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Taking up herewith Japanese Science and Technology Trend News by Media of last week.
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Jul 20 Insulin resistance linked to ulcer bacteria (Yomiuri)
 Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which can cause gastric ulcers, have been linked to type B insulin resistance syndrome in diabetics, Prof. Hideki Katagiri of Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine's Center for Translational and Advanced Animal Research and others have discovered.
Jul 20 Fujitsu to build Japan's next-generation supercomputer (ptinews.com)
 Japan's next-generation supercomputer will be made by Fujitsu Ltd. after its two partners withdrew from a government-sponsored project to develop the computer which will achieve the world's highest performance of 10 petaflops. Fujitsu will make the supercomputer for the Institute of Physical and Chemical Research, an independent administrative institution known as RIKEN.
Jul 19 Japanese science platform attached to space station (CNET)
 Combining robotics with a five-hour 32-minute spacewalk, the Endeavour astronauts accomplished the primary goal of their space station assembly mission Saturday, successfully attaching a sophisticated experiment platform to the Japanese Kibo laboratory module. In the first of five planned spacewalks, astronauts Dave Wolf and Tim Kopra prepped the Japanese Exposed Facility, or JEF, for removal from the shuttle's cargo bay and then went on to other tasks, including the successful deployment of a jammed external storage system.
Jul 19 Scientists, island residents brace for total solar eclipse (AP)
 Scientists from across the country have begun to converge on a quiet southwestern island as residents ready for a deluge of visitors ahead of the first total solar eclipse in 46 years that can be observed from Japanese territory on Wednesday. Researchers from a government-backed aerospace agency and local universities are poised to set out on a sea excursion and overcome shaky waters when the eclipse gives them a rare opportunity to conduct offshore, on-deck astronomical observations.
Jul 19 Boy inventor patents cat repeller (Yomiuri)
 A 14-year-old boy from Toyama has obtained a patent for a cat-repelling device he invented using common items such as plastic bottles and mikan orange juice. Ryota Yamamoto, a third-year student at Municipal Shibazono Middle School in Toyama, recently received certification for his invention from a local patent office in the city. The contraption makes use of PET bottles--whose reflection cats dislike--and the tart smell of mikans, which felines are believed to find disagreeable.
Jul 19 Jellyfish collagen eyed for cosmetics, drugs (Yomiuri)
 A type of jellyfish usually considered a nuisance may become useful in the cosmetics and pharmaceutical fields due to a new technique that extracts collagen from the creature. In a process developed by Fukui Prefectural University and other institutions, collagen has been extracted from mizukurage, or moon jellyfish.
Jul 18 Cherry blossoms may not bloom in areas of Japan a century from now (AP)
 Cherry blossoms may not bloom in extensive areas of Japan a century from now if global warming proceeds at its current pace, the Tokyo-based weather forecast firm Weathernews Inc. said. According to the company's worst-case scenario, the popular someiyoshino variety of cherry blossom will no longer bloom in Kagoshima in Kyushu by 2074 and in Tokyo in eastern Japan by 2109.
Jul 18 Japan catches egg-bearing eel in Pacific for 1st time (AP)
 Japanese government agencies conducting a joint research survey caught an egg-bearing eel in the Pacific for the first time in the world, according to the entities. The 75-centimeter-long, 400-gram female eel is expected to help in establishing cultivation technologies for eel fries.
Jul 18 Govt pushes alternative energy / Incentives spur domestic development of new electricity sources (Yomiuri)
 Government efforts to encourage the use of new energy sources, including solar and wind power, have been gathering momentum mainly due to new incentives and subsidies. These alternative energy sources produce little carbon dioxide, while helping create new businesses at low cost and without importing natural resources.
Jul 15 Swine flu now in all 47 prefectures (Japan Times)
 Swine flu has been recorded in every prefecture, with Yamagata on Tuesday becoming the last one to see an infection, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said. Four high school girls in Yamagata Prefecture as well as their teacher, a woman in her 30s, were confirmed to have the new H1N1 virus when they landed Tuesday at Narita International Airport on a flight from Bangkok, the ministry said.
Jul 14 Researchers: Most people in their 60s to 80s not immune to new swine flu (Asahi)
 Older people are much more susceptible to new swine flu than previous thought, unless they were born before the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918-19, according to researchers in Japan. The researchers said that with few exceptions, no appreciable neutralizing antibodies for new swine flu were found in individuals in their 60s to 80s. However, many people in their 90s and older have the antibodies.
Jul 14 Sea lilies found 9,000 meters down in Izu-Ogasawara trench (Yomiuri)
 A colony of crinoids--deep-sea animals known as a sea lilies--has been found on the seabed about 9,000 meters below sea level in the Izu-Ogasawara oceanic trench in the Pacific Ocean, according to a group of experts that reported its findings in a scientific journal. The discovery was made when a research team comprising experts from Tokyo University and Tsukuba University analyzed photographs and video images taken in December 1999 by the Kaiko unmanned deep-sea research vehicle belonging to the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Scientific and Technology.
Jul 14 Amateur astronomer spots 50th supernova (Yomiuri)
 A 61-year-old amateur astronomer of Yamagata on Saturday became the first Japanese to spot 50 supernovas, the Oriental Astronomical Association said Monday. According to the association, whose members comprise astronomers and others, Koichi Itagaki discovered a supernova of the 18th magnitude at NGC7647 Galaxy in Pegasus on Saturday, beating his own record.
Jul 14 Japan lifts ban on children donating organs (AP)
 Japan lifted a ban Monday on organ donations from children, reversing a restriction that created such a dearth of small organs in the country that young patients were forced to seek transplants abroad. The law will allow children, defined as those under 15, who are brain dead to donate their organs - a sea change in this country, where organ donating is sensitive because of Buddhist beliefs consider the body sacred and reject its desecration.
Jul 14 Method aids seedless melon production (Japan Times)
 A Sapporo-based research institute has recently developed new technology to preserve the pollen of seedless watermelons for more than a year, raising hopes that fruit-growers can expand the market on a wide scale and create a new revenue source.
Jul 13 In Japan, machines for work and play are idle (New York Times)
 They may be the most efficient workers in the world. But in the global downturn, they are having a tough time finding jobs. Japan's legions of robots, the world's largest fleet of mechanized workers, are being idled as the country suffers its deepest recession in more than a generation as consumers worldwide cut spending on cars and gadgets.
Jul 13 Japanese Scientists Study How A Turtle's Shell Develops (AHN)
 Japanese scientists have learned that a turtle starts developing its shell while it is still an embryo in what they describe as the folding of its upper body wall on itself.
Jul 13 How to safely enjoy the July 22 solar eclipse (Yomiuri)
 The longest total solar eclipse of this century will occur on July 22. Although it will be visible only from a limited number of places in Japan, including Yakushima and Amami-Oshima islands in Kagoshima Prefecture, a partial eclipse will be visible around the country.
Jul 13 Fuel-efficient paint helps shipping firms save Earth (Yomiuri)
 Workers at a dock in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, have been repainting the bottom of a ferry that has serviced a route between Osaka Nanko port in Osaka and Shin-Mojiko port in Kitakyushu for a year.
By J.S. on Jul 23, 2009



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