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Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

Aug 28, 2014

Efforts to replicate STAP cells fall flat

by Mami Maruko

The Riken research institute said Wednesday that ongoing efforts to reproduce so-called STAP cells — whose existence was first claimed by scientist Haruko Obokata in the British journal Nature — have failed. The announcement comes on the heels of a series of scandals that ...

Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

Aug 17, 2014

Scientist weighs homecoming risks in Fukushima

by Mizuho Aoki

When scientist Junko Nakanishi stepped into radiation-contaminated towns and villages in Fukushima Prefecture 10 months after the nuclear power plant meltdowns of 2011, she realized how difficult the job of decontamination would be. Surveying the thinly populated areas surrounded by hills and rice paddies, ...