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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. 28, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Apr. 9, 2013

The Leading Edge:
Cells Making Waves!

How is the striped pattern of the emperor angelfish formed?

This topic might sound a little challenging, but is sure to intrigue any amateur scientist or animal lover out there. We focus on the striped patterns on animals. Have you ever wondered how those patterns are formed? A Japanese scientist delved deep and found an answer. His breakthrough findings made the cover of a prestigious scientific journal, and overturned the accepted view that these patterns are encoded in the genes. We also look at the contribution of brilliant British mathematician, Alan Turing, whose own ideas anticipated this new finding. A mathematician? Join us to connect the dots on the program. In the meantime, a small hint is "cell waves". Hmm...thinking caps on!

Science News Watch:
Hair Cells Improve Your Hearing?

Microballs and Auto Parts

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!

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