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This chubby robot puppy from Japan is equal parts amazing and adorable【Video】

Osaka University’s PnueHound looks as excited to see us as we are to see it.

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They have teeth in their stomaches! And 6 other fun facts about cockroaches

Ever wonder why cockroaches are so shiny? Well, let’s put our fears aside and learn a little more about one of the urban human’s greatest foes.

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Kyoto University study finds that cats have interest in phsyics

As long as it’s with regards to Newton’s laws of motion and electromagnets, research shows curiosity does not kill the cat after all.

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Why don’t black-and-white cats have light-coloured backs and black bellies?

Japanese Twitter alights over one of the great mysteries of the cat world.

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SpaceX landed another rocket at sea! But what was the Japanese satellite they put in orbit?

In addition to a second rocket landing at sea, SpaceX put a Japanese satellite in geosynchronous transfer orbit.

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Try not to chuckle about this important Japanese discovery regarding great tits (the birds)

Stop us if you’ve heard this one: So a pair of great tits walk into a bar and start chatting…

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Weaponized wig offered to Donald Trump by Japanese inventor

Celebrity inventor and “Greatest Scientist in History” Dr. NakaMats throws his support behind the Republican front-runner in the form of the mightiest weapon known to man: Guard Wig.

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Pokémon fan creates spectacular 3D hologram battle dome entirely from scratch【Video & Pics】

These are a step above some other “holographic” Pokémon cards you might’ve seen before.

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“Silence Straw” — Kyoto University raising money to fight noises caused by drinking straws

The only thing necessary for the triumph of noisy drinking straws is for good men to do nothing. Thankfully, Kotaro Takahashi is taking action, and Kyoto University has his back.

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New “edible kairo” tablets claim to warm your body during winter—our Japanese writer eats the lot

In an effort to beat the recent cold snap that befell Japan, our writer Ahiru Neko discovered Edible Kairo (Edible Heat Packs) but got a little carried away.

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Researchers find that it takes guts to be a good mother…gut bacteria at least

A Fukui University team has discovered a connection between a child’s development and the amount of bacteria in a mother’s intestines – even after birth.

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North Korea claims it has invented “hangover-free” alcohol

Another day, another wild North Korean claim, but is it science fiction, or a genuine scientific miracle?

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Researchers use uniformity of Japanese language to read people’s minds

A research group from the Kyushu Institute of Technology have announced that they have successfully read certain words and letters from people’s minds without them saying anything.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go ba…NINJA CROW SHARK!!!

A recent article published in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation unveiled this black beauty as a new species with one badass name: Ninja Crow Shark!

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Clear cube necklace lets you carry all the colors of the rainbow with you to match any outfit

Lovers of science, color, and pretty, shiny things in general will also love this beautiful “Spectrum Cube” necklace!

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Dragon Ball fans rally for petition to officially change name of planet Kepler 22b to Namek

Who will win this epic battle between Johannes Kepler and Demon King Piccolo?

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Work-in-progress Japanese AI program could probably get into 474 universities in the country

Now in its third year of testing, the artificial intelligence just earned its best mock entrance exam score yet.

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Cracked smartphone screens could be a thing of the past far sooner than we thought

Every year, tech giants like Apple, Samsung and HTC give us more features and better, often bigger, displays to look forward to in our smartphones. But so far they still haven’t managed to come up with a way to tackle perhaps the most common problem users have, which is dropping your phone and cracking the screen.

However one research team at Tokyo University is hoping to change that by creating glass that is nearly indestructible. If the team achieves its goal, the glass could be used in everything from buildings to consumer electronics as soon as 2020.

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Tokyo clinic’s Cinderella Breast Augmentation will boost your bust, but only for a single day

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella, right? It’s a classic tale of a young woman who’s transformed into the most enchanting lady in the kingdom when her fairy godmother shows up and gives her a beautiful dress, loose-fitting footwear, and a pair of shapely, ample breasts.

Wait, that last part actually isn’t in the traditional version of the fairy tale. Nevertheless, one Tokyo-based cosmetic surgery clinic is offering something it calls the Cinderella Breast Augmentation procedure, which can increase your bust size by up to one and a half cups. But just like Cinderella’s magic ended at the stroke of midnight, so too do your breasts return to their normal size the next day.

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Kyoto professor makes petroleum easily using only water and carbon dioxide…we think

Among the many problems presented by using fossil fuels such as petroleum, one of the more pressing issues is their limited and rapidly decreasing supply. Unfortunately, it would take thousands of years of organic matter decomposing and compressing under layers of the Earth to replenish the supply in the manner in which it was first made, and that’s an unlikely business.

But now it’s been reported that a professor from Kyoto University and his team have found a way to create petroleum efficiently and cheaply. Their method uses no energy-consuming high pressures or temperatures and only requires water, petroleum, and carbon dioxide. As a result, it can be done so cheaply that KTV reported 100 yen (US$0.83) of oil can be synthesized using only 3 yen ($0.02) worth of electricity.

It all seems to good to be true, and in fact it may not be true. With published peer-reviewed studies, mysterious television appearances, and lack of mainstream media coverage. We honestly can’t figure out is this amazing breakthrough or not. And neither can anyone else as science enthusiasts take to Twitter to find answers.

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