Science

Predicting earthquakes in Japan is a numbers game

TOKYO -- Anyone who has experienced a major earthquake, such as the Kobe Earthquake that struck western Japan in 1995, or the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated northeastern Japan, is aware of their frightening power. What is much hard...

  • Japan survey aims to shake up megaquake prediction

    TOKYO -- Japan's science ministry will begin a survey of submarine faults in the Nankai Trough off the Japan's Pacific Coast in the fiscal year starting next April to better predict and minimize the damage from so-called megaquakes.A research ship wi...

  • Scientists show how we understand effort

    TOKYO -- Can you tell when someone is really making an effort? Researchers in Japan believe they have identified the neural basis that governs the emotions we feel when witnessing physical activity. The findings are expected to help understand how we...

  • Father, son find rare dinosaur fossil in Japan

    TOKYO -- Amateur fossil hunters may have found one of the oldest remains in Japan of a sauropod, the gigantic, long-necked dinosaurs known to any schoolchild, paleontologists say.The Tokushima Prefectural Museum announced the discovery Tuesday.The ro...

  • Researchers are shedding light on the mysterious great white shark

    TOKYO -- The movie "Jaws" left bite marks in the psyche of human society worldwide. But the ensuing 40-plus years of fear of the great white shark are only just now beginning to be filled out with details about the biology of this apex predator.Altho...

  • Kyocera to join hair regeneration research project

    KYOTO -- Kyocera is teaming with the Riken research institute and bioventure Organ Technologies to conduct research on the use of regenerative medicine for treating hair loss through stem cell research.

  • Stuck in line at airport? The humble ant can help you

    TOKYO -- Some scientists are trying to find answers to human problems by unlocking the secrets of fish schools and insect swarms, applying their behavioral patterns to ease congestion at airports or perfect self-driving technology.

  • For Japan's manufacturers, way forward is back to nature

    TOKYO -- As fierce industrial competition pushes conventional product development to its limits, Japanese companies are once again taking hints from the world's longest research and development pipeline: evolution.Biomimetics -- the practice of model...

  • Hitachi's AI alliance with Kyoto University taps biology

    TOKYO -- Hitachi has teamed with Kyoto University to research artificial intelligence technologies, aiming to develop AI that incorporates lessons from biology, the company said Thursday.The Hitachi Kyoto University Laboratory will operate at the uni...

  • Scientists may be on the verge of smashing the Standard Model of particle physics

    TOKYO -- Hopes are rising that a previously unknown particle has been discovered by the Large Hadron Collider, the particle accelerator that lies under the France-Switzerland border near Geneva. The LHC was the site of the discovery of the Higgs boso...

  • Bacteria gaining upper hand in war against humans

    TOKYO -- Antimicrobial resistance, or AMR, is drawing attention around the world as antibiotic development has all but disappeared in the fight against drug-resistant bacteria and other microorganisms.The matter is gaining some urgency. When the lead...

  • Japan scientists plan to name atomic element 113 'Nihonium'

    TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese scientists who discovered the atomic element 113 plan to name it "nihonium," the Riken institute said Wednesday.The team of researchers at the Japanese institute on science proposed the name from "Nihon," which means Japan, ...

  • Thailand first country in Asia to reach HIV elimination milestone

    BANGKOK (Kyodo) -- Thailand was officially certified Wednesday as the first country in Asia that can eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to their children.From the assessment conducted by United Nations agencies, the rate of Thailand's mot...

  • Battling Asia's liver cancer scourge

    Asia is home to 80% of all liver cancer cases worldwide, but the region is also a hotspot of research into the disease. These are some of the stories of progress in this fight.

  • iPS clinical research to tackle time, cost hurdles

    TOKYO -- The collaboration on clinical research announced Monday by Kyoto University and three other Japanese institutions is aimed at establishing a faster and cheaper method of using induced pluripotent stem cells for transplants while ensuring the...

  • Japan to begin transplants using donor iPS cells

    OSAKA -- Four Japanese institutions will collaborate on transplanting tissue grown from induced pluripotent stem cells taken from donors into patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration, a hard-to-cure eye disease.The initiative, announc...

  • Nikkei Asia Prizes

    Indian foundation, Chinese scientist, Mongolian actor honored

    TOKYO -- A foundation that provides free lunches to schoolchildren in India, a Chinese scientist who specializes in biomimetics, and a Mongolian performing artist who helped usher his country toward democracy were awarded this year's Nikkei Asia Priz...

  • 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

    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

    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...