SCI-TECH

Feb 09
JAXA is poised to explain the mystery of why temperatures in the atmosphere above the poles of Venus, in contrast to Earth, are higher than in surrounding areas of the planet. (Asahi)
Feb 08
The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) revealed that the total number of sessile species, such as barnacles and snails, has been decreasing significantly along the coast within 10 kilometers south of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant since the accident there in 2011. (the-japan-news.com)
Feb 06
The seasonal flu is now taking its toll on Japan. Researchers estimate that the weekly number of patients has topped one million for the first time this winter. (NHK)
Feb 06
The Meteorological Agency has issued a forecast of volcanic ash from Mount Sakurajima. (NHK)
Feb 06
Japanese dinosaur fans are among the first to see the skeleton of a newly discovered taxon from Thailand that went on display at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum from Jan. 30. (Asahi)
Feb 05
Mount Sakurajima, a volcano that overlooks the city of Kagoshima, erupted Friday with a fiery blast that sent lava rolling down its slope. (Japan Times)
Feb 05
The risk of brain hemorrhage is 36 pct higher for those who skip breakfast five or more days a week than for those who have it every day, a group of Japanese researchers has found. (Jiji Press)
Feb 04
As the small primate slow lorises continue to be sold as exotic pets in Japan nearly a decade after international trade in them was banned, the possibility of illegal sales of the cute critters is high, according to the results of a recent survey published in an academic journal. (Japan Times)
Feb 04
In a triumph marked by years of unremitting experiments, scientists at the Riken national research institute have synthesized new atomic element 113, making Japan the first Asian country to have the honor of naming a new element. (Asahi)
Feb 04
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries says it plans to end operations of its mainstay space launch vehicle, the H2A, in about 8 years to replace it with its successor, the H3. (NHK)