News Release 13-Sep-2019 Inspired by natural signals in living cells, researchers design artificial gas detector University of Tokyo A cube one-fortieth the size of a human red blood cell can glow when it detects flammable gas. The nanocube, designed by chemists at the University of Tokyo, is part of a research project to develop artificial systems that mimic the complex chain of events inside living cells. 'People automatically think about devices when we talk about sensors. But there are many examples of natural sensors in the body,' said Professor Shuichi Hiraoka from UTokyo. JournalCommunications Chemistry FunderJapan Society for the Promotion of Science, Japanese Ministry of Education Culture Sports Science and Technology, Mitsubishi Foundation, Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd.