Photosynthetic Reaction Centre

Photosynthetic processes can be split into two groups, those that are involved in converting light to charge and those that use the chemical/electric potential generated by the former to produce sugar. The reaction centre (RC) is at the core of the light-to-charge conversion of photosynthesis, both in plants and in bacteria. It is a complicated …

Paper summary: too little sleep makes hungry!

Short Sleep Duration Is Associated with Reduced Leptin, Elevated Ghrelin, and Increased Body Mass Index What are Ghrelin and Leptin? Both Ghrelin and Leptin are hormones that influence appetite in humans. Both have a variety of functions, but for the summary here the following are important: Ghrelin gets secreted when the stomach is empty and …

Isotope beams at RIKEN

Last month there was RIKEN Open Day, where RIKEN opens its doors to the general public. They prepared various talks on some of the research that is done here and let you have a look at a lot of the fun labs with fancy equipment. So I took the chance to see the RI-beam factory …

Kanji of Week 2

This week we are looking at… 変電(へんでん): electricity transformation 設備(せつび): facility, equipment Related to the “electricity transformation facility” is the transformer: 変電器, where 器(き) describes some sort of machine or device. The electricity transformation equipment can include a transformer, but doesn’t have to. Several things fall under this term: power rails, transformers, all kinds of …

Kanji of week 1

I’m trying to learn some Kanji while I’m here, so I decided to take pictures of more or less useful things to understand. The first one is good to know in case of a fire or other emergency in a building. It’s an “evacuation passageway”: 避難(ひなん): refuge, shelter, evacuation (the first kanji means “avoid”, the second …

RIKEN impressions

Welcome to RIKEN  ー 理化学研究所へようこそう RIKEN is a large research institute in Japan. Its main campus is located in Wako-shi, a little north of Tokyo. Some of its achievements include two Nobel prizes, the creation of element 113 and the SPring-8. It also celebrates its 100th anniversary and is selling these adorable Hello Kitty RIKEN scientist. …

In Karugrad geht eine…Vampirschnecke?! um

Die Truppe hatte sich sehr zögerlich nur der merkwürdigen Stadt im Untergrund Kaer Magas genähert. Zu ihrem Erstaunen wurden sie trotz des abscheulichen Regens freundlich, ja geradezu euphorisch empfangen. Nachdem sie das “Güldene Schaaf” zu ihrem temporären Stützpunkt auserkoren haben, wurden sie in Richtung Kronenhalle geschickt. Ein dankbarer Bürgermeister Vanten Heggard erkannte sofort das Potential …

How to use Jabref to Cite Sources Conveniently

If you are in a field where you’re mostly citing papers, use LaTeX to generate your documents and can rely on DOIs (digital object identifier system), Jabref makes it amazingly simple to build your bibliography file. All you have to do is add the DOI to the corresponding field and let Jabref do its magic! …

Love-Koi

To make being apart from my sweetheart a little more bearable, I made some plushies for the both of us. The pattern is from Choly Knight over at Sew desu ne? and worked really well. I had never made a plushie before, so it was quite challenging but it was a lot of fun to …

Zusammenfassung der bisherigen Geschehnisse

Eine Entdeckung, ein Abschied und zwei Begegnungen Vic und Chak-Chak haben das Rätsel um das Gottesmund Beinhaus gelöst und den Alchemisten Svilennius Tripe besiegt, der mit den Leichen experimentierte. Im Beinhaus trafen sie aber auch auf eine wundersame, kleine Kreatur, den Feendrachen Sasha. Der tausende Jahre alte kleine Drache entschloss sich, sie auf ihren weiteren …