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Physics trio collect Nobel prize at gala

Dec 11, 2014

Physics trio collect Nobel prize at gala

The three Japan-born physicists who won this year’s Nobel Prize in physics for inventing energy-efficient blue light-emitting diodes received their prize at a ceremony in Stockholm on Wednesday. The three are Shuji Nakamura, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who was ...

Dec 11, 2014

U.S., Japan named least cooperative on global warming reduction

A group representing environmental NGOs from around the world on Wednesday named the United States and Japan joint recipients of its “Fossil of the Day” award, bestowed on countries considered uncooperative toward reducing global warming. The Climate Action Network said the United States is ...

Dec 9, 2014

Japanese team discovers antibiotic effective against MRSA

A Japanese team has discovered an antibiotic effective against the MRSA superbug, according to an online article of the U.S. journal Nature Chemical Biology. The team, including University of Tokyo researchers Hiroshi Hamamoto and Kazuhisa Sekimizu, discovered the antibiotic compound in bacteria collected in ...

Dec 6, 2014

Woman gives birth via egg frozen 12 years ago

A 30-year-old woman has successfully given birth to a child using an egg she had frozen 12 years ago because she was undergoing a cancer treatment that could have made her unable to reproduce, a researcher who helped her said Friday. In Japan, it ...

Dec 4, 2014

JAXA wants to change clunky name of 1999 JU3 asteroid

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency aims to give a name to the destination asteroid for the Hayabusa2 mission, which blasted off Wednesday, a senior agency official said. It might consider asking the public for a name, said Hitoshi Kuninaka, a professor and project manager ...