Researchers Test Parkinson's Disease Treatment

Researchers test Parkinson's disease treatment

A Japanese university team has started a clinical trial of a treatment for Parkinson's disease that uses weak ultrasonic waves to burn off abnormal nerve cells.

Parkinson's is a progressive disease in which patients gradually lose their ability to move. Their limbs may tremble and the body becomes rigid. The disease is caused by abnormalities in the cells responsible for the production of dopamine, a brain chemical that sends mobility signals to other parts of the body.

Japanese Researchers Apply For Ips Cartilage Test

Japanese researchers apply for iPS cartilage test

Researchers at Kyoto University have filed an application to the government to run clinical tests transplanting cartilage tissue created from iPS cells to patients with damaged knee joints.

The team is led by professor and orthopedic surgeon Noriyuki Tsumaki at the university's Center for iPS Cell Research and Application.

Bikini H-bomb Test Survivor Sends Letter To Pope

Bikini H-bomb test survivor sends letter to Pope

A former Japanese fisherman exposed to fallout from a hydrogen bomb test decades ago has asked Pope Francis to appeal for a nuclear-free world.

Matashichi Oishi was aboard the tuna fishing boat Daigo Fukuryu Maru when the United States conducted the test at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in 1954.

Experts Test Method For Detecting Malicious Drones

Experts test method for detecting malicious drones

A private organization has conducted an experiment to detect malicious drones to prepare for next year's Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Firms that specialize in aeronautical engineering played a key role in Thursday's demonstration at a site in Minamisoma City, Fukushima Prefecture.

Ex-minister Denies Ties To English Test Business

Ex-minister denies ties to English test business

Former education minister Hakubun Shimomura has flatly denied a media report that he is in a "cozy relationship" with a company that administers English tests.

Shimomura told reporters that no such ties exist with the firm in question. The Shukan Bunshun weekly reported the allegation in its latest issue on Thursday.

Nec Flying Car Puts Drone Air Traffic Control To The Test

NEC Flying Car Puts Drone Air Traffic Control To The Test

It was a bit surprising to see a company like NEC prominently featuring a car-size drone on its CEATEC 2019 booth, so we stopped by to check things up.

And no, NEC isn’t going to jump in the drone transportation market, at least, not by producing drones. This prototype is built to test a drone Air Traffic Control System developed by NEC.

Watch The Toyota Rav4 Awd Struggle With The Moose Test

Watch the Toyota RAV4 AWD struggle with the Moose Test

In Europe, Sweden specifically, there's a safety exam known as the Moose Test, sometimes called the Elk Test. It aims to ensure a car can sharply perform an s-shaped maneuver to avoid unexpected objects that enter the road. Operated by Swedish magazine Teknikens Värld, a Toyota RAV4 AWD-i recently displayed poor performance in the Moose Test, which resulted in the publication failing the car.  The concept of the test is simple. At maximum load, the vehicle starts in a straight line, then is forced to cut hard left, immediately hard right, and back into the original course. This is meant to imitate avoiding a moose, backing-up vehicle, or person running into the street. The vehicle is required to correct course as a way to imitate avoiding incoming traffic. This affords a unique test of the suspension, handling, and safety systems such as electronic stability control.  Teknikens Värl tested two RAV4s in exactly the same spec, and both vehicles performed similarly. During the second cut to correct course, the RAV4 is clearly upset with bouncing, skidding, and wheel lift. Here's an excerpt of Teknikens' findings:  Toyota RAV4 has quick front end reactions when we turn left into the lane. When we turn right it cuts in and the car goes up on two wheels. But the behaviour varies. Sometimes it goes up on two wheels with extreme reactions including severe skid tendencies, other times the car bounces sideways through the moose test and manages, in the midst of this hard to handle behaviour, to ease the worst forces and avoids going up on two wheels. But instead the car becomes willing to skid sideways. After much effort and great hassle, we manage to reach 68 km/h (42 mph) – a speed that is not approved. Teknikens even goes so far as to suggest the car is unsafe for driving, advice that should be taken with a grain of salt. The test also famously failed old examples of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Porsche Macan, and in both cases, the companies contradicted the results. Toyota responded by saying it specifically ran the RAV4 through the Elk Test, and it passed under the company's supervision. Read Toyota's answer at Teknikens, and watch the video above. In U.S. crash testing, NHTSA rates the RAV4 at four out of five stars for rollover risk.

Tokyo 2020 To Test Artificial Snow To Combat Heat

Tokyo 2020 to test artificial snow to combat heat

The organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games will spray artificial snow at a canoeing test event to be held next week to check its effectiveness in preventing heatstroke.

Test events are being held to prepare for the upcoming Tokyo Games. Coming up with countermeasures to minimize the danger heat presents to the health of athletes and spectators is high on the agenda.

Athlete Has Heatstroke In Olympic Test Triathlon

Athlete has heatstroke in Olympic test triathlon

A French athlete was taken to hospital for suspected heatstroke after the women's triathlon Olympic test race in Tokyo on Thursday. It has shown that Tokyo's severe summer heat may be a major obstacle for athletes to compete in the 2020 Games.

In Thursday's event, the running segment of the race had been cut to half due to heat concerns.