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FDA approves changes to be made in Olympus’ duodenoscope

FDA approves changes to be made in Olympus’ duodenoscope

Japan’s Olympus Corp has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for the changes in duodenoscope’s design and labeling in order to reduce the risk of bacterial infections. Olympus will also recall its original model widely used in health care facilities to fix them as early as possible.

The steps are being taken as at least two deaths and a number of people have suffered infections owing to the use of duodenoscopes, which were not cleaned properly. The device is used to examine patients’ bile and pancreatic ducts.

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Milky Way’s Second Largest Supermassive ‘Intermediate Mass’ Black Hole Discovered?

Milky Way’s Second Largest Supermassive ‘Intermediate Mass’ Black Hole Discovered?

Latest findings by researchers from Japan and Chile have stunned scientists all over the world with the discovery of the second largest supermassive black hole in the Milky Way galaxy. With the help of the Nobeyama 45-meter Radio Telescope, which is managed by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), the researchers found the object only 200 light-years from the Milky Way’s supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* (Sgr. A*).

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Enigmatic Gas Cloud CO-0.40-0.22 found 200 light years away from Milky Way’s Center

Enigmatic Gas Cloud CO-0.40-0.22 found 200 light years away from Milky Way’s Center

A group of astronomers headed by Professor Tomoharu Oka of Japan’s Keio University has detected a mysterious gas cloud, known as CO-0.40-0.22, just at a distance of 200 light years from the center of the Milky Way. The surprisingly wide velocity dispersion of CO-0.40-0.22 made it unusual. The cloud consists of gas having a quite broad range of speeds.

The team has discovered this baffling feature using two radio telescopes, Japan’s Nobeyama 45-m Telescope and Chile’s ASTE Telescope. Both are operated by Japan’s National Astronomical Observatory.

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Japan to Carry Out Whaling This Summer

Japan to Carry Out Whaling This Summer

Despite court’s ruling of ban on whaling in Antarctica, Japan has released a statement confirming it will be carrying out whaling in Antarctica this summer. Recently, a Japanese whaling fleet of four vessels left for Antarctic on Tuesday morning.

Several scientists and experts are against this practice of Japan to kill minke whales. But Japan in response to it said that whaling is very necessary for scientific research. This claim of the Japanese government was rejected by the International Court of Justice.

Japanese scientists create three-dimensional virtual objects that can be safely handled

Japanese scientists create three-dimensional virtual objects that can be safely handled

A group of scientists from Japan said that they’ve created three-dimensional virtual objects that can be handled safely. They have done so using laser speeds that challenge imagination: ‘one millionth of one billionth of a second’. The idea was to make holograms that can be safely touched.

Comets led to life on Earth: Research

Comets led to life on Earth: Research

A new research has suggested that life on earth resulted from comets. The evidence was collected from experiments that mimicked the bombardment on earth long ago. Scientists made protein building blocks by imitating impacts by comets having amino acids, silicate and water.

In order to carry out the experiments, a propellant gun was used to fire the frozen mixture and replicate the shock of a comet hitting the Earth was imitated. The analysis showed that some amino acids were connected together to create chained molecules known as peptides.

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Suntory to Send Variety of Whisky Samples to ISS

Suntory to Send Variety of Whisky Samples to ISS

Famous Japanese distillery Suntory is all set to send its five different kinds of whisky samples to the International Space Station. The company by doing this aims to test mellowing process of the whisky samples in microgravity environment.

Suntory, Japanese brewing and distilling company, this month will be loading the Kounotori 5 transfer vehicle with its five kinds of whisky. The transfer vehicle is being scheduled to be launched from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Tanegashima Space Center on August 16.

Japan to Resume Whaling in Antarctic

Japan to Resume Whaling in Antarctic

Despite orders from global regulators to provide more evidence that Japan’s expeditions in Antarctica have a scientific purpose, Japans’ chief whaling negotiator said on Monday that the country will resume its hunts in the Antarctic this year.

Joji Morishita, Japan's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC), told journalists on Monday that the whole debate about whether or not Japan should be killing whales has moved away from science and has entered politics.

Japanese engineers unveil samurai robot

Japanese engineers unveil samurai robot

Engineers at Japan-based Yaskawa Electric Corporation have come up with a robot that can copy the moves of a samurai sword master Isao Machii and then beat his “teacher” in a sword fight.

The corporation demonstrated the samurai robot carrying out hard-angled cuts with a high speed and precision. Its most spectacular accomplishment is its ability to slice a runner bean lengthways.

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Japanese aquariums assure they'll not get Taiji-hunt dolphins

Japanese aquariums assure they'll not get Taiji-hunt dolphins

On Wednesday, Japanese aquariums assured that they won't accept dolphins captured in a bloody hunt. The hunt was shown in the Oscar-winning documentary 'The Cove' and has led to global outrage. This is a step taken by the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums and it goes behind a decision taken by the Swiss-based umbrella group World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, or WAZA. The decision was taken last month, in which they suspended the Japanese organization's membership.

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