science

PHOTO: A full moon blushes red
A full moon with its top eclipsed rises alongside Tokyo Skytree at 6:31 p.m. on April 15. (Yosuke Fukudome)
A "blood moon" was seen rising in the evening sky across eastern Japan on April 15.
VOX POPULI: Teachers well-schooled in sciences a must for an early ...
A teacher-in-training captures a praying mantis while participating in a Tokyo metropolitan government training program for prospective school teachers in November 2012. (Provided by Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education)
Realizing this year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of French author Pierre-Jules Renard (1864-1910), I opened my copy of "Nature Stories," translated into Japanese by ...
Cell scientist Obokata rejects Riken's accusations of misconduct
Haruko Obokata, head of a research unit at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology, bows at the beginning of a news conference in Osaka on April 9. (Mari Endo)
OSAKA--Haruko Obokata, the embattled young scientist at the center of a science scandal, disputed her employer’s assertion that she fabricated data and doctored photos in her ...
New questions raised about Obokata's STAP cell experiment
Haruko Obokata, left, and Teruhiko Wakayama present their research results on STAP cells in Kobe on Jan. 28. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Genes from mouse strains that were different from the ones embattled scientist Haruko Obokata said she was using were found in pluripotent STAP cells that featured in her...
Riken: No evidence for breakthrough research on STAP cells
President Ryoji Noyori, second from right, and other officials of the Riken national research institute discuss the inquiry into STAP cell reports in Tokyo's Chuo Ward on March 14. (Soichiro Yamamoto)
Jubilant cheers and hopes for medical breakthroughs have been replaced by apologetic words and embarrassing revelations in a widening scandal that has engulfed Japan’s...
Skepticism grows over STAP cell reports in scientific circles
Satoru Kagaya, head of public relations at the Riken national research institute, discusses Riken's inquiry into STAP cell reports in Tokyo's Kasumigaseki district on March 11. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)
The Riken national research institute is facing increasing pressure from within the science community to take prompt action over controversial published reports on a new type...
Riken considers withdrawal of breakthrough STAP cell reports
Teruhiko Wakayama, a University of Yamanashi professor, speaks to reporters at the university in Kofu on March 10. (Ryo Suganuma)
The Riken national research institute is considering withdrawing two scientific reports that were acclaimed as a major breakthrough in stem cell research over discrepancies...
Study shows daily aspirin intake can curb colon polyps
A benign colon polyp (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
People who take a daily dose of 100 milligrams of aspirin have a lower risk of colon polyp recurrence, a recent health ministry study has showed.
iPS cell center apologizes for lax control of genetically modified ...
Cages line shelves in a breeding room for lab mice. (Provided by the Kyoto University Center for iPS Cell Research and Application)
KYOTO--A world-renowned stem cell research center apologized for its sloppy laboratory conditions, including multiple occasions in which live genetically modified mice were...
Japan set to launch next-generation weather satellite
Two whitish boxes of different sizes hold radar devices to be mounted on the global precipitation measurement (GPM) satellite and are designed to send and receive radio waves at different frequencies. Each box contains 128 antennas. (Provided by JAXA)
Japan is set to launch a satellite that will provide more accurate global forecasts of extreme weather and climate change.
Harvard scientist admits 'minor errors' in STAP cell report
A recent article in Nature magazine highlights research scientist Haruko Obokata and her colleagues' discovery of STAP cells. (Provided by Nature magazine)
WASHINGTON--A scientist who co-authored highly acclaimed research papers on a new type of pluripotent stem cell developed by a Japanese researcher admitted to "minor errors" in ...
Finding the right guide dogs all down to genetics
Student volunteers solicit donations for a program to train guide dogs at a shopping mall in Fukushima last May. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
Researchers in Hokkaido have developed a way to test slight differences in the DNA of young dogs to screen their aptitude to become guides for blind people.
Co-authors admit 'mistakes' in images published by STAP cell...
A recent article in Nature magazine highlights research scientist Haruko Obokata and her colleagues' discovery of STAP cells. (Provided by Nature magazine)
A highly acclaimed study by Haruko Obokata, a rising star in Japanese scientific circles, who said she discovered a new and simple method to engineer pluripotent stem cells, is ...
Scientists: Cosmic rays can see through nuclear reactor, locate...
The Asahi Shimbun
Japanese scientists have developed a method to use cosmic rays to see through a nuclear reactor, raising hopes for locating and accounting for melted fuel inside the crippled...
Rejuvenated neural stem cells could lead to new dementia therapy
The Asahi Shimbun
Japanese researchers say they have restored the potential in aging neural stem cells to generate neurons, a development that could pave the way toward new therapies for...
Scientists to study Sakurajima to gauge health impact of volcanic...
Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture marks its 800th eruption in 2013 on Nov. 23. (Provided by Hideo Shimada)
Researchers from Japan and abroad have selected Sakurajima, a particularly active volcano in Kagoshima Prefecture, to study the impact of volcanic ash on human health.
Robotics journal cover draws accusations of stereotyping women
The cover of the January 2014 issue of the Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence (From the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence website)
The cover design for an academic journal prompted a wave of criticism on Twitter over what was perceived as discrimination against women.
Scientists develop method to wash most radioactive cesium from...
The Asahi Shimbun
KYOTO--Researchers say they have developed a new technology for efficiently isolating and removing fine particles that contain radioactive cesium from farm soil.
PHOTO: Subaru Telescope vividly captures Comet Lovejoy's ion tail
This image captured by Subaru Telescope in Hawaii on Dec. 3 shows the fine structure of Comet Lovejoy's ion tail. (Provided by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)
Exquisite details of Comet Lovejoy’s ion tail can be seen in a rare image released Dec. 6 by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, operator of the Subaru Telescope...
Scientists: 2011 tsunami originated from slip in seabed clay layer
Tsunami generated by the Great East Japan Earthquake tears through Minami-Sanriku, Miyagi Prefecture, on March 11, 2011. (Provided by a reader)
The towering tsunami created by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011 originated from a slip in a clay layer along a plate boundary beneath the seabed off the Pacific coast...