Satoshi Nakata

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The synchronized self-motion of two camphor boats on polygonal water chambers was investigated. The two boats synchronously moved depending on the number of corners in the polygon by changing the distance between the two boats through the corners. We regard the self-motion of a camphor boat as an oscillator; i.e., one cycle on the polygonal chamber(More)
Quantitative information on the parameters associated with self-propelled objects would enhance the potential of this research field; for example, finding a realistic way to develop a functional self-propelled object and quantitative understanding of the mechanism of self-motion. We therefore estimated five main parameters, including the driving force, of a(More)
Recent studies have shown that the behavior of calcium in the epidermis is closely related to the conditions of the skin, especially the differentiation of the epidermal keratinocytes and the permeability barrier function, and therefore a correct understanding of the calcium dynamics is important in explaining epidermal homeostasis. Here we report on(More)
From small angle X-ray diffraction for the stratum corneum of hairless mouse, it was obtained that in the normal stratum corneum, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd order diffraction peaks for the intercellular lipid lamellar structure appear at 13.8, 6.87 and 4.59 nm, respectively and also a broad hump for the 4th order reflection appears as observed by the previous(More)
This study was conducted to monitor the electrochemical responses of two proteins (bovine serum albumin (BSA) and gelatin) and their thiol derivatives adsorbed onto gold (Au) electrodes, which were analyzed by a "nonlinear" impedance method. A sinusoidal voltage is applied to a protein-containing aqueous solution and the waveform of the output current is(More)
A change in the mode of self-motion was investigated for a camphor disk on water upon the addition of sulfate surfactants with alkyl chains of different lengths as a simple autonomous system. With an increase in the concentration of surfactant with a longer alkyl chain (number of hydrocarbons: 14 or 16), two mode changes (continuous --> intermittent(More)
As a simple example of an autonomous motor, the self-motion of a camphor boat on water with changes in chemical stimuli was investigated. The nature of the self-motion of a camphor boat changed characteristically with the addition of ester vapor (methyl n-butyrate) to a circular water chamber. Thus, continuous motion changed to oscillatory motion, and its(More)
The formation of effective root nodules on a non-nodulating line (T201) of soybean (Glycine max (L.) Merr.,) was induced by a treatment with 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate (2,4-D). The induced nodules, inoculated with mixed Bradyrhizobium japonicum strains A1017 and IRj2101, had a normal internal structure, red in colour and the cells being filled with(More)
We study the Arnold tongue of a nonlinear electrochemical oscillator entrained to an electrical periodic forcing. In our system, the width of the 1:3 entrainment region was broader than that of the 1:2 region. The 1:1 and 1:3 regions became monotonically broad when the conductance of the electrode cell was increased by the electrochemical redox reaction of(More)
Spontaneous deformation of a tetradecane droplet with palmitic acid on an aqueous phase with stearyltrimethylammonium chloride is reported. Palmitic acid is transported from the oil droplet to the aqueous phase by the concentration difference between the organic and the aqueous phases. The transport of palmitic acid causes the oil droplet interface to(More)