Category «Ideas»

Things collected by the brain

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 …

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! …