SCI-TECH

May 04
Just as hydrogen fuel is gaining more attention as clean energy, a project that would produce liquid hydrogen by utilizing geothermal power is about to kick off on the volcanic island of Iojima (See below) in Mishima, Kagoshima Prefecture. (The Japan News)
May 03
Tsunami warnings were lifted for Japanese islands early on Sunday after they experienced a series of small waves following an earthquake, public broadcaster NHK said. (Japan Today)
May 03
Competition in the mobile phone industry is expected to heat up now that providers must allow customers to unlock the subscriber identity module (SIM) cards in their cell phones. (The Japan News)
May 03
A tiny amount of radioactive water has leaked from a storage tank at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (Asahi)
May 02
Tokyo Electric Power Co. started freezing soil at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in trial operations for an underground wall aimed at preventing groundwater from flowing into the damaged reactors and becoming radioactive. (Asahi)
Apr 28
Crowded Japan has got a little bit roomier after a 300-meter strip of land emerged from the sea and attached itself to the coast, experts said Monday. (Japan Today)
Apr 26
A crowd gathers near the entrance of Tokyo’s upscale Mitsukoshi Department Store, which traces its roots to a kimono shop in the late 17th century. (CNN)
Apr 26
The world’s leading zoo organization last week announced it has lost patience with Japan’s continued use of dolphins from the fisheries drives at Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, and suspended its Japanese member from its roster. (Japan Times)
Apr 23
A mysterious western gray whale, listed as a critically endangered species, was spotted off the coast here recently, the first sighting of the mammal on the Japan Sea side since last year. (Asahi)
Apr 23
An aurora that was observed last month in Japan for the first time in 11 years was found to have been caused by a geomagnetic storm with a scale exceeding the space weather forecast (See below) made by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, raising alarm bells over the miscalculation. (The Japan News)