A young chimpanzee drinks palm "wine" from a tank using a leaf. (Provided by Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute)
Researchers spot chimpanzees boozing in the wild
It's not just humans who love to sit back and sip on an alcoholic beverage ... wild chimps do too.
An electron microscopic image of microbes found under the seafloor off Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture. The earthworm-like objects are micro-organisms. (Provided by the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology)
Scientists discover ‘under-seabed forest’ dating back 20 million years off Aomori
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.
Nobel laureate physicist Yoichiro Nambu during a lecture at Osaka University (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nobel laureate physicist Yoichiro Nambu dies at 94
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.
This is an image provided by University of Edinburgh, taken in Jinzhou, China, in 2014 and released on July 16 of the fossil of a new species of dinosaur named Zhenyuanlong suni. (University of Edinburgh via AP)
New species of feather-winged dinosaur unearthed in China
LONDON--A nearly complete, new dinosaur fossil has been unearthed in China, the first in its family to have unusually short feathered wings.
Fossilized teeth of tyrannosaurs, left and center, have been discovered in Nagasaki. (Provided by the Nagasaki city board of education and the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum)
Teeth from giant predator tyrannosaurs found in Nagasaki for 1st time
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.
A glass fragment found in Kamigamojinja shrine in Kyoto that is believed to have come from ancient Persia (Provided by Yoshinari Abe)
Glass found at Kamigamojinja shrine likely came from ancient Persia
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).
Masato Sakai, a professor of cultural anthropology at Yamagata University and the deputy director of the university's Nazca research institute, talks about the newest geoglyphs found in areas near Nazca, Peru, in Yamagata on July 7. (Nobuyoshi Yonezawa)
Yamagata University team discovers 24 ancient geoglyphs in Peru
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.
Pieces of a “mokkan” ancient wooden tablet that were recently discovered read “kotaishi” (crown prince). (Provided by the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties)
‘Mokkan’ tablet describes 8th century crown prince in Nara
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.
Fossilized fragments of a new type of dinosaur egg have been found in Tanba, Hyogo Prefecture. The egg is characterized by a unique branch-like pattern on the surface. The scale is graduated in millimeters. (Takeshi Ito)
New type of tiny dinosaur egg unearthed in Hyogo
SANDA, Hyogo Prefecture--Fossilized fragments of very small dinosaur eggs dating back about 110 million years have been discovered.
Notebooks detailing Japanese nuclear weapons research conducted during World War II that belonged to Sakae Shimizu, professor emeritus at Kyoto University and now deceased (Keisuke Yamazaki)
Wartime documents shed light on Japan’s secret A-bomb program
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.
JAXA astronaut Kimiya Yui talks about his upcoming mission to the International Space Station during a TV conference from Houston on June 23. (Teru Okumura)
JAXA astronaut remains confident ahead of rescheduled July launch to ISS
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.
Newly added young bluefin tuna swim with the last surviving tuna, top right, in a tank exhibiting schooling tuna at Tokyo Sea Life Park in Edogawa Ward on June 22. (Wataru Sekita)
Tokyo aquarium resumes display of schooling tuna despite unsolved mystery of mass deaths
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.
The main shrine of the Prambanan Temple Compounds in Central Java, Indonesia (Provided by Mie University)
Japanese scientists go high-tech to repair ancient Indonesian temple
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.
Scientists say they have identified a protein that could lead to the development of obesity-suppressing drugs.
Researchers find protein that could lead to obesity prevention
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.
Dogs relax in a dog run in Aichi Prefecture in 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers: Man's best friend loyal to master even at feeding time
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.
An artist’s impression of a probe to be sent to land on a Martian moon in the 2020s (Provided by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency)
JAXA mulling mission to land on Martian satellite in next decade
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.
Volcanic gases spew from Mount Hakoneyama’s Owakudani area in Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, on May 10. (Eiji Hori)
Volcanologist puts eruption of Mount Hakoneyama at 4%
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.
Marks created by an unknown creature have been discovered on the floor at the deepest level of Lake Mashuko in the town of Teshikaga, Hokkaido. A 30-centimeter-long ruler is shown to compare the size of the traces. The picture was taken in August 2014. (Provided by a joint research by The Asahi Shimbun and National Institute for Environmental Studies)
Hunt on for mystery creature after 'footprints' found on bottom of Lake Mashuko
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.
Researchers find Japanese macaques can differentiate “zero” from other numbers. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientists isolate monkey neurons that react to concept of 'zero'
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.
Tiny plankton from the Pacific Ocean collected using nets with webbing of 0.1 millimeter (Provided by Christian Sardet of France's CNRS)
Scientists calculate existence of massive trove of plankton species in oceans
The world’s oceans contain a far more extensive diversity of microorganisms than previously thought, a global research team reported on May 22.

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