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.
A Soyuz space capsule blasts off from the Russian manned launch facility in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on July 23, carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese to the International Space Station. (Kengo Hiyoshi)
Russian capsule en route to ISS with Japanese aboard
BAIKONUR, Kazakhstan--A Soyuz space capsule blasted off from the Russian manned launch facility in Kazakhstan on July 23, carrying a Russian, an American and a Japanese to the International Space Station.
Construction workers wear Cyberdyne Inc.’s HAL robotic suits in Tokyo in June. (Hikaru Uchida)
Robotic suits give construction workers a power surge
He might be 52, but construction worker Akimichi Takada is finding it easier to carry heavy loads--thanks to a robotic power suit.
A drone takes off from a launch pad in a laboratory in Uji, Kyoto Prefecture, in an experiment July 16. (Tatsuyuki Kobori)
Drones locating sensors on ground could aid work in disaster areas
UJI, Kyoto Prefecture--An airborne drone activated sensors at ground level using wireless power transfer technology that could help locate people stranded or lost during a disaster.
Brother Industries Ltd.'s AiRScouter head-mounted display will be released later this year for use by factory workers and the medical industry. (Ryoko Takahashi)
Brother Industries to release head-mounted display for medical, industrial use
Brother Industries Ltd. has developed a head-mounted display that utilizes a visual screen in front of the user's eye designed for use in the medical field and by factory workers.
The latest rice cookers on display at Yodobashi Camera Multimedia Umeda in Osaka on June 22 (Ayumi Shintaku)
Electronics makers feed growing appetite for high-end rice cookers
Consumer electronics companies are pitching the latest in luxury rice cookers, devices that feature special materials that replicate traditional furnace cooking to provide the ultimate in taste.
A 3-D image of Takatori Castle created by combining data gathered via airborne laser scanning with computer graphics (Provided by the Archaeological Institute of Kashihara and Asia Air Survey Co.)
Laser survey brings to light remains of feudal-era castle in Nara
KASHIHARA, Nara Prefecture--Cutting-edge laser technology has helped to uncover hidden ruins of one of the largest mountaintop castles in Japan dating back 600 years.
This "golden globe" at the National Library of France was handcrafted between 1524 and 1528. (Provided by the National Library of France)
Tokyo printing firm to digitize 55 historic globes for viewing online
Globes dating as far back as the 11th century will be digitally copied by a Tokyo-based printing company so that they can be viewed on computers and other digital devices in 3-D.
A man places a heavy suitcase on a robot while wearing a strap-on device that assists in the lifting of heavy loads.  (Provided by Japan Airport Terminal Co. and Cyberdyne Inc.)
Robots to descend on Haneda Airport
Robots will be cleaning the floors and carrying luggage at Haneda Airport by September, the operator of the airport's terminals has announced.
An artist’s rendition of the new weather satellite Himawari-8 (Provided by the Japan Meteorological Agency)
Japan’s state-of-the-art weather satellite begins global watch in full color
A next-generation satellite that will boost the accuracy of weather forecasts and track typhoons and storms via the world’s first color meteorological images from orbit began operations on July 7.
Users can assemble their own electronic systems with Mesh electronic tags and a special app for iPads. (Shinya Takagi)
Sony turns to young employees for product lineup
Long criticized for its old-fashioned business practices, Sony Corp. on July 6 unveiled a lineup of products developed by younger employees.
An electronic signboard that uses Japan Display Inc.'s latest reflective-type color LCD technology in Tokyo in June (Shinya Takagi)
Japan Display touts reflective display that needs just 1% of electricity of current LCDs
Liquid crystal display manufacturer Japan Display Inc. unveiled an improved reflective-type color LCD that it says is 100 times more efficient than conventional models.
Osamu Kitagawa, president of Real-f Co., shows off his company’s products using 3-D technology and 3-D photo form technique at his office in Otsu. (Rei Oku)
Real-life 'Face/Off' masks using 3-D technology offer out of body experience
OTSU--A venture company is producing a wearable mask that exactly replicates the subject's face, making it just like looking in the mirror.
Sharp Corp.'s new transparent liquid crystal display in Osaka on June 30 (Akihiro Nishiyama)
Sharp to market see-through LCDs in 2017
OSAKA--Sharp Corp. plans to mass-produce highly transparent liquid crystal displays that can show color images, the struggling Osaka-based electronics company said.
Cloth printed with a special ink developed at the University of Tokyo can conduct electricity even when the fabric is stretched. (Keisuke Yamazaki)
Scientists create stretchable, printable, wearable conductor for biological sensors
Researchers have developed an electrically conductive ink that can be used in clothing to provide a more comfortable way to measure biological data.
The Kounotori 5 unmanned cargo transport vehicle is shown to the media at the Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture on July 1. (Chisato Yokota)
JAXA cargo vehicle unveiled ahead of August mission to space station
TANEGASHIMA, Kagoshima Prefecture--Japan’s space agency unveiled the Kounotori 5 (HTV5) unmanned transfer vehicle July 1 that is being readied for a mission to resupply the International Space Station (ISS).
Toshiba Corp.’s robotic probe makes its way through a course created to simulate conditions inside the reactor containment vessel at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant during a demonstration in Yokohama on June 30. (Toshiyuki Hayashi)
Shape-changing robot built to photo melted fuel at Fukushima reactor
YOKOHAMA--Toshiba Corp. unveiled a shape-shifting robot that could finally reveal the actual condition of melted nuclear fuel at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant.
Executives from Toyota Motor Corp., Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. at a news conference in Tokyo on July 1 (Ken Sakakibara/ The Asahi Shimbun)
Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel-cell vehicles
Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel-cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."

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