japan

mammoths

Scientists Reawaken Cells From a 28,000-Year-Old Mammoth

Yuka the woolly mammoth died a long time ago, but scientists gave her cells a short second life in mouse egg cells.
Becky Ferreira
3.12.19
New Worlds

Astronomers Discover Rare Kilometer-Sized Object in Outer Solar System

“We didn't even have enough money to build a second dome to protect our second telescope! Yet we still managed to make a discovery that is impossible for the big projects.”
Becky Ferreira
1.28.19
I can do it in monk's robes

Buddhist Monks Are Flexing on Twitter to Protest a Japanese Traffic Law

The Japanese hashtag #僧衣でできるもん, “I can do it in monk’s robes,” is more than just a Twitter thing.
Sarah Emerson
1.4.19
climate change

Scientists Used Satellites to Spot Arctic Methane From Space

An experimental technique for measuring potent methane emissions in the Arctic proved successful.
Sarah Emerson
12.13.18
teens

Watch These Robots Dominate a Water Bottle-Flipping Competition

Dozens of teens in Japan brought bottle-flipping into the future for RoboCon.
Daniel Oberhaus
11.12.18
asteroids

These Amazing Photos Show the First Rover Landing on an Asteroid

Hayabusa2 is the first mission to deploy mobile robots onto an asteroid.
Becky Ferreira
9.24.18
horses

Melting Permafrost Reveals Gnarly 30,000-Year-Old Baby Horse

“This is the first find in the world of a prehistoric horse of such a young age and with such an amazing level of preservation.”
Becky Ferreira
8.24.18
Battle Royale

'PUBG' Apologizes and Pulls Content That Referenced Japanese War Crimes

The popular video game contained a mask emblazoned with Japan’s Rising Sun flag and a reference to its most notorious war criminals.
Matthew Gault
7.20.18
Balneology

Baths Are Better for Your Mental and Physical Health Than Showering

A new study suggests that swapping a soak for a shower can lower stress and anxiety, relieve muscle pain and even give you a better smile.
Daniel Oberhaus
7.9.18
robots

Check Out These Creepy Crawling Insect Robots from Japan

The University of Tokyo's Parametric Move Conference pushes the limits of the ways robots get around.
Kaleigh Rogers
6.18.18
whaling

Japan’s Latest Whale Hunt Killed 122 Pregnant Females and 114 Juveniles

It's the latest chapter in a legal saga over international whaling rules.
Becky Ferreira
5.31.18
robots in disguise

I Want to Drive This Real Life Transformer

Japanese companies have unveiled the world’s first functioning car that turns into a robot and back again.
Matthew Gault
4.27.18
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