SCI-TECH NEWS

Jul 24
Ammonia is a pungent, corrosive and highly toxic chemical but by the year 2030 it should provide more than 1 per cent of Japan’s total electricity supply, according to a consortium of leading players in the industry. (ft.com)
Jul 24
When a small company sought a licence to dispose of waste on the island of Teshima, the local government was happy to say yes. Job creation and waste disposal were always a problem on the hundreds of islands dotted across Japan’s Inland Sea. (ft.com)
Jul 23
Japanese weather officials say higher-than-normal average temperatures are expected across the country over the next three months. (NHK)
Jul 22
A giant meteor shower bombarded Earth and the moon 800 million years ago with more than 30 times the force of the asteroid strike that killed the dinosaurs, new research showed Tuesday. (Japan Times)
Jul 22
Japan's health ministry has approved the use of the steroid drug dexamethasone for the treatment of novel coronavirus patients, following the approval of remdesivir in May, it came to light on Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Jul 22
Space probe Hayabusa2 will head on to an asteroid orbiting between Earth and Mars after completing its current mission later this year, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Jul 21
Sanyo Chemical Industries' rechargeable battery made almost entirely of plastic is now powering an unmanned submarine by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in a test run, with the promise of doubling the vehicle's operation range to 16 hours. ()
Jul 21
A recent survey shows university hospitals across Japan are losing revenue significantly amid the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
Jul 20
Two deaths from the coronavirus were confirmed in Japan on Monday, bringing the nationwide total to 1,001. The tally includes 13 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship that was docked just outside the capital earlier this year. (NHK)
Jul 20
Officials are celebrating a successful launch of a Japanese rocket. It's part of the United Arab Emirates mission to Mars. Scientists and researchers in the UAE hope it will shed new light on the red planet. (NHK)
Jul 20
Japan's health ministry has expanded the criteria for people eligible to undergo coronavirus testing using public funds. (NHK)
Jul 20
Asia's first spaceport, located at Oita Airport on the Japanese island of Kyushu, is readying support for Virgin Orbit as the company looks to fire off its LauncherOne rocket in 2022. (Nikkei)
Jul 19
A woman in Japan got more than she bargained for after visiting the doctor with an irritated throat, as she was told that a worm was living inside her tonsil. (herald-review.com)
Jul 19
For a country that is facing a major labor shortage, Japan has been slow in the digitalization of the workplace. (Nikkei)
Jul 18
Would you buy a $7,000 peach? A fruit so juicy, so sweet, so perfect you just don't care about the sticky nectar dribbling down your face? (abc.net.au)
Jul 18
Japan's health ministry approved on Friday the use of saliva to conduct PCR tests for people with no coronavirus symptoms. (NHK)
Jul 17
Japan Meteorological Agency have captured footage of an eruption at Nishinoshima Island, located to the far south of Tokyo. (NHK)
Jul 17
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says its analysis of data collected by a weather satellite shows downpours that devastated a wide area in western Japan in early July were the heaviest in 20 years. (NHK)
Jul 16
The head of the Tokyo Medical Association has called on people not to get together for drinks this month, to prevent further spreading of the coronavirus in the capital. (NHK)
Jul 15
Researchers say they have discovered how earwigs, a type of small insect, are able to fold their wings into a compact size. They say the findings can be applied widely, from space development to everyday goods. (NHK)

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