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

ON AIR SCHEDULE (UTC)

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

Feb. 3, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Sep. 10, 2013

The Leading Edge:
Magic Microwaves

Blocks heated through evenly with microwaves

We all know microwave ovens. Now those same microwaves are moving out of the kitchen, and into the innovation spotlight. Microwaves produce heat by vibrating water molecules. By putting this special feature to work microwaves can fire pottery in a quarter the time it takes a conventional kiln. And transform sludgy waste oil into a reusable liquid. How is this possible? Science View explores the secret magic of microwaves.

Science News Watch:
Mouse Cloned from 1 Drop of Blood

J-Innovators:
Eco-friendly Firework Shell Casings

Jan. 27, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on May 21, 2013

The Leading Edge:
The Magic Metal of Life - Calcium

The metal, calcium

Calcium could be called the "magic metal" of life. It is found throughout the body - 99% in our teeth and bones, and 1% in the form of ions in our cells. That 1% weighs only about 10 grams in total, but plays a crucial role in our bodies' basic functions. Did you know we depend on momentary shifts in the concentration of calcium ions in our cells for our muscles to contract, and neurons to transmit information? And that it all happens at lightning speed? What cellular process produces such changes in only half a second? Calcium is also intimately involved in the formation of new life. We explain the "calcium oscillations" that are fundamental to the process. Tune in to find out what role they, and other little-known activities of this magic metal, play in our bodies.

Science News Watch:
598 Cloned Mice, 26 Generations

J-Innovators:
Micronanobubbles - Tiny and Eco-friendly

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