SCI-TECH

Jul 28
The operator of the disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant began Tuesday dismantling the cover shrouding the No. 1 reactor building, installed in the wake of the 2011 disaster to keep radioactive materials from dispersing. (Kyodo)
Jul 23
Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and two other crew members from the United States and Russia have begun their mission on the International Space Station. (NHK)
Jul 18
A survey team of experts under the Nuclear Regulation Authority said in a draft report Friday that the possibility cannot be ruled out that a fault running under important facilities for the No. 1 reactor at the Shika nuclear power plant in central Japan is active. (The Japan News)
Jul 18
Yoichiro Nambu, a winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physics, died of acute cardiac infarction on July 5, it was learned Friday. He was 94. (The Japan News)
Jul 17
A Japanese astronomer says the latest close-up shots of Pluto greatly defy scientists’ expectations and suggest that the dwarf planet has been geologically active until recently. (NHK)
Jul 16
A supercomputer developed by RIKEN has topped the international rankings on supercomputers’ capabilities to process advanced tasks, the Kobe-based research institute has announced. (The Japan News)
Jul 16
If you polled people on marine life they thought was cute, sea slugs would probably rate somewhere near the bottom if they made the list at all. (rocketnews24.com)
Jul 15
Drones are to be banned from the skies over Tokyo and other urban centers in Japan. (Asahi)
Jul 15
Fossilized teeth apparently of a large tyrannosaurid dinosaur have been discovered in Nagasaki, providing the first confirmation that large carnivorous dinosaurs existed in Japan, the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum said Tuesday. (The Japan News)
Jul 14
Neutrinos have long puzzled physicists around the world as one of the biggest mysteries in the science community. Often known as the “ghosts” of the universe, huge numbers of them zip around space as they pass through practically everything without causing a single reaction. Though they seem weightless, scientists in Japan discovered evidence that neutrinos have mass. (The Japan News)