SCI-TECH

Sep 30
Houses toppling over, fires blazing out of control, trains going off their rails and murky water rushing through the streets, sweeping cars away. (Japan Times)

Sep 29
Japanese police have arrested a hacker for illegally removing software restrictions on Apple’s iPhones and selling the devices. (NHK)

Sep 29
Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. <9501> has effectively given up replacing tainted water storage tanks at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station with safer ones at an early date, it was learned Wednesday. (Jiji Press)

Sep 28
A Japanese team taking part in an international race to operate a rover on the Moon has begun testing its machine in sand dunes. (NHK)

Sep 28
Six months since the work began, the “ice wall” has failed to produce its intended results as groundwater continues to flow in and out of damaged facilities at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (Nikkei)

Sep 23
Two scientists from Japan won the spoof Ig Nobel perception prize Thursday for determining that objects look smaller when viewing them bent over and between one’s legs. (Japan Times)

Sep 23
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.4 has struck southeast of Tokyo, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. (news.com.au)

Sep 23
A handful of photos making the rounds on Japanese blogs purport to show a species of jellyfish only found in Japanese aquariums. (rocketnews24.com)

Sep 21
The government decided to cut its losses Wednesday on the ¥1 trillion Monju fast-breeder reactor, pulling the plug on the project after years of mishaps, cover-ups and waste. (Japan Times)

Sep 21
Heavy rain brought by Typhoon Malakas caused contaminated groundwater to rise to ground level at the radiation-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant Tuesday night, raising fears of tainted water flooding out to the plant’s port area, its operator said. (Japan Times)