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Japanese artist found guilty of obscenity over digital files of vagina

Japanese artist found guilty of obscenity over digital files of vagina

A Tokyo court ruled Monday that vagina-shaped objects created by a Japanese artist qualify as art, but found her guilty of obscenity for distributing digital data that could be used to make a three-dimensional recreation of her genitalia. Tokyo District Court ordered Megumi Igarashi, also known as Rokudenashiko, or good-for-nothing girl, to pay a 400,000 […]

Industrial Revolution strongly tied to earlier thaws, later freezes: study

Industrial Revolution strongly tied to earlier thaws, later freezes: study

Solar-powered plane resumes round-the-world trip with dangerous flight to Calif.

Solar-powered plane resumes round-the-world trip with dangerous flight to Calif.

The solar-powered plane on a record-setting around-the-world journey was about a third of the way along a treacherous flight from Hawaii to California early Friday, according to the project’s mission control.  Bertrand Piccard, piloting the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, watched the sun rise over the north Pacific after taking off on battery power during darkness, according to a livestream from a website documenting […]

6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Japan

6.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Japan

An earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude struck off northeastern Japan on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There was no immediate tsunami warning, or reports of damage or casualties.​ A series of strong quakes struck the south of Japan late last week killing nearly 50 people. On Wednesday, survivors of the weekend 7.0 magnitude quake struggled with […]

Japan earthquakes, in addition to devastation, hit country's economy

Japan earthquakes, in addition to devastation, hit country's economy

2nd powerful earthquake hits southern Japan

2nd powerful earthquake hits southern Japan

A powerful earthquake has struck near Kumamoto in southern Japan, barely 24 hours after one collapsed houses and killed nine people.  While it was not immediately clear whether the latest quake increased the death toll, Japanese broadcaster NHK said a number of calls were coming in from residents reporting people trapped inside houses and buildings. Video showed […]

SeaWorld orca breeding ban disappoints some scientists

SeaWorld orca breeding ban disappoints some scientists

There’s one last orca birth to come at SeaWorld, and it will probably be the last chance for research biologist Dawn Noren to study up close how female killer whales pass toxins to their calves through their milk. While SeaWorld’s decision last month to end its orca breeding program delighted animal rights activists, it disappointed […]

30 years later, does The Legend of Zelda need to be reinvented?

30 years later, does The Legend of Zelda need to be reinvented?

Since its debut in 1986, The Legend of Zelda and its spinoff games have woven a familiar epic tale. A young boy named Link, from humble beginnings, finds out he is the hero chosen by the gods. He is given a task to save the world or rescue a princess named Zelda. Dressed in a […]

Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot

Fukushima's ground zero: No place for man or robot

The robots sent in to find highly radioactive fuel at Fukushima’s nuclear reactors have “died.” A subterranean “ice wall” around the crippled plant meant to stop groundwater from becoming contaminated has yet to be finished. And authorities still don’t know how to dispose of highly radioactive water stored in an ever-mounting number of tanks around the site. Five years ago, one […]

Tiny 'water bears' revived after being frozen solid for 30 years

Tiny 'water bears' revived after being frozen solid for 30 years

It’s already been established that they can survive deep in the ocean and in outer space. And according to new research from Japan, tardigrades—- also known as water bears —- can even survive being frozen solid for decades on end. CBC Radio science columnist Torah Kachur explains what this means for the so-called “toughest creature on the planet.” What […]

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