Offbeat, Space

Japanese astronaut plays baseball in space…with himself [VIDEO]


Baseball is typically a team sport, but for innovative scientists like the ones staged at the International Space Station, there aren’t such things as rules; maybe just the laws of physics. During his six month stay on the International Space Station (ISS), 47-year-old Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa decided to kill time by indulging himself into one of America’s favorite pastime. Space can

Inventions, Robotics

Iron Man-like exoskeleton enables paralyzed Japanese man to visit France

University postgraduate student Hiromasa Hara displays the Hybrid Assistive Limb climbing model, a robot suit designed to carry a person.

Seiji Uchida is 49 years old and for the past 28 years he’s been left paralyzed from the waist down and to one of his arms after a dreadful car accident. He’s never lost hope of walking on his own two feet ever since, though, and now thanks to the marvels of Japanese robotics, his dream of his visiting  the

Renewable Energy

Japan plans to make solar panels mandatory for all buildings


Japan shows us yet again that they are leading the world in terms of renewable energy, in taking a plan that would make solar panels mandatory for all buildings no later than 2030. The plan, expected to be unveiled at the upcoming G8 Summit in France, aims to show Japan’s resolve to encourage technological innovation and promote the wider use

Other, Technology

The Makeout box: the latest internet sensation… or maybe not


Researchers from the Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications are really exited about their latest innovation in what can be scientifically described as tactile communication or in more direct terms as the “makeout box”. The Kiss Transmission Device is basically a plastic box which gets connected to a PC and receives data from the other end, which also has


Japan earthquake causing damage of £100 bln, still rising

japan earthquake child

The sad loss of over 10.000 people caused by the M8.9 earthquake and the tsunamis it generated is not the only problem Japanese people will have to deal with; this major disaster is also the most costly in world history, a “title” previously held by Katrina in the US, with an estimate of £77  billion but with way less deaths.


Small hilltop city becomes refuge for earthquake and tsunami survivors


In the aftermath of the earthquake that violently struck Japan and the tsunamis it generated, the small, industrial city of Hitachi emerged unscathed from what Prime Minister Naoto Kan has described as Japan’s “worst crisis since the Second World War”, making it somewhat of a refuge for the hordes of refugees that flooded from many parts of the country. How

Great Pics, Other

Before and After: satellite imaging shows the depth of Japan earthquake devastation

Central Ishinomaki 2003

In its wake, the Japan 8.9 Richter scale devastating earthquake and the huge tsunami that was produced by it left inimaginable damage. Homes simply stripped apart, farm areas swept away by the water, airports raised, nuclear power plants dangerously shaken and a concerning death toll made the world tremble and reinforced the idea that nature is the master of this

Other, Science, Space

Japan Earthquake causes Earth axis to tilt – shortens day!


As a consequence of last Friday’s devastating earthquake near the coast of Japan, the nation’s most powerful recorded earthquake to date actually since it began archiving results in the late 1800, scientists have assessed that the Earth axis has tilted by a few inches and that the chronological day has been shortened by a millionth of a second. The link


Renowned Geophysicist explains Japan tsunami


If you’re looking for an easy to understand scientific explanation about the formation of the devastating quake and tsunami that devastated Japan this Friday, you’d better read Dr. John Ebel‘s theory from below, Professor of geophysics and director of Weston Observatory of Boston College. “We had an earthquake caused by the Pacific Ocean plate sliding under the Asian plate and