July 03, 2015
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.
June 30, 2015
SANDA, Hyogo Prefecture--Fossilized fragments of very small dinosaur eggs dating back about 110 million years have been discovered.
June 29, 2015
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.
June 24, 2015
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.
June 23, 2015
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.
June 18, 2015
Japanese researchers using cosmic radiation have helped to restore a ninth-century Hindu temple complex in Indonesia from damage caused by a major earthquake in 2006.
June 15, 2015
The absence of a certain protein in mice can prevent weight gain, even if the rodents continue consuming a diet of fatty foods, scientists said.
June 12, 2015
KYOTO--Dogs aren't just in it for the grub. If they don't like the human server, they will refuse to scarf it down.
June 10, 2015
Japan’s space agency plans an ambitious mission to collect and return surface samples from a Martian moon to Earth, which may provide clues to the origin of satellites in the solar system.
May 27, 2015
Despite continued rumblings, the chance that volcanically active Mount Hakoneyama southwest of Tokyo will blow its top is minimal, according to an expert who took issue with media reports that made the public nervous.
May 26, 2015
TESHIKAGA, Hokkaido--A mystery creature is lurking at the bottom of Lake Mashuko here and a team of researchers is determined to hunt it down.
May 25, 2015
SENDAI--Researchers here have found neurons in the brains of Japanese macaques that can differentiate “zero” from other numbers, a concept that may explain why humans perceive being naught as special.
May 22, 2015
The world’s oceans contain a far more extensive diversity of microorganisms than previously thought, a global research team reported on May 22.
May 22, 2015
NARA--An early eighth-century pottery plate unearthed here 26 years ago was likely used for a traditional Korean board game, indicating close cultural exchanges between ancient Japan and the Korean Peninsula, researchers said.
May 12, 2015
Japanese song birds introduced decades ago to Hawaii evolved to chirp simpler tunes than native bush warblers in Japan, possibly because breeding competition there is less fierce, research shows.
April 24, 2015
NEW YORK--Biologists in China reported carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human embryos, igniting an outcry from scientists who warn against altering the human genome in a way that could last for generations.
April 19, 2015
Making eyes at your dog leads to more than mere puppy love.
April 08, 2015
Researchers identified a hormone that gives male killifish the edge needed to vanquish rivals in love, a discovery that could shed light on the neural mechanisms of jealousy and possessiveness in humans.
April 03, 2015
KYOTO--The senses of smell and taste of the ancestor of whales took a massive hit when it moved from land to the sea tens of millions of years ago, researchers in Kyoto have found.
March 28, 2015
A research team has installed six measuring devices on the seafloor near the volcanic Nishinoshima island south of Tokyo to monitor earthquakes and tsunami around the islet.