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Tejraj M. Aminabhavi: Nutraceuticals, advances in health supplements

The term "nutraceuticals" is a portmanteau of the words nutrition and pharmaceutical. Though coined by Dr. Stephen DeFelice in 1989, the idea can be traced back to Hippocrates. Natural herbs and spices have been used as folk medicine for centuries th...

  • New tech promises to make bullet trains even speedier

    TOKYO -- Japanese railway companies and researchers are developing technologies to help shinkansen bullet trains surpass their current maximum speed of 320kph. JR East, the main railway operator in eastern Japan, has collaborated with Osaka Unive...

  • The need for climate change resilience

    Climate change creates unique public health challenges that impact communities in the developing world. Temperature, precipitation and humidity variations can exacerbate chronic stresses such as drought or contribute to weather shocks such as lar...

  • Osaka Gas to extract hydrogen from LPG

    OSAKA -- Osaka Gas will develop a system that generates hydrogen for fuel cell vehicles from liquefied petroleum gas, potentially removing the need for hydrogen transport vehicles and storage tanks at hydrogen stations. Toyota Motor and other aut...

  • That bug you just swatted could be key to a new material -- thanks to biomimetics

    TOKYO -- Humans have a lot to learn from nature. Living organisms evolve and adapt to their environments, developing unique and highly efficient characteristics. Birds and bats are able to fly despite their small statures, lizards' feet cling to surf...

  • Japan throttles up work on homegrown fighter jet

    TOKYO -- Japan will begin test flights next year to determine whether the country has the right stuff to build a fighter jet without relying on Western contractors. The Ministry of Defense plans to seek around 40 billion yen ($384 million) in fun...

  • Carbon nanotubes poised for prime time

    TOKYO -- Carbon nanotubes have long been regarded as a futuristic dream material, but the dream is giving way to an exciting reality that is bringing big changes to everything from semiconductors to car parts. It is easy to understand the appeal ...

  • Building a smarter dragnet to catch terrorists, criminals

    TOKYO/OSAKA -- New electronics developed in Japan could one day sniff out a bombmaker boarding a train or spot a murder suspect walking down a street. Japanese information technology companies have joined the fight against terrorism and crime in ...

  • Sodium-ion batteries could light path to new power cells

    TOKYO -- Research is continuing apace on sodium-ion batteries, cells that could deliver more juice to gadgets much more cheaply than current power cells. A group led by Shinichi Komaba, a professor at Tokyo University of Science, has developed te...

  • Itochu Techno-Solutions looks to combine IT, wind power

    TOKYO -- Wind power generation can be made more efficient if wind directions and air volume are predicted. Information technology can help here. Itochu Techno-Solutions (CTC) has long offered IT services for wind power generation. Its wind condit...

  • Mitsui Engineering gets more real with new wave makers

    TOKYO -- Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding is taking its business in giant wave makers to a higher level with machines that re-create tsunami events and other kinds of waves more realistically. The company collaborated with Kyoto University to de...

  • Nippon Sheet Glass brings microbial detection into the light

    TOKYO -- Nippon Sheet Glass is branching into the business of microbial detection with a small, low-cost, portable device that can operate even in a lighted room. The device reads the light reflected back from microorganisms and displays a numeri...

  • H-IIA rocket's greater burn to lend satellites longer life span

    TOKYO -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency have modified the H-IIA rocket so satellites lifted on the launch vehicle do not need to burn as much fuel to reach their orbits, meaning they can operate longer once up ...

  • Transgenic silkworms changing world of sericulture

    TOKYO -- Genetic engineering has given fresh life to silk farming and could even bring sericulture back as a thriving industry in Japan. Silk farming played an important role in the modernization of Japan, and the sericulture industry was once a ...

  • Panasonic using supercomputer to build a better appliance

    TOKYO -- Panasonic has begun employing a supercomputer in the development of kitchen appliances, slashing costs by eliminating the need for many physical prototypes. This effort involves the Focus supercomputer of the Foundation for Computational...

  • Dengue research breakthrough creates public health dilemma

    KUALA LUMPUR -- As the world watches the horrifying spread of the Ebola virus across West Africa, there is some good news from Southeast Asia in regards to another potentially fatal disease -- dengue fever. On July 11, French drugmaker Sanofi ann...

  • Aisin field-tests manure-powered biogas generator in Bangladesh

    NAGOYA -- Aisin Seiki is field-testing a biogas power generator in Bangladesh that uses chicken manure. The company has modified a gas engines to run on biogas, and will use the system to supply power needed by a chicken farm located on the nort...

  • Chipmakers go 3-D to boost performance

    TOKYO -- There are limits to how small circuits can get on flat computer chips. As such, the industry is looking beyond, into a new dimension, literally. The effort to make semiconductor devices smaller using conventional techniques is hitting a ...

  • West Holdings takes to water with solar power installations

    TOKYO -- West Holdings, a leader in the installation of solar electric power, is stepping off land to market systems that can be located on ponds, reservoirs and other bodies of fresh water. The company will handle all tasks from the purchase of ...

  • Japan venture aims to begin mass-producing OLED panels in 2018

    TOKYO -- Japan Display, Panasonic, Sony and Innovation Network Corp. of Japan will invest about 20 billion yen ($193 million) in a trial production line for OLED display panels in 2015, stepping closer to their goal of mass-producing the screens by 2...