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Panasonic's robotic suit will be a mighty helper for workers doing the heavy lifting.

Hi-tech suits for heavy lifting

Panasonic bringing wearable robots to construction sites

OSAKA -- Panasonic in September will start selling a wearable robot designed to help warehouse and construction workers lift heavy objects -- suggesting that its entry in the field may mark the dawn of a new robotics age. The carbon-fiber exoskel...

  • Mission failure

    SpaceX rocket supplying space station explodes after launch

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) -- An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded about two minutes after liftoff from Florida on Sunday, destroying a cargo ship bound for the International Space Station in the latest in a string of mishaps in supplying the orbit...

  • Detecting cyberattacks

    NEC tech spots malware at lightning speed

    TOKYO -- NEC has developed software that can detect traces of computer virus infections far faster than the norm. Using proprietary technology to examine the code of all software on all connected devices, the process takes just an hour rather tha...

  • Renewable energy

    World's largest floating wind turbine nearly complete in Fukushima

    TOKYO -- Construction of a skyscraper like floating wind turbine, the world's largest-class, is expected to be completed June 22 in Japan's northeastern Fukushima Prefecture. The government-sponsored project, carried out by some of Japan's best-...

  • Cold fusion in Japan

    Researchers seek method to clean nuclear waste

    TOKYO -- Experts in Japan hope nuclear transmutation -- a technology which can be used to turn radioactive nuclear waste to safer substances -- can help decommission the still-leaking Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant operated by Tokyo Electric P...

  • Aviation tech

    'Supermaterial' with Japanese roots enables innovative leaps

    PARIS -- As visitors to the ongoing Paris Air Show crane their necks to see the mechanical marvels soaring overhead, new fuselage and engine materials are also getting plenty of attention. This segment of the aviation business is where Japanese compa...

  • Internet-linked factories

    Japan launches forum to counter German initiative

    TOKYO -- Japan is launching a new initiative to counter Germany's Industry 4.0, a set of rules and standards to drive digital technology in manufacturing. German makers are attempting to revolutionize production methods by connecting factories ar...

  • Japan-Thailand food research

    Niigata University, Kasetsart University work on low-protein rice

    NIIGATA, Japan -- Universities in Japan and Thailand are conducting joint research on specialized rice, including a low-protein grain, for the world market. The Rice Valley Project, an international effort led by Niigata University, is aimed at apply...

  • Medical tech

    New disease-sniffing sensors promise quick, simple diagnosis

    TOKYO -- Nihon Dempa Kogyo has developed a highly sensitive odor detection system using crystal oscillators that could be used to quickly and easily diagnose diseases. The system works by detecting trace amounts of odor-causing substances found i...

  • Brain waves

    Panasonic eyes new rehab device for stroke sufferers

    OSAKA -- Panasonic plans to release in 2018 a completely new type of rehabilitation device for stroke survivors suffering from paralysis in their hands. The device, which was jointly developed with Keio University and showed promising results in ...

  • ICT summit

    Tokyo conference discusses the future of technology

    TOKYO -- A summit to discuss global trends in information and communications technology commenced in Tokyo on Monday. The event is being sponsored by Japan's communications ministry and Nikkei. Global ICT Summit 2015 is a two-day event with sessi...

  • Chasing new technology

    Japanese steelmakers want to take a bite out of their own emissions

    TOKYO -- Japanese steelmakers want to help their country reach its CO2 emissions-reduction target. They want to contribute less to global warming. And they have taken steps -- such as recycling waste heat and exhaust gases -- in that direction. ...

  • Advanced power lines

    Sumitomo Electric uses light cable to snare European order

    TOKYO -- Sumitomo Electric Industries has developed an undersea power cable that uses less copper, the main component of the product, resulting in the lightest cable in the world. The lighter weight will lower transport and installation costs. Th...

  • Technology in business

    Androids invade Japan's service industry

    TOKYO -- A day may be coming soon when that friendly "Irashaimase!" ("Welcome!") you hear in Japan at the convenience store or the bank will come from the mouth of a mechanical clerk rather than a human one. Humanoid robots are catching on, and they ...

  • The connected car

    Toyota, Ford team on smartphone-linked 'infotainment' systems

    NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor will explore the possibility of using Ford Motor's platform for Internet connectivity between smartphones and "infotainment" systems in its cars. The Japanese automaker made the announcement Thursday, but gave no details ot...

  • Spaceport upgrade

    Japan plans new launch complex, targets satellite biz

    TOKYO -- Japan's space agency plans to construct a cutting-edge complex in 2019 to boost its launch capacity, aiming to win more orders to put satellites into orbit amid intense competition with the U.S., Europe and Russia. The Japan Aerospace Ex...

  • Commercial space

    Axelspace has big plans for tiny satellites

    TOKYO -- Japanese satellite venture Axelspace has a big vision. It plans to launch 50 tiny satellites into orbit to offer services using meteorological and geographical image data. With 50 microsatellites in orbit, the company will be able to obs...

  • EUV lithography

    Breakthrough puts 10-nanometer chips within reach by 2017

    TOKYO -- A Japanese research consortium has achieved a breakthrough in chipmaking technology that could boost semiconductor performance while significantly reducing production time. The consortium, called the EUVL Infrastructure Development Cente...

  • Reclamation projects

    Asian mines beware -- ISO wants to clean you up

    Thanks to the Beatles' song, "A Day in the Life," we know that at one time there were "4,000 holes in Blackburn, Lancashire." But no song lyric exists to tell us how many holes there are in Asia as a result of mining. This is hardly surprising. M...

  • Better-than-CD sound

    Sony to license high-res audio tech to jump-start market

    TOKYO -- Sony will provide its high-resolution audio technology to other companies in a move likely intended to spur growth of the relatively new market for compatible equipment. The Japanese electronics giant will begin licensing its LDAC techno...