A high school student, back row, right, asks astronaut Kimiya Yui, middle on the monitor screen, a question on Aug. 26 at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo’s Koto Ward. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, front row, left, is also in attendance. (Sayuri Ide)
Astronaut Yui says ISS mission helping to foster world peace
Astronaut Kimiya Yui says his biggest accomplishment on the International Space Station is working with people of other nationalities and contributing to world peace.
The genome of the California two-spot octopus has been decoded by scientists. (Provided by Michael LaBarbera)
Quick-witted octopus's genome decoded as scientists search for signs of its smartness
An octopus has many tricks up its tentacles and scientists are starting to understand why after decoding the genome of this remarkably intelligent animal.
The Kounotori 5 cargo spacecraft is captured with a robotic arm on the International Space Station by Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui on Aug. 24. (From Kimiya Yui’s Twitter account)
Astronaut Yui 1st Japanese to catch Kounotori cargo craft at ISS
Astronaut Kimiya Yui maneuvered a robotic arm to capture an unmanned supply spacecraft for docking with the International Space Station, making him the first Japanese to accomplish the feat.
Replicas of tiles made in Ningbo, China, right, and excavated from the Hakata ruins, top left, and the Hakozaki ruins, bottom left. Those tiles were made using the same molds, according to researchers. (Shunsuke Nakamura)
Study: Medieval tiles found in Fukuoka were made in China in 12th century
Twelfth-century tiles excavated in Fukuoka city were produced in a Chinese coastal region, a confirmation that sheds light on trade between the Chinese Southern Song Dynasty and the medieval Hakata area, researchers said.
Ciona intestinalis, a species of sea squirts used in research led by scientists at Konan University, is seen on Aug. 10. (Naoya Kon)
Tissue in sea squirts also present in human nose, say researchers
Scientists have discovered a tissue in a marine invertebrate that is also found in the nose of humans, a finding that could help unravel the evolution of vertebrates.
Astronaut Kimiya Yui answers questions from the International Space Station in a news conference on Aug. 11. (Photo from NASA TV)
Astronaut Yui living healthy, satisfying life aboard ISS
Astronaut Kimiya Yui has given the thumbs up to his first few weeks on the International Space Station, admitting he was moved to tears when he spotted Japan from his temporary home.
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Researchers: Fish are smarter, more socially minded than you think
OSAKA--In a discovery that challenges conventional wisdom that fish do not have high cognition abilities, a group of Japanese researchers has found that a species of tropical fish can logically infer a social standing among individuals.
Whisky is prepared in "space flasks" in July at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tsukuba Space Center in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, for its August trip to the International Space Station. (Provided by Suntory)
Suntory to age whisky in zero gravity aboard ISS
Suntory believes the key to making the smoothest whisky on Earth is literally out of this world.
A young chimpanzee drinks palm "wine" from a tank using a leaf. (Provided by Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute)
Researchers spot chimpanzees boozing in the wild
It's not just humans who love to sit back and sip on an alcoholic beverage ... wild chimps do too.
An electron microscopic image of microbes found under the seafloor off Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. The earthworm-like objects are micro-organisms. (Provided by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)
Scientists discover ‘under-seabed forest’ dating back 20 million years off Aomori
HACHINOHE, Aomori Prefecture--Researchers uncovered microbes 2.5 kilometers under the seabed off northeastern Japan that indicate forests and wetlands thrived in the area more than 20 million years ago when the Japanese archipelago was part of the Eurasian continent.
Nobel laureate physicist Yoichiro Nambu during a lecture at Osaka University (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nobel laureate physicist Yoichiro Nambu dies at 94
Yoichiro Nambu, a Japan-born U.S. physicist who introduced innovative theories in elementary particle physics and the co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2008, died of an acute heart attack on July 5. He was 94.
This is an image provided by University of Edinburgh, taken in Jinzhou, China, in 2014 and released on July 16 of the fossil of a new species of dinosaur named Zhenyuanlong suni. (University of Edinburgh via AP)
New species of feather-winged dinosaur unearthed in China
LONDON--A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.
Fossilized teeth of tyrannosaurs, left and center, have been discovered in Nagasaki. (Provided by the Nagasaki city board of education and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
Teeth from giant predator tyrannosaurs found in Nagasaki for 1st time
NAGASAKI--Fossilized teeth from a species of giant tyrannosaurs, similar in size to the predators that wreaked havoc in "Jurassic Park," have been discovered for the first time in Japan from a stratum that dates back 81 million years.
A glass fragment found in Kamigamojinja shrine in Kyoto that is believed to have come from ancient Persia (Provided by Yoshinari Abe)
Glass found at Kamigamojinja shrine likely came from ancient Persia
The chemical composition of a glass fragment unearthed 50 years ago at Kamigamojinja shrine in Kyoto, a World Heritage site, is a near match for glass found in the ruins of a royal palace from Persia’s Sasanian Dynasty (226-651).
Masato Sakai, a professor of cultural anthropology at Yamagata University and the deputy director of the university's Nazca research institute, talks about the newest geoglyphs found in areas near Nazca, Peru, in Yamagata on July 7. (Nobuyoshi Yonezawa)
Yamagata University team discovers 24 ancient geoglyphs in Peru
YAMAGATA--Anthropologists have discovered 24 examples of the mysterious Nazca Lines in the arid region near Nazca of southern Peru, a Yamagata University institute researching the geoglyphs announced July 7.
Pieces of a “mokkan” ancient wooden tablet that were recently discovered read “kotaishi” (crown prince). (Provided by the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)
‘Mokkan’ tablet describes 8th century crown prince in Nara
NARA--A “mokkan” wooden tablet unearthed here was marked “kotaishi” (crown prince), an apparent reference to Emperor Shomu (701-756) before he ascended to the throne and commissioned the Great Buddha statue at Todaiji temple, researchers said.
Fossilized fragments of a new type of dinosaur egg have been found in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture. The egg is characterized by a unique branch-like pattern on the surface. The scale is graduated in millimeters. (Takeshi Ito)
New type of tiny dinosaur egg unearthed in Hyogo
SANDA, Hyogo Prefecture--Fossilized fragments of very small dinosaur eggs dating back about 110 million years have been discovered.
Notebooks detailing Japanese nuclear weapons research conducted during World War II that belonged to Sakae Shimizu, professor emeritus at Kyoto University and now deceased (Keisuke Yamazaki)
Wartime documents shed light on Japan’s secret A-bomb program
Long-forgotten documents on Japan's attempt to build an atomic bomb during World War II have been discovered at Kyoto University, which experts say further confirms the secret program's existence and could reveal the level of the research.
JAXA astronaut Kimiya Yui talks about his upcoming mission to the International Space Station during a TV conference from Houston on June 23. (Teru Okumura)
JAXA astronaut remains confident ahead of rescheduled July launch to ISS
Astronaut Kimiya Yui is confident that the delay of his deployment to the International Space Station has given him more time to prepare for the mission, and he is eager to conduct his studies in space.
Newly added young bluefin tuna swim with the last surviving tuna, top right, in a tank exhibiting schooling tuna at Tokyo Sea Life Park in Edogawa Ward on June 22. (Wataru Sekita)
Tokyo aquarium resumes display of schooling tuna despite unsolved mystery of mass deaths
Although still mystified by the mass deaths of its schooling tuna, a Tokyo aquarium resumed its popular exhibition of the fish by adding 77 young specimens to a tank on June 22.

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