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Dr. Akira Ohkubo

In-house Scientific Editor

About Akira

Akira has always been captivated with the art of storytelling. He soon realized that he could merge this interest with his scientific career. For example, how would you explain what DNA is to a 5 year old child? He believes that questions like this can be clearly answered by using metaphors and stories which can be easily understood by everyone. Since science is one of the best ways to uncover the beauty of our world, Akira aims to bring this message across by sharing exciting and elegant scientific stories with TheScienceBreaker.

Akira is the editor of 19 Breaks:

Tuberculosis drug discovery: an in-house toxin blocks pathogenic bacterial growth

Tuberculosis causes more deaths worldwide every year than any other infectious disease, except COVID-19. Today, its treatment is getting increasingly challenging due to the rise of antibiotic-resistant variants of disease-causing bacteria. We discovered an in-house toxin that blocks pathogenic bacterial growth, offering potential clues for future drug design.

Feb 26, 2021 | 3 min read
Too hot to stay cool: dangerously accelerating glaciers’ melt in New Zealand

Glaciers persisting over centuries respond slowly to environmental changes, allowing scientists to estimate the long-term effects of climate change. We reveal that at least 40% of the ice in mountain glaciers across the Southern Alps in New Zealand, has been lost since the Little Ice Age. The accelerating loss of the natural water reservoir has highlighted the severity of ongoing climate change.

Feb 24, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Exposing the remnant core of a giant planet

Beyond the Solar System, the universe includes numerous exoplanets: planets orbiting around other stars. The discovery of a giant exoplanet strangely lacking a gas layer on the surface reveals what the core of giant planets like Jupiter and Saturn, typically covered by a gas blanket, might look like.

Feb 22, 2021 | 4 min read
How a mint turned into catmint

The plant catmint can send your cat into a state of frenzy. It generates a cat-tempting chemical, unlike other members of the mint family. This study has investigated how this unique plant evolved the ability to make the cat attractant.

Feb 17, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Shelling out for dinner: dolphins’ foraging technique spreads socially among peers

Dolphins, like us, live in social communities, offering opportunities to learn behaviours from others. Our study reveals that a dolphins’ foraging technique called ‘shelling’ spreads among peers, suggesting that the nature of their social learning strategies is more similar to that of great apes, human’s closest relatives, than previously thought.

Feb 16, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Engineering bacteria to save honey bees

Honey bees are essential industrious insects, which pollinate crops and help ensure you have enough food to eat. But their health is threatened by viruses and parasites. New technology genetically engineers bacteria inhabiting the bee gut to boost bee immunity and help them fight off their enemies.

Feb 11, 2021 | 3.5 min read