October 25, 2014
The solar observational satellite Hinode captured images of an annular eclipse on Oct. 24 from its orbit 680 kilometers above the North American continent.
October 18, 2014
Archaeologists have discovered the oldest fossilized feces of vertebrate animals in Japan, suggesting the marine ecosystem that collapsed about 252 million years ago had fully recovered within 5 million years.
October 08, 2014
Long after most of the global scientific community had given up, three researchers continued to toil in their laboratories for a discovery that was deemed impossible. Their relentless work initially drew little interest, and at times led to derision.
August 22, 2014
Astronomers have discovered that extremely large stars, more than 100 times heavier than our solar system's sun, may have been among those born immediately after the creation of the universe, a finding that could overturn the current mainstream theory.
July 31, 2014
Japanese scientists said they have produced the world’s first baby mice from sperm stored in outer space, a breakthrough that increases the chances of raising animals in space.
July 05, 2014
HIDA, Gifu Prefecture--A giant L-shaped tunnel has been built to house the world’s first cryogenic gravitational wave telescope to detect ripples in the curvature of space-time predicted by Albert Einstein, the University of Tokyo said.
July 03, 2014
NEW YORK--U.S. and Japanese scientists who reported that they'd found a startlingly simple way to make stem cells withdrew that claim on July 2, admitting to "extensive" errors in the research.
June 28, 2014
Japan's space agency released the first photographs taken by the Daichi-2 advanced land observation satellite on July 27, which showed detailed images of the aftermath of last October's deadly mudslides on Izu-Oshima island.
June 25, 2014
KOBE--Riken national research institute's K computer is No. 1 in the world on the Graph 500 ranking system that evaluates the data-intensive loads of supercomputers, according to an announcement made on June 24 at an international conference in Leipzig, Germany.
June 05, 2014
Embattled scientist Haruko Obokata and her Harvard University supervisor agreed to retract an article on a new stem cell mechanism at the recommendation of editors at the prestigious British science journal Nature.
June 04, 2014
Haruko Obokata, the scientist accused of fabricating her research into a new type of stem cell, has agreed to withdraw her groundbreaking article published in the British science journal Nature in January that brought her worldwide acclaim.
May 31, 2014
Japan, with the help of the international community, is working on plans to send a manned mission to Mars.
May 14, 2014
ALMATY, Kazakhstan--The first Japanese to command a space mission and crewmates from the United States and Russia landed safely in Kazakhstan on May 14, wrapping up a 188-day stay aboard the International Space Station.
May 08, 2014
The Riken national research institute on May 8 concluded that cell biologist Haruko Obokata committed wrongdoing in her research and rejected the young scientist’s demand for a reinvestigation into her once-lauded studies.
May 06, 2014
Amid growing interest in the effect of digital books on children, a team of Kyoto University researchers has concluded that a tablet picture book may teach reading skills better than the print version.
May 05, 2014
Long hidden in lugworm tunnels, a new crab species was discovered in shallow waters near a popular shellfish gathering site in Tokyo Bay, a research team said.
May 02, 2014
Tomato plants defend themselves against infestation by absorbing an odorant emitted by neighboring plants under attack and developing a compound hazardous to the invaders, Japanese researchers have found.
April 26, 2014
KYOTO--Japanese scientists have developed a method for mass cultivation of human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells while maintaining uniform high quality, which can be utilized for breakthroughs in regenerative medicine requiring large-scale cell production.
April 02, 2014
Having left one of its own scientists to hang out to dry, the Riken national research institute will start from scratch to determine whether or not STAP cells really exist.
April 01, 2014
The Riken national research institute said April 1 it found evidence of misconduct in supposedly groundbreaking studies on stem cells that had brought worldwide acclaim to one of its scientists.