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Top Japanese scientists delve into the fascinating worlds of cutting-edge technology and the natural sciences.

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Tue.14:30 - 15:00
20:30 - 21:00
Wed.2:30 - 3:00
8:30 - 9:00

Apr. 29, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Nov. 1, 2012

The Leading Edge:
The Amazing World of Dolphins and Whales

An experiment to determine if Nakku the beluga whale can remember the names of things.

Dolphins and beluga whales are known for their intelligence. Their brains are the second largest relative to body mass in the animal kingdom behind humans. Recent research has focused on three abilities: Mimicking human speech, remembering the names of things, and engaging in playful physical contact with each other. But the intelligence of dolphins and belugas whales isn't the only thing that's amazing about them. They are also capable of emitting ultra-high frequency signals that help them avoid obstacles, find their prey and even find out how big their prey is. A new kind of sensor inspired by this ability has even found its way into commercial fishing. Tune in to find out just how amazing dolphins and belugas are.

Science News Watch:
Turning Waste into Energy

J-Innovators:
A Cart that Moves Without a Motor

Apr. 22, Tue.

The Leading Edge:
A Guiding Light in the Darkness? The Mystery of the Glowing Forest

Glowing mushrooms within a forest in Kochi Prefecture

There are mushrooms that glow for a limited amount of time each year. Of the 20,000-plus species in the world, only a small fraction of mushrooms related to the Mycena chlorophos species emit light. The mechanism behind their bioluminescence is still unknown. Why do the filaments also glow? Why do different parts take turns glowing? How does it glow? What for? Scientists are searching for the answers, even on a genetic level. Join us as we explore the mystery of the glowing mushrooms!

Science News Watch:
Free-diving Fisherman Captures Giant Squid

J-Innovators:
A Wet-type Micronizing Mill that makes Downsizing Electronics Possible

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