Minister: Water Release Into Sea Is 'only Option'

Minister: Water release into sea is 'only option'

Japanese Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada has said he thinks the only way to stop the buildup of wastewater that is contaminated with radioactive tritium at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant is to release it into the sea.

About 170 tons of wastewater containing mostly tritium is building up at the nuclear plant each day. Wastewater from the damaged reactor buildings is cleared of most other radioactive substances.

Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

Google Assistant's Ambient Mode Will Turn Your Android Devices Into A Smart Display

If you don’t relish the idea of having to spend more money, you’re in luck because at IFA 2019, Google has announced a new feature coming to Google Assistant which the company is calling “Ambient Mode”. Basically, what this does is that it will take your Android device, like a smartphone or tablet, and turn it into a ready-to-go smart display.

According to Google, “Google Assistant’s Ambient Mode is a new visual overview that makes it easier to see notifications and reminders, start a playlist and control smart home devices on the lockscreen of your device. When you’re done, your screen will turn into a personal digital photo frame linked to your Google Photos account to add another personal touch.”

Govt. Urged To Look Into Cases Of Unpaid Doctors

Govt. urged to look into cases of unpaid doctors

Japan's doctors' union has urged the government to carry out a nationwide inspection on all university hospitals to find out whether they are providing young doctors with proper remuneration.

Education ministry revealed for the first time last month that 2,191 doctors at 50 university hospitals of medicine and dentistry worked without pay.

Amazon Will Now Deliver Into The Trunk Of Honda Cars

Amazon Will Now Deliver Into The Trunk Of Honda Cars

Some of you might recall that back in 2017, Amazon launched Amazon Key which was the company’s way of delivering right into your home. The company later expanded on that when they offered to make deliveries into the trunk of your car, although at that time it only covered Ford and Lincoln vehicles.

Now it looks like if you’re a Honda owner, Amazon is further expanding on its delivery services where they will be able to deliver into your car as well. Of course, not all Honda cars are eligible and only select models are, but if you do own a compatible model, you could have a package waiting in your car.

Researchers Turn Room Into Wireless Charger

Researchers turn room into wireless charger

University researchers are working on technology that turns an entire room into a wireless battery charger for smartphones and other devices.

A team led by Professor Yoshihiro Kawahara of the University of Tokyo ran successful tests of the technology in a specially constructed room.

Nissan E-nv300 Turned Into An Environmentally Friendly Ice Cream Van

Nissan e-NV300 turned into an environmentally friendly ice cream van

When it comes to reducing carbon emissions and other air pollutants, we typically focus on consumer vehicles, but they're far from the only vehicles that could use improvement. In particular, low-speed local vehicles such as buses and delivery vehicles could be excellent targets for electrification. Nissan chose a more fun example, though, in the form of an ice cream van based on the Nissan e-NV200, an electric commercial van available in Europe.

The van uses the same 40-kWh battery and powertrain from regular e-NV200 vans. But from there, it's been outfitted with a swing-open panel on the side to access shelving, freezer space and a soft-serve ice cream dispenser. The ice cream salesperson won't have to worry about eating into range while running this equipment, though. The van also features Nissan ROAM portable battery packs made from used Nissan Leaf batteries. We first saw this battery pack design coupled with a lightweight camper, and Nissan has announced it will put these packs into production for sale this year. As an extra bonus, there are solar panels mounted to the roof to keep things topped up.