SCI-TECH

Jul 27
A Japanese startup firm has given news reporters a look at a rocket that will be launched on Saturday. It is the first rocket built in Japan without assistance from the government. (NHK)

Jul 25
Heavy rain that hit the northern part of the Kyushu southwestern Japan region earlier this month has annihilated all 250,000 honeybees kept at an apiary in a city stricken by the natural disaster. (Jiji)

Jul 25
A woman in western Japan died due to a tick-borne disease last year after being bitten by a stray cat, in the world’s first case of the illness contracted from a mammal, the health ministry said Monday. (Japan Today)

Jul 24
The giant panda cub at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo is growing steadily and starting to open her eyes. (NHK)

Jul 23
Images captured by an underwater robot on Saturday showed massive deposits believed to be melted nuclear fuel covering the floor of a damaged reactor at Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. (washingtonpost.com)

Jul 22
Dozens of venomous fire ants have been found at Hakata port, the Environment Ministry said, marking the first detection of the invasive species in Kyushu. (Japan Times)

Jul 20
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant says the metal scaffolding right below the damaged No.3 reactor appears to have gone missing after the 2011 disaster. (NHK)

Jul 20
Major Japanese electronics maker NEC is introducing an innovative verification system that is based on an ordinary glitter pen. (NHK)

Jul 20
Japanese electronics maker Fujitsu has developed a wristwatch sensor that warns the wearer of the risk of heatstroke. (NHK)

Jul 19
IT firm Yahoo Japan has announced a new web-based platform that enables people to play games just by connecting to the internet. (NHK)