July 29, 2015
It's not just humans who love to sit back and sip on an alcoholic beverage ... wild chimps do too.
July 28, 2015
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.
July 17, 2015
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.
July 17, 2015
LONDON--A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.
July 14, 2015
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.
July 13, 2015
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).
July 08, 2015
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.
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.