Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm
Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm
A volunteer nature guide teamed up with researchers to discover a unique reproductive role for one vine’s leaves.
Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm
Specialized Leaves Keep This Plant’s Fruit Warm

A volunteer nature guide teamed up with researchers to discover a unique reproductive role for one vine’s leaves.

A volunteer nature guide teamed up with researchers to discover a unique reproductive role for one vine’s leaves.

Japan
Italy Closes All Schools for Two Weeks as Coronavirus Spreads
Italy Closes All Schools for Two Weeks as Coronavirus Spreads
Amy Schleunes | Mar 4, 2020
China and Japan have also closed their schools, prompting universities worldwide to assess the threat this virus poses to their local and international communities.
Newly Named Chibanian Age Demarcates Earth’s Last Magnetic Flip
Newly Named Chibanian Age Demarcates Earth’s Last Magnetic Flip
Kerry Grens | Feb 17, 2020
The time period, which spans 770,000 to 126,000 years ago, started with a reversal of the planet’s magnetic field.
Outrage and Grief Follow Death of Coronavirus Whistleblower
Outrage and Grief Follow Death of Coronavirus Whistleblower
Amy Schleunes | Feb 7, 2020
Authorities had silenced Li Wenliang after he spoke out about the virus, now known as 2019-nCoV, in the early days of the epidemic.
Bioethicists Concerned over Japan’s Chimera Embryo Regulations
Bioethicists Concerned over Japan’s Chimera Embryo Regulations
Katarina Zimmer | Apr 4, 2019
Many researchers see the move to relax the rules as a welcome change, yet some are worried the revisions don’t take public concerns enough into consideration.
Japan Approves iPS Cell Therapy Trial for Spinal Cord Injury
Japan Approves iPS Cell Therapy Trial for Spinal Cord Injury
Catherine Offord | Feb 18, 2019
The treatment will be tested in a handful of patients who suffered nerve damage in sports or traffic accidents.
GFP Discoverer Osamu Shimomura Dies
GFP Discoverer Osamu Shimomura Dies
Shawna Williams | Oct 23, 2018
The 90-year-old marine biologist won a Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his isolation of green fluorescent protein.
First iPS Cell Trial for Heart Disease Raises Excitement, Concern
First iPS Cell Trial for Heart Disease Raises Excitement, Concern
Katarina Zimmer | Aug 31, 2018
Without knowing the cells’ mechanism of action, researchers question the best way to administer them to patients.
Japanese Authorities Recommend Not Regulating Gene Editing
Japanese Authorities Recommend Not Regulating Gene Editing
Kerry Grens | Aug 22, 2018
Unlike judges in the European Union, a government panel in Japan says transgenic modification and genome editing are not the same.
Research Scandal Involving Popular Heart Drug Engulfs Three More Papers
Research Scandal Involving Popular Heart Drug Engulfs Three More Papers
Alison McCook, Retraction Watch | May 4, 2018
The scientists involved have hired lawyers to fight the conclusions of a recent investigation into some studies of Diovan in Japan.
Image of the Day: Tardigrade Eggs
Image of the Day: Tardigrade Eggs
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Mar 2, 2018
The studded cells belong to a newly discovered species of water bear, Macrobiotus shonaicus
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia
Steve Graff | Nov 1, 2017
These insect transplants have the potential to wreak economic havoc by outcompeting native insects and destroying crops.
Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami
Coastal Critters Make Epic Voyages After 2011 Tsunami
Ashley Yeager | Sep 28, 2017
Marine species survived rafting thousands of kilometers on debris swept into the water by the giant wave, scientists say.
RIKEN Head Leaving Early
RIKEN Head Leaving Early
Kerry Grens | Mar 10, 2015
Ryoji Noyori is stepping down from his post as the leader of the premier Japanese research institute before his tenure expires.
More Retractions for Tokyo Scientist?
More Retractions for Tokyo Scientist?
Kate Yandell | Jul 26, 2013
A university panel has detected irregularities in 43 papers by Shigeaki Kato.
First Ever iPS-Cell Trial a Go
First Ever iPS-Cell Trial a Go
Bob Grant | Jul 22, 2013
The Japanese government will allow a study of stem cell therapy using patients’ own cells, reprogrammed to be stem cells, to treat vision loss.
Proposed “Japanese NIH” Draws Fire
Proposed “Japanese NIH” Draws Fire
Chris Palmer | Jun 25, 2013
Scientific societies in Japan contend that a plan for an NIH-like agency to oversee the country’s science ministries will squash basic research.
Japan’s Nuclear Reboot Stalled
Japan’s Nuclear Reboot Stalled
Bob Grant | Feb 7, 2013
Regulators are warning that the Asian country’s nuclear power infrastructure may still be vulnerable to earthquakes.
The Science of Stowaways
Hayley Dunning | Oct 1, 2012
A dock dislodged by 2011's Japanese tsunami washes ashore in Oregon, posing an invasive species threat, but also serving as an unprecedented natural experiment in open-ocean dispersal.
Radiation Maps for Japan
Ruth Williams | Nov 14, 2011
Researchers map the fallout from Fukushima.