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Tens of Thousands Forced to Evacuate Their Homes As Severe Floods Hit Japan

Family forced to evacuate  home due to recent rainfall in Japan.

Recent heavy rains over eastern Japan have led to widespread flooding, forcing tens of thousands of people to abandon their homes. Three people have died as a result of the flooding, 25 people have been reported missing and hundreds are still seeking rescue. The city of Joso — located in the Ibaraki Prefecture in central Japan — has likely taken the hardest hit: the torrential rains caused the nearby Kinugawa River to overflow, leading to massive flooding and landslides throughout the city. The intense rising water has also

Here’s What It’s Like to Stay At Japan’s New Robot-Staffed Hotel (Video)

henna hotel

The Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Japan just opened up a futuristic new attraction: a hotel staffed almost entirely by robots. At the Hen-na Hotel, robot receptionists check you in and robot concierges transport your bags to your room, where yet another robot awaits to handle any other hospitality needs you might have. But the robots aren’t the only technology in the hotel. The Hen-na boasts a number of other high-tech features, like temperature-regulating radiation panels and a facial recognition system for room entry (instead

After 67 Years, Japan Finally Lifts Its Ban On Dancing

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Club-goers in Japan are shaking their hips in celebration after the country announced that it would be getting rid of its strict laws on dancing. The ban was put in place after World War II, when dancehalls in Japan often served as safe havens for prostitution. The law forced entertainment venues to apply for “dancing licenses”, forbidding people from dancing in any establishment that didn’t have one. Dancing after midnight was also banned under the law. The ban was inherently hard to enforce, however, and authorities relaxed their enforcement of

The New Apollo Program: Raising $150 Billion to Make Clean Energy Cheaper Than Coal

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On May 25, 1961, in front of a special joint Congress in Washington, President John F. Kennedy announced the daring and ambitious goal of sending a man to the Moon: “I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth,” Kennedy said. “No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important in the

The World’s Fastest Train Just Set Another New Speed Record (Video)

maglev feat

It’s been a good month for Central Japan Railways. Last week, the company’s cutting-edge “maglev” (magnetic levitation) train hit a record speed of 590km/h (367 mph), breaking its own record of 581km/h (361 mph) set back in 2003. Less than a week later, the maglev has bested itself once again, reaching a speed 603km/h (374 mph) during a test-run near Mount Fuji on Tuesday. Check it out in the video below: According to the company, the maglev train, which was carrying 49

Man’s Best Friend: Scientists Uncover Bonding Hormone Between Dogs and People

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The bond between a dog-lover and their pooch is one of the strongest bonds in the world. Now, a team of researchers from Japan believe they have uncovered the science behind this phenomenon. During a recent study, scientists from Azabu University found that when a dog owner stares into their dog’s eyes, that person experiences a rush of a hormone called oxytocin. According to The Guardian, “The same hormone has been shown to spike in mothers’ brains when they look into their

Study: There’s Millions of Dollars Worth of Gold, Silver and Other Metals in Our Sewage


Lots of things flow into our sewers – food, drinks and whatever else we throw down the sink, runoff from storms, chemicals from industrial processes, and of course, human waste. But our sewage also contains something you might not expect: millions of dollars worth of copper, silver, gold, platinum and other valuable metals. After sewage is processed in a treatment facility, it leaves behind a think goo known as sludge. By running this sludge through a spectrometer (an instrument that is able to identify

Obama’s Tax On the 1%: Redistributing Wealth Amidst Historic Levels of Inequality In America (Opinion Piece)

wealth inEQ

Last night (January 20), President Obama used his State of the Union speech to officially propose a new tax plan. Though the White House has yet to release all of the specifics, the plan would basically increase taxes on the wealthy in order to reduce the financial burden on America’s struggling middle class. By most accounts, the American economy has been making a healthy recovery since Obama took office in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. Job growth has been

World’s Largest Indoor Farm Produces 100x More Food While Using 99% Less Water

indoor farm feat

Humans have spent around 10,000 years mastering the art of farming. But one thing we  have yet to figure out is how to prevent the destruction of crops as a result of natural weather-related disasters, like severe droughts and violent storms. Shigeharu Shimamura, a plant physiologist and indoor farmer based in eastern Japan, thinks he may have solved that problem. Shimamura got the idea to pursue indoor farming when, as a teenager, he came across a “vegetable factory” at Expo ’85 (an international science and technology

Entrancing New Species of Fish Discovered at Record-Breaking Depths (Video)

deep ocean fish

Oceans cover more than 70% of the Earth’s surface. But despite centuries of ocean study, we’ve only explored about 5% of the world’s oceans. In fact, we know more about the surface of Mars than we know about our own deep oceans and the creatures that live there. The Mariana trench – a 1,500-mile underwater valley just south of Japan – is the deepest part of the world’s oceans. Recently, a team of researchers exploring this mysterious deep-ocean world made quite the discovery:

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