Katsuko Saruhashi turned radioactive fallout into a scientific legacy www.mirror.co.uk

In 1957, Saruhashi became the first woman to receive a PhD in chemistry in Japan. Her work focused on measuring the molecules in seawater — like carbon dioxide, oxygen, and also radioactive molecul...

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Toyota halts autonomous vehicle testing in US www3.nhk.or.jp

Toyota Motor says it is suspending autonomous vehicle testing on US public roads in the wake of a fatal accident involving a test vehicle operated by the ride-hailing company Uber.

Toyota Research ...

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Fukushima professor develops rubber that can make and store power from light and vibration www.japantimes.co.jp

Kunio Shimada, a professor of fluid mechanics and energy engineering at Fukushima University, has developed a special rubber that can generate electricity from solar and kinetic energy and save the...

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Japan is commissioning the world’s most powerful nuclear fusion research supercomputer www.theverge.com

Japan is launching a Cray XC50 supercomputer for advanced nuclear fusion research, which will begin production this year. While the Cray XC50 supercomputer is far from the most powerful on the plan...

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Send a ‘surrogate’ to meetings wearing an iPad with YOUR face on it www.mirror.co.uk

If the thought of sitting through yet another meeting fills you with dread, you’ll be happy to hear that you could pay a ‘surrogate’ to sit through it for you.

Researchers from the University of To...

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Toyota Designs a Robot that Can Make 200,000 Shots on the Basketball Court interestingengineering.com

CUE is a humanoid robot that learned its shooting techniques from Artificial Intelligence (AI). It can shoot basketballs with incredible accuracy: a range of close to 200,000 shots can be made, at ...

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This Japanese startup is making a hover backpack to augment jumping ability www.theverge.com

The device, a non-functioning prototype version that was shown off in the expo hall of Austin’s SXSW festival this week, uses a circular series of rotors to provide enough downward thrust to let th...

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Tokyo Tech's six-legged robots get closer to nature phys.org

A study led by researchers at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) has uncovered new ways of driving multi-legged robots by means of a two-level controller. The proposed controller uses a net...

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Fukushima frozen soil wall www3.nhk.or.jp

A panel of government-appointed experts says more measures are needed to contain the increase of contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant even after a frozen soil wall was bu...

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Hayabusa Starts Sending Photos www3.nhk.or.jp

Japan's space agency says its probe Hayabusa-2 has successfully captured images of asteroid Ryugu for the first time. The asteroid, located between Earth and Mars, is the probe's destination.


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