SCI-TECH

Sep 02
Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science has added the world’s first robot dog with artificial intelligence to a list of Japanese technologies that have greatly changed people’s lives. (NHK)
Sep 02
An investigation into health problems triggered by the 2011 nuclear disaster here turned up a new case of thyroid cancer in a young person who lived near the stricken plant. (Asahi)
Sep 02
Seismologists have downgraded an eruption alert level for Mount Sakurajima in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan. (NHK)
Aug 30
H2A rocket No. 29 was shown to the press on Friday at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.’s Tobishima plant in Tobishima, Aichi Prefecture. (The Japan News)
Aug 28
Central Japan Railway Company says it will start building a high-speed train line using magnetic levitation, or maglev, technology. (NHK)
Aug 27
Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai will stay at the International Space Station for about six months from November 2017, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Wednesday. (Jiji Press)
Aug 25
Sony announced last month that it was teaming up with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo-based robotics company, to create commercial drones. The company, called Aerosense, will use drones to survey and inspect areas that are difficult to access. (theverge.com)
Aug 25
A Japanese space cargo ship has docked at the International Space Station to bring fresh supplies to the astronauts on board. (NHK)
Aug 22
Kyushu Electric Power has halted the ramp-up of power output from its Sendai No. 1 nuclear reactor due to a problem with a pump in the plant’s secondary cooling system, a spokesman said on Friday. (Japan Today)
Aug 21
A Japanese research team has found that malnutrition of brain cells due to dieting and other causes could aggravate Alzheimer’s disease. (NHK)