National Topics

Dec 26, 2015

Riken team eyes naming rights to element 113 in January

An international body of chemistry and physics is set to announce in late January whether a Japanese or joint U.S.-Russian team will be handed the naming rights for atomic element 113, a new synthetic provisionally named ununtrium, Japanese scientists said Saturday. The U.S.-Russia team ...

Geminid meteor shower lights up Hokkaido sky

Dec 15, 2015

Geminid meteor shower lights up Hokkaido sky

The annual Geminid meteor shower peaked Monday night in the sky over northeastern Japan. Geminid meteors radiate from near stars Castor and Pollux, the brightest in the constellation Gemini. They arise out of tiny pieces of comet debris that enter the Earth’s upper atmosphere ...