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Periodic table’s seventh row completed with man-made four new chemical elements

Periodic table’s seventh row gets complete with man-made four new chemical elements

After complete verification by scientists in Russia, America and Japan, periodic table’s seventh row has been finally completed with the addition of four new elements. Discovery of four super-heavy chemical elements make science textbooks around the world go out of date.

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Local Divers in Japan capture Giant Squid on video

Local Divers in Japan capture Giant Squid on video

On Christmas Eve, fishermen in Toyama Bay of Japan were startled to see a 12-foot huge squid gliding near their marina for many hours, whereas local divers were able to record the cephalopod on video.

While speaking to the Japan Times, Mizuhashi Fisherina manager Tatsuya Wakasugi said that he was surprised to spot a living squid. The sightings of squid weren’t uncommon in the region, but fishermen generally detect dead ones tangled up in their nets when their colors fade.

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Giant Christmas Squid makes its way into Japan's Toyama Bay

Giant Christmas Squid makes its way into Japan's Toyama Bay

A giant squid, also known as an Architeuthis squid, stunned people by making its way into Toyama Bay of Japan on Christmas Eve. The creature swam beneath boats for hours before disappearing into water.

People who were treated to the rate sighting of the creature captured it on their cameras and posted it on social media. A submersible camera captured a video of the squid close to the surface of Toyama Bay. Akinobu Kimura, a diver and owner of Diving Shop Kaiyu, swam alongside the red-and-white creature before it went back to open water.

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Advertising Begins for Pokkén Tournament’s Wii U Version

Advertising Begins for Pokkén Tournament’s Wii U Version

Advertising for the Pokkén Tournament’s Wii U version has begun on the TV. This console version of the Pokémon fighting game will have various features including local multiplayer option. It will also be equipped with palette swaps and a neat box-art design, as well as the Dark Mewtwo’s exclusive character.

13-foot-long cephalopod spotted next to a boat's moorings in Toyama Bay, located along Japan's west coast

13-foot-long cephalopod spotted next to a boat's moorings in Toyama Bay, located along Japan's west coast

Motherboard has reported that a 13-foot-long cephalopod has been observed and captured this week alongside a boat's moorings in Toyama Bay, present along west coast of Japan. Filmed on December 24, observers identified the squid as the uncommon Architeuthis a species generally only discovered washed up on beaches or dead on the sea surface.

Architeuthis are known to dwell in the ocean depths, and their life span is generally for up to 5 years. They grow rapidly and reproduce only once during its lifetime. The species can measure up to 43 feet long, at its biggest.

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Researchers find association between pineapple pesticide in milk and Parkinson's disease

Researchers find association between pineapple pesticide in milk and Parkinson's disease

A pesticide called heptachlor epoxide used in the pineapple industry was found in high amount in milk in the early 1980s in Hawaii. Men who drank milk when they were quite young are at increased risk to develop signs of Parkinson's disease.

The pesticide, which can be found in well water, was banned in America around the same time. The study is the latest in series of studies linking different pesticides to Parkinson’s disease that happens due to loss of certain brain cells.

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Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Probe makes Second Attempt to Reach Venus

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Probe makes Second Attempt to Reach Venus

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) back in 2010 launched a probe to orbit Venus and explore the planet in depth but its attempt ended in a failure. Now five years after the first attempt, JAXA made a second and final attempt for its mission.

According to JAXA scientists, an increase in temperature in the main engine due to a choked fuel valve was the reason for the previous failure. The accident made the space agency miss the opportunity to send its craft in Venus orbit.

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Akatsuki probe successfully makes into orbit around Venus, confirms JAXA

Akatsuki probe successfully makes into orbit around Venus, confirms JAXA

After hiatus of five years, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has finally achieved success in putting its Akatsuki probe into orbit around Venus. The agency made its first try on December 7, 2010 but the probe suffered a malfunction in the main engine and the spacecraft came back into orbit around the Sun.

The JAXA has fired its auxiliary reaction control system (RCS) thrusters at 23.51GMT under automatic control for a 20-minute burn. Japan's Usuda Deep Space Center and the Canberra Deep Space Network tracking stations kept a track on the movement.

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Touchable Holograms allow humans to interact and feel light as matter

Touchable Holograms allow humans to interact and feel light as matter

Researchers from the Tsukuba University have created touchable holograms, three dimensional virtual objects that can be manipulated by human hand. Currently, the touchable hologram is getting experimented at the Utsunomiya University Center for Optical Research and Education.

This hologram uses a laser that has been provided by its creators to the researchers. Using femtosecond laser technology, the researchers have developed a system known as ‘Fairy Lights’ in which high frequency laser pulses are fired that can last one millionth of one billionth of a second.

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Japan Confirms to Start Whaling in Antarctic this Austral Summer

Japan Confirms to Start Whaling in Antarctic this Austral Summer

Despite of legal actions against Japan, it has finally confirmed to start whaling in the Antarctic this summer. On Saturday, the Japanese government sent an open letter to the International Whaling Commission confirming their plan of start killing nearly 4000 minke whales over 12 years. In a case brought up by Australia, Japan’s previous plan was turned illegal by the International Court of Justice. Since then, Japan has faced a lot of trouble trying to fit the new scientific research plan, NEWREP-A, within the terms of the International court ruling.

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