SCI-TECH

Aug 22
The wild monkey population is rapidly increasing in Odaka Ward of Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, which is under an evacuation advisory as a result of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. (The Japan News)
Aug 20
A council made up mainly of representatives of the government and telecom carriers on Tuesday released new guidelines that ease regulations on mobile phone use in hospitals and clinics. (Japan Times)
Aug 19
An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists said on Tuesday. (straitstimes.com)
Aug 19
Triangulation points are likely to be no longer in use in Japan in 10 years as a result of accuracy enhancement in positioning systems, including the Global Positioning System, according to a Geospatial Information Authority of Japan panel. (Jiji Press)
Aug 19
The operator of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is planning to try another method to freeze radiation-contaminated water in underground tunnels. (NHK)
Aug 19
Japanese researchers have announced a five-year project to develop a diagnostic system that can detect 13 different types of cancer by using tiny molecules in the blood as biomarkers. They expect the system will allow the detection of cancer in a routine health check. (NHK)
Aug 19
A dugong, a rare marine mammal that inhabits waters around Okinawa, was spotted about 5 km east of Henoko on Sunday, the same day as seabed surveys started before landfill operations begin at the relocation site for the U.S. Marine Corps’ Air Station Futenma. (Japan Times)
Aug 18
With just a few weeks left before September, beach lovers in Japan are trying to sneak in a few last trips to the coast. A late summer trip to the shore means you’ll have to be on the lookout for jellyfish, but the good news is they don’t seem to be out in full force yet. (Japan Today)
Aug 17
The Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 1,000 people in West Africa is unlikely to spread to Japan, health ministry officials say. (Jiji Press)
Aug 17
A giant sunfish more than 3½ meters long and weighing more than 1 ton has been caught in waters off Hakodate, Hokkaido. (The Japan News)