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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


Dec. 23, Tue.

The Leading Edge: Post-Higgs Boson Launching a Linear Collider
Science News: 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics

Dec. 23, Tue. 15:30/ 21:30 (UTC)
Dec. 24, Wed. 3:30/ 9:30 (UTC)

In August 2013, the Kitakami mountain region in Japan's north-east was chosen as the country's candidate site for the International Linear Collider (ILC). The ILC is a mammoth project to build a huge underground particle accelerator over 30 kilometers long. It aims to recreate conditions in the universe right after the Big Bang, to track down unknown elementary particles and new physics phenomena. Tune in as we lift the veil on preparations for this colossal global project.

Dec. 16, Tue.

How It Was Done! The World's First iPS Cell Human Clinical Research

Dr. Masayo Takahashi from RIKEN

The world's first transplantation of retinal tissues made from iPS cells to treat a disease called age-related macular degeneration took place at a Kobe hospital in September of this year. It's been just 7 years since Dr. Shinya Yamanaka from Kyoto University first created them. The world's first regenerative medicine study involving iPS cells was realized in Japan. We'll be taking a closer look at how the operation was held and the careful measures that were taken. Dr. Masayo Takahashi from RIKEN, the project leader of the clinical research, joins us in the studio to discuss the first procedure. She also covers the issue of high surgery costs, what low vision care entails and what it means for regenerative medicine, and the Eye Institute that she dreams of. Science View reporter Michelle also holds a special interview with Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, the creator of the iPS cells, and Dr. Jun Takahashi, who is Dr. Masayo Takahashi's husband. Tune in to find out what they have to say!

Dec. 9, Tue.

Illuminating the Future with Blue LEDs - The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics -

(From the left) Science View navigator Tomoko Kimura, Professor John Gathright from Chubu University, and Professor Hiroshi Amano from Nagoya University

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Professor Isamu Akasaki from Meijo University, Professor Hiroshi Amano from Nagoya University, and Shuji Nakamura from the University of California "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources". Ahead of the Nobel Prize Award Ceremony on December 10, we'll be bringing you an exclusive interview with Professor Amano.
It had been said that blue LEDs would not be realized within the 20th century due to the difficulty of making crystals out of gallium nitride. Professor Amano built an experiment device from scratch and conducted over 1,500 experiments before the team succeeded in creating gallium nitride crystals. In the interview he describes the methods he used, and how he acquired hints from failed experiments. We'll also be introducing the latest LED research that Professor Amano is involved in, and the leading-edge of LED development in Japan.

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