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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

Jul. 29, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Aug. 13, 2013

World's First iPS Cell Human Clinical Research Coming Soon!

Dr. Masayo Takahashi (right) in the studio with Katsuyuki Sakai

A treatment to recover lost vision using iPS cells is on the horizon. Dr. Masayo Takahashi will lead the world's first human clinical research, and the world is watching! Dr. Takahashi joins us to explain all about this groundbreaking project, and what inspired her to take on the retinal regenerative therapy challenge. And don't miss 2012 Nobel prizewinner Professor Shinya Yamanaka revealing the promise Dr. Takahashi made to him 6 years ago. Come explore the cutting edge of regenerative medicine.

Jul. 22, Tue.*This program was first broadcast on Dec. 20, 2012

The Leading Edge:
Artificial Photosynthesis: Power to Change the World

Artist's impression of the structure of an enzyme that's essential for photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is the process by which plants obtain energy from sunlight. Scientists have long tried to artificially replicate this process. If they succeed, it could have a major impact on both energy production and our way of life. In fact, in 2011, Japanese scientists made a breakthrough discovery in the field of artificial photosynthesis. They pinpointed the structure of an enzyme that was a mystery for 200 years. The research project began 20 years. It also discovered a surprising feature of the enzyme's structure. Researchers are also using the science behind photosynthesis in an effort to use light energy to extract hydrogen from water. This research makes use of a material with astonishing properties. Can you guess what material they are using? Join us for an in depth look at latest efforts to realize artificial photosynthesis.

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