Biomimicry: Natural by design

Life Aug 24, 2008

Biomimicry: Natural by design

I magine being able to maintain a perfect temperature and humidity in your home year round, without spending a single yen in electricity or gas bills. That's exactly what Professor Emile Ishida of Tohoku University in northern Japan is striving to achieve — and ...

Luminescent mushrooms cast light on Japan's forest crisis

Environment Jun 11, 2008

Luminescent mushrooms cast light on Japan's forest crisis

'Look over there! Turn out your flashlights," exclaimed Kunihiko Otsuki one recent Sunday night as he stood in an area of broadleaf mixed woodland with five other forest enthusiasts. With the lights off, the forest returned to its primordial blackness. Below, the ocean lapped ...

Japan's tragic 'Titanic of Turkey'

Life Apr 13, 2008

Japan's tragic 'Titanic of Turkey'

The jagged rocks off Oshima Island break the surface of the ocean like so many knives strewn across the shallow water. Even on a calm day, they are a menacing reminder of the maze of reefs that surround this island in the Pacific just ...