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Dr. Akira Ohkubo

Associate 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 63 Breaks:

No longer a secret: advanced satellite technologies monitor illegal ‘dark vessels’

The activity of ‘dark vessels’ – vessels that do not share their locations – hampers nations’ efforts to make fisheries transparent and accountable. Using cutting-edge satellite technologies, we uncovered the largest illegal fishing in history conducted by dark vessels in North Korea.

Jul 2, 2021 | 4 min read
Transforming the spleen into a functioning liver

Tissue engineering allows us to transplant laboratory-made tissues into patients to save their life. But, regenerating large organs this way is challenging. As an alternative, we propose the organ transformation approach. An in-house spleen transformed into a liver-like organ was functional in mice, suggesting that this technology helps us overcome various challenges in tissue regeneration.

Jun 30, 2021 | 2.5 min read
What can land-free Earth teach us about climate evolution?

The Earth’s climate is a complex, dynamic system and understanding of how it evolves still poses challenges. In a new study, researchers simplified Earth to a model Aquaplanet – a land-free version of our planet – and discovered five climate scenarios.

Jun 28, 2021 | 4 min read
A peculiar bright burst of radio waves in the Milky Way

Peculiar, luminous radiation called ‘fast radio burst’ is a spectacular event with mysterious origins. In a new study, researchers observed the first fast radio burst in our own Milky Way. This discovery proves that a star, called a magnetar, is indeed the source of this intense radio beam and challenges current theoretical models.

Jun 23, 2021 | 3 min read
Homing pigeons find their way home by smelling the air

Instead of looking at visual maps, homing pigeons smell the environmental air to know their way home. Yet, how they achieve this spectacular feat remains mysterious. In a new study, we draw ‘olfactory maps’ that pigeons may use, identifying candidate odor compounds that likely navigate them homeward.

Jun 15, 2021 | 3.5 min read
Message in a frozen bubble: Antarctic ice reveals abrupt rises in atmospheric CO2 in the ancient past

Rapidly rising atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) levels are accelerating climate change. Climate knock-on effects in response to the human-induced rise in CO2 in the Earth’s atmosphere have yet not played out and remain hard to predict. Detailed insights from an ice core record of past atmospheric CO2 substantiate the urgency to limit global warming to 1.5°C as agreed upon in Paris in 2015.

Jun 9, 2021 | 4.5 min read