• research 2017.May.25
    Press Release: May 11, 2017 / Teleconnection between the tropical Pacific and Antarctica / Shigeru Aoki
  • research 2017.May.25
    Press Release: April 18, 2017 / Why don't fish freeze to death in icy water? / Ken Nagashima
  • information 2017.May.1
    Updated: Research Groups, Faculty Members
  • 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
The institute of Low Temperature Science is promoting comprehensive research of various natural phenomena occurring in the cryosphere and cold environments.

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May 11, 2017 / Teleconnection between the tropical Pacific and Antarctica / Shigeru Aoki / In April 2016, a large-scale breakup of land-fast ice was observed in Lützow-Holm Bay near Syowa Station, a Japanese research facility. It was the first comparably large calving in the region since 1998. Land-fast ice is sea ice that grows along the Antarctic coast and does not move much once formed. Syowa Station is .....
April 18, 2017 / Why don't fish freeze to death in icy water? / Ken Nagashima / Fish can survive even in subzero environments, such as under ice floes. Researchers have hypothesized that when glycoproteins contained in fish blood are absorbed on the surface of ice crystals, it curbs the growth of ice crystals. Verifying the functions of these glycoproteins requires precise measurements of the normal growth rates .....
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. .....