SCI-TECH

May 30
A world tour of precious specimens from the Natural History Museum in London, including a fossil of the earliest known bird, will start in Japan, the museum has announced. (the-japan-news.com)
May 28
The Tokyo metropolitan government said Friday it has donated the body of Hanako, the oldest elephant in Japan, to the National Museum of Nature and Science. (Jiji Press)
May 27
The Japan Meteorological Agency has announced its three-month forecast from the month of June until August. This summer, while sweltering temperatures will be experienced nationwide, western Japan, in particular, will be hit by an intense heat wave, the agency said. (Japan Today)
May 25
A Japanese team has shed some light on how cancer cells evade attacks from the body’s immune system, a finding that will make it easier to identify patients for whom new cancer drugs will be effective. (Jiji Press)
May 23
A Japanese satellite has confirmed that atmospheric carbon dioxide levels are rising. (NHK)
May 21
The government is planning to form a new agency within fiscal 2017 that will lead and coordinate efforts to develop countermeasures against cyber-attacks that could physically damage operators of important infrastructure like electricity and gas systems, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned. (the-japan-news.com)
May 20
The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant says the work to freeze soil around the crippled reactors is making progress. It is designed to stop radioactive groundwater from flowing out of the facilities. (NHK)
May 19
SoftBank Robotics Corp. said Thursday it has expanded opportunities for app developers to use Google’s Android platform for its humanoid robot Pepper. (Japan Times)
May 19
Crested ibis chicks born in the wild on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan have left their nest. (NHK)
May 17
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake shook Tokyo and surrounding areas on Monday evening. An 8-year-old boy suffered a broken elbow bone when he jumped out of bed during the tremor. (NHK)