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Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

Jun 24, 2014

Humanoid robot exhibit opens in Tokyo

by Kazuaki Nagata

The National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (Miraikan) on Tuesday unveiled three humanoid robots that are to be put on display so visitors can interact with them. Two of the machines were modeled on actual human forms, using special silicone and artificial muscles ...

Jun 14, 2014

Adviser to Riken unit to quit over 'STAP' controversy

A special adviser to the biological research center at the state-backed Riken institute said Saturday that he will resign, two days after an outside panel recommended disbanding the entity after two high-profile studies led by staff member Haruko Obokata had to be withdrawn from ...

Besieged Obokata agrees to retract primary STAP cells paper

Jun 4, 2014

Besieged Obokata agrees to retract primary STAP cells paper

Geneticist Haruko Obokata, who drew global attention with an apparently revolutionary paper on STAP cells, will retract the report, the government-backed Riken institute announced on Wednesday. The retraction would be a significant move, as both the paper and an auxiliary study were carried by ...