Science

Students study how vegetables absorb heavy metals at a lab at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province.

Tackling China's pollution

Guangdong university working for cleaner, greener lives

GUANGZHOU, China -- Zhou Qian, a doctoral student at China's Sun Yat-sen University, has just run a toxicity analysis on a vegetable, and she looks concerned. "It contains high levels of toxic heavy metals," she says. "This has to change." Zhou an...

  • Medical research in Japan

    Drugmakers promoting tie-ups with Japanese universities, labs

    TOKYO -- Global pharmaceutical companies such as Pfizer, Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline are keeping a keen eye on the work of Japanese universities and laboratories, as they seek partners for joint research and development programs. Bayer Yakuhin, the...

  • Coastal disruptions

    Jellyfish swarms worry world

    TOKYO -- Seas around the world are turning into jellyfish soup, as swarms of the creatures hit coastal areas, paralyzing power plants and undermining fisheries. These massive outbreaks are being caused by coastal development, overfishing and othe...

  • Stem cell medicine

    Kyoto University opens up iPS cell stockpile

    OSAKA -- Japan's Kyoto University has begun sharing its reserve of cells reprogrammed to an embryonic state in an effort to bring regenerative medicine closer to reality. The university has provided induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to Keio Un...

  • Obokata fails to file appeal after panel condemns "STAP cell" study

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The Riken research institute said Tuesday embattled scientist Haruko Obokata has not filed an appeal in response to a panel investigation finding that "STAP cells" she claimed to have created almost certainly did not exist. Riken...

  • Unblocking blood vessels

    Heat and a drug do the trick

    TOKYO -- A Keio University team has developed what it says is an improved method of opening blood vessels that have narrowed and become clogged. Such blockages result from conditions like arteriosclerosis. With the new technique, blood vessels ar...

  • H.K. bans poultry products from Japan over bird flu scare

    HONG KONG (Kyodo) -- Hong Kong's food watchdog said Tuesday that poultry meat and eggs from western Japan's Yamaguchi Prefecture have been banned due to an outbreak of bird flu there. The Center for Food Safety said in a statement the ban was imp...

  • Understanding dunes and dust

    Japanese university tackles the problems of arid climates

    TOKYO -- A university in western Japan is seeking new ways to cope with arid climates by reproducing them on campus. When most Japanese think of Tottori Prefecture, they think of the area's famous sand dunes. So perhaps it is appropriate that the...

  • Gist of investigation by Riken panel on STAP cell research

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The following is the gist of a report released Friday by a panel under the Riken research institute investigating allegations of misconduct by embattled scientist Haruko Obokata. -- Evidence that STAP cells have the capability to...

  • Interactive look at volcanoes

    Japan prepares for future eruptions

    TOKYO -- Volcanoes have shaped the very landscape of Japan. They have loomed as a constant danger, but also have provided great benefits. There are 110 volcanoes in the country classified as active, and 47 of these are monitored at all hours. It is a...

  • Purported 'STAP cells' likely came from embryonic stem cells: panel

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A panel under the Riken research institute said Friday that the "STAP cells" that beleaguered scientist Haruko Obokata claimed to have created were most likely cells derived from embryonic stem cells, fueling the belief that STAP cel...

  • Medical community on guard

    Ebola not the only dangerous virus out there

    TOKYO -- Infectious diseases can spread rapidly in a globalized world. Improvements to the global aviation network mean it has never been easier for people, and germs, to move between countries. Globe-trotting diseases are a 21st-century reality....

  • Can't hurry science

    Haste led to scandal in stem cell research

    TOKYO -- All parties involved in publishing research papers on a groundbreaking method of creating stem cells were so fixated on producing results that they failed to be scientifically rigorous. Japan's Riken research institute said Friday that i...

  • Japanese institute fails to reproduce results of stem-cell research

    TOKYO (Dow Jones) -- Japan's Riken research institute said Friday that efforts to reproduce results of what was once billed as a groundbreaking method of creating stem cells have failed, likely bringing to a close a scandal that rocked the scientific...

  • 3 Japan-born Nobel laureates receive prize

    STOCKHOLM (Kyodo) -- Three Japan-born physicists who won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for inventing efficient blue light-emitting diodes were awarded their prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on Wednesday. The three are Shuji Nakamura, a profe...

  • The iPS revolution

    Stem cells take drug development in new directions

    TOKYO -- For the medical field, the development of stem cells that can be made from adult cells was nothing short of revolutionary. These induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPS cells, promise to help bring regenerative therapies into the mainstream. ...

  • This year's Nobels

    Blue LEDs' leading lights take stage together

    STOCKHOLM -- The trio whose pioneering work on blue LEDs earned them this year's Nobel Prize in physics described the passion and pressure they felt in their pursuit of the elusive technology to an audience here Monday. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Ama...

  • Endangered Earth

    Can we prevent a sixth mass extinction?

    TOKYO -- In the most recent update to its "red list," which evaluates threatened wildlife, the International Union for Conservation of Nature has listed the Pacific bluefin tuna as a species threatened with extinction. In June, the Japanese eel w...

  • Battling Ebola

    Toyama Chemical's Avigan showing promise against disease

    TOKYO -- More than 5,000 people around the world have died in the latest outbreak of Ebola, with many more expected to succumb to the disease. The antiviral drug Avigan, which was developed by midsize Japanese pharmaceutical company Toyama Chemic...

  • Treating muscular dystrophy

    Kyoto researchers show gene fix may work

    OSAKA -- Kyoto University scientists have found that correcting a genetic defect that causes muscular dystrophy can alleviate the symptoms of the severest form of this debilitating disease. Akitsu Hotta and his colleagues used induced pluripotent...