• research 2017.Feb.15
    Press Release: February 08, 2017 / Pure iron grains are rare in the universe / Yuki Kimura
  • research 2017.Feb.15
    Press Release: January 24, 2017 / Mapping the migration of house shrews / Satoshi Ohdachi
  • research 2017.Feb.14
    Press Release: November 21, 2016 / Answering a longstanding question: Why is the surface of ice wet? / Ken-ichiro Murata
  • research 2017.Feb.14
    Press Release: October 25, 2016 / The gene of autumn colours / Hisashi Ito
  • information 2017.Feb.13
    International > Exchanges page was updated.
  • information 2017.Jan.17
    Lecture: Exploring a Comet Through Art / Ekaterina Smirnova / 3 Feb (Fri) 5:30pm / Auditorium at ILTS
  • research 2016.Nov.14
    Research Topics: Does sea ice supply nutrients to spring phytoplankton bloom in the Sea of Okhotsk? / Naoya Kanna, Jun Nishioka
  • collaboration 2016.Oct.14
    Symposium > Symposium page was updated: Workshop on Interstellar Matter 2016, October 19-21, 2016, Auditorium, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University
  • research 2016.Sep.29
    Press Release: August 24, 2016 / The origins of Cuban species / Satoshi Ohdachi
  • research 2016.Jul.25
    Press Release: July 22, 2016 / A new key to understanding molecular evolution in space / Naoki Watanabe
  • information 2015.Apr.8
    Updated: Research Groups, Faculty Members
  • information 2016.Apr.4
    International > Exchanges page was updated.
  • collaboration 2016.Mar.4
    Symposium > Symposium page was updated: International Workshop on "Greenland ice sheet mass loss and its impact on global climate change", March 22-24, 2016, Auditorium, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University
  • research 2016.Feb.22
    Press Release: Feb. 22, 2016 / Elucidation of the Formation Mechanism of Liquid Water Layers on Ice Surfaces / Gen SAZAKI
  • information 2016.Feb.17
    International > Exchanges page was updated.
  • collaboration 2016.Jan.27
    Symposium > Symposium page was updated: IOVWST (International Ocean Vector Wind Science Team) 2016 Meeting May 17-19, 2016 Auditorium, Institute of Low Temperature Science, Hokkaido University
  • research 2016.Jan.27
    Press Release: Jan. 25, 2016 / Water spin isomers hide their origin / Tetsuya HAMA
  • research 2016.Jan.27
    Press Release: Jan. 21, 2016 / The Water Layer that Wets an Ice Surface does not Flow as Easily as Ordinary Water / Ken-ichiro MURATA
  • research 2016.Jan.27
    Press Release: Sep. 07, 2015 / Large-Scale Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Water Nucleation - Success in Reproducing Laboratory Low Nucleation Rates / Kyoko TANAKA, Hidekazu TANAKA
  • research 2016.Jan.27
    Press Release: Jul. 06, 2015 / Formation Route of First Chiral Amino Acid in the Universe Clarified / Yasuhiro OBA, Naoki WATANABE
  • research 2016.Jan.27
    Press Release: Jun. 12, 2015 / Discovery of Diamonds Formed in the Earth's Crust / Akira KOUCHI
  • information 2015.Dec.4
    International > Exchanges page was updated.
  • collaboration 2015.Jul.7
    Symposium > Symposium page was updated: ILTS International Symposium on Low Temperature Science, 30 November - 2 December 2015, Auditorium, Institute of Low Temperature Science
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  • research 2015.Oct.15
    Press Release: Oct. 06, 2015 / First Observation of Tunneling Diffusion of Hydrogen Atoms on the Surface of Very-Low-Temperature Water Ice / Naoki WATANABE
  • research 2015.Oct.15
    Press Release: Sep. 28, 2015 / Successful Launch of the Sounding Rocket S-520-30 Experiment using a microgravity environment to reproduce star "crumbs" / Yuki KIMURA
  • information 2015.Jun.5
    Updated: Research Groups > Joint Research Division
  • information 2015.Apr.22
    Updated: Research Groups
  • information 2015.Apr.1
    Updated: Research Groups, Faculty Members
  • information 2015.Mar.5
    International > Exchanges page was updated.
  • information 2015.Jan.27
    International > Exchanges page was updated.
  • information 2015.Jan.23
    Updated: Research Groups, Faculty Members
  • collaboration 2014.Nov.14
    Symposium > Symposium page was updated: International Workshop for the 4th Amur-Okhotsk Consortium Meeting 2015, December 17 (Wed) - 18 (Thu), 2014, Conference Room (403) at Slavic-Eurasian Research Center, Hokkaido University
  • information 2014.Aug.25
    ILTS Web Server Maintenance: 2014.Sep.06 (sat) 16:30 - Sep.08 (mon) 08:30
  • information 2014.Apr.14
    Greeting from the Director
  • information 2014.Apr.9
    Updated: Access, Research Groups, Faculty Members
  • information 2014.Apr.7
    International > Exchanges page was updated.
  • information 2014.Feb.7
    Update: Faculty > Research Groups, Faculty Members.
  • collaboration 2014.Feb.6
    Symposium > Symposium page was updated: Simulation of the evolution and dynamics of the Antarctic ice sheet in past and future climates (JSPS project workshop), February 13-14, 2014, ILTS Meeting Room 210 (2F)
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Press Release

February 08, 2017 / Pure iron grains are rare in the universe / Yuki Kimura / Scientists are unsure what form iron takes in outer space even though it is one of its most abundant refractory elements. Extensive analysis of meteorites and other measurements show only low levels of gaseous iron and solid iron compounds, such as iron oxides, sulfides and carbides. That leaves a substantial amount of iron missing, .....
January 24, 2017 / Mapping the migration of house shrews / Satoshi Ohdachi / House shrews (Suncus murinus) are small mouse-like mammals that are widely distributed in southern parts of Asia, the islands of the western Indian Ocean, the Arabian Peninsula, and East Africa. They reached some regions by means of trade ships, thus expanding their habitats. Understanding their genetic origins could give an indication .....
November 21, 2016 / Answering a longstanding question: Why is the surface of ice wet? / Ken-ichiro Murata / "Ice is wet on its surface": Since this phenomenon, called surface melting, was mentioned by British scientist Michael Faraday more than 150 years ago, the question of why water on the surface of ice does not freeze in a subzero environment remained unanswered. In their search for the underlying mechanism .....
October 25, 2016 / The gene of autumn colours / Hisashi Ito / In plants, the pigment chlorophyll plays a central role in photosynthesis: the process of converting sunlight to energy. This process involves creating a flow of electrons by removing one from a molecule and transferring it to another. The first step happens when an electron is transferred from chlorophyll to a compound called pheophytin a. .....
August 24, 2016 / The origins of Cuban species / Satoshi Ohdachi / The Caribbean islands form a natural laboratory for the study of evolution due to their unique biological and geological features. There has been heated discussion since the early 20th century on how species appeared on the islands. The Cuban solenodon is a small, rare, endangered animal, belonging to the mammalian order Eulipotyphla. .....
July 22, 2016 / A new key to understanding molecular evolution in space / Naoki Watanabe / Molecular hydrogen, the most abundant element in space, is created when two hydrogen atoms bond on minute floating ice particles. It has two energy states: ortho and para, depending on the direction of proton spins. Ortho-hydrogen converts to para-hydrogen on extremely low temperature ice particles, .....
Feb. 22, 2016 / Elucidation of the Formation Mechanism of Liquid Water Layers on Ice Surfaces / Gen SAZAKI / Ice surfaces are covered with thin liquid water layers, called quasi-liquid layers (QLLs), even at temperatures below melting point (0°C). This phenomenon has been called "surface melting" and is thought to be the key of a wide variety of phenomena from ice skating to the generation of thunder. .....