National Topics

Mar 15, 2014

STAP papers discredited, but science may be sound

Although two high-profile research articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells were found to be flawed in an interim investigatory report by Riken, the state-affiliated institute stopped short of categorizing it as wrongdoing. In announcing the interim report, Riken said Friday there had ...

STAP papers discredited, but science may be sound

Mar 15, 2014

STAP papers discredited, but science may be sound

Although two high-profile research articles on stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) cells were found to be flawed in an interim investigatory report by Riken, the state-affiliated institute stopped short of categorizing it as wrongdoing. In announcing the interim report, Riken said Friday there had ...

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

Mar 12, 2014

Dinosaur-killing bang acidified seas

by Richard Ingham

The space rock that smashed into Earth 65 million years ago, famously wiping out the dinosaurs, unleashed acid rain that turned the ocean surface into a witches’ brew, Japanese researchers say. Delving into the riddle of Earth’s last mass extinction, the scientists said in ...

Feb 25, 2014

Potential cure for multiple sclerosis to be tested

The National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry has developed a drug that it says might provide a cure to multiple sclerosis. The center announced Monday that it will start a three-month clinical trial from March on nine patients. If the drug’s efficacy is confirmed, ...

Feb 8, 2014

Flu cases trigger epidemic alert

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases has issued a flu epidemic alert after logging a countrywide surge in influenza patients. The average number of patients at some 5,000 medical institutions regularly surveyed by the institute shot up to 34.44 in the week through Sunday ...