November 20, 2014
Images of a sunspot cluster 66 times the size of Earth were released by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on Nov. 19.
November 13, 2014
KASHIHARA, Nara Prefecture--A glass dish unearthed from a burial mound here is the first of its kind confirmed to have come to Japan from the Roman Empire, a research team said.
November 04, 2014
Scientists have reported finding a monkey suffering from a new type of genetic disorder that causes premature aging, a discovery that could help shed light on the mechanisms of aging in humans.
October 30, 2014
A novel mosquito trap that lures its prey using human scent and other smells favored by the critter is creating a buzz as Japan frets about the spread of dengue fever.
October 28, 2014
MINAMITANE, Kagoshima Prefecture--Japan's space agency showed off a space probe to be launched next month that it hopes will answer questions about how life seeded Earth.
October 28, 2014
Chimpanzees can memorize images and mimic human actions, but they remain primitive when it comes to imagination, according to a recent study.
October 26, 2014
SHIZUOKA--Tsukasa Murayama feels he has come closer to his dream of holding an actual conversation with a 29-year-old male he has known for two decades.
October 25, 2014
The solar observational satellite Hinode captured images of an annular eclipse on Oct. 24 from its orbit 680 kilometers above the North American continent.
October 18, 2014
Archaeologists have discovered the oldest fossilized feces of vertebrate animals in Japan, suggesting the marine ecosystem that collapsed about 252 million years ago had fully recovered within 5 million years.
October 08, 2014
Long after most of the global scientific community had given up, three researchers continued to toil in their laboratories for a discovery that was deemed impossible. Their relentless work initially drew little interest, and at times led to derision.
August 22, 2014
Astronomers have discovered that extremely large stars, more than 100 times heavier than our solar system's sun, may have been among those born immediately after the creation of the universe, a finding that could overturn the current mainstream theory.
July 31, 2014
Japanese scientists said they have produced the world’s first baby mice from sperm stored in outer space, a breakthrough that increases the chances of raising animals in space.
July 05, 2014
HIDA, Gifu Prefecture--A giant L-shaped tunnel has been built to house the world’s first cryogenic gravitational wave telescope to detect ripples in the curvature of space-time predicted by Albert Einstein, the University of Tokyo said.
July 03, 2014
NEW YORK--U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim on July 2, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research.
June 28, 2014
Japan's space agency released the first photographs taken by the Daichi-2 advanced land observation satellite on July 27, which showed detailed images of the aftermath of last October's deadly mudslides on Izu-Oshima island.
June 25, 2014
KOBE--Riken national research institute's K computer is No. 1 in the world on the Graph 500 ranking system that evaluates the data-intensive loads of supercomputers, according to an announcement made on June 24 at an international conference in Leipzig, Germany.
June 05, 2014
Embattled scientist Haruko Obokata and her Harvard University supervisor agreed to retract an article on a new stem cell mechanism at the recommendation of editors at the prestigious British science journal Nature.
June 04, 2014
Haruko Obokata, the scientist accused of fabricating her research into a new type of stem cell, has agreed to withdraw her groundbreaking article published in the British science journal Nature in January that brought her worldwide acclaim.
May 31, 2014
Japan, with the help of the international community, is working on plans to send a manned mission to Mars.
May 14, 2014
ALMATY, Kazakhstan--The first Japanese to command a space mission and crewmates from the United States and Russia landed safely in Kazakhstan on May 14, wrapping up a 188-day stay aboard the International Space Station.