A team of Japanese researchers says an existing drug could be effective in treating an intractable motor neuron disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.
The group, comprising researchers at Kyoto University and other institutions, announced on Tuesday that it has begun clinical trials based on its studies involving iPS cells, or induced pluripotent stem cells.
A group of Japanese researchers say they have unearthed the oldest rocks ever found in the country. They say the 2.5-billion-year-old rocks are a window on the formation of Japan's islands.
The team, led by Yasutaka Hayasaka, an associate professor at the Graduate School of Science at Hiroshima University, announced its findings on Monday.
Researchers say up to 60 percent of sandy beaches in Japan could disappear by the end of this century because of rising sea levels brought by global warming.
The group of scientists from Japan's National Institute for Environmental Studies and 27 other entities analyzed data from the 2014 report of the UN climate change panel and other sources.
Researchers say continuous generation of thunderclouds and their slow motion led to deadly record rain across wide areas of western Japan last week.
The Meteorological Agency issued emergency warnings of torrential rain in 11 prefectures. The warnings are normally issued only once in several decades.
Smartphones with broken/cracked displays is probably one of the more common accidents that happen, although smartphone makers have been trying to make up for it by using glass that is sturdier and less prone to cracking. However despite their best attempts, cracks still happen, but that could change in the future thanks to researchers in Japan.
Developed by Professor Takuzo Aida and his team at the University of Japan, these researchers have developed a glass that can actually heal itself. The concept of glass healing itself isn't exactly new, but this development does sound like it has quite a bit of promise. The substance created is called "polyether thiourea" and it features the hardness of glass, with the difference being that when pressed together and having pressure applied on it, after a new moments it will "heal" and will be like new again.
A Japanese research team developed a nano-mesh electrode that is light in weight and thin and does not cause inflammation even after being attached to human skin for a long time.
The team was led by Takao Someya, professor at the School of Engineering, the University of Tokyo. It developed the electrode in cooperation with (1) Masayuki Amagai, professor at the Graduate School of Medicine, Keio University, (2) Riken and (3) Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST).