SCI-TECH

Jul 29
A probe using an X-ray-like detector has found that a large amount of melted nuclear fuel apparently remains at the bottom of one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. (NHK)

Jul 28
An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 struck 20 kms off the east coast of Japan on Wednesday night, the United States Geological Survey reported. (Japan Today)

Jul 27
Japan is working on its newest launch vehicle, known as the H-3, which will be more powerful and cost-efficient than the H-2A booster currently in service. On July 20, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced it has completed the basic design of the rocket, scheduled to be ready for its maiden flight in 2020. (spaceflightinsider.com)

Jul 26
The Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu Japan had an explosive eruption early Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash 5,000 meters into the sky, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. (Japan Today)

Jul 25
The clunky videocassette recorder is going the way of floppy disks, eight-track tapes and camera film as the world’s last manufacturer ends production of the once booming home-video technology. (Japan Today)

Jul 24
Japanese researchers say 3 pairs of an endangered bird species have successfully hatched chicks in artificial nests for the first time. (NHK)

Jul 23
“Pokemon Go” was launched in Japan on Friday. The government is warning players of the global hit game to be careful to avoid accidents. (NHK)

Jul 22
Is Honda’s walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank? (Japan Today)

Jul 21
Japan’s space agency has its sights on unexplored asteroids as far away as Jupiter, a project that at one level draws on centuries of sail science. (Japan Times)

Jul 20
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5 struck the Kanto region at 7:25 a.m. Wednesday. It was the third moderate quake to hit the region since last Sunday. (Japan Today)