Science

Yoichiro Nambu

Farewell to a 'prophet' of particle physics

TOKYO -- The field of particle physics has lost one of its giants. Yoichiro Nambu, a Japanese-born American who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2008, died July 5 at the age of 94. His discovery of spontaneous broken symmetry, which earned him the a...

  • Artificial intelligence

    IBM's Watson to help doctors devise optimal cancer treatment

    TOKYO -- IBM Japan and the University of Tokyo will work together to devise the most effective cancer treatments for individual patients using artificial intelligence, the first such attempt in Asia. IBM Japan will collect the latest medical rese...

  • Seeing blue

    Beijing residents enjoying clear skies as pollution eases

    BEIJING -- Only two years ago, the sky over Beijing was covered by gray clouds of harmful PM2.5. Citizens in the capital, however, are seeing more blue over their heads in the past few months, as the concentration of the ultrafine particles has dropp...

  • Unconcious input

    There's a subliminal message in this headline

    TOKYO -- Images of fruit juice flash across a screen. They appear and fade so quickly, however, that the man gazing at the screen is not even aware of having seen them. But he does find himself curiously craving a glass of apple juice. He is expe...

  • Repurposing flu drug

    Fujifilm developing treatment for 'post-Ebola syndrome'

    TOKYO -- Fujifilm is developing a treatment for "post-Ebola syndrome," a condition in which Ebola virus remains in patients' bodies after they receive treatment and continues to cause medical problems, primarily with the eyes. The Japanese photog...

  • Climate change

    State of the Arctic reflected in thinning ice

    TOKYO -- The disappearance of ice in the Arctic -- a result of global warming -- is picking up steam. Scientists are now concerned that the diminishing ice pack could accelerate climate change. It is difficult to accurately grasp what is occurring in...

  • Wildlife dilemmas

    Frozen 'Down Under,' or how to kill a cane toad

    Australians love to scare overseas visitors with lurid tales of the deadly snakes, spiders, sharks and crocodiles lying in wait for them at the beach or in the bush. There is no doubt these dangerous creatures add a frisson of excitement to daily lif...

  • Regenerative medicine

    Experiments using stem cells to grow human organs in pigs set for August

    TOKYO -- A Japanese researcher will soon launch experiments at Stanford University designed to produce human organs in pigs using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. The experiments, which will get underway in August, will be conducted under pr...

  • Outer space research

    Japan's scientists hope to unravel the mystery of cosmic rays in Utah

    WASHINGTON -- A plaque near the former Union Pacific Depot in Salt Lake City, Utah, bears a simple sentence in Japanese: "1871 the Iwakura Mission visited Utah." The mission, which was dispatched by the newly formed Meiji government to the United...

  • China's pollution fight

    Skies are clearing, but real test remains

    TOKYO -- China appears to be making progress in its battle against air pollution, but its commitment to protecting the environment still faces its biggest test. In recent months, air pollution levels in major cities nationwide have dropped signif...

  • Infographics

    Keeping watch on Japan's volcanoes

    TOKYO -- The recent spate of Japanese volcanic activity has people increasingly on edge. Last month saw the evacuation of Kuchinoerabu Island, located off the southernmost main island of Kyushu, after Mount Shindake there blew its top. Of the country...

  • Probing Mars' past

    Japan wants to do some Martian moon rock collecting

    TOKYO -- Japan's space agency unveiled plans Tuesday to launch a probe to Mars' two potato-shaped moons as early as 2022, aiming to retrieve samples that could shed light on the history of the Red Planet. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency pr...

  • Eruptions abound

    Japan returns to volcanic activity

    TOKYO -- Japanese residents are growing increasingly nervous about volcanic activity. Mount Shindake on the Kuchinoerabu Island in Kyushu, erupted last Friday. What happens next? The Nikkei caught up with Toshitsugu Fujii, an honorary professor a...

  • Pharmaceutical research

    How Thailand might save the world from a dengue pandemic

    BANGKOK -- Thailand is at the center of a global rush to head off the risk of a dengue fever pandemic caused by global warming. For the past four decades, Thailand has been on the front line of the fight against the dengue virus, which infects up...

  • Japan's first

    Riken Genesis wins US certification for human testing

    TOKYO -- Riken Genesis, a company that offers genetic analysis services, has become the first in Japan to obtain CLIA certification from the U.S. for clinical laboratory testing performed on humans. Pharmaceutical companies developing molecular-t...

  • Stochastic resonance

    Bring the noise

    TOKYO -- Noise and other irregular background disturbances, once considered nuisances, help increase signal transmission efficiency and beneficially influence the behavior of people and animals. A team of researchers at the University of Missouri...

  • Reforming Riken

    New chief to reveal plans for troubled Japanese research institute

    TOKYO -- The new leader of Riken, Japan's top research institute, is to announce a reform plan Friday. His goal: rebuild the organization's reputation, which was badly tarnished by the scandal over so-called STAP cells. Hiroshi Matsumoto, a forme...

  • Global warming

    China to pass US in carbon emissions

    WASHINGTON -- China is expected to surpass the U.S. as the world's largest carbon emitter by 2016, according to the Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research. China, which previously excluded itself from being responsible for gl...

  • Unlocking space's mysteries

    Are we alone in the universe? Not likely, say scientists

    TOKYO -- A recent series of discoveries suggests there may be more Earth-like planets out there than has long been believed. Will the new clues eventually lead to proof of extraterrestrial life? Scientists certainly think so, with NASA boldly claimin...

  • Hepatitis C

    Japan greenlights insurance coverage for new treatment

    TOKYO -- A new highly effective but extremely expensive hepatitis C drug will be granted insurance coverage in Japan, the health ministry decided here Wednesday. Sovaldi, developed by U.S.-based Gilead Sciences, will start selling in Japan by the...