May 25, 2013
A venture capital company has developed the technology to mass-produce synthetic spider silk fabric, moving one step closer to marketing a tough and stretchy "dream fabric."
May 22, 2013
Japanese electronics giants have started a marketing war for next-generation ultra-high definition 4K TV sets, a year before Japan begins such broadcasting services next summer.
May 21, 2013
OSAKA--Engineers say they have created a flood-prevention system that runs on the forces of nature, eliminating the risk to human operators and problems caused by power outages.
May 17, 2013
Taking advantage of continuous sea breezes and the ocean currents below, the world’s first floating hybrid power-generation system, to be installed off the coast of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, will be tested in autumn.
May 16, 2013
Researchers at Hokkaido University have developed a paint that acts as a thermometer: It changes color with the temperature.
May 14, 2013
Sony Corp. said May 13 it has developed a prototype "digital paper" touchscreen device capable of displaying characters and illustrations on a sub-A4 sized screen that users can also scribble notes on using a dedicated pen.
May 09, 2013
The science ministry will begin development next fiscal year of a supercomputer with 100 times the processing capacity of Japan's current fastest machine, the K computer. The project is scheduled for completion by around 2020.
May 06, 2013
One-third of all prefectural governments in Japan are either planning or building mega-solar power plants, each capable of generating more than 1,000 kilowatts (equal to 1 megawatt) of electricity.
April 30, 2013
Disaster-plagued Indonesia will become the first Southeast Asian country to employ an advanced Japanese early warning system for earthquakes and tsunami.
April 22, 2013
A company in Okinawa Prefecture has developed the world's first communications device that enables divers to "talk" with one another below the surface using light signals.
April 18, 2013
Japanese scientists have developed two strong, nonflammable magnesium alloys that could be used in aircraft construction.
April 16, 2013
Japanese scientists have developed a technology to coat organisms in a special membrane that keeps them alive for viewing under an electron microscope, a finding that could lead to advances in biology and medicine.
April 15, 2013
Users of Japan’s first smartphone-controlled toilet can simply touch their screens to flush, adjust bidet functions, change seat temperatures and even keep a “diary” of all those relaxing moments.
April 12, 2013
Hospital patients may no longer need to be hooked up to a tangle of wires, thanks to new technology developed by Fujitsu Ltd. The device enables cord-free monitoring through radio-wave transmission of electrocardiograms, blood pressure and other data from sensors attached to patients' bodies.
March 30, 2013
BEIJING--China expressed "resolute opposition" and "strong dissatisfaction" with a new U.S. cyber-espionage rule limiting imports of Chinese-made information technology products, state media reported on March 30.
March 28, 2013
NEW YORK--A huge international effort involving more than 100 institutions and genetic tests on 200,000 people has uncovered dozens of signposts in DNA that can help reveal further a person's risk for breast, ovarian or prostate cancer, scientists reported on March 27.
March 27, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO--Google has picked 8,000 people in the U.S. who will have a chance to wear the company's new Internet-connected glasses, which are being described as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.
March 21, 2013
Paper manufacturer Oji Holdings Corp. and chemical giant Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. have developed a way to produce transparent paper made from plant fibers in sheet form for the first time.
March 21, 2013
Toppan Printing Co. said it has created a book so tiny that it can fit into the eye of a needle.
March 19, 2013
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. has developed software that measures a person's pulse from an image of their face as seen by a webcam-style camera, the company said March 18.