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Nationwide quake alert in offing

National Aug 29, 2007

Nationwide quake alert in offing

It's still beyond the reach of science to predict exactly when an earthquake will strike, but Japan will soon get the next-best thing — televised warnings that come before the shaking starts. In an ambitious attempt at protecting large populations from seismic disaster, the Meteorological ...

Dietitians find new use for cell phone cameras

National May 26, 2007

Dietitians find new use for cell phone cameras

Wondering how much of a diet-buster that banana cream pie on your plate is? Some people have a novel way to find out: Photograph it with your cell phone and send the image to an expert. With cell phones ubiquitous here and rising concern over ...

Pachinko take tied to North nuke quest

National Dec 6, 2006

Pachinko take tied to North nuke quest

Gambling at pachinko was a lot more fun for Reiko Kuzuhara before she started wondering whether maybe -- just maybe -- her losses were helping North Korea build nuclear weapons. Pachinko, deeply loved in Japan, is an industry largely run by ethnic Koreans, and experts ...

Robot suit to give quadriplegic a lift

National Apr 6, 2006

Robot suit to give quadriplegic a lift

A quadriplegic plans to ascend the peak of a Swiss mountain by riding piggyback on a mountaineer who will get some extra muscle from a robot suit. Seiji Uchida, 43, will take a cable car to get within striking distance of the Breithorn mountain's summit ...

National Feb 23, 2006

Schools revisit Saturday classes amid college worries

Just four years ago, the high-pressure public school system moved to lighten the burden on young students by eliminating Saturday classes and going to a five-day schedule. Now, some schools are saying five days are not enough. Under pressure to better prepare students for university, two ...