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Dinosaurs

Dino-mite: A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Japan


Let's give a warm welcome to a new prehistoric creature
Mar 17
// Salvador GRodiles
Ever since I was a kid, I've always been fond of dinosaurs, since they're literally giant reptiles with their own unique feature, such as huge wings, fierce claws and deadly spikes. While we're on the topic of prehistoric cre...
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Science

Japan wants to farm the sun...IN SPACE


That'll be an interesting crop to pick
May 06
// Pedro Cortes
Through some of the worst disasters can come some of the best, most innovative ideas. After the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown at Fukushima, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA for short, has ...
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Science

Anime-style robot on science journal causes rage


Apparently, cute robo-maids aren't in vogue
Jan 18
// Pedro Cortes
When you think of robotics, what's the first thing to come to mind? For me, I think of the killing machines from the Terminator series. For most others that aren't hellbent on seeing a robot apocalypse, they might think of cu...
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DARPA Robot

Japanese robot wins DARPA challenge, is anime reference


These guys must like PatLabor
Dec 26
// Josh Tolentino
Robots are great. A lot of folks would agree with me, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the institution doing all manner of top-secret, top-awesome projects for the government. Another thing th...

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Environment

Pollution from China found at Mt. Fuji


Get sick at 3,776 meters
Oct 07
// Pedro Cortes
Mt. Fuji, one of the most picturesque locales in the world, is suffering from Chinese pollution. According to an article from Japan Today, scientists have found that the famous mountain has almost double the amount of Mercury...
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Science!

Japan sent a talking robot to space


and no, it's not Astro Boy.
Aug 14
// Tim Sheehy
In a move that could only be described as either totally awesome or fiscally irresponsible, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- or JAXA for short -- has delivered a talking robot to the International Space Station. It'...
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Science! Why tsundere girls are appealing


Mar 05
// Bob Muir
Why do guys like tsundere girls? Surely going after a girl that doesn't abuse you seems a lot safer? Is there some reason why guys will go along with the verbal barrage (other than the obvious reason)? Yoshihito Naitou, ...
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Snore no more with a robotic teddy under your heady


Nov 18
// OxKing
Science has done it again! Invention after invention, experiment after experiment, there's always something to post about when it comes to the newest tech from Japan. Of course, a lot of it seems to cure the most worthless of...
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32nd Annual Nihon Sci-Fi Awards recognize Madoka Magica


Oct 31
// OxKing
We've seem to have been rolling in the Madoka news lately, because aside from being released in the US early next year, the series is now nominated for a rather big award. Every year, the Nihon Science Fiction Taisho Award&nb...
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A look inside: Gamera and other kaiju (literally)


Jan 24
// Mike LeChevallier
One of my favorite moments from this past season of Mad Men is when Don Draper and Lane Pryce embark upon a random, misguided and utterly bro-tastic night out on the town in the tense hours before the new year rolls in, bring...
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Ukiyo-e prints show doctors and drugs fighting diseases


Sep 14
// Bob Muir
Though normally thought of purely for use as artistic canvases, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) have at times served a more informative role. The University of California San Francisco owns a collection of 400 health-themed pieces...
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Japanese SPACE BEER!


Dec 06
// Jon Snyder
Japan, always on the cutting edge of technology, has created yet another scientific innovation that's guaranteed to change the face of humanity: SPACE BEER! This new product, developed by Sapporo Breweries Limited, was brewed...
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Akiba:F makes blood donation awesome, desirable


Oct 01
// Josh Tolentino
I've always felt a little guilty about not being able to donate blood. Due to the wealth of prescription medication constantly flowing through my veins, I'm banned from doing so. But now, I feel especially inadequate, because...
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'Power Loader' suit properly GARs up Japan's real-life robots


Oct 01
// Josh Tolentino
While we lament the lack of manliness in Japan's squishier citizens, their cybernetic populace certainly warrants hot-blooded "f*ck yeah!"Kyoto-based Activelink has put together a badass heavy exoskeleton, inspired ...
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Spice and Wolf author shows off his portfolio


Sep 22
// Josh Tolentino
His investment portfolio, appropriately enough.Spice and Wolf is one of my new favorite shows. Despite being about medieval merchantry, it manages to convey suspense on the level of a show like Code Geass, without all that cr...
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Absolute Territory Overload: Japan's favorite fetish is thigh-high socks


Sep 08
// Josh Tolentino
Surveys like this one are part of the reason I love posting on this site. Goo, a research monitor group (and now my personal heroes) posted the results of a private online survey asking people about their favorite "secre...
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Old-ass man takes on big-ass hornets...with a vacuum cleaner


Sep 05
// Josh Tolentino
While Japan's aging population continues to be a major concern in the long term, the country is still home to some of the spriteliest geezers you might find.Among them, this man, aged seventy-eight, who still works as an ex...
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You know what's better than learning science? Learning science with a loli alchemist


Sep 04
// Josh Tolentino
Alright, to be perfectly honest, the loli alchemist in question, Rorona of the PS3 game Atelier Rorona, looks nothing of the sort. But her 3D character model sure does, and that's enough for me.And how is this loli-yet-not-lo...
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Awww yeeeaah: Get yer hot robot-on-robot action right here!


Aug 27
// Josh Tolentino
I've often joked that the rapid advance of robot technology in Japan would doom us all.And yet, I am filled with hope, love, and horniness as I see the video after the jump. It should rightly cause me to recoil in horror and ...
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It's in those huge, huge eyes: Study says that Asians read facial expressions differently


Aug 23
// Josh Tolentino
Have you ever been asked the question "Why do anime characters have such big eyes?" I have. At times the question has been followed up by "Those are Japanese, right? Don't Japanese have tiny eyes?" After r...
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DNA says that Japanese are a bunch of scaredy-pants wussy babies


Aug 17
// Josh Tolentino
You've all seen it. The stereotype moeblob character who screams and faints in fear at the slightest mention of ghosts or haunted houses. Is it simply a construction designed for maximum moe, or could it be...genetics?Kyoto...
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Science! Researchers have to snuffle astronaut's underpants, worn for two months on end


Aug 09
// Josh Tolentino
Science is not always clean. Scientists often need to roll up their sleeves and get dirty for the sake of human advancement. I doubt some of them expected to rifle through a man's dirty laundry, though.Koichi Wakata, Japan's ...
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Touch a hologram with the "Holo" tactile-feedback display


Aug 06
// Josh Tolentino
The ultimate otaku dream of being able to interact effectively with 2-D characters is slowly coming to realization, as researchers at Tokyo University's Shinoda Lab have managed to combine holographic technology with ultrason...
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Chew on this: Rat gets new teeth thanks to stem cells


Aug 04
// Josh Tolentino
Hate going to the dentist? Can't stand the sound of the drill or the smell of powdered tooth? Afraid of anaesthetic injections or getting gassed? Worry no more, because the same developments that gave you glow-in-the-dark ani...
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University of Georgia math professor teaches origami


Jul 26
// Matthew Whitehead
I'm sure many of you out there have made cranes and frogs using the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, origami, but you might not have thought about the math behind it. University of Georgia math professor Robert Rume...
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These robots will kick your ass at baseball before they take over everything


Jul 26
// Josh Tolentino
As if Japanese players taking over American baseball weren't enough, human players may have to contend with robots taking over professional sports. Japanese roboticists have developed a pair of arms that can play baseball w...
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Mysoginistic scientists engineer a ladybug with no wings to spread


Jul 22
// Josh Tolentino
The sexes are at war. They always have been, and despite significant victories, The Man has had the upper hand. Now, in the field of science, The Man seeks to bring that hand down upon the rights of a lady. A Ladybug, that is...
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Japan hates Twitter: Only 2.6% ever tweeted


Jul 15
// Josh Tolentino
Tweeting isn't for everyone. I myself haven't completely warmed up to this intertube sensation. It might take a lot longer for Japan at large though, as a recent survey by the iBridge monitor group revealed that just 2.6% of ...
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We're Doomed: Massive jellyfish invasions incoming


Jul 05
// Josh Tolentino
As if machine rebellion and amphibian plagues weren't enough, it seems that another sign of the end times has popped up in the form of terrifying swarms of monstrous jellyfish. Scientists monitoring jelly activity off the coa...
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Viz announces 'All You Need Is Kill' and 'The Lord of the Sands of Time' for its sci-fi label Haikasoru


Jun 26
// Brad Rice
Viz has launched a new imprint, Haikasoru, as the "first imprint dedicated to bringing Japanese science fiction to America and beyond." Well, technically they launched back in January, but only now are their first t...

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