Woman spent 500 days alone in a cave for a human experiment
A 50-year-old Spanish extreme athlete emerged on Friday from a 500-day challenge living 70 meters (230 feet) deep in a cave outside Granada with minimal contact outside. Wearing dark glasses and smiling as she adjusted to the light of spring ...
Mobile phone inventor made first call 50 years ago
On 3 April 1973, Marty Cooper stood on a corner of Sixth Avenue in New York and took a phone book from his pocket. He then punched a number into a large, cream-coloured device and put it to his ear while passers-by stared at him. ...
Tokyo's Toyosu market holds first auction in 2023
Traders at Tokyo's Toyosu wholesale market held the first auction of 2023 on Thursday to sell raw and frozen tuna from ports around Japan and abroad, according to NHK World-Japan. A wholesalers' representative expressed hope that the market could be further developed, despite continued difficulties ...
Yusaku Maezawa picks K-pop star TOP and DJ Steve Aoki to join SpaceX moon trip
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa on Friday revealed that K-pop star TOP and DJ Steve Aoki will be among the eight crew members he plans to take on a trip around the moon next year, hitching a ride on one of Elon Musk’s SpaceX rockets, according to the Japan Times ...
Companies 'visualize' sound to help the hearing impaired
More businesses in Japan are taking steps to make life easier for the hearing impaired by visualizing sound, according to NHK World-Japan. East Japan Railway test-launched a system in June at Ueno Station, a commuter hub in Tokyo ...
Vintage Mercedes fetches record €135 mn at auction
A 1955 Mercedes-Benz, one of only two of its kind, was auctioned off earlier this month for a whopping 135 million euros ($143 million), making it the most expensive car ever sold, RM Sotheby's announced Thursday, according to France 24 ...
Scientists find evidence for biggest earthquake in human history
Archaeologists have found evidence of the largest known earthquake in human history — a terrifying magnitude-9.5 megaquake that caused a 5,000-mile-long (8,000 kilometers) tsunami and prompted human populations to abandon nearby coastlines for 1,000 years, a new study finds, according to Live Science ...
Scientists develop a recyclable pollen-based paper for repeated printing and ‘unprinting’
Scientists at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a pollen-based 'paper' that, after being printed on, can be 'erased' and reused multiple times without any damage to the paper, according to ScienceDaily ...
Ramadan will be observed twice in the year 2030: Saudi astronomer
Muslims will observe the holy month of Ramadan twice in one year in 2030, according to Saudi astronomer Khaled al-Zaqaq, according to Al Arabiya. This is due to the fact that the Islamic Hijri calendar is based on lunar cycles, while the Gregorian calendar marks the Earth’s passage ...
Thousands of new viruses discovered in the ocean
More than 5,000 new virus species have been identified in the world's oceans, according to a new study. The study researchers analyzed tens of thousands of water samples from around the globe, hunting for RNA viruses, or viruses that use RNA as their genetic material ...
Crazy House in Vietnam
Hằng Nga guesthouse popularly known as the “Crazy House” is an unconventional building designed and constructed by Vietnamese architect Dang Viet Nga in Da Lat, Vietnam. Described as a “fairy tale house”, the building's overall design resembles a giant tree, incorporating sculptured design elements representing ...
Japanese factory lets you knit your own socks by riding bicycle
Souki Socks, a small sock factory in Japan’s Nara Prefecture, has devised a machine that allows people to knit their own socks by pedaling on a stationary bicycle. Unless you’re a fan of knitting, making socks doesn’t exactly sound like a fun experience ...
Japanese toy maker unveils mini moon exploration robot
Japanese toy maker Tomy has unveiled a small transformer-type robot for exploring the surface of the moon, according to NHK World-Japan. The Sora-Q is only about 8 centimeters in diameter, and weighs roughly 250 grams ...
‘Lazio in love’: Italian region offers couples €2,000 wedding payment
Whether the nuptials are in Rome, in a castle or on a beach, authorities in Lazio are giving €2,000 (£1,670) to couples who get married in the region as they seek to salvage the wedding sector from the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Guardian ...
Japan's next-gen electricity cable promises zero transmission loss
Superconducting power transmission technology, which promises to deliver electricity while leaking almost none along the way, has entered the practical stage in Japan, offering a potentially less costly way to operate trains and a possible countermeasure to global ...
Mysterious ancient tombs reveal 4,500-year-old highway network in north-west Arabia
Archaeologists, affiliated to the University of Western Australia (UWA) have determined that the people who lived in ancient north-west Arabia have built long-distance ‘funerary avenues’, major pathways flanked by thousands of burial monuments that linked oases and pastures, suggesting a high degree of social and economic connection ...
NTT to pilot 6G network at 2025 Osaka World Expo
Nippon Telegraph & Telephone will build a pilot 6G network to serve the venue for the 2025 World Expo in Osaka, Nikkei has learned, with plans to commercialize the technology by around the end of the decade. The group already ...
Healthy life expectancy in Japan hit record highs
Japan's health ministry says healthy life expectancy for men and women in the country has hit record highs, according to NHK WORLD-JAPAN. The ministry conducts a survey on about 200,000 households nationwide every three years and releases estimated figures ...
US chief medical adviser says early reports encouraging about omicron variant
U.S. health officials said Sunday that while the omicron variant of the coronavirus is rapidly spreading throughout the country, early indications suggest it may be less dangerous than delta, which continues to drive a surge of hospitalizations, according to AP ...