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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 32 Breaks:

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
The mystery of an ancient reptile with a ridiculously long neck

The absurdly long neck of the ancient reptile Tanystropheus represents a true evolutionary enigma. A new high-resolution 3D imaging of its skull suggests that two different, but closely related Tanystropheus species co-existed and that they had two very different approaches to life underwater with an extremely long neck.

Feb 8, 2021 | 4 min read
What the “invisible” side of the Moon is like

Standing on Earth we can only see one side of the moon, but what about the other side? China’s Chang’E-4 mission becomes the first one that has successfully investigated the lunar farside and revealed its underground layered architectures.

Feb 4, 2021 | 3 min read
Diagnosing cancer by microbial signatures

Cancer tissues are often thought to be sterile entities in the human body, exempt from the influence of our microbial cohabitants. To test this theory, we examined genetic information from patients’ tumors and blood and discovered cancer-specific microbial communities among more than 30 cancer types. This study proposes a new class of microbial-based cancer diagnostics.

Feb 3, 2021 | 4 min read
A neighborhood in space: finding the Moon’s age to understand Earth’s evolution

How was the Earth formed? The age of its neighbor, the Moon, tells us much about the history of our planet. We propose a new method to more accurately estimate how old the Moon is by considering crucial early events, in particular crystallization of the lunar magma ocean.

Feb 1, 2021 | 3.5 min read
What Caribbean coasts can tell us about the future of climate change

Today’s global warming is threatening our planet, but similar events also happened in the past. This study reveals that characteristic Caribbean coastal dunes were shaped by a dry and windy climate caused by ancient global warming. This discovery will help better predict the future outcomes of today’s climate changes.

Jan 28, 2021 | 3 min read