) reports on a red transparent oxygen generating photoelectrode capable of highly efficient decomposition of water by sunlight using a tantalum nitride (Ta3N5) photocatalyst. Tantalum nitride photocatalysts are known as a material which absorbs visible light from 400 nm to 600 nm and photocatalytically decomposes water. In the […]

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