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University of Tokyo lab to treat brain tumors using engineered...
The Asahi Shimbun
Clinical trials will start for a genetically modified virus that can destroy cancerous cells in one of the most difficult types of tumors to treat, the University of Tokyo’s...
After surprise discovery, researchers make mice transparent
A new technique makes the entire body of a mouse transparent except its eyes and bones. (Provided by Riken)
Japanese researchers have created mice that are almost entirely transparent, a development that could lead to improved treatments for damaged organs, according to a recently...
3 microsatellites to 'rocketpool' with Hayabusa 2 asteroid explorer
The Procyon microsatellite developed by the University of Tokyo and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency in Tokyo on Nov. 5 (Akemi Kanda)
Researchers on Nov. 5 unveiled a microsatellite that will hitch a ride aboard an H-2A rocket to explore an asteroid in orbit between Earth and Mars.
Researchers: AI program smart enough to enter 80% of private...
The screen shows how an artificial intelligence program solves English questions. After the questions are translated by humans into computer language, the program selects questions and seeks methods to solve them. (Hisatoshi Kabata)
An artificial intelligence (AI) program can now pass the entrance examinations of 80 percent of private universities in Japan but still falls short of acceptance to the...
Yoshikazu Sakamoto, postwar pacifist thinker and scholar of...
Yoshikazu Sakamoto, professor emeritus of international politics at the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Yoshikazu Sakamoto, professor emeritus at the University of Tokyo who pioneered international political studies in postwar Japan with his pacifist principles, has died at the...
Cash injection to help select universities become elite global...
The Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
The education ministry has selected 37 universities to be eligible for special public support aimed at helping Japanese educational institutions achieve world-class status.
Tokyo University team engineers a robot that can go for a jog
The Achillies robot is capable of running at 4.2 kph, the speed of an average human jogger. (Takeshi Tokitsu)
Scientists at the University of Tokyo announced Sept. 1 that they have developed a bipedal robot that can run like a human.
Egg drop contests: Plummeting 'cackle fruit' sparks students'...
Hare Natori succeeds in keeping his egg intact on June 14 in Tokyo's Meguro Ward. "It originally had four wings, but it lost one when it hit the ground," he said. (Hikaru Uchida)
On a Saturday in June, kids and their parents crowded into a research center in Tokyo to participate in Japan's newest craze: the egg drop contest.
University of Tokyo research building explores world of...
The wood paneling of the new Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building on the Hongo Campus of the University of Tokyo undulates to create 3-D-like waves. (Wakato Onishi)
Designed to be a hub for exploring the smart and accessible environment created through "ubiquitous computing," the Daiwa Ubiquitous Computing Research Building is the newest...
Survey: Fukushima evacuees traveled average 273 km in search for...
Evacuees who left a shelter in Minami-Soma wait in Kawamata, Fukushima Prefecture, for a bus that will take them to Niigata Prefecture on March 17, 2011. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster moved to different shelters an average of four times and traveled 273 kilometers during the month after the crisis unfolded in...
Telescope tunnel built in quest to prove Einstein's space-time...
Reporters check out the L-shaped tunnel that will accommodate the KAGRA gravitational wave detector system on July 4 in Hida, Gifu Prefecture. (Minako Yoshimoto)
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...
Researcher develops technology that allows manipulation of 3-D...
New virtual reality eyeglass technology allows users to see and move 3-D images in midair. (Hiroyuki Yamamoto)
A Japanese scientist has developed a special package of glasses and a camera that allows users to manipulate computer-generated 3-D virtual reality images with their hands.
INSIGHT: Google gobbles up Japanese robot technology
U.S. President Barack Obama meets the two founders of Schaft Inc. during a stop at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation on April 24. (Provided by TV Asahi Corp.)
Google's acquisition of the Japanese start-up Schaft Inc. last November was a major shock to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, which had been seeking out ways to...
Top universities in Japan, S. Korea set up offices to promote...
Junichi Hamada, president of the University of Tokyo, right, and Oh Yeon-cheon, president of Seoul National University, hold memorandums to set up offices in each other's campus at a symposium on April 14 at the University of Tokyo in Bunkyo Ward. (Kazutaka Ito)
With the relationship between Japan and South Korea on the rocks, the University of Tokyo and Seoul National University are hoping to be a catalyst to improving ties, setting...
Volcanic islet in Ogasawara chain still growing
The recently formed islet, which is connected to neighboring Nishinoshima island, continues its volcanic activity. The picture was taken from an Asahi Shimbun aircraft on April 7. (Shinichi Iizuka)
An islet formed by volcanic activity in the Ogasawara island chain far south of Tokyo continues to spew huge plumes of smoke from vents in the months after it was first...
Hachiko to be united again with its owner as a new statue at the...
The model of the planned sculpture of Hachiko and its owner Hidesaburo Ueno (Fumiaki Onishi)
A statue commemorating the 80th anniversary of the death of Japan’s beloved dog Hachiko is being erected on the university campus where its master once taught.
Researchers test sail for energy-efficient cargo ship
An illustration of the next-generation cargo vessel (Provided by the University of Tokyo)
SASEBO, Nagasaki Prefecture--Testing is under way for a wind-power project that researchers say could change the face of maritime shipping.
Researchers find sex trigger in female killifish
A male killifish, left, and its female counterpart meet while being separated by a glass partition. (Provided by Eiji Fujiwara)
Researchers from the University of Tokyo have found a nerve cell in female “medaka” (killifish) that becomes active when they select a familiar partner for mating.
University of Tokyo reveals widespread falsified results from...
The Asahi Shimbun
Close to one-third of the scientific articles published by a research group at the University of Tokyo once headed by a professor who resigned in disgrace have findings that...
Research suggests nasal spray hormone treatment effective for...
A therapist talks with a child at a facility for children with a developmental disorder and other disabilities in Saitama Prefecture. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Nasal spray containing oxytocin, an empathy hormone, may lessen the severity of symptoms in people suffering from a mild form of autism, a study by researchers at the...