SCI-TECH

Jun 29
The revolutionary Solar Impulse 2 aircraft took off early Monday for a flight over the Pacific Ocean, a spokeswoman said, the most ambitious leg of its quest to circumnavigate the globe powered only by the sun. (Japan Today)
Jun 27
Who could resist that striking countenance, that chiseled brow — and that toned, furry butt? A surprisingly hunky male gorilla, Shabani, has female humans going ape after mugshots of the 18-year-old animal began going viral on Twitter. (CNN)
Jun 27
A Japanese maglev train has set a Guinness World Record by traveling 603 kilometers per hour. (NHK)
Jun 25
An expert panel is warning that several species of snails that helped place Japan’s Ogasawara Islands on the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites are facing extinction. (NHK)
Jun 24
A solar-powered plane circumnavigating the globe called off a Hawaii-bound flight from Japan early Wednesday morning as the weather window favorable for its longest five-day trip appears to have closed. (Kyodo)
Jun 22
A Tokyo aquarium suffering through massive fish deaths in its renowned tuna tank since late last year reopened the tank to the public Monday after adding 80 tuna. (Japan Times)
Jun 21
The prefectural government of Kanagawa on Saturday used drones to survey a no-go zone in the Owakudani hot spring district on Mount Hakone, where a level 2 volcanic alert has been in place. (Japan Times)
Jun 21
Japan’s Meteorological Agency says Mount Asama has had another very minor eruption. (NHK)
Jun 19
The much-anticipated results of a study of DNA taken from the hand bone of the so-called Kennewick Man, a 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington state in 1996, suggest the man was most closely related to Native American populations, a team of international researchers said on Thursday. (Japan Times)
Jun 19
A system that forecasts and notifies users of imminent heavy rainfall has been developed by the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (NIED) in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture. (The Japan News)