SCI-TECH

Mar 19
Japan’s space probe operating on an asteroid some 340 million kilometers from Earth is preparing to study the asteroid’s interior by creating an artificial impact crater.
(NHK)

Mar 13
Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday it will jointly develop a rover to be sent to the moon in 2029, amid fierce global competition to explore Earth’s natural satellite. (Japan Times)

Mar 09
A huge dead sperm whale has been found on a beach in eastern Japan.
(NHK)

Mar 06
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says its Hayabusa2 space probe will attempt to make a crater in the asteroid Ryugu next month.
(NHK)

Mar 06
A Japanese health ministry panel has approved a clinical study to transplant cornea tissues developed from human iPS cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells.
(NHK)

Mar 02
While some people don’t like wasabi on their sushi, it turns out that potentially deadly fire ants don’t have an appetite for it either. (Asahi)

Feb 27
A Japanese government panel says the maximum probability of a magnitude-seven earthquake occurring along the Japan Trench in the next 30 years is more than 90 percent.
(NHK)

Feb 22
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, says data from the Hayabusa2 space probe shows it had landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The spacecraft’s task is to collect rock samples.
(NHK)

Feb 21
There have been several horned owl sightings in residential areas of Tokyo. Police are looking for the bird to protect it and prevent it from harming people.
(NHK)

Feb 19
The health ministry on Monday approved the world’s first clinical test in which artificially derived stem cells will be used to treat patients with spinal cord injuries. (Japan Times)