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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

Sep. 2, Tue.

The Leading Edge:
The Link between Emotions and the Sense of Smell

A mouse that doesn't fear a cat's smell

Mice will cower at the smell of a cat even if they've never seen one before. The sense of smell is closely related to emotion and memory. The olfactory bulb in the brain has parts that relate to innate responses and learned responses respectively. Studies have shown that the sense of smell is closely linked to memory and that a deteriorating sense of smell may be a precursor to Alzheimer's disease. We'll be introducing the latest studies on the sense of smell.

Science News Watch:
Robot Suits to Assist the Elderly

A Titanium Alloy for Shape-Memory Optical Frames

Aug. 26, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Feb. 28, 2013

The Leading Edge:
Clock Genes and the Body Clock

Times to watch out for

Our body clock makes us feel hungry or sleepy at set times. You probably know the feeling. The latest studies have found as many as 300 substances in the human body that vary in amount according to a 24-hour cycle to generate the body's rhythm. We also now know there are body-clock genes which govern these processes. While experience tells us that we are likely to get sick if our body clock is disrupted, and more likely to fall ill at particular times of day, science is now tackling these issues, too. Mice with disrupted body clocks, for example, catch a sickness that people often get. What do you think it is? A gene has also been discovered which generates a rhythm and then controls embryonic growth. What hidden links are there between life and time? Don't miss this fascinating report!

Science News Watch:
Find the Cancer Stem Cells

New Technique Produces Top Class Salt

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