The world is changing so swiftly that things that might have seemed like science fiction just a decade or two ago are now becoming the norm. For some time now, scientists around the world have been working on developing animal-human hybrids – or chimeras – for the mass production of human organs to be used in transplant operations. The ethical issues involved are obviously immense, but researchers justify their work by noting that around 20 people die each day while waiting for a transplant.
Until recently, this work has been largely theoretical, with strict regulations in place that experimental pregnancies have to be terminated before reaching full term. Back in 2016, MIT Technology Review found that at least three U.S. teams were actively working on this type of research, with the establishment of around 20 successful pregnancies in the preceding year. (Related: Scientists have grown a pig-human hybrid creature in a lab.)… more
Kim Jong-un has called Friday’s missile test launch over Japan a ‘shining victory in the standoff with the United States’, claiming that the U.S. is in ‘mortal fear’ of North Korea.
The missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido, where thousands were awoken by air-raid sirens for the second time in just three weeks, and landed some 1,240 miles off the cape of Erimo just before 7am local time (10pm Thursday GMT).
The rocket, believed to be a intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 2,300 miles, according to South Korea’s military – far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which is 2,100 miles from North Korea…. read more
An earthquake measuring 5.3 has hit northern Japan.
It came hours after at least 30 people were killed in an 8.1 earthquake in Mexico, sparking a Tsunami warning in Japan.
The epicentre of the 20km-deep earthquake hit the north western Akita Prefecture just before 10am local time (1.26pm GMT).
“This earthquake poses no tsunami risk,” the agency said on its website.
Japan Met Agency issued a tsunami warning for the country at 2am local time, over fears high waves triggered by the Mexico earthquake could hit Japan… read more
Some 120 000 people were ordered or advised to evacuate on Sunday, July 23, 2017 after record-breaking rain hit Japan’s Akita Prefecture, causing floods and landslides.
According to The Japan Times, there have been no injuries reported so far, but JMA warned of more flooding as ‘an active rain front that brought record rain to parts of Akita decided to park itself over the Tohoku region.’
24 000 people from the cities of Yurihonjo, Daisen and Senboku, as well as the town of Misato were ordered to evacuate after it was reported that houses had been flooded and landslides had struck various parts of the prefecture. The storm caused flooding along stretches of the Omono River, while several other rivers were deemed at risk of overflowing their banks. Another 96 000 people in six cities and three towns were advised to evacuate and urged to prepare for floods and landslides… read more
Local residents and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.
Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by the ocean.
In an interview with local media, Takashi Kawamura, chairman of TEPCO, said: “The decision has already been made.” He added, however, that the utility is waiting for approval from the Japanese government before going ahead with the plan and is seeking the understanding of local residents.<!–more–>
Opinion: And we wonder why the sea life is dying (Sea Life and Birds Dying, Why?). Scripture tells us that the sea life will die along with the birds.
Japan has reportedly deployed a helicopter carrier and authorized it to use weapons, if necessary, to escort and protect a US supply vessel. The mission, performed under the country’s expanded military doctrine, marks the first such mission since WWII.
Defense Minister Tomomi Inada ordered the Izumo Maritime Self-Defense Force helicopter carrier to protect a US Navy supply ship, which is heading towards the Pacific to resupply the American armada sent by Donald Trump to keep North Korean nuclear ambitions at bay, sources told Kyodo news.
The Japanese helicopter carrier is set to depart Yokosuka port in Kanagawa Prefecture to Monday to escort the US Navy supply ship from waters off the Boso Peninsula, near Tokyo, to the area off Shikoku, one of the four main islands of Japan…. read more
Earth’s elusive mantle is too much to resist for a team of Japanese scientists who plan to be the first to reach it. The team will use a giant drill to reach the molten rock, located six kilometers (3.7 miles) beneath the planet’s surface.
“If we dig into the mantle we will know the whole Earth history, that’s our motivation to search,” researcher Natsue Abe, who is involved in the project, told CNN.
Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) are undertaking the massive project that will see a drill dropped four kilometers into the ocean, before drilling through six kilometers of the planet’s crust to reach its destination…. read more
Japan moved to the highest possible alert level after North Korea fired four ballistic missiles simultaneously into nearby waters, the latest provocation from Kim Jong Un’s regime.
Three of the missiles fell into Japan’s exclusive economic zone, with one dropping about 350 kilometers west of the nation’s northern Akita prefecture, government spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters after a meeting of Japan’s National Security Council. Authorities were still analyzing the type of missile launched, he said.
The launches “clearly show that this is a new level of threat” from North Korea, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told lawmakers in Tokyo. American officials held phone calls afterward with counterparts in Japan and South Korea, which rely on the U.S. for security… [read more]