November 29, 2013
A comet's 5.5-million-year journey to the inner solar system apparently ended during a suicidal trip around the sun, leaving no trace of its once-bright tail or even remnants...
November 28, 2013
WASHINGTON--Comet ISON is teasing the solar system as it dances with the sun and it's giving astronomers mixed signals.
October 31, 2013
Japanese scientists say they have found a chemical substance that can help prevent obesity-related diseases, including type 2 diabetes.
October 18, 2013
KYOTO--Japanese researchers have discovered a new method to engineer cartilage cells directly from human skin cells without introducing induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells.
October 05, 2013
The Okinawa and Ogasawara island chains are among 17 areas around the world that are at risk of being hit by magnitude-9 class earthquakes, based on estimates of seismic energy ...
October 02, 2013
Endoscopic screening for colon cancer dramatically reduces the mortality rate for the disease, a study has found.
October 01, 2013
Researchers have developed a brain-imaging technique that detects a specific protein and indicates the potential for Alzheimer's disease. They say it could one day pave the way ...
September 22, 2013
The world's oceans, awash with drifting Styrofoam packaging, may be facing unprecedented peril, scientists warn.
September 21, 2013
Japan's space agency set a new world record for an unmanned observation balloon by sending it to an altitude of 53,700 meters from its test site in Taiki, Hokkaido.
September 05, 2013
Wet and warm southerly air currents created tornado-prone conditions over Tochigi Prefecture on Sept. 4, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.
August 18, 2013
Japanese scientists say they have succeeded in turning nonmuscle cells of the human heart into pulsating heart muscle cells through the introduction of five key genes, an...
August 13, 2013
The water darkens and becomes pitch black as three men in a cramped submersible descend near the British Cayman Islands in the Caribbean Sea.
August 08, 2013
Radioactive cesium has formed hotspots on the seabed east of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the site of reactor meltdowns following the earthquake and tsunami...
August 07, 2013
Japanese astronomers said they have succeeded in directly imaging the light of a planet 60 light years from Earth, a rare feat in the study of planetary bodies outside our...
August 03, 2013
Researchers have conducted the world’s largest-ever simulation of brain functions using a supercomputer in Kobe, the Riken national research institute said Aug. 2.
August 03, 2013
Scientists identified a protein that plays a key role in generating human red blood cells, a breakthrough that could lead to an inexpensive method to massproduce blood through...
August 01, 2013
A state-of-the-art camera has captured an image of the Andromeda Galaxy, 2.3 million light years from Earth, on a single take, astronomical institutions said.
July 30, 2013
TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture--An astronaut who will become Japan’s first commander aboard the International Space Station next year said he plans to spread a bit of Japanese...
July 25, 2013
A group of biologists at a research institute of the prestigious University of Tokyo likely altered or forged materials in 43 published scientific articles, a university panel...
July 23, 2013
The mysterious coelacanth--once thought to have been extinct for tens of millions of years before resurfacing in 1938--is giving researchers an intriguing insight into the...