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JAPAN / Science & Health
May 28, 2014
Embattled STAP cell scientist Obokata to retract research paper
Embattled scientist Haruko Obokata has agreed to retract one of two STAP cell research papers from the journal Nature, but maintains she will not retract the other one, her lawyer said Wednesday.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Society / ANALYSIS
May 22, 2014
For 'dirty man of Asia,' Russian gas deal offers clean solution
"If I work in your Beijing, I would shorten my life at least five years," Premier Zhu Rongji, a career politician from Shanghai, quipped in 1999, referring to the notorious air pollution in China's northern capital.
Japan Times
WORLD
May 13, 2014
West Antarctic glacier thaw now 'irreversible,' study finds
Vast glaciers in West Antarctica seem to be locked in an irreversible thaw linked to global warming that may push up sea levels for centuries, scientists said on Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 12, 2014
Researcher won't retract STAP cell paper
Embattled biologist Haruko Obokata has no intention of retracting one of her discredited stem cell papers as demanded by the government-funded Riken institute, which has concluded she falsified parts of the paper, her lawyer said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 21, 2014
Obokata beefs up defense with new papers
Embattled stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata submitted additional documents to the state-backed Riken Institute on Sunday to back up her denials of alleged misconduct in her research methods, and called for more time to prepare evidence, her lawyer said Monday.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 16, 2014
Obokata mentor, co-author: STAP cells just a ‘hypothesis’
Though evidence points to the existence of STAP cells, they are still only a hypothesis worthy of study, a co-author of the papers on the revolutionary but unproved method to create pluripotent stem cells says.
Japan Times
Reference / SO WHAT THE HECK IS THAT
Apr 14, 2014
Tetrapod
Dear Alice,
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ENVIRONMENT / WILD WATCH
Apr 12, 2014
Swimming upstream to become a dragon
While shuffling back from my early-morning dip in a hot spring at Kambayashi Onsen, I noticed the fish in the garden pond. They had gathered, heads together, in a strange starlike cluster, as if for a piscine tête-à-tête. They were languorously wafting their tails slowly through the water as if barely...
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 7, 2014
Obokata to address STAP study controversy Wednesday
The Riken researcher accused of fabricating parts of a trailblazing study on a new stem cell technique will address the matter Wednesday, her lawyer says.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK
Apr 5, 2014
Horses power across time and places
As a wee nipper I'd sometimes be treated to donkey rides on our local beach at Port Talbot in South Wales, but the first time I sat astride a pony was near my home in Neath when I was 8. Around then, the old dairyman occasionally let me join him as he made his daily rounds with his horse-drawn cart collecting...
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 14, 2014
Stem cell papers had 'grave errors'
The president of the government-backed Riken institute admitted Friday there were "grave errors" in two papers produced by its researchers on a possible method to create pluripotent stem cells but wouldn't say whether the alleged irregularities were intentional.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 6, 2014
Butterfly mimics found to use just a single gene
The masquerade party never ends for these ladies.
Japan Times
BUSINESS
Mar 2, 2014
Underwater gold rush spurs fears of ocean calamity
This is the last frontier: the ocean floor, 4,000 meters beneath the waters of the central Pacific, where mining companies are now exploring for the rich deposits of ores needed to keep industry humming and smartphones switched on.
JAPAN / Science & Health
Feb 18, 2014
Japanese scientist's stem cell research cast into doubt
The discovery of suspicious images in two papers published in January in the British scientific journal Nature has cast doubt on the results of ground-breaking stem cell research led by scientist Haruko Obokata.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health / NATURAL SELECTIONS
Feb 15, 2014
Stem-cell leap defied Japanese norms
It's not surprising that last week Haruko Obokata issued a plea for privacy. On Jan. 29 she published a scientific paper on stem cells that could revolutionize medicine, and overnight the researcher based at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe became a domestic and international...
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WORLD / Science & Health
Dec 29, 2013
Hungry animals, people use 'Levy walk'
Imagine you are a member of a hunter-gatherer tribe living in a remote part of the sprawling African plains, and your stomach is growling. How do you search for something to eat?
Japan Times
JAPAN
Dec 19, 2013
River's savior still sees work ahead
Shoko Tsuru happily watched a multitude of tiny bubbles appearing on the surface of mud flats at the mouth of the Kuma River.
JAPAN
Dec 19, 2013
Stem-cell researcher Takahashi gets plug from Nature
A researcher at Riken Center for Development Biology is one of British science journal Nature's five persons to watch in 2014, recognizing her work using artificially made stem cells to restore damaged retinas of blind people.
Japan Times
ENVIRONMENT / OLD NIC'S NOTEBOOK
Nov 2, 2013
Hybrid furniture and the working horse
Right from the outset when we started planning what is now our magnificent Afan Nature Centre that opened three years ago here in the Nagano Prefecture hills outside Kurohime, I insisted it should be built in wood — and that all the wood must be Japanese.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Oct 27, 2013
Scientists now creating 'app-style' life-forms
For scientist Jack Newman, creating a new life-form has become as simple as this: He types out a DNA sequence on his laptop, and clicks "send." And nearby in the laboratory, robotic arms start to mix together some compounds to produce the desired cells.

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