Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

Seabirds spend nearly 40% of their time on high seas, study finds

NIWA seabird ecologist Dr David Thompson says while seabird tracking research has not been carried out for all albatrosses and large petrels in New Zealand, we know that several species also spend time in Chile and Peru, in Japan and the USA in the north Pacific Ocean, while others visit Namibia and South Africa.

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

Orientalism, 'Cyberpunk 2077,' and Yellow Peril in Science Fiction

There is a long and deep Euro-American tradition of using Asian symbolism such as neon signs with Japanese and Chinese lettering to express those feelings about what the future holds, including globalization and the threat of a takeover from the East.

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

Computer Scientists Achieve the ‘Crown Jewel’ of Cryptography

In 2018, Aayush Jain, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, traveled to Japan to give a talk about a powerful cryptographic tool he and his colleagues were developing.

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

These Robots Use AI to Learn How to Clean Your House

The Japanese carmaker launched the Toyota Research Institute with a $1 billion investment in 2015, betting that its expertise in car manufacturing could be parlayed into more advanced robotics for homes and workplaces.

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

The UAE’s First Mars Mission Is a Robo-Meteorologist

These days, Al-Amiri is quarantining near the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan, where Hope is expected to depart on a seven-month journey to the Red Planet next week.“Thankfully, the most critical tests were done before the pandemic started, because two days after the team flew in, Japan imposed a two-week quarantine.”.

As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps

As Workers Spread Out to Halt the Virus, Robots Fill the Gaps

Robots at Japan's PalTac pick items from bins to assemble orders.Fetch is working with a large US ecommerce company to reprogram its robots to adapt to staggered shifts with fewer workers to allow for social distancing.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

Final Fantasy VII Remake Is a Lot of Filler, Mostly Killer

First released in 1997 on the Sony PlayStation, it ushered in a new era of Japanese role-playing games, and in the process, its story—begrudging hero Cloud Strife and a ragtag band of idealists and hangers-on fight the captivatingly evil Sephiroth for the sake of the planet—became larger than life for a lot of players.

Japan Is Racing to Test a Drug to Treat Covid-19

Japan Is Racing to Test a Drug to Treat Covid-19

In the weeks that followed, the Fujifilm team managed more than some governments could claim to have done in response to the spread of Covid-19: Working from different offices and factories, members of the group made contingency plans for ramping up production of the drug, advised clinical researchers throughout Japan, and helped get the drug to hospitals where its use had been approved by the government as an emergency measure to treat dozens of Covid-19 patients.

Ricoh's New Spin-Out Company Brings 360 Cameras Into Focus

Ricoh's New Spin-Out Company Brings 360 Cameras Into Focus

Vecnos is a new brand, spun out of the Japanese company Ricoh, which is known for its imaging products and printers as well as some of the best 360 cameras around.Photograph: Vecnos Vecnos' first product is a small 360-degree camera shaped like a wand.

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

Final Fantasy VII Remake Overwhelms With Spectacle

This feels like Final Fantasy VII filtered, not just through modern sensibilities, but through the modern aesthetics of Final Fantasy itself, a game series that relied upon a sense of contemporary slickness to build a new identity for itself as its place in the vanguard of Japanese role-playing games fell away in the past two console generations.

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

A First Look at Nike's Gear for the Tokyo Olympics

The 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro ended on August 21 of that year; in September, a chunk of Nike’s design team was in Japan, meeting with the Tokyo Olympic Committee to see where its members’ collective heads were.

The Coronavirus Is Now Infecting People Who Haven't Traveled to China

The Coronavirus Is Now Infecting People Who Haven't Traveled to China

For as long as the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China has been raging, public health officials have kept their eyes on one key variable: whether the virus was continuing to spread even far away from the epicenter in Wuhan .On Tuesday, officials in Japan, Taiwan, and Germany all reported their first cases of domestic human-to-human transmission.

The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

The 10 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

It's easy to feel stupid looking at the promotional materials for Final Fantasy VII Remake, the first part in what looks like a whole series of games recreating the original Japanese role-playing game in lavish real-time 3D.

The Former CEO of Nissan Was Likely Smuggled Out of Japan

The Former CEO of Nissan Was Likely Smuggled Out of Japan

On New Year's Eve, Ghosn issued a statement from Lebanon saying that he would "no longer be held hostage by a rigged Japanese justice system where guilt is presumed, discrimination is rampant, and basic human rights are denied, in flagrant disregard of Japan's legal obligations under international law and treaties it is bound to uphold.".

New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be

New Emoji Are So Boring—but They Don't Have to Be

After it encoded the original set of emoji from Japanese cellphone carriers, Unicode started looking to search results: If you submit a proposal for a new emoji, you need to provide screenshots showing how many webpages are found when you search for its associated word or phrase in Google Search, Bing Search, and Google Video Search, plus Google Trends.

After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Everything Changes

After Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, Everything Changes

The Real Deal: Elsewhere in the animation front, Lucasfilm has launched Star Wars: Roll Out , a series of short videos released online from Japanese animator Hideo Itoyanagi, in which characters from the new trilogy are all transformed into … well, BB-8 style little balls, really.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

Space Photos of the Week: How Stars Get 86’d

If you have to leave one place, remember this: There’s always another party, just like WIRED has more space photos, right here .My glorious, boring, almost-disconnected walk in Japan What do Amazon's star ratings really mean.

The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan

The Glorious, Almost-Disconnected Boredom of My Walk in Japan

I created a blocklist in Freedom and named it “THE PHONE IS A TOOL YOU DUMMY.” It prevented me from opening The New York Times app or Twitter or Facebook, virtual spaces all too easy to fall back into when approximately three seconds of boredom enter your frame.

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

This Crafty Robot Can Write in Languages It’s Never Seen Before

Researchers at Brown University just got a robot to do something as linguistically improbable as it is beautiful: After training to hand-write Japanese characters, the robot then turned around and started to copy words in a slew of other languages it’d never written before, including Hindi, Greek, and English, just by looking at examples of that handwriting.

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

How can Bhutan better prepare for earthquakes?

To that end, Bhutan embarked on the $1.29 million Improving Resilience to Seismic Risk project funded by the Japan Policy and Human Resources Development (PHRD) Technical Assistance Program to Support Disaster Reduction and Recovery.

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Uber Recruits Some Rich Friends to Drive its Autonomous Cars

Make that at least $1 billion: According to the filing, Uber spent $457 million in 2018 on research and development for autonomous vehicles (and its other tech moonshots, like “flying taxis” )—a figure up 19 percent from 2017.So it was good news for Uber—not to mention the potential shareholders circling its IPO—when it announced a major investment into its Autonomous Technology Group from a Japanese consortium on Thursday.

The Matrix Code Came From Sushi Recipes—but Which?

The Matrix Code Came From Sushi Recipes—but Which?

Whiteley says his wife still has the recipe book that inspired the digital rain, even if it is beginning to fall apart. Whiteley also says Japanese speakers won't be able to lift the recipe straight from the movie because the digital rain is written in code.

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

Trippy Nocturnal Photos Capture Japan's Ever-Shifting Aura

The ink globbed and dripped every which way, creating a sticky mess that Simonet then dunked into a chemical bath. After washing off the excess color, he let the prints dry, revealing the final images beneath.

What a Waste 2.0: sharing lessons on solid waste management

What a Waste 2.0: sharing lessons on solid waste management

The World Bank has been actively supporting countries develop strategies, policies, infrastructure, and capacities in their solid waste management sectors. Japan is a global leader in the development and application of environmental policies in the solid waste management sector.

Why Japan Is a Rare Holdout in Asia’s Cash-Free Future

Why Japan Is a Rare Holdout in Asia’s Cash-Free Future

(Sayurai went to graduate school in the US, and she made it clear to me that she doesn’t think much of American shopkeepers’ cash-counting abilities.) "It's much faster to pay with cash than wait for a card transaction," International University of Japan professor Soichiro Takagi told me.There is something about the feel of bills, the skill of the shopkeepers in dealing with them, and the ceremonial role of cash throughout life which resonates profoundly in Japan.

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

What the California Wildfires Can Teach Us About Data Sharing

I was part of a small group of volunteers who came together to start a nonprofit organization, Safecast, to design, build, and deploy Geiger counters and a website that would eventually make more than 100 million measurements of radiation levels available to the public.We started in Japan, of course, but eventually people around the world joined the movement, creating an open global data set.

Julian Assange Charges, Japan's Top Cybersecurity Official, and More Security News This Week

Julian Assange Charges, Japan's Top Cybersecurity Official, and More Security News This Week

Security News This Week: Japan's Top Cybersecurity Official Has Never Used a ComputerTOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe US refused to join a new global cybersecurity agreement this week—maybe because it was created by French president Emmanuel Macron, with whom President Trump isn’t on great terms with.On the same day, internet traffic that was supposed to route through Google’s cloud servers instead went haywire, traveling through unplanned servers based in the likes of Russia and China.

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

Many Major Airports Are Near Sea Level. A Disaster in Japan Shows What Can Go Wrong.

Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter.As a powerful typhoon tore through Japan this week, travelers at Kansai International Airport looked out on a terrifying void: Where there should have seen the runway, they saw only the sea.