Science

Understanding depression in Asia

As humans, we tend to chase after the global notion of "success" while neglecting its true value, which isn't fame, fortune or power but "emotional well-being." According to the World Health Organization's first report on suicide prevention, rele...

  • Japanese drugmakers get serious about tackling dengue

    TOKYO/JAKARTA -- Pharmaceutical companies have largely been unwilling to develop vaccines and treatment for dengue fever, citing small demand due to the disease primarily occurring in emerging nations. But as the disease spreads, with the current out...

  • Panasonic cultivates photosynthesis tech that outshines plants

    OSAKA -- Panasonic has developed an electronic material boasting the world's highest efficiency in artificial photosynthesis, a process the Japanese company has been working on to produce methane and ethanol from carbon dioxide. The electronics g...

  • Asia grapples with dengue, malaria threats

    The current outbreak of dengue fever in central Tokyo underscores recent World Health Organization warnings that climate change is extending the range of potentially fatal tropical diseases such as malaria and dengue. Dr. Rabindra Abeysinghe, a ...

  • Japan's education ministry to make big push in overseas infectious disease research

    TOKYO -- Japan's Ministry of Education hopes to coordinate Japanese scientists already in Asia, Africa and other parts of the world conducting full-scale research into infectious diseases. It will request money for the project in the next fiscal year...

  • Yoyogi Park closed as dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes were found

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- A large part of Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo was closed Thursday as authorities confirmed the presence of mosquitoes carrying the dengue virus in the area, where many people later confirmed infected have visited recently. It...

  • Autofluorescence may be behind STAP cell controversy

    TOKYO -- The Japanese government-backed Riken research institute has compiled an interim report on its experiments to verify the existence of stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells. According to the report, which was rel...

  • Gesture recognition driving system won't let you nod off at the wheel

    TOKYO -- Renesas Electronics has developed a next-generation automated driving system that not only enables gesture-based operation of the engine and gears, but also automatically stops the car along the side of the road if the driver's eyes stay clo...

  • Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

    TOKYO -- Researchers at Japan's Nagasaki University, in collaboration with Eiken Chemical, have developed a method that can detect the presence of the Ebola virus in just 30 minutes. The new method is simpler than the current one and can be used in p...

  • New hope for stopping Ebola in its tracks

    WASHINGTON -- Researchers are making headway with new drugs and vaccines that may help to contain the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. A team led by scientists from the Public Health Agency of Canada has announced promising resu...

  • Redrawing animal kingdom genealogy brings fish closer to humans

    TOKYO -- The scientific taxonomy that classifies plants and animals has been shaken up over the past 20 years. Under new modes of classification, fish do not constitute a discrete category of animals apart from that of mammals. Within the new sys...

  • Viruses: nanoscopic takers (and possibly givers) of life

    TOKYO -- The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 1,500 lives and continues to accelerate, prompting the World Health Organization to call it an international public health emergency. In Japan, dengue fever has reappeared for the first...

  • Riken team has not reproduced STAP cells: interim experiment report

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The scandal-hit Riken research institute said Wednesday that its team has yet to reproduce through ongoing experiments the so-called STAP cells as claimed by scientist Haruko Obokata following allegations of misconduct regarding her ...

  • Riken to announce interim findings on STAP cell experiment

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The scandal-hit Riken research institute is set to announce later Wednesday its interim report on experiments to find out whether so-called STAP cells can be reproduced following allegations of misconduct by its researcher Haruko Obo...

  • Embattled Japanese lab fails to reproduce STAP cells

    OSAKA -- Scientists at Riken, the Japanese institute behind claims of an ingeniously novel method of creating stem cells, have been unable to duplicate the process despite multiple attempts, sources said Tuesday. The struggle to verify the result...

  • Japan to create international framework for Arctic research

    TOKYO -- Japan will set up an international framework for environmental research in the Arctic from next fiscal year to gain an edge in future resources development in the region. The project will mainly focus on developing new survey and predict...

  • Testing myths about sleep

    TOKYO -- There are common assumptions about sleep. Eight hours is optimal. Waking up on a multiple of 90 minutes is refreshing. Four hours of sleep is enough if it's done well. There are others, but are there any scientific grounds for these beliefs?...

  • Suicide further muddles already confusing STAP cell probe

    TOKYO -- The suicide earlier this month in Japan of one of the co-authors of controversial papers about STAP cell research has thrown into doubt the progress of inquiries being made. Yoshiki Sasai was the deputy director of the Center for Develop...

  • Brain chemical oxytocin is all for you, body and soul

    TOKYO -- Humans are certainly more than just sacks of chemicals, but there is no denying the important role played by hormones and other chemicals in human behavior. A case in point is oxytocin. The brain produces more of this hormone when affect...

  • WHO approves experimental treatments to combat Ebola

    GENEVA/WASHINGTON -- With the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa spinning out of control, the World Health Organization on Tuesday endorsed the use of untested drugs to curb the epidemic. The highly unusual step by the world health body reflects th...