Science

Singapore reports 1st case of Zika virus

SINGAPORE (Kyodo) -- Singapore on Friday reported its first case of the Zika virus, a 48-year-old male Singapore permanent resident who recently returned from Brazil."The patient was tested positive for Zika virus infection on 13 May," the Ministry o...

  • Iranian, Indian cities ranked worst for air pollution

    GENEVA (Reuters) -- India is home to four of the five cities in the world with the worst air pollution, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.But while WHO experts acknowledge India faces a "huge challenge", many countries are so bad that th...

  • Japan's quake agency knocked again in recent temblors

    TOKYO -- At around 1:30 a.m. on April 16, Gen Aoki, director of the Japan Meteorological Agency's earthquake and tsunami observation division, sprang out of the bed as his mobile phone's emergency alarm sounded. He had just returned to the housing ar...

  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2016

    3 winners, 3 unique contributions to regional development

    TOKYO -- The Nikkei Asia Prizes recognize individuals and organizations that make outstanding contributions to Asia's development. This year, the prizes have been awarded to two individuals and a foundation for supporting education by nourishing chil...

  • Nikkei Asia Prizes 2016

    Applying the wonders of the natural world to new materials

    BEIJING -- The idea that high technology has been developed solely by people is absurd, says Jiang Lei, professor of the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences.There are countless examples of high tech phenome...

  • Interview

    A stem cell therapy to treat Parkinson's disease enters clinical trials

    TOKYO -- Stem cells have enormous promise in regenerative medicine, with the potential to treat a range of injuries and diseases, from Parkinson's and cancer to infertility and baldness. The main roadblock, however, has been ethical concerns regardin...

  • Japan abandons hope of recovering X-ray satellite

    TOKYO -- Japan's space agency will cease efforts to recover the Astro-H astronomical satellite, which became inoperative shortly after its mid-February launch.The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, said Thursday the decision was made after ...

  • Question looms over whether Japan quakes could spread

    TOKYO -- There was something unusual about the series of strong earthquakes that wreaked havoc across the Japanese island of Kyushu this month: The epicenters spread across a distance of more than 100km, causing experts to ponder whether the chain re...

  • Siemens, Kyoto University to polish iPS imaging tech

    OSAKA -- Germany's Siemens will team with Kyoto University on establishing technology to monitor the results of induced pluripotent stem cell therapies, an essential process to ensure the safety of regenerative medical treatments. Medical unit Si...

  • No clear outlook on end of Kyushu aftershocks

    TOKYO -- The Japan Meteorological Agency has yet to issue an official forecast on when aftershocks might subside in Japan's southwestern island of Kyushu, as experts struggle to make sense of the unusual patterns of the region's recent earthquakes. ...

  • Unusual quake cluster worries Japan

    TOKYO -- Seismic activity in southern Japan is mystifying geologists and keeping the nation on edge. The island of Kyushu has been struck by a series of significant earthquakes, with the epicenters moving progressively further inland. The cluster...

  • Flu expert's life-saving technology goes viral

    TOKYO -- An article posted on the website of British science magazine Nature Communications last September set the science world abuzz. In the piece, written by a team led by Yoshihiro Kawaoka, the authors claimed to have found a way to cultivate inf...

  • Scientists split liver cancer into 6 types among Japanese

    TOKYO -- Researchers have identified through genetic testing six categories of liver cancer occurring among Japanese, a discovery having broad implications toward developing diagnoses and treatments for the disease. The findings have been publish...

  • Japan's X-ray satellite down for the count

    TOKYO -- The Astro-H X-ray satellite has become inoperative since arriving in Earth orbit in February, potentially stalling some astronomy research until 2028. Transmissions from the satellite, developed jointly by Japan, the U.S. and Europe, fai...

  • Vietnam reports first cases of Zika virus infection

    HANOI (Kyodo) -- Vietnam's Health Ministry said Tuesday that the first cases of Zika virus infection have been confirmed in the Southeast Asian country. The virus was detected in a 64-year-old woman in Nha Trang and a 33-year-old woman in Ho Chi ...

  • Film-like sensor shows when fresh fish is spoiling

    TOKYO -- A research team at Yamagata University has developed a freshness sensor in the form of a plastic film that can detect when fish and meats have begun to spoil. The sensor works by detecting histamine, which accumulates when bacteria begin...

  • Japanese team cracks into biofuel with crab shells

    OSAKA -- Researchers at Kobe University say they have found a possible way to turn bits of crustaceans and insects into ethanol for about the same cost as producing the fuel from corn. Chitin, the stuff that gives the exoskeletons of such creatur...

  • Kyoto University, German drugmaker to research hearing loss treatment

    TOKYO -- A German pharmaceutical firm will work with Kyoto University to develop a treatment for hearing loss, aiming to build on the institution's research to find a way to regenerate important cells in the inner ear. Boehringer Ingelheim is the...

  • New Toyobo reagent boosts precision of gene testing

    OSAKA -- Toyobo has developed an improved version of its reagent for gene amplification that can boost the precision of gene testing by a factor of 10 or better, letting scientists conduct studies with less risk of amplifying the wrong gene sequences...

  • iPS-based medical research entering new stage, says scientist

    OSAKA -- Induced pluripotent stem cells will soon find their way out of laboratories and into hospital rooms for treatment of an array of ailments, said the scientist who discovered this potent tool in regenerative medicine. The cell research is ...