Plastic-eating bacteria discovered in recycling plant

By Eva Botkin-Kowacki Plastic is everywhere around us. We drink out of plastic cups, buy disposable water bottles, unwrap new electronics from plastic packaging, take home plastic shopping bags, and even wear plastic in polyester fabrics. Some 311 million tons of plastic is produced across the globe annually, and just 10 percent makes it backContinue reading “Plastic-eating bacteria discovered in recycling plant”

Woman torches her son’s room when he refuses to clean

Police in Toda, Saitama Prefecture, have arrested a 71-year-old woman on suspicion of setting her son’s room on fire. Eiko Sasaki is suspected of setting fire to her son’s room at around 9 a.m. Sunday, Sankei Shimbun reported. The fire spread and destroyed the 50-square-meter apartment. According to police, Sasaki has admitted to the chargeContinue reading “Woman torches her son’s room when he refuses to clean”

The world’s first robot-run farm will harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce daily

The Japanese lettuce production company Spread believes the farmers of the future will be robots. So much so that Spread is creating the world’s first farm manned entirely by robots. Instead of relying on human farmers, the indoor Vegetable Factory will employ robots that can harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce every day. Don’t expect aContinue reading “The world’s first robot-run farm will harvest 30,000 heads of lettuce daily”

What’s the Secret to Longevity? Lessons from “Blue Zones” Worldwide

Five places in the world are now considered so-called “Blue Zones” – geographic areas where people are living much longer and more active lives. The first Blue Zone identified was Sardinia’s Nuoro province, which researchers Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain found to have the greatest number of male centenarians. Four other Blue Zones have sinceContinue reading “What’s the Secret to Longevity? Lessons from “Blue Zones” Worldwide”

New trend in Japan of photographing dads jumping next to their daughters

A series of photos sees Japanese dads jumping next to their daughters They are part of a new book by Japanese photographer Yûki Aoyama The book’s title roughly translates as Daughter and Salary Man Sick of awkward father-daughter portraits? Well one photographer has found an effective – if a little odd – way of makingContinue reading “New trend in Japan of photographing dads jumping next to their daughters”

World’s First Robot-Staffed Hotel to Open in Japan

by Tanya Lewis What if you could check into a hotel, have your luggage carried to your room and order a coffee — all with help from a team of robots? A new hotel at a theme park in Nagasaki, Japan, hopes to make that dream a reality. The Henn-na Hotel (whose name means “strangeContinue reading “World’s First Robot-Staffed Hotel to Open in Japan”

Japan man arrested for dumping a quarter-ton of porn

A 70 year old man who dumped almost a quarter of a tonne of pornography in a Japanese park is unlikely to be charged, police said Tuesday, because the stash belonged to an ill friend. Hideaki Adachi was spotted unloading 17 sacks of films and magazines, which included around 500 VHS video tapes, from theContinue reading “Japan man arrested for dumping a quarter-ton of porn”

New research projects that climate change may increase female:male ratio

Climate change could affect the ratio of human males to human females that are born in some countries, a new study from Japan suggests. The researchers found that male fetuses may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Since the 1970s, temperature fluctuations from the norm have become more common in Japan, andContinue reading “New research projects that climate change may increase female:male ratio”

Japanese jeans designed by caged lions and tigers

A Japanese jeans maker has found a new way of capitalising on zoo animals. Zoo Jeans are producing jeans “designed by dangerous animals”. Denim is wrapped around tyres, which are then thrown to the lions who enjoy ripping and biting at the material. This produces that all-important designer, distressed look. Rather than simply being aContinue reading “Japanese jeans designed by caged lions and tigers”

Kinki University in Japan is changing its joke-inducing name in order to appeal to English-speaking overseas students.

From 2016 it is going to adopt the name of Kindai University. Kinki is one of the biggest universities in western Japan with more than 32,000 students, but only 329 of them are from overseas. The university is to change its name to avoid any misunderstanding. The Kinki name is drawn from its surrounding localContinue reading “Kinki University in Japan is changing its joke-inducing name in order to appeal to English-speaking overseas students.”