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This series of "Science News" brings the latest 5-minute video news from Japan's science and technology. We report the news to you in a compact and easy-to-understand way, that explains what we're facing and challenging.

Science News 2014(English Edition) SCIENCE CHANNEL

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This series of "Science News" brings the latest 5-minute video news from Japan's science and technology. We report the news to you in a compact and easy-to-understand way, that explains what we're facing and challenging.

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    A major step forward! -Space-based Solar Power System-

    A major step forward! -Space-based Solar Power System-

    Running Time : 5minutes

    Overview:
    Space-based solar power can be generated via a line of solar panels in a geostationary orbit, and then transmitted by wireless down to earth.
    As there is no weather in space, solar power can be continuously generated there, so it is considered to be five to ten times more efficient than on earth.
    That may sound like a fantasy, but it is one of the goals stated in Japan’s 2013 Basic Plan on Space Policy, and JAXA and private corporations are jointly conducting practical research to achieve it.
    Japan seeks to realize its application by about 2030. One key technology in this endeavor is wireless power transmis-sion.
    (Japanese edition has been published in May 23, 2014)

    Cast:
    Naoki Shinohara(Professor, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University),
    Kazuhisa Fujita(Professor, Graduate School for the Creation of New Photonics Industries)

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    (c)Japan Science and Technology Agency

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    Giant turbines installed off Fukushima's coast

    Giant turbines installed off Fukushima's coast

    Running Time : 5minutes

    Overview:
    A number of projects are under way around Japan's coast to develop offshore wind power. Some wind power platforms are located near the coastline in shallow waters and are bottom-mounted. This type of platform has a long been used in Europe.
    Floating wind turbines, on the other hand, can be positioned in deeper waters. Japan has developed an advanced form of this platform that it expects will create demand in the rest of the world.
    We report on this development from one of the largest offshore floating wind power facilities, which was completed late last year off the coast of Fukushima Prefecture.
    (Japanese edition has been published in May 30, 2014)

    Cast:
    Takeshi Ishihara(Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo),
    Toshiyuki Takada(Department Manager, Wind Turbine Business Department, Power Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd.),
    Kazutaka Yokoyama(Manager, Electrical Systems Engineering Department, Power Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd.)

    JST Science News 2014(EnglishVer.)
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    (c)Japan Science and Technology Agency

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    Mysteries of the human body: The unexpected role of the appendix

    Mysteries of the human body: The unexpected role of the appendix

    Running Time : 5minutes

    Overview:
    The appendix has long been considered an unnecessary organ in our bodies. Recently, however, medical researchers have begun to understand that it plays an unexpected role in maintaining health.
    We are going to look at a previously unknown aspect of the appendix’s involvement in the intenstinal' immune system.
    (Japanese edition has been published in Jun 6, 2014)

    Cast:
    Kiyoshi Takeda(Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University),
    Katsura Higuchi(Associate Professor, Anatomy Laboratory, Faculty of Health Science Technology, Bunkyo Gakuin University)

    JST Science News 2014(EnglishVer.)
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    (c)Japan Science and Technology Agency

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    New electronic devices made from paper and ink

    New electronic devices made from paper and ink

    Running Time : 5minutes

    Overview:
    New technologies in an emerging field known as printed electronics are now attracting a great deal of attention. If these technologies progress to the point at which electronic circuits can be created as easily as printing on a sheet of paper, they will fundamentally change how electronic devices are manufactured and used.
    We report on such research that could revolutionize electronics.
    (Japanese edition has been published in Jul 1, 2014)

    Cast:
    Masayuki Kanehara(Assistant Professor, Research Core for Interdisciplinary Sciences, Okayama University),
    Masaya Nogi(Associate Professor, Laboratory of Cellulose Nanofiber Materials, The Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (ISIR), Osaka University),
    Hiroyuki Yano(Professor, Laboratory of Active Bio-based Materials, Research Institute for Sustainable Humanosphere, Kyoto University)

    JST Science News 2014(EnglishVer.)
    http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/Q140001/

    JST Science News 2014(JapaneseVer.)
    http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/M140001/

    JST Science Channel(Non-Japanese Programs)
    http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/non_japanese.html

    (c)Japan Science and Technology Agency

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    Drugs don't work: Exploring the mystery of multidrug-resistant bacteria

    Drugs don't work: Exploring the mystery of multidrug-resistant bacteria

    Running Time : 5minutes

    Overview:
    The most effective means available against bacterial infectious diseases is the administration of antibacterial drugs that kill or inactivate the bacteria. When so many of these drugs are overprescribed, however, bacteria that have developed a resistance to a number of such drugs will likely emerge.
    Just how widespread are these multidrug-resistant bacteria? And will medical researchers be able to produce new drugs that can control them?
    (Japanese edition has been published in Jul 31, 2014)

    Cast:
    Taro Urase(Professor, School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo University of Technology),
    Yasumitsu Sakamoto(Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Iwate Medical University)

    JST Science News 2014(EnglishVer.)
    http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/Q140001/

    JST Science News 2014(JapaneseVer.)
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    JST Science Channel(Non-Japanese Programs)
    http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/non_japanese.html

    (c)Japan Science and Technology Agency

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    Solving a supernova mystery: Latest research finding

    Solving a supernova mystery: Latest research finding

    Running Time : 5minutes

    Overview:
    Supernovae are large-scale explosions that occur when giant stars of great mass come to the end of their lifetime.
    Research on supernovae is considered to provide clues as to how the universe came into being or evolved, which is why researchers continue to explore this phenomenon.
    We report on two recently published research undertakings on supernovas.
    (Japanese edition has been published in Aug 18, 2014)

    Cast:
    Robert Quimby(Project Researcher, Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe(IPMU), Todai Institutes of Advanced Study, the University of Tokyo),
    Tomoya Takiwaki(Assistant professor (High Performance Computing Infrastructure, HPCI), Center for Computational Astrophysics, National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)

    JST Science News 2014(EnglishVer.)
    http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/Q140001/

    JST Science News 2014(JapaneseVer.)
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    JST Science Channel(Non-Japanese Programs)
    http://sciencechannel.jst.go.jp/non_japanese.html

    (c)Japan Science and Technology Agency

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