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Feb 15, 2016

Launch of Japanese X-ray satellite rescheduled for Wednesday

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said they will reattempt the launch of an H-IIA rocket carrying the X-ray astronomy satellite ASTRO-H on Wednesday afternoon. A planned launch last Friday was scrubbed when bad weather was forecast. The H-IIA Launch ...

In a Japan first, isopod at Toba Aquarium molts

Feb 15, 2016

In a Japan first, isopod at Toba Aquarium molts

Toba Aquarium in Mie Prefecture said Sunday that it has confirmed a giant isopod’s shedding of its skin — the first time such occurrence logged in the country. “It could possibly be the first observation in the world. We hope this could help discover ...

Japan physicists laud detection of gravity waves by U.S. team

Feb 12, 2016

Japan physicists laud detection of gravity waves by U.S. team

A Japanese research team led by Nobel laureate Takaaki Kajita issued a statement Friday congratulating a U.S. group for detecting gravitational waves for the first time. The confirmation of the existence of gravitational waves is a “historic” breakthrough that researchers in the field have ...

Student team makes mulberry plant discovery

Feb 11, 2016

Student team makes mulberry plant discovery

A research team led by Japanese high school and university students has discovered that mulberry leaves contain biogenic minerals known as opal phytoliths, rigid microscopic structures that persist after death and can have forensic value. They are found in a range of plants. Archaeologists, ...