February 09, 2016
JAXA is poised to explain the mystery of why temperatures in the atmosphere above the poles of Venus, in contrast to Earth, are higher than in surrounding areas of the planet.
February 05, 2016
FUKUI--Japanese dinosaur fans are among the first to see the skeleton of a newly discovered taxon from Thailand that went on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum from Jan. 30.
February 04, 2016
In a triumph marked by years of unremitting experiments, scientists at the Riken national research institute have synthesized new atomic element 113, making Japan the first Asian country to have the honor of naming a new element.
January 20, 2016
SUSAMI, Wakayama Prefecture--It might look like a discarded overripe banana, but an unassuming creature found on a beach here has been heralded by scientists as a new species of sea cucumber.
January 15, 2016
Tardigrades can reproduce even after being frozen for more than 30 years, the National Institute for Polar Research (NIPR) announced Jan. 14 with the results of a study on the micro-animals.
January 14, 2016
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--A Filipino satellite scheduled for launch in spring will likely be the first component of an Asian microsatellite network proposed by Japanese scientists for observations anywhere on Earth.
January 13, 2016
TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--Japan's space agency showed off a super-powerful satellite Jan. 12 that will probe the depths of the universe to unravel its greatest mysteries.
January 08, 2016
Japanese scientists have a gut instinct that micro-organisms can play a key role in winning gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
January 07, 2016
KYOTO--An international team led by Kyoto University observed for the first time fluctuating light emitted by gas being absorbed by a black hole.
December 31, 2015
NAGOYA--Scientists at Nagoya University have developed a reagent that makes plants translucent, allowing them to observe specimens on a cellular level under a microscope without having to slice them open.
December 31, 2015
A world scientific body says Japanese scientists have met the criteria for naming a new element, the synthetic highly radioactive element 113.
December 24, 2015
HYUGA, Miyazaki Prefecture--Pregnant eels tagged with tracking devices were released here for a 2,500-kilometer journey to help scientists unravel the spawning secrets of the Japanese delicacy and remove them from the endangered list.
December 20, 2015
OKAZAKI, Aichi Prefecture--A Japanese research team’s discovery of how the sex of crocodiles is determined by identifying a protein that perceives the temperature at which their eggs are raised could help save endangered species.
December 19, 2015
The Japanese space probe Akatsuki has sent back infrared footage of Venus that clearly shows the streak-patterned clouds on Earth’s closest neighboring planet.
December 18, 2015
Skyscrapers in Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka could sway up to 6 meters during a major earthquake originating in the Nankai Trough off the Pacific coast of Honshu, a government panel said Dec. 17.
December 10, 2015
The Japanese space probe Akatsuki entered orbit around Venus, the outcome of an unprecedented feat of space science after the first attempt failed five years ago.
December 07, 2015
Exactly five years after its initial failure, the Japanese space probe Akatsuki on Dec. 7 got a second--and last--chance to enter an orbit around Venus to study Earth’s nearest planetary neighbor.
December 07, 2015
STOCKHOLM--Japanese Nobel laureates Satoshi Omura and Takaaki Kajita arrived at the Nobel Museum here for a get-together with other winners ahead of the awards ceremony on Dec. 10.
December 04, 2015
The Hayabusa 2 asteroid explorer performed a successful swingby past Earth before heading full speed toward uncharted territory hundreds of thousands of kilometers away on Dec. 3.
December 02, 2015
ATAMI, Shizuoka Prefecture--Researchers deployed an underwater robot to take a closer look at a mass of tiles that sank into the seabed off Hatsushima island in Atami while being transported by ship during the Edo Period (1603-1867).