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Science View

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


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

Oct. 21, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Jan. 10, 2013

Could Mt. Fuji Erupt?

At 3,776 meters, Mt. Fuji is Japan's tallest peak. Its bold, beautiful shape is famous the world over and is often seen depicted in woodblock prints. But Fuji is also an active volcano that has erupted violently many times in the past. Today, volcanologists are growing increasingly concerned that it might erupt again in the near future. On this episode of Science View, we leave the studio and visit a village on the foothills of Mt. Fuji. We'll take a look at both the beautiful and potentially dangerous sides of the famous mountain. We'll also report on the latest research into whether another eruption will occur. This program was shot in December on a beautiful clear day. Science watcher Eiji Mizushima and Reporter Rena Yamada were able to enjoy a clear view of the snow-capped mountain. Too bad it was so cold! Our 2 hosts were practically frozen by the end of the day.

This special edition of Science View will be broadcast on January 11. We've got an exciting show prepared with plenty to discover! Our key topics include: The Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011; red relief image maps made by shining lasers down from the sky; and written records of what happened during the last eruption, 300 years ago. We'll also hear about a devastating event that has happened 4 times in the past 30,000 years! Join us as we use the latest technology for an in depth look at Mt. Fuji!

The Mt. Fuji Quiz!

Michelle Yamamoto usually hosts our J-Innovators corner, but this week she's prepared a quiz about Mt. Fuji. It's a fun way to learn about the science of Mt. Fuji. But in order to get all of these right, you'll have to be pretty knowledgeable about the mountain. We'll also bring you details of some things can only be seen by visiting Mt. Fuji yourself. Don't miss out!

Oct. 14, Tue.

The Leading Edge:
Iron is a Hot Topic

Iron-based superconductor

The focus of attention is a common metal: Iron. In 2008, Professor Hideo Hosono discovered iron-based superconductors. This caused a wave of excitement in scientific circles, as iron had previously been written off as a superconductor material due to its strong magnetic properties. Meanwhile, former Visiting Professor Kenji Abiko found a way to produce 99.9999% pure iron. Malleable and rust-resistant, it has characteristics that ordinary iron doesn't possess, and is used to make high-performance alloys.

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