The first crowdfunded study in Japan: Micro X-ray observation of a fleshy brittle star

(Pensoft Publishers) Not only have scientists from Japan performed the first non-destructive morphological observations on the fleshy brittle star, Asteronyx loveni, using micro X-ray tomography, but they also published their research as the first study supported by crowdfunding in the Asian country. The team leader Dr. Masanori Okanishi, Ibaraki University, managed to raise part of the funds via Japan’s pioneering crowd-funding platform academist. The study is now openly available in the open access journal ZooKeys.

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