Science

Einstein's gravitational waves detected in scientific milestone

WASHINGTON/CAMBRIDGE (Reuters) -- Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in space and time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced on Thursday that opens a new window for stud...

  • Japan nuclear disaster

    Radiation around Fukushima plant decreases 65%

    TOKYO -- The amount of radiation in an 80km radius surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant has decreased significantly since the disaster nearly five years ago, the latest government findings show. Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority rel...

  • Japanese science

    The next addition to the periodic table will be japonium (or maybe nipponium)

    TOKYO -- For nearly 150 years, scientists have been vying to discover new elements as they endeavor to unravel the mysteries of the universe. Now the confirmed discovery of element 113 by a Japanese research institution demonstrates the country's...

  • Researchers find possible ninth planet beyond Neptune

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) -- The solar system may host a ninth planet that is about 10 times bigger than Earth and orbiting far beyond Neptune, according to research published on Wednesday. Computer simulations show that the mystery pla...

  • Japan cancer survey

    Survival rates depend heavily on type

    TOKYO -- Cancer survival rates in Japan vary greatly depending on where it's found in the body, with over 80% of patients with thyroid and breast cancer surviving after 10 years and less than 5% of pancreatic cancer patients making it to that mark, t...

  • GM crops

    Hong Kong scientists engineer plants for a warmer planet

    HONG KONG -- Two researchers at the University of Hong Kong have separately developed ways to genetically engineer plants that grow faster and are more resistant to drought. The modifications could significantly increase the yields of various crops a...

  • Regenerative medicine

    Japanese researchers create new stem cell precursor

    OSAKA -- A research team created a new type of cell that can turn into stem cells that are hardier and easy to reprogram genetically, it was announced Tuesday. The new cells can develop into induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells. These cel...

  • Chemistry research

    Finding shows science isn't just about the money

    TOKYO -- The creation of a new chemical element by a Japanese group demonstrates that scientific research holds value beyond commercial applications. After years of toil, the team at government-affiliated research institute Riken has pulled off t...

  • Chemistry research

    Japanese recognized for discovering element 113

    TOKYO -- A Japanese team has received official credit for the discovery of element 113, making the group the first in Asia to have its accomplishments enshrined in the periodic table. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry certifie...

  • Bioethics

    Japan to safeguard genetic data under privacy law

    TOKYO -- The government has decided to protect genomic data under a newly revised privacy law after weeks of discussions by an expert panel on how to treat such information amid the emergence of gene-based therapies. The panel agreed at a meeting...

  • Public health

    More needs to be done to eradicate TB

    For people in the developed world, tuberculosis is often regarded as largely consigned to the history books. Cases are few and far between and quickly treated. Yet the disease remains a major threat across many areas of the globe. According to a ...

  • Japan confirms probe in orbit around Venus after 5-yr detour

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency confirmed Wednesday its Akatsuki probe has successfully entered orbit around Venus and begun testing equipment to observe meteorological phenomena on the planet. The probe, which made a seco...

  • Space exploration

    NEC helps put Hayabusa2 on course for asteroid

    TOKYO -- The Hayabusa2 probe swung by Earth on Thursday as part of a 5.2 billion-kilometer-journey to the Ryugu asteroid. The Japanese spacecraft used the Earth's gravity to slingshot out of its original orbit around the sun and toward its target...

  • Kyushu University

    Where scientific research is a matter of public discourse

    In recent years, scandals regarding research improprieties have cropped up in Japan's scientific community. If left unaddressed, bogus research, like that behind stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency, or STAP, cells, could diminish the publi...

  • C40 megacities network

    Global cities group promotes action on climate change

    HONG KONG -- In line with the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), which will be held in Paris later this month, the world's major cities are also discussing how to cope with climate change on urban-related issues at a regional leve...

  • Tejraj M. Aminabhavi

    Meditation: The secret to a healthy life?

    Meditation is an age-old practice designed to self-regulate the mind. It can help to reduce anxiety, overcome depression, control blood pressure and promote calmness, clarity and concentration. Those who meditate may find they develop an "inner life ...

  • Japan space exploration

    Hayabusa2 ready for December swing-by

    TOKYO -- The Japanese Hayabusa2 asteroid probe will perform a swing-by of the Earth on Dec. 3 as part of its a 5.2-billion-kilometer journey to the Ryugu asteroid. The manoeuvre involves the probe using the Earth's gravity to set itself on the path t...

  • 2015 Nobel

    China's 'lost deer' and the triumph over malaria

    Malaria has been haunting the human race for thousands of years. One of the first breakthroughs in the control of this deadly disease was the discovery of the mosquito as a vector for the transmission of infectious diseases by Sir Patrick Manson (184...

  • 2015 Nobel

    Chemistry prize goes to scientists for showing how cells repair DNA

    TOKYO -- The Nobel Prize in chemistry has been awarded to Aziz Sancar of the U.S, Tomas Lindahl of Sweden and Paul Modrich of U.S. for their work on mapping how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard genetic information at the molecular level, the Ro...

  • Health in India

    Concerns growing over spread of dengue fever

    NEW DELHI -- In addition to living in the world's most polluted city, residents of the Indian capital are now also faced with an outbreak of dengue fever. At 2 a.m. on Sept. 9, a married couple in their 30s tied their hands and jumped to the...