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Jun 23 37-kg alligator snapping turtle caught in Nagoya (AP)
 A male alligator snapping turtle, 53 centimeters in length and weighing 37 kilograms, has been caught in a river running through the heart of Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, local authorities said Monday. The turtle was captured by three men, who are members of a turtle research group, on Saturday in the Hori River near Nagoya castle, the municipal government said. They also found another turtle, but it escaped.
Jun 22 Astronaut Wakata revels in extended space mission (AP)
 Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata said he feels "fortunate" about the one-month delay in his scheduled return to Earth necessitated by the aborted launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour since it enables him to continue his involvement in a mission at the International Space Station, according to comments released Monday by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Jun 22 Fate, iron price could save icebreaker (Yomiuri)
 Fate may have played a hand in helping save an icebreaker from the scrap heap. The government had decided to turn the Antarctic exploration ship Shirase--the predecessor of a new icebreaker with the same name--into scrap after it was decommissioned in August. But the price of scrap iron has sunk to one-sixth of its level a year ago, and no buyer has been willing to take the plunge.
Jun 20 Teeth of tyrannosaurus ancestor found in Hyogo Pref. (AP)
 The fossilized teeth of a carnivorous dinosaur that is believed be an ancestor of the greatest of its kind, tyrannosaurus, were found in Tamba, Hyogo Prefecture, museum officials said Saturday. The dinosaur, whose teeth were exhumed from strata dating back 140 million to 136 million years ago in the city, is estimated to have been about 5 meters long, said the Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo.
Jun 20 Japan moon probe's final moments revealed (MSNBC)
 The Japanese space agency on Friday released a series of images that document the final moments of the Kaguya lunar probe just before it slammed into the moon last week. The images, released a day after NASA launched its own moon-slamming mission, reveal a now-familiar pockmarked landscape, desolate and with stark shadows, all up-close as the spacecraft sinks lower and lower toward its final resting place.
Jun 18 Faster Shinkansen unveiled (Asahi)
 East Japan Railway Co. unveiled the nation's fastest Shinkansen on Wednesday. The E5 series is to be introduced in March 2011 on the Tohoku Shinkansen Line.
Jun 18 Study shows overweight people live longest (Yomiuri)
 Good news at last for chubby people--having a few love handles can help a person live longer, a recent study showed. People who are overweight at the age of 40 live longer on average than people with other physiques, according to the study conducted by a Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry research team. The large-scale study also shows that thin people have the shortest life expectancy, on average dying six or seven years earlier than overweight people.
Jun 18 In Japan, it's raining tadpoles ... (guardian.co.uk)
 Japan is no stranger to heavy downpours during the early summer rainy season. But in recent days the proverbial "cats and dogs" have been joined by tadpoles, fish and the occasional frog. Meteorologists admit they are bewildered by a spate of incidents in which the creatures appear to have fallen from the sky. People around the country have reported witnessing the phenomenon since the first sightings of stranded tadpoles were made in Ishikawa prefecture last week.
Jun 17 Japan plans underwater sponges to soak up uranium (telegraph.co.uk)
 Government-funded scientists have proposed placing huge "uranium farms" on the seabed, consisting of anchored sponges which soak up the element. Dr Masao Tanada, of the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, has developed a fabric made primarily of irradiated polyethylene that is able to soak up the minute amounts of uranium - around 3.3 parts per billion - in the seawater.
Jun 16 Japan's ambitious digital future (BBC)
 Facing a multiplicity of financial, structural and demographic woes and battered by the decline in Japan's electronics industry the world's second largest economy is praying the dawning of the digital era will help it out of a prodigious hole. Happy to sell the latest gizmo to high school girls Japan Inc., it seems, is less keen on utilizing that same technology prowess in business.
Jun 16 More dead tadpoles found in other prefectures in Japan (AP)
 The strange phenomenon of dead tadpoles that first emerged in Ishikawa Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast is becoming even more mysterious, with further numbers of dead larvae having been found in central, western and northeastern Japan over the past few days.
Jun 16 New flu strain 'has mutated, become more infectious' (Yomiuri)
 The new strain of influenza appears to have mutated to become more infectious for humans, the online edition of science magazine Nature reported Monday, referencing research by a team including Prof. Yoshihiro Kawaoka of Tokyo University's Institute of Medical Science.
Jun 15 Volcanic eruption creates giant cloud threatening planes (telegraph.co.uk)
 A volcanic eruption on a remote Russian island north of Japan has created a giant ash cloud that threatens passing aeroplanes, geologists said. The eruption of Sarychev Peak on uninhabited Matua Island, part of the Kuril Islands archipelago in the North Pacific Ocean, began on Friday and is still under way.
Jun 14 Japanese astronomers capture 1st image of supernova explosion (AP)
 A group of space researchers led by Nagoya University astronomer Yasuo Fukui recently captured the world's first image of a supernova explosion showing gas spreading toward its poles, Fukui said. Fukui's group took the photo of the explosion in a cluster of stars in the Carina constellation, around 17,000 light-years from Earth, with the university's Nanten radio telescope in Chile.
Jun 13 Power firms delay start of MOX fuel up to 5 yrs (Yomiuri)
 Electric power companies will postpone a planned program to utilize recycled nuclear fuel to generate electricity at existing nuclear power plants by up to five years, the Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan announced Friday.
Jun 13 Lessons from past: Virus can mutate, become more lethal (Yomiuri)
 Even though the World Health Organization has raised the pandemic warning level for the new strain of influenza from Phase 5 to the pandemic Phase 6, the peak of the infections in Japan, mainly in the Kansai region, apparently has passed. While more than 500 Japanese have been infected, fortunately no one has become critically ill.
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