A prototype quantum computer developed by Japanese researchers will be freely available over the internet starting from November 27th. The machine can calculate 100 times faster than a conventional supercomputer.
A Japanese national research institute said on Monday that a geological period from 126,000 to 770,000 years ago will soon be called “Chibanian.” The name is based on a stratum discovered in Chiba Prefecture.
Many Americans may have looked directly at the sun during the total solar eclipse without safety glasses on Monday. Searches for the phrase “my eyes hurt” peaked on Google right after the event.
A slow-moving typhoon accompanied by heavy rains and strong winds hit southern Japanese islands on the weekend, where about 9000 people were ordered to evacuate and at least two people were killed. Over 100 flights for Sunday were cancelled in the region.
A giant panda gave birth to a cub at Ueno Zoo on Monday for the first time in five years, raising hopes of a tourism boost in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The economic impact of the baby panda is estimated at a staggering 26.7 billion yen.
Japan is facing a potato chip shortage after violent typhoons hit the northern island of Hokkaido last year, leading to panic buying from consumers and inflated prices on auction websites.
Skygazers around the globe observed an extra-bright “supermoon” on Monday, the largest moon in 68 years. The phenomenon occurs when the moon reaches the closest point to Earth.
A Japanese cell biologist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on Monday for discoveries on how cells break down and recycle their own contents, a process known as autophagy.
Two Japanese researchers were jointly awarded the Ig Nobel Perception prize on Thursday for a paper on how objects look different when one bends over and views them upside down between one’s legs.
A powerful typhoon, the 10th of the season, is predicted to approach or make landfall in eastern Japan early next week, bringing heavy rains to a large part of the country.