An artist's rendition of the deep-sea manned submersible Shinkai 12000 (Provided by Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)
Manned submersible being developed that reach deepest point of world's oceans
YOKOSUKA, Kanagawa Prefecture--A deep-sea manned submersible that can reach the deepest ocean depths is being developed in Japan to survey untapped riches of the seafloor.
The lunar rover developed by the Hakuto research team (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Japanese team to launch lunar rover in 2016 for Google competition
A Japanese private-sector team plans to launch an unmanned rover to the moon next year in an international competition offering $30 million (3.5 billion yen) in prize money.
A female conger spotted garden eel (Heteroconger hassi) lays her eggs at 12:11 a.m. on April 20, 2014. (Provided by the Sumida Aquarium)
Tokyo aquarium scores a world first with footage of conger species laying eggs
An aquarium in Tokyo’s Sumida Ward captured the first video footage ever of conger eels laying eggs, a feat that expands greatly on the knowledge of the little-understood sand-dwelling species.
Monkeys embrace each other from the front on Kinkasan island in Miyagi Prefecture. (Provided by Naofumi Nakagawa of Kyoto University)
Monkey see, monkey do: Japanese primate embraces differ according to region
KYOTO--While Japan is not known as a touchy-feely society, its monkeys are an exception, although their hugs differ wherever they reside, similar to how humans exhibit cultural differences in greetings, according to researchers.
The fossilized jawbone of a new species of lizard unearthed in Sasayama, Hyogo Prefecture (Takeshi Ito)
Fossil offers tantalizing clues to lizard evolution, say researchers
SASAYAMA, Hyogo Prefecture--A fossilized jawbone unearthed here eight years ago turns out to be a new species of lizard from the age of the dinosaurs, paleontologists said Feb. 4.
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Tectonic stress levels off northeastern Japan back to pre-disaster state
Pressure exerted by tectonic plate movement off Tohoku that triggered the 2011 earthquake and tsunami has returned to pre-disaster levels, seismologists say.
A piece of animal bone used for fortunetelling excavated at the Makimuku ruins in Sakurai, Nara Prefecture, is shown on Jan. 26. It has three burn marks in the middle. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Ancient animal bone suggests Himiko adopted Chinese fortunetelling method
SAKURAI, Nara Prefecture--An animal bone unearthed from ancient ruins here indicates that a fortunetelling method imported from China was adopted by shaman queen Himiko and leaders of the Yamato State.
The fossilized remains of Penghu Man's lower jawbone in Taipei on Jan. 27 (Satoshi Ukai)
Jawbone found in waters off Taiwan could belong to new species of primitive man
TAIPEI--A fossilized jawbone snagged in a fishing net off western Taiwan may belong to a previously unknown species of early man, according to a study released by a team of Japanese and Taiwanese anthropologists on Jan. 27.
An artist’s rendition of the ancient Adocus sengokuensis turtle (Provided by the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, (c) Mami Osatomi)
Fossil find turns out to be new member of world's oldest soft-shell turtle family
KATSUYAMA, Fukui Prefecture--Seven fossilized shell fragments unearthed in Fukuoka Prefecture more than 20 years ago belong to the world's oldest genus of soft-shell turtle, officials at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum said Jan. 22.
A digital clock at the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology shows the leap second added after the last second of 8:59 on July 1, 2012. (Provided by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology)
Need more time? 'Leap second' to be added to July 1 this year
July 1 will last one second longer than other days this year after a public research institute announced it would add a "leap second" to the day to keep standard time in sync with the Earth's rotational time.
A Canada goose species lands in Misato, Miyagi Prefecture, on Dec. 17. (Provided by Toshio Ikeuchi)
Japan-Russia project revives endangered geese migrating to Miyagi
OSAKI, Miyagi Prefecture--Thanks to three decades of efforts by Japanese and Russian biologists, an endangered subspecies of Canada goose is spending the winter in Miyagi Prefecture in numbers not seen since the 1930s.
Nobel laureate Hiroshi Amano (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Bright bulb Amano to help develop next-generation semiconductors at new research center
Nobel laureate Hiroshi Amano has been tapped to lead a research center funded by the government at Nagoya University to develop super-efficient power semiconductors.
The fossil remains of the bird now on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture (Provided by the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
Oldest full avian fossil goes on show at Fukui dinosaur museum
KATSUYAMA, Fukui Prefecture--The oldest complete fossil remains of a bird from more than 100 million years ago are now on display at a museum here.
Fossil of Acanthodes bridgei (Provided by Gengo Tanaka)
Ancient fish could see in color, first such discovery in vertebrate
Fossilized remains of a fish that lived 300 million years ago reveal that it could distinguish its surroundings in color, the earliest confirmation of such visual perception in a vertebrate, according to Japanese and British researchers.
Top photo: Rice seeds of the Nipponbare variety, left side, and rice seeds of the Nipponbare genetically engineered with the GW6a gene of the Kasalath variety.Bottom photo: Rice grains of the Nipponbare variety, left side, and rice grains of the Nipponbare genetically engineered with the GW6a gene of the Kasalath variety. (Provided by Motoyuki Ashikari)
Researchers discover gene that produces larger rice seeds
Scientists have identified a gene that can significantly enlarge a rice seed, which could result in a surge in rice production in regions afflicted with chronic food shortages.
The lab Haruko Obokata used to try to verify the existence of STAP cells (Provided by Riken)
Scientists question need for Obokata’s verification tests
Embattled scientist Haruko Obokata's failed attempt to replicate supposedly ground-breaking STAP cell research has been called into question by the scientific community, which called the exercise pointless.
Shinichi Aizawa, center, a special adviser in charge of Riken's verification testing, speaks during a news conference in Tokyo on Dec. 19. At right is Hitoshi Niwa, a senior researcher at Riken. (Jun Ueda)
Obokata resigns as Riken reports her failure to re-create STAP cells
Embattled researcher Haruko Obokata and a separate team of independent researchers failed to replicate the creation of stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells, the government-affiliated Riken research institute announced on Dec. 19.
An artist’s rendition of the Venus climate orbiter Akatsuki (Provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
Venus probe discovers solar winds speed up after leaving sun
Solar winds suddenly speed up when they reach a certain distance from the sun, according to Japanese researchers, who announced the discovery Dec. 18.
A color photograph of the Earth taken by the Himawari-8 geostationary satellite on Dec. 18 (Provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency)
PHOTO: Himawari-8 satellite snaps photo of Earth in living color
The first color photograph of Earth taken by a geostationary meteorological satellite in orbit was released by the Japan Meteorological Agency on Dec. 18.
Riken researcher Haruko Obokata speaks at a news conference in April in Osaka. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Obokata fails to create STAP cells; Riken ends all verification tests
Disgraced stem cell scientist Haruko Obokata has failed to produce so-called STAP cells, strengthening suspicions that she fabricated her findings that were once lauded as a breakthrough in regenerative medicine, sources said.

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