Research highlights

Research at Keio University’s many schools and centers cover a broad range of fields in the physical, natural and social sciences. The research highlights are a selection of informative and accessible articles that engage the wider public with some of the groundbreaking research at the university.

How 7-month-olds make sense of adult babble

25 May 2017

Japanese infants determine where words start and finish by employing a neural circuit attuned to speech sounds

The best drop for lean beans

26 April 2017

Heavy coffee-drinking mice produce fewer fat cells, bringing broad health benefits

Taking the temperature of the tiniest things

26 April 2017

Nanoscale thermometer takes precise heat readings of tiny spots, billionths of a meter wide

Brain regions controlling emotion pass from mothers to daughters

30 March 2017

Women are more likely to inherit brain structures linked to depression from their mothers than their fathers

Beta-blockers not better for heart surgery patients

30 March 2017

Japan-wide study shows a widely used heart drug does not improve bypass results 

Making light of a dark matter

23 February 2017

The see-sawing behavior of dark-matter particles might have jolted experiments at the LHC

Sealing the deal on leak-proof cells

23 February 2017

Scientists discover the unusual geometry that holds mammalian skin together, even while shedding

Female flies have soft spots for male genitalia

24 November 2016

The reproductive tracts of female fruit flies have evolved to minimize damage caused by mating

Star-crossed models of white matter disease

24 November 2016

Neural support cells implicated in childhood diseases of the brain’s fatty high-speed transmission lines

Beauty is in the prefrontal cortex of the beholder

29 September 2016

Noninvasive electrical brain stimulation can alter our appreciation of art

Building a colorectal cancer library

25 August 2016

Biobank of colorectal cancer ‘organoids’ reveals cancer’s secrets

Catching up with the influenza virus

25 August 2016

New diagnostic tests could quickly reveal a flu infection in its early stages