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

Let's give a warm welcome to a new prehistoric creature
Mar 17
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... read
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Japan wants to farm the sun...IN SPACE

That'll be an interesting crop to pick
May 06
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 ... read
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Anime-style robot on science journal causes rage

Apparently, cute robo-maids aren't in vogue
Jan 18
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... read
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Japanese robot wins DARPA challenge, is anime reference

These guys must like PatLabor
Dec 26
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... read
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Pollution from China found at Mt. Fuji

Get sick at 3,776 meters
Oct 07
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... read
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Japan sent a talking robot to space

and no, it's not Astro Boy.
Aug 14
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'... read

Science! Why tsundere girls are appealing

Mar 05
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, ... read

Snore no more with a robotic teddy under your heady

Nov 18
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... read

32nd Annual Nihon Sci-Fi Awards recognize Madoka Magica

Oct 31
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... read

A look inside: Gamera and other kaiju (literally)

Jan 24
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... read

Ukiyo-e prints show doctors and drugs fighting diseases

Sep 14
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... read

Japanese SPACE BEER!

Dec 06
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... read

Akiba:F makes blood donation awesome, desirable

Oct 01
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... read

'Power Loader' suit properly GARs up Japan's real-life robots

Oct 01
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 ... read

Spice and Wolf author shows off his portfolio

Sep 22
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... read

Absolute Territory Overload: Japan's favorite fetish is thigh-high socks

Sep 08
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... read

Old-ass man takes on big-ass hornets...with a vacuum cleaner

Sep 05
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... read

You know what's better than learning science? Learning science with a loli alchemist

Sep 04
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... read

Awww yeeeaah: Get yer hot robot-on-robot action right here!

Aug 27
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 ... read

It's in those huge, huge eyes: Study says that Asians read facial expressions differently

Aug 23
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... read

DNA says that Japanese are a bunch of scaredy-pants wussy babies

Aug 17
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... read

Science! Researchers have to snuffle astronaut's underpants, worn for two months on end

Aug 09
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 ... read

Touch a hologram with the "Holo" tactile-feedback display

Aug 06
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... read

Chew on this: Rat gets new teeth thanks to stem cells

Aug 04
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... read

University of Georgia math professor teaches origami

Jul 26
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... read

These robots will kick your ass at baseball before they take over everything

Jul 26
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... read

Mysoginistic scientists engineer a ladybug with no wings to spread

Jul 22
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... read

Japan hates Twitter: Only 2.6% ever tweeted

Jul 15
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 ... read

We're Doomed: Massive jellyfish invasions incoming

Jul 05
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... read

Viz announces 'All You Need Is Kill' and 'The Lord of the Sands of Time' for its sci-fi label Haikasoru

Jun 26
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... read

Japan slams lunar orbiter into the moon...for science!

Jun 12
Japan has done many things in the interest of science. Discovered giant squid, built full-scale Gundams, and even taken video of the Earth rising from the Moon. And now add slamming their lunar orbiter Kaguya into the Moon, i... read

As I write this review, I realized I have a bias towards this genre--90s and early 2000s science fiction anime that takes place in space. My mind is often littered with the thoughts for things like Gundam, Macross, Nadesico, ... read feature

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