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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency officials explain the loss of the Hitomi X-ray satellite.

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 ...

  • First gender identity disorder doctors certified in Japan

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Japanese Society of Gender Identity Disorder on Sunday certified its first batch of doctors specializing in gender identity disorder in hopes of ensuring that GID patients receive appropriate medical treatment. The society sa...

  • NASA keen to go exploring with Asian agencies, private sector

    TOKYO -- NASA is eager to explore the heavens with partners in Asia, the head of the U.S. agency's Planetary Science Division told the Nikkei Asian Review on Tuesday during a visit to Japan. James L. Green said Asian countries' space exploration ...

  • Zika seen rivaling measles in birth defect rates

    TOKYO -- Babies of Zika-infected mothers could end up with birth defects at rates similar to those of mothers with measles, according to a predictive model developed here. Women infected with the Zika virus early in their pregnancies have a 14% t...

  • iPS cells hold promise for dementia, allergy research

    OSAKA -- Researchers are trying to come up with treatments for dementia, allergies and other hard-to-treat diseases using induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, raising hopes for medical breakthroughs. Japan's National Institute of Biochem...

  • Venus finally in sight for JAXA's once-wayward Akatsuki probe

    TOKYO -- After a five-year delay, Japan's Akatsuki space probe is set to begin full-scale observations of Venus next month. Akatsuki was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, commonly known as JAXA, and entered orbit around Venus la...

  • Clouds over Indonesia obscure total eclipse of the sun for many

    PALEMBANG, Indonesia (Reuters) -- A solar eclipse enthralled Indonesia on Wednesday but clouds over some parts of archipelago spoiled the view for many of the skywatchers who had the opportunity to see it in totality. In Palembang city on the wes...