Tagged: Japan

Ring of Fire – Animated Map of World Earthquakes (Jan 1 – Mar 12, 2011 GMT) - Seeing Data

Chris McDowall Mar 13, 2011

This video was made very quickly and could use some work. I post it here in case you find it interesting. I suggest you watch it full-screen, in high definition with scaling off. [vimeo width=”680″ height=”383″]http://vimeo.com/20966740[/vimeo] The animation depicts two and half months of 2011 USGS earthquake data. Blue circles represent deep seismic activity recordings (>= 40km deep). Read More

Earthquake prediction: Is GPS our best bet? - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Mar 12, 2011

The devastation following the 8.9M earthquake in Japan and, closer to home, last month’s lethal quake in Christchurch has many asking what science is actually doing to find a way of forewarning of major earthquakes. Given the loss of life in high magnitude earthquakes and the resulting tsunamis, it is indeed something that ought to be taken … Read More

Coates in Cancún: we have no more time - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Dec 06, 2010

Oxfam NZ’s Barry Coates continues his series of on the spot reports from Cancún: in this episode, he looks at the way international negotiations work… Negotiations have picked up pace in Cancún. But it is impossible not to feel frustrated with how long it has taken to get to this point. The problem is not [...] … Read More

Gadget that tricks brain into thinking a plain cookie is a chocolate cookie - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Oct 22, 2010

A visitor gives MetaCookie+ a go Being able to transform a simple cookie into chocolate, strawberries, or even mushrooms is not magic, it’s science according to Tokyo University researchers who showcased their latest invention at a technology event in Japan last week. The MetaCookie+ is a virtual tasting headgear set where multiple hoses send the smell of a particular food … Read More

The gentle robot - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Oct 01, 2010

It recognises you, talks to you, and reminds you about that hair appointment at 2pm.  Usually there’s a catch somewhere if you expected this from a person, but the Japanese researchers have developed a robot programmed only to help you, and unveiled it for the first time on September 24. Created to aid people with mild memory loss or dementia, … Read More

Man-made milky way shines through Japanese metropolis - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Jul 13, 2010

To celebrate this year’s star festival, 50,000 LED lights were released into an Osaka river to depict the real stars which are usually blinded by city lights. "The Legend of Osaka Amanogawa" event in Osaka, Japan July 7 marks Tanabata, a summer night festival celebrating the legend of Orihime and Hikoboshi, two lovers separated by a river of stars, the Milky … Read More

Chic mobiles - Kagaku

Motoko Kakubayashi Nov 13, 2009

First there was choosing colours, then ringtones, and now it is possible to individualise your mobile by smell. A new range of mobile phones that allows individuals to spray their favourite perfume onto a special chip embedded in the mobile has been unveiled by Japanese computer hardware and IT services company Fujitsu yesterday. The fragrance mobile comes with a … Read More

Protected minke whales from unreported bycatch sold on Japanese markets - Chicken or Egg

Hilary Miller Sep 06, 2009

Japan kills over a hundred minke whales each year under the guise of “scientific whaling”, and much of the meat ends up in the commercial markets destined for Japanese dinner plates.  Now a study just published in Animal Conservation indicates that a similar number of whales are killed as “bycatch” in Japanese coastal waters, [...] … Read More