Happy part of human brain found by Kyoto scientists
Tap the right side of your head and you are getting close to the source of human happiness.
Lab mice now have another reason to be afraid. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
'Fear smell' puts mice in hairy situation
Researchers have produced an odor that sends mice scurrying away in terror or renders them paralyzed with fear, a finding that could lead to more effective ways to repel pests.
Comparison of Flores man, right, and Java man (Provided by Yosuke Kaifu)
Teeth indicate Flores man shrank to Lilliputian size after living on isolated island
Researchers have found strong evidence through fossilized teeth that ancient Flores man in Indonesia, a creature about 1 meter tall, evolved with a smaller stature than a Homo erectus species from Asia due to their isolated surroundings.
A Fukushima prefectural official shows radiation monitoring drones at the environmental radiation center in Minami-Soma on Nov. 16. (Masakazu Honda)
Radiation monitoring center opens in coastal Fukushima
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--A research headquarters to monitor radiation levels from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant around the clock opened here Nov. 16.
The Asahi Shimbun
Scientists: Shallow REM sleep helps development of memory
Shallow sleep involving dreams, known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, helps form memory in the brain during the subsequent stage of deep sleep, Japanese scientists said.
Cherry salmon swim up a river. (Photo by Yuji Seo. Provided by Hokkaido University.)
Salmon memory boosting research set to lead to bigger hauls
While it's thought that the memory of a fish is limited, scientists have discovered that feeding brain-boosting supplements to one salmon variety improves its recollection powers and will lead to larger catches.
A 32-meter-long stone wall has been uncovered in one part of what was once Jurakudai castle. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Vibrations hold key to unlocking mysteries of Hideyoshi's fabled Kyoto castle
KYOTO--Researchers will be treading carefully, and watching closely, when they make seismic waves to investigate a little-known castle built in this ancient capital and then destroyed soon after by warlord Toyotomi Hideyoshi.
An image of a lightning strike at Tokyo Skytree taken by a high-speed camera about 1.2 kilometers southeast of the structure (Provide by the University of Tokyo and Shoden Corp.)
Scientists get charge out of researching lightning strikes on Tokyo Skytree
For those who say lightning never strikes twice in the same place, send them up Tokyo Skytree.
The KAGRA telescope system to detect gravitational waves is unveiled to the media on Nov. 6 in Hida, Gifu Prefecture. (Naoko Kawamura)
Gigantic gravitational wave telescope unveiled in Gifu
HIDA, Gifu Prefecture--A sneak preview of a massive underground telescope system, the world’s first aimed at detecting gravitational waves, took place here on Nov. 6.
A rainbow trout (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Study: Offspring of frozen trout born using surrogate salmon
Scientists have produced rainbow trout from sperm production cells extracted from a fish frozen for a year and transplanted into a different species.
Haruko Obokata speaks at a news conference in Osaka in April 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Waseda to strip doctorate from STAP scandal’s Obokata
Waseda University said it will rescind Haruko Obokata’s doctorate in engineering after the embattled former Riken institute researcher failed to correct flaws in her Ph.D dissertation during a one-year grace period.
Media representatives view the inside of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector during a special tour on Oct. 9. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Super-Kamiokande neutrino detector opened to media
HIDA, Gifu Prefecture--Imagine a vast underground cavern bigger than any wartime bunker. This is where Japanese scientists are doing research that left one of them as this year's co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
Takaaki Kajita, a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, discusses his research with The Asahi Shimbun. (Wataru Sekita)
Neutrino scientist overcomes doubters on way to Nobel Prize
For years, critics scoffed at Takaaki Kajita’s suggestion concerning neutrinos. After all, the elementary particles were and remain a mystery to some of the sharpest minds on the planet.
Takaaki Kajita, this year's co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics, receives flowers after a news conference on Oct. 6 at the University of Tokyo. (Shogo Koshida)
Nobel Prize recipient carried on work of mentors at neutrino detector site
Takaaki Kajita’s long list of people who helped him win the Nobel Prize in Physics this year included colleagues, local residents and construction workers. But special emphasis was given to two mentors who made possible his prize-winning discovery of oscillations in ghostly particles called neutrinos.
Kitasato Institute for Life Sciences’ Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry where Satoshi Omura provided research guidance to students on Oct. 6 in Tokyo’s Minato Ward (Takuya Isayama)
Nobel laureate Omura still a big presence at laboratory he led
The laboratory where Nobel laureate Satoshi Omura led researchers as head about a decade ago is still a key hub for scientists dreaming of similar success in the same field.
Takaaki Kajita (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Kajita, McDonald win Nobel physics prize for neutrino oscillation discovery
STOCKHOLM--Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada have won the Nobel Prize in physics for the discovery of neutrino oscillations.
Satoshi Omura, distinguished professor emeritus at Kitasato University and a co-winner of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, enters the venue for a news conference in Tokyo amid applause on Oct. 5. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
Nobel laureate Omura’s roots as a scientist were planted as a night school teacher
When Satoshi Omura moved to Tokyo to teach night classes at Sumida Technical High School in Koto Ward, the experience changed his life, bolstering his desire to become a scientist.
Takaaki Kajita (Shogo Koshida)
Kajita wins 2015 Nobel physics prize for breakthrough in neutrino research
Japanese physicist Takaaki Kajita was named a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics on Oct. 6 for the discovery of oscillations in atmospheric neutrinos, which indicate that the elusive subatomic particles have mass.
Satoshi Omura during a news conference in Tokyo on Oct. 5 (Wataru Sekita)
UPDATE: Omura wins 2015 Nobel medicine prize for discovering anti-parasitic drug
Japanese scientist Satoshi Omura was named a co-recipient of this year's Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Oct. 5 for his work to eradicate parasitic diseases.
Microscopic images of artificial cells undergoing the process of replication published in the scientific journal Nature Communications (Provided by Tadashi Sugawara)
Japanese scientists cast light on origin of life by forming self-replicating cells
A team of Japanese scientists has inched closer to figuring out how the first cells emerged from the primordial soup that gave birth to life eons ago.

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