Record heatstroke victims taken to hospitals last week

Aug 4, 2015

Record heatstroke victims taken to hospitals last week

The number of people across Japan taken to hospitals by ambulance due to heatstroke or heat exhaustion stood at 11,672 in the week to Sunday, the most in a single week since officials started compiling comparable statistics in 2008, the Fire and Disaster Management ...

Mercury reaches 39.9 degrees Celsius in Gifu Prefecture city

Aug 1, 2015

Mercury reaches 39.9 degrees Celsius in Gifu Prefecture city

Extremely hot weather continued in many parts of Japan on Saturday, with the mercury in the city of Tajimi in Gifu Prefecture hitting 39.9 degrees Celsius, the highest in the country so far this summer. The high was registered around 3:20 p.m., the Meteorological ...

23 homes lost in Washington state wildfire; residents told to flee

Jun 30, 2015

23 homes lost in Washington state wildfire; residents told to flee

A wildfire burning unchecked in Washington state has destroyed at least 23 homes and three commercial buildings near the eastern foothills of the Cascades, state police and emergency management officials said on Monday. The so-called Sleepy Hollow fire has scorched an estimated 3,000 acres ...

Physics of food shows secrets of popcorn

Feb 12, 2015

Physics of food shows secrets of popcorn

To most people, it may be just a fun food to munch on while watching a movie. But to a couple of French investigators, popcorn is a biomechanical enigma waiting to be explained. In an unusual study published on Wednesday, engineers Emmanuel Virot and ...

Aug 11, 2014

18,407 hospitalized for heat-related problems in July

Ambulances transported 18,407 victims of heat-related illnesses to hospitals in July, up fourfold from 4,634 for the previous month, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Monday. Extremely hot days of 35 degrees or higher that continued in late July in many areas are ...

Jul 22, 2014

World breaks monthly heat record twice in a row

The globe is on a hot streak, setting a heat record in June. That’s after the world broke a record in May. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month’s average global temperature was 16.2 Celsius, which is 0.72 degrees higher ...

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

Jun 3, 2014

More than 1,600 overcome by heat last week

Hospitals across Japan treated 1,637 people for heatstroke last week, including four fatalities, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency said Tuesday. The preliminary tally represents a more than sevenfold increase from 230 cases during the same period a year earlier, and compares with 352 ...

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

Aug 10, 2013

Heat wave sends mercury soaring past 40 degrees

A severe heat wave struck the Japanese archipelago Saturday, topping the 40-degree mark for the first time in six years and nearing 41 degrees in western regions, the Meteorological Agency reported. The city of Shimanto in Kochi Prefecture recorded the day’s highest temperature, at ...

Jul 17, 2013

Body fat sheds calories when chilled

Transforming fat cells into calorie-burning machines may sound like a fantasy — the ultimate form of weight control — but the idea is not as far-fetched as it sounds. Unexpectedly, some fat cells directly sense dropping temperatures and release their energy as heat, according ...