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Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis

New power plant design could provide enhanced safety, easier siting, and centralized construction. When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex...

New mouse model could revolutionize Alzheimer’s research

Alzheimer's disease, the primary cause of dementia in the elderly, imposes a tremendous social and economic burden on modern society. In Japan, the burden...

New mechanism for unleashing immune system against cancer

Finding could lead to new tumor immunotherapy targeting pivotal CTLA-4 protein A major discovery that brings a new drug target to the increasingly exciting landscape...

What’s happened to the tsunami debris from Japan?

The amount of debris in the ocean is growing exponentially, becoming more and more hazardous and harmful to marine life and therefore also to...

US lead in science and technology shrinking

The United States' (U.S.) predominance in science and technology (S&T) eroded further during the last decade, as several Asian nations--particularly China and South Korea--rapidly...

Seven US-Japanese projects get nod for next-gen networking technologies

Officials from the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Japan National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) met in Arlington, Va., last...

Microalgae, aquatic plants can help clean up Fukushima

After a huge earthquake caused severe damage to the Fukushima 1 Nuclear Power Plant in 2011, Japanese plant scientists have been working to determine...

Scientists map food security and self-provision of major cities

Wealthy capital cities vary greatly in their dependence on the global food market. The Australian capital Canberra produces the majority of its most common...

Snakes on the brain: Are primates hard-wired to see snakes?

Was the evolution of high-quality vision in our ancestors driven by the threat of snakes? Work by neuroscientists in Japan and Brazil is supporting...

Tiny ‘LEGO brick’ -style studs make solar panels a quarter more...

Rows of aluminium studs help solar panels extract more energy from sunlight than those with flat surfaces. Most solar cells used in homes and industry...

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