Flying Dragon Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps spectrum.ieee.org

At JSK Lab at the University of Tokyo, roboticists have developed a robot called DRAGON, which (obviously) stands for for “Dual-rotor embedded multilink Robot with the Ability of multi-deGree-of-fr...

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Japan Approves Revolutionary Stem Cell Technique to Treat Heart Disease interestingengineering.com

Japanese medical researchers just gained approval to treat patients with heart disease through a unique stem cell process. The technique is called induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells -- stems cell...

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This Japanese AI Startup Aims to Teach Factory Robots to Think www.bloomberg.com

Japan’s Preferred Networks Inc. has only one publicly available product, a whimsical application that uses artificial intelligence to automate the coloring of manga cartoons.

Yet the four-year-old ...

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Abundant water likely to exist under ‘moon rabbit,’ Japanese research team says www.japantimes.co.jp

Abundant water is highly likely to exist in the form of ice under Oceanus Procellarum, a lunar mare known as “moon rabbit” in Japan, a Japanese research team has said.

Although it was long thought ...

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Disrupting Japan 120: This Startup Just Built Japan’s Most Powerful Supercomputer www.disruptingjapan.com

Preferred Networks is making changes in Japan.

Over the past few years, this AI startup has raised more than $130M in venture funding and grown to more than 130 people.

If you live outside of Japan...

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The Japanese Space Bots That Could Build ‘Moon Valley’ www.wired.com

On March 11, 2011, Kazuya Yoshida’s lab at Tohoku University in Japan started shaking. Things fell from the ceiling. The bookshelves collapsed. Off the coast of the city of Sendai, the ocean floor ...

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An in-depth tour of Nikon’s Hikari Glass factory www.imaging-resource.com

The Hikari factory is in northern Japan, in Akita Prefecture, just a little south and east of the capital city of Akita itself. Akita is on the western coast of Japan, so the prevailing winds blow ...

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Japan Seeks to Outmaneuver Constitution With Piracy Blocking Proposals torrentfreak.com

There is no legal basis for site-blocking in Japan and the country's constitution forbids censorship of any kind. Later this month, however, the government looks set to present proposals to local I...

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NTT DATA host Open Innovation Contest 2018 Grand Finale in Tokyo www.technative.io

The 2018 NTT DATA Global Open Innovation Contest recently took place in Tokyo, with companies from across the globe coming together to compete for the grand prize

Participants were selected by winn...

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Japanese AI Writes a Novel, Nearly Wins Literary Award bigthink.com

Authors beware, because an AI-written novel just made it past the first round of screening for a national literary prize in Japan.

The novel this program co-authored is titled, The Day A Computer W...

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