Science

Breakthrough offers hope for safe iPS cell transplants

TOKYO -- Japanese researchers have found a way to prevent neutral stem cells produced from human induced pluripotent stem, or iPS, cells from becoming cancerous after being transplanted into mice, potentially paving the way for safer transplants for ...

  • A South Korean university puts students in the saddle

    SEOUL -- South Korea's Cheju Halla University is one of only a few educational institutions in the world offering a comprehensive equine program where students can learn horse care and husbandry as well as riding and other aspects of horsemanship.The...

  • Hubble spots evidence of water plumes on Jupiter's moon Europa

    Astronomers on Monday said they have spotted evidence of water vapor plumes rising from Jupiter's moon Europa, a finding that might make it easier to learn whether life exists in the warm, salty ocean hidden beneath its icy surface.The apparent plume...

  • New technologies help researchers improve typhoon forecasts

    TOKYO -- This year has offered an unusual number of opportunities for Japanese typhoon forecasters to test and evaluate their skills and abilities, as powerful storms pummeled the nation.Despite all the advanced technologies available, it is still di...

  • 16 pregnant women infected with Zika in Singapore

    SINGAPORE (Kyodo) -- A total of 16 pregnant women in Singapore are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, local media reported Saturday.The Ministry of Health is exploring plans to set up a national surveillance program to monitor the developme...

  • 3 Japanese scientists named as possible Nobel winners

    TOKYO -- Three Japanese cancer researchers are among likely recipients of the Nobel Prize in the current or future years, according to an analysis by Thomson Reuters released Wednesday.Tasuku Honjo, visiting professor at Kyoto University, is a conten...

  • Baby steps for medical-use genome editing

    TOKYO -- A recent academic conference in Japan underscored the rapidly growing interest in the field of genome editing, and how its potential applications could go well beyond what had previously been imagined.Much of the research at the Japanese Soc...

  • Standard Model of particle physics breathes a sigh of relief

    TOKYO -- OK, everybody, relax. It turns out physicists did not turn the world upside down after all. The new force in the universe two teams thought they had detected was really a statistical fluctuation in the data.So the Standard Model of particle ...

  • Japan leads the way for cancer therapy

    TOKYO -- Responding to growing worldwide demand, Japanese manufactures have been at the forefront of developing new types of cancer radiation therapy.Particle-beam radiotherapy uses technology that can accelerate the irradiation of proton or carbon-i...

  • Japan cosmetics makers win OECD approval for animal testing alternative

    TOKYO -- Shiseido and Kao have received international approval for a way to test for allergic reactions to their beauty products without using animals.Not only will this advance lead to fewer animals subject to tests that critics call cruel, it will ...

  • Stem cell research promises to keep the silver set healthy

    TOKYO -- The stem cell technology developed by Japanese Nobel laureate Shinya Yamanaka is often described as a method of "turning back the clock" on ordinary human cells. This has raised hopes that, someday, scientists might be able to reverse the ha...

  • 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...