Tsukuba Research: Inventor of Paro Wins an Award

A Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, researcher was awarded a special prize for a seal-shaped robot that he invented, which is said to have healed emotional wounds of people affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000981241

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Tsukuba Research: Newest Island

Japan’s first new island in 27 years has reached a height of about 27 meters and is around the size of Tokyo Dome.

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201312130008

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Tsukuba Research: Cray CS300 Cluster Supercomputer

Global supercomputer leader Cray announced the Center for Computational Sciences (CCS) at the University of Tsukuba in Japan has put a Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer into production. The new Cray CS300 system has been combined with the University’s current Cray cluster supercomputer, and is providing researchers and scientists with a 1.1 petaflop system for computational science.

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http://www.scientificcomputing.com/news/2013/12/university-tsukuba-puts-cray-cs300-cluster-production-japan

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Tsukuba Research: A New Way of Making 3D Graphene

Researchers at the National Institute for Materials Science “created a new way of making 3D graphene using bubbles blown in a polymeric glucose solution. The resulting 3D graphene is robust and maintains excellent conductivity.”

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http://www.ciol.com/ciol/news/207459/3d-graphene-supercapacitors-sugar-bubbles

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Tsukuba Research: New Open Access Journal on Advanced Materials

Japan’s National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) and the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (Empa) have signed a 5-year collaborative agreement to co-publish the open access journal Science and Technology of Advanced Materials (STAM). Their goal is to make STAM one of the world’s leading publications in materials science.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1703504#ixzz2rghYj3eB

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Tsukuba Safety: Convenience Store Robberies in Tsukuba

Ministop (Higashi Arai store)
January 10 (Friday) at 11:45pm
Suspect: male, carrying something that resembled a knife, black shoes, black jogging pants, black top, white mask, black knit hat

Lawson’s (Kangori store)
January 13 (Monday) at 2:07am
Suspect: male, 20-30 years old, 170 to 175cm, carrying something that resembled a kitchen knife, black knit hat, white mask, blue jumper, blue pants, black sports shoes

Coco Store (Tsuchiura Sawabe store)
January 21 (Tuesday) at 11:50pm
Suspect: male, 30 to 40 years old, around 170cm tall, black jumper, black pants, black knit hat, white mask, carrying a knife

Save On (Kunimatsu Store)
January 27 (Monday) at 3:30am
Suspect: male, 30s, around 170cm tall, thin build, black knit hat, white mask, blue work uniform, black pants, black sports shoes

As reports of convenience store robberies are on the rise, it is probably a good idea to avoid visiting convenience stores late at night, especially if you are alone.

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Tsukuba Research: Decoding the Carnation Genome

A Japanese research team said it has decoded the carnation genome, an achievement that is expected to help create varieties with new colors, improved fragrance and longer lives.

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201312180041

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