Tech

Scientists racing to develop microbial fuel cells

TOKYO -- Scientists around the world are rushing to translate microbial fuel cell technology into practical applications. The goal of researchers from universities as well as businesses in Japan, China and the U.S. is to utilize the rich reserves...

  • Microwaves stanch wounds with pinpoint accuracy

    OSAKA -- Precision pump company Nikkiso has developed a device that uses microwaves to stop bleeding with minimal effect on surrounding tissue. The new device promises to cost one-third as much as conventional ultrasound-based hemostatic devices....

  • Svelte new humanoid robot easily clad as anime character

    TOKYO -- Robot company Speecys has developed a small humanoid robot that is slender and lightweight, and moves smoothly and quietly. The idea is to clad the robot to look like an anime or manga character, so Speecys is teaming with companies such...

  • New materials mend their own wear, tear and damage

    TOKYO -- Scratches that disappear as if by magic, cracks that seal up on their own and knives that sharpen themselves. These are just some of the ways "self-healing" materials are making life easier and products last longer. When it comes to cons...

  • Holy mackerel! Innovative tech could mean tuna for all

    TOKYO -- The 2030s could find the world in the midst of a deepening food and energy problem due to an exploding population. But while most statistics paint a bleak picture of the future, there exists hope in the form of talented people and the innova...

  • Gifu University banking iPS cells created from wisdom teeth

    TOKYO -- A team at Japan's Gifu University has begun storing induced pluripotent stem cells created from the dental pulp cells in extracted wisdom teeth. The cell banks will serve as sources of human iPS cells for clinical research in regenerativ...

  • Japan IT firms, drugmakers to join in genetic cancer research

    TOKYO -- Around 10 information technology companies and drugmakers in Japan will work together to create a system that tailors cancer treatments to individual patients. Eisai, Hitachi, IBM Japan, SAP Japan as well as clinical testing firm CMIC wil...

  • Japan gives homegrown electric sports car the green light

    OSAKA -- GLM, a Kyoto-based developer of electric vehicles, has received government safety certification for its sports car, the Tommy Kaira ZZ, enabling it to launch Japanese production and European exports this year. The company aims for 3 bill...

  • Japan developing rain forest biodiversity evaluation system

    TOKYO -- Japan is developing a system to help Southeast Asian countries protect biological diversity in tropical rain forests. The Ministry of the Environment and Kyoto University plan to develop a satellite-based, low-cost system to assess biod...

  • Ocean currents, tides rise as new renewable energy candidates

    TOKYO -- Using the flow of currents and the rise and fall of the tide to turn their propellerlike blades, ocean-based power plants are garnering considerable attention as the next green energy source. Japan's territorial waters and exclusive econ...

  • Japan OKs first arms transfer under new rules

    TOKYO -- Japan's government on Thursday cleared a domestically made missile component for export to the U.S. in the first application of new guidelines for defense equipment transfers. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and members of his National Securit...

  • Japan lags behind South Korea, Singapore in smartphone use

    TOKYO -- Only 53.5% of Japanese owned smartphones in March, according to a white paper released Tuesday by the Ministry of Communications. In Japan, large service providers such as NTT Docomo collaborated with phone makers to develop an array of ...

  • JX Nippon Oil to build 100 hydrogen stations in Japan

    TOKYO -- JX Nippon Oil & Energy plans to set up 100 Japanese hydrogen stations by fiscal 2018 in an effort to develop the infrastructure needed for the adoption of fuel cell vehicles. The company has five hydrogen stations in Tokyo, Yokohama and ...

  • US nuclear regulator close to approving new GE Hitachi reactor

    WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission looks poised to approve a new nuclear reactor developed by a joint venture between Hitachi and General Electric. Getting the green light from the watchdog would pave the way for introducing the adv...

  • Will friendly robot give SoftBank the key to the home?

    TOKYO -- In the near future, the sight of friendly companion robots will be commonplace, helping out in the home and providing a gold mine of sales and marketing information for its maker. Robots are already being used to help humans in many task...

  • NEC to help China's diabetics take charge of their health

    BEIJING -- NEC is combining its sensing and big-data technologies to give the growing ranks of Chinese with diabetes the tools to keep on top of their conditions. The Japanese company unveiled here Friday a prototype monitor that lets the user me...

  • Cars with advanced safety features hit road in growing numbers

    TOKYO -- Cars with high-tech safety features are catching on as a product category, taking their place alongside environmentally friendly vehicles. "Advanced-safety vehicles" are equipped with digital technologies that allow drivers to operate th...

  • Japan universities plan supercomputers for 2016

    OSAKA -- Japanese universities plan to have the country's fastest supercomputers one after another in 2016. The machines will provide businesses with computational services needed to handle so-called "big-data" innovations. The Tokyo Institute ...

  • Consortium sets sights on robots that do household chores

    OSAKA -- A group of 300 Japanese businesses will work to develop 100 kinds of robots that can assist in daily chores and other tasks by 2020. The consortium, the i-RooBO Network Forum, launched Tuesday with plans to create robots with such functi...

  • Asian sports capitalizing on 'Moneyball' effect

    SINGAPORE -- In the 2011 Hollywood hit "Moneyball," Brad Pitt plays a Major League Baseball general manager who transforms a down-and-out, cash-strapped club into a winning team, using a sophisticated data analytics program that picked up on each pla...