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Japan now leads in life expectancy

Japan now leads in life expectancy

Alexander Imich, who was 111 years and 127 days old, was the oldest man alive before he died on Sunday at his apartment on West End Avenue in New York City. He was ill for the past two weeks.

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Nikkei: Apple will likely launch its much-rumored iWatch in October

Nikkei: Apple will likely launch its much-rumored iWatch in October

Substantiating rumors about the so-called Apple iWatch, Japanese newspaper Nikkei has revealed in a recent report that Apple will apparently launch its much-rumored smartwatch in October this year.

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Rising Sea Level in Pacific Ocean washes off remains of 26 Japanese Soldiers

Rising Sea Level in Pacific Ocean washes off remains of 26 Japanese Soldiers

Remains of 26 Japanese soldiers of World War II have been recovered from their graves on the Isle of Santo. Tony de Brum, a minister of foreign affairs for the Marshall Islands, said that tides and global warming have caused inundation of islands and flooding of communities.

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SoftBank President Masayoshi Son unveils chatty humanoid robot – ‘Pepper’

SoftBank President Masayoshi Son unveils chatty humanoid robot – ‘Pepper’

On Thursday, Japanese mobile carrier SoftBank's President Masayoshi Son unveiled a chatty humanoid robot in the store in Tokyo's upmarket Omotesando area. The robot has been manufactured by Aldebaran; and its designers have named it 'Pepper.'

The 'Pepper' humanoid robot unveiled by Son is a 120-centimetre (four-foot) tall robot which moves on rollers. Strapped to the chest of the robot is something like a tablet computer.

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Japanese Sea Catfish uses pH Sensors to Catch Prey

Japanese Sea Catfish uses pH Sensors to Catch Prey

Many animals use unique and surprising techniques to outsmart their prey. Now, researchers have found that the Japanese sea catfish, Plotosus japonicus, is equipped with special sensors to detect its food. The technique used by the cat fish to catch its food involves noticing slight changes in the pH level of water with the help of natural sensor. Without sensors, it would be almost impossible to sight a prey in the murky water for Plotosus japonicas.

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Whale and Dolphin Watching: New Initiative in Japan

Whale and Dolphin Watching: New Initiative in Japan

In order to promote whale and dolphin watching, tourism operators in Japan launched an initiative in the waters of the many islands of the country.

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Sleeping Pills Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping Pills Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Japanese researchers have found that sleeping pills increase eight times the risk of cardiovascular events in heart failure patients. Frequent side effects of medication given to the heart patients include sleeping problems. The patients are generally prescribed to take sleeping pills when they are discharged, said Dr. Masahiko Setoguchi.

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Top Executives at Sony to return Annual Bonus

Report: Sony's top executives to return annual bonuses

The Nikkei has revealed in a recent report that the top executives of Sony Corp will return their yearly bonuses, as the electronics business of the company is struggling with losses.

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Dolphins Originated Six Million Years back in the Pacific Ocean

Dolphins Originated Six Million Years back in the Pacific Ocean

Latest study has suggested that dolphins have been swimming in earth's oceans for the past six million years, with origin in the Pacific Ocean. Dolphins belong to most diverse family of living marine mammals and include species like bottle-nose dolphin and the short-beaked common dolphins.

Researchers believe that the findings could have significant implications in the evolutionary history of dolphins. They dubbed the oldest species of fossils as Eodelphis Kabatensis, the skull fossil of which was found in a small tributary of the Oshirarika River in Hakkaido, Japan.

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Sony Introduces 185 Terabyte Cassette Tape

Sony Introduces 185 Terabyte Cassette Tape

Japanese electronics major Sony has introduced storage tape that could store nearly 185 terabyte of data. Cassette tapes were very popular in the 80s but were phased out by CDs, pen drives, memory cards and other forms of digital storage. However, Sony has reintroduced tape storage with capacity to hold 148 GB data per inch of tape.

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