Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Sep 19, 2014

Japanese researchers' banana peel study wins Ig Nobel award

Researchers who measured the slipperiness of banana peels, the ability of pork strips to stop nosebleeds and the reactions of reindeer to humans in polar bear suits were among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobel prizes for comical scientific achievements. The annual prizes, ...

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

Aug 24, 2014

Landslide risk studies lag in 32 prefectures

More than 10 years after landslide disaster legislation took effect, 32 of the 47 prefectures have yet to finish the on-site research it orders, it was learned Sunday. It’s estimated there are some 520,000 possibly dangerous areas, such as steep slopes and alluvial fans. ...

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

Apr 5, 2014

Stem-cell row 'a blow for science'

by Elaine Kurtenbach

National The finding that a lead researcher falsified data in a widely heralded stem-cell research paper is a setback for Japan’s efforts to promote its advanced research, but also a symptom of the pressure for breakthroughs in the field, experts say. The government-funded Riken ...

Sep 9, 2013

Strengthening research ethics

In view of a series of irregularities in scientific research that have recently come to light, scientists and research institutes need to strengthen their ethical standards.

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

May 22, 2013

Retired teachers stay busy as bees

Five people in their 70s to 90s from Fukui Prefecture have been chasing and collecting bees for more than half a century, contributing to the discovery of rare species. All five of the former teachers studied the life of bees under Fukui University professor ...

Taiji dolphin cull inhumane: study

Apr 16, 2013

Taiji dolphin cull inhumane: study

by Rob Gilhooly

From a cliff above the tiny cove, a stocky, bald man could be seen between tightly drawn lengths of green tarpaulin, a metal rod in one hand, and something long, black and smooth wriggling helplessly under the other. Suddenly, the waters come alive with ...

Feb 24, 2013

U.S. federally funded research to be freely available

The White House moved Friday to make nearly all federally funded research freely available to the public, the latest advance in a long-running battle over access to research that exploded into view last month after the suicide of free-information activist Aaron Swartz. In a ...