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The Latest Fukushima Leak Was Unreported For Almost A Year

More reports, more mystery leaks, more questions about how little we really know about the incredible complexity of cleaning up a broken nuclear plant.


4G LTE-A Speeds Explained With 'Cooking Detonation Velocity Dumplings'

Japan’s mobile service provider DoCoMo has a way of explaining technology so anyone can understand, especially if you like dumplings. (And seriously, who doesn’t?) I can’t say for sure what’s happening in this video, but I do know that DoCoMo’s “premium” 4G can reach around 225Mb/s, by combining pork mince and cabbage… wait, that’s not right.


Japan Is Holding Actual Funerals For Sony's Robotic AIBO Dogs

When a decades old toy breaks down and stops working with no hope of repair, you usually just toss it or find some way to recycle the parts. But what if you’re as attached to that toy as you were a pet? In Japan, people are giving Sony’s robot AIBO dog actual funerals to say goodbye to their faithful, electronic companions.


Nobody Would Have Believed This Photo 70 Years Ago

Looking at this picture, it is hard to believe that the United States and Australia were in a bloody no quarter war against Japan only 70 years ago: Spot the Mitsubishi F-2 escorting a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress, the direct heir of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers that obliterated Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


This Japanese Robot Feeds You Tomatoes While You Run

OK, it’s not exactly a robot — but I bet it’s still the craziest thing you’ve seen all day. Japanese juice and ketchup company Kagome built a freaking wearable tomato dispenser for a runner at the Japan Marathon this weekend.


Colour-Changing Rubber Sheets Show Areas Of Extreme Stress When Stretched

Researchers at Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science — or NIMS for short — have taken some inspiration from insects like beetles and butterflies to create a stretchable rubber-like material that changes colour under stress. As the material is stretched, it moves through a spectrum of shimmering colours that can be used to visually identify how much stress is being applied, and when it might be near its breaking point.


When You're Not Cleaning, This Self-Standing Vac Is Also An Air Purifier

What do you do with your vacuum in-between visits from your parents? Does it just sit in a utility closet until you need to do a mad-dash cleaning the day before company arrives? That seems like a waste, and Mitsubishi apparently agrees because the company has created a stick vac that does double-duty as an air purifier while it’s not being used to clean floors.


An Ode To The Design Legend Behind The Soy Sauce Bottle And Bullet Train

Odds are good that you’re familiar with the work of Kenji Ekuan, even if you don’t know his name. Ekuan, who died in Japan yesterday at the age of 85, was the force behind some of the most iconic industrial design of the 20th century — and he said he was inspired to do it after the atomic bomb annihilated his home in Hiroshima.


This Guy Went Around The World In 80 Days The First Time He Travelled 

The death of a close friend rocked Chris Sypolt’s world. So, he did what any logical 44-year-old would do and set out on an an 80-day round-the-world trip. It was the first time he’d ever left the United States. This is what he learnt.


You'll Finally Understand Felines With The Meowlingual Cat Translator 

Many years ago the Bowlingual translator promised to finally bridge the communications gap between humans and dogs. But since a wagging tail and shredded toilet paper make it easy to figure out what a dog is thinking, it wasn’t exactly a must-have gadget. Cats, on the other hand? That’s a different story.