Home > TV Programs > Science View


TV Programs

Science View

*You will leave NHK website.
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. 7, Tue.

The Leading Edge:
Unearthing Hidden Treasure: Geothermal Energy

A geothermal power plant in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan

Japan is the 3rd most geothermal-rich country in the world. Steam and hot water from geothermal reservoirs are used to turn turbines and generate geothermal power. Although it's environment-friendly, the difficulty of pinpointing their locations has been an impediment. Technology that builds on existing seismic monitoring technology is being developed to locate them. Join us and learn about geothermal power plants, geothermal turbine production, and new research regarding geothermal energy.

Science News Watch:
Asteroid Explorer "Hayabusa 2" Nears Launch Date

Photoluminescent Guidance Signs to Protect Lives

Sep. 30, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Apr. 2, 2013

The Leading Edge:
Cutting-edge Facial Recognition Software

Facial recognition technology

Security cameras have become a common sight even in Japan now. But we can't be complacent about these cameras and their random images of people in the crowd. The technology exists to have them reveal sensitive personal information, and it is closer to reality than you might think! Called facial recognition software, this technology can identify individuals from their facial characteristics. Already employed in criminal investigations, and evolving apace, Japan is a world leader in the field. Our special guest is an expert in the field, and together we look at how far techniques have advanced, explore whether the privacy issues can be solved and discuss the benefits and problems this new science raises for us all. You might regret it if you miss this Leading Edge!

Science News Watch:
Biologging - Through a Penguin's Eyes

A Hammer that Sees Through Concrete!

Previous Shows