Particles from Fukushima meltdown contained plutonium

Almost ten years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, researchers report that the particles from power plants contained plutonium.

Stanford • futurity
yesterday ~6 min

Tags: japan natural-disasters tsunamis health-and-medicine radioactivity nuclear-energy plutonium

Scientists revive 100 million-year-old microbes from the sea

The organisms had been in a dormant state in the seabed in the South Pacific since the age of dinosaurs.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
July 28, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: bacteria japan pacific-ocean

The UAE's Mars mission seeks to bring Hope to more places than the red planet

A new country launches a mission to Mars. A space expert explains what this means for the Middle East and the African continent.

Wendy Whitman Cobb, Professor of Strategy and Security Studies, US Air Force School of Advanced Air and Space Studies • conversation
July 13, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space mars india russia united-states space-exploration japan international-space-station united-arab-emirates mars-exploration space-race

What are Asian giant hornets, and are they really dangerous? 5 questions answered

Are 'murder hornets' from Asia invading North America? A Japanese entomologist who's been stung by one and lived to tell the tale explains what's true about these predatory insects.

Akito Y Kawahara, Associate Professor and Curator of Insects, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida • conversation
May 11, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: insects agriculture wildlife japan entomology pollinators asia invasive-species honeybees wild-bees

Biggest cosmic mystery 'step closer' to solution

New experimental findings could help us solve one of the biggest mysteries about the Universe.

By Paul Rincon • bbcnews
April 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: physics astrophysics particle-physics japan

Lack of testing doesn't explain why Japan has so far escaped the worst of the coronavirus

You don't have to believe the official figures to realise that the rate of spread of the virus in Japan has been slower than in other countries.

Jonathan Newton, Associate Professor of Economics, Kyoto University • conversation
March 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags:  mathematics  covid-19  new-coronavirus  japan

Japan’s experience with earthquakes can help teach us to learn to live with floods

Japan took a fresh approach to ensuring their society was more resilient to the frequent earthquakes they experience. We could learn from its experience.

Mohammad Heidarzadeh, Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Brunel University London • conversation
March 11, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  resilience  flooding  earthquakes  japan  civil-engineering  flood-protection

Hayabusa-2: Japan spacecraft leaves asteroid to head home

Hayabusa-2 will return with samples of the asteroid after its yearlong journey back to Earth.

BBC Science News • bbcnews
Nov. 13, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: space japan asteroids hayabusa-2

A look at Japan’s evolving intelligence efforts

New book examines the past and future of Japanese intelligence services in a rapidly shifting world.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 8, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: politics japan research asia school-of-humanities-arts-and-social-sciences political-science books-and-authors international-studies

How Japan’s royal family changes with the times

As Japan's royal family deals with a new emperor taking the throne, an expert looks at how the times have shaped the family—and vice versa.

Kat McAlpine-Boston • futurity
July 16, 2019 ~3 min

Tags: history art japan society-and-culture royalty

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