Sony Corp.'s Aibo robotic dog (Provided by the National Museum of Nature and Science)
Aibo earns place in Japan's history of technologies
The National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo added Sony Corp.'s Aibo robotic dog to a list of Japanese technologies that changed people's lives.
A bioethanol-fueled DeLorean modeled after the time machine in the “Back to the Future” film franchise is seen in Narita, Chiba Prefecture, on Aug. 28. (Keisuke Katori)
Back to the Future: Trash-fueled DeLorean to hit Tokyo on Oct. 21, 2015
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--Somewhere in the far-flung future, “Doc” Brown and Marty McFly may be smiling.
Cocomi, a yellow film-like material, is applied to clothing worn inside-out for the purpose of this photo. (Provided by Toyobo Co.)
Toyobo develops wearable material that measures heart rate
Toyobo Co. has developed a film-like material that can measure a person’s heart rate and take other biological readings when the material is applied to the underside of garments or other surfaces.
Chieko Asakawa, a fellow at IBM Japan Ltd., tests a voice guidance system developed with Shimizu Corp. for visually impaired people. (Yuji Shimoyama)
Smartphone-based audio guide aimed at visually impaired
Shimizu Corp. and IBM Japan Ltd. jointly developed a smartphone app to help visually impaired people navigate stairs, corridors, doors and other obstacles in buildings and underground shopping complexes.
A transistor that can be bent like rubber is shown at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. (Susumu Yoshida)
New transistor bends like rubber, resistant to shock
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--Researchers have developed a flexible, tough and metal-free transistor that can be used as a sensor on clothing and human bodies.
The robot version of Leonardo da Vinci (Ryo Kato)
Leonardo da Vinci rebooted as robot by Osaka University team
Leonardo da Vinci has returned from the grave--as a robot.
The air temperature distribution in Tokyo's Ginza district at 1 p.m. on Aug. 19, 2013, can be seen in this image. (Provided by the NILIM)
Heat-analysis system could make Tokyo a cooler city
Tokyo could have its recent summer heat wave problem solved ... at least in the future, and this could lead to the development of a cooler, greener city.
Contemporary artist Sputniko! poses next to the dress she designed that is woven of genetically altered glowing silk at the farm ministry building in Tokyo on Aug. 24. (Photographed using a yellow filter) (Shigeo Ohata)
Flash look: Dress made of genetically altered glowing silk on display in Tokyo
A dress woven with genetically modified silk that glows in the dark is on display at the farm ministry building in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district.
Pools to mass-produce algae by stirring the culture fluid with paddle wheels are seen in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 7. (Masakazu Honda)
1st algae-based oil producing facility in Fukushima set up in devastated region
MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture--An experimental facility to produce oil from algae was constructed on former farmland that was abandoned after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami struck the region.
A demonstration testing facility set up in at a villa at Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. It is a hybrid system composed of the two wind-powered turbines on the left and a solar power generator. (Masahiro Yuchi)
Kyudenko to pitch renewable energy system overseas that utilizes solar, wind power
FUKUOKA--Kyudenko Corp. plans to enter overseas markets, primarily in Southeast Asia, with a small-scale power generation system combining the renewable energies of solar and wind power that is less at the mercy of the weather.
Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientists develop process to ID fish species present from small water sample
Through only a bucket of water, researchers have developed a new analysis method that can determine the species of fish inhabiting surrounding waters in rivers, ponds and seas.
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Smartphone map apps will help wheelchairs roll smoothly to Tokyo Olympic venues
In time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, free apps will help wheelchair users find optimal routes when moving between airports and competition venues.
A massive landslide devastated a residential area in Hiroshima on Aug. 20, 2014. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Scientist develops high-accuracy mudflow prediction after fatal Hiroshima landslides
A researcher has created a software program that can forecast with a high degree of accuracy how mud flows and debris spreads in residential areas in the case of a landslide.
Four types of lettuce are produced under artificial lighting at Spread Co.'s plant in Kameoka, Kyoto Prefecture. (Provided by Spread Co.)
Large, fully automated lettuce plant planned in Kyoto
An indoor factory capable of producing 30,000 heads of lettuce per day will be one of the world's largest when it starts operations in summer 2017, automated vegetable plant operator in Kyoto has announced.
A ball made from “rice gel” (Provided by National Food Research Institute)
Jellylike rice developed for use in processed foods
"Rice gel" to enhance the texture of processed foods has been developed by the National Food Research Institute.
The new PM 2.5 detector developed by a team of researchers at Nagoya University's Solar-Terrestrial Environment Laboratory (Ayako Tsukidate)
Scientists develop inexpensive mini PM 2.5 measuring gadget
Researchers at Nagoya University have teamed with Panasonic Corp. to develop a small low-cost device that can detect and measure levels of PM 2.5 fine particulate pollutants, which have been a scourge in the skies over China and Japan in recent years.
Model of a device that uses solar energy to produce hydrogen from water (Tetsushi Yamamura)
Panasonic moves closer to home energy self-sufficiency with fuel cells
Panasonic Corp. said it has developed a catalyst that uses sunlight efficiently to extract hydrogen from water, a technology that could lead to energy self-sufficiency in homes powered by fuel cells.
The high-output laser "LFEX" at Osaka University's Institute of Laser Engineering (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
World's most powerful laser beam blasts out from Osaka
OSAKA--Osaka University scientists said they fired the world's most powerful laser beam.
Weights of up to 300 tons are suspended inside a quake-resistance device developed by Kajima Corp. on the Shinjuku Mitsui Building in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward. (Yuji Shimoyama)
Devices developed to ease earthquake sway in high-rises
Japan has long been praised for its earthquake-resistant technologies, but a new focus is targeting a recently studied seismic phenomenon that has been rattling the nation.
Some of Seven-Eleven Japan convenience stores provide product information in 15 languages through the use of QR codes on store shelves. (Provided by Seven & i Holdings Co.)
Smartphone scanner to show product info in English
In a bid to get foreign tourists to spend more, the economy ministry is developing a smartphone scanning system that provides product information in English and other languages.

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