Let me introduce you the pornstar of the Japan’s southernmost seas—the Choriaster granulatus. Thanks to the wonders of goofy Google Translate:
“Kawatebukuro” — Doughboy starfish
(diameter about 20cm)
()starfish that live in coral reefs and sandy tropical waters.
Difference (coral food often) and starfish other, it seems mainly eat the microorganisms of the seabed.
It is the starfish still when viewed from the back side.
Dr. Masaki Miya of Chiba Natural History Museum in Japan has led a team of Oxford University scientists using DNA evidence to conclude that the deep sea Black Swallower is really a kissing cousin to the Bluefin Tuna, which like say that a, “seal is more closely related to a cat than it is to a walrus.” WTF?!
Black Swallower vs Bluefin Tuna
Who do you fin you are? Tuna’s odd family tree
University of Oxford, 2013 Nov. 30th, via thealmagest.com
…Deep sea fish such as the black swallower, with an extendable stomach that enables it to eat fish larger than itself…are close cousins to mackerels and tuna despite having completely different body shapes and lifestyles [according to] the team, led by Dr Masaki Miya at Chiba Natural History Museum in Japan…
…‘Discovering that such radically different fish species are related is a bit like finding that a seal is more closely related to a cat than it is to a walrus!’ said Dr Matt Friedman of Oxford University’s Department of Earth Sciences, a co-author…more…
Japan tests space cannon that will blast asteroid
AFP News (10/23/2013)
Japanese scientists readying to blast a crater in an asteroid to find out what it is made of said Wednesday they have successfully tested their new space cannon.
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) said the huge weapon would fire a metal bullet at the surface of asteroid 1999JU3 …
Ever since Japan’s flagbearer (L), Marvin the Martian (Wiki) has made it his Mission in Life too blow up the Earth because it blocks his view of Venus, he has sought to make his dream come true:
After two thousand years of work, the Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator* is complete. Brace yourself for immediate disintegration.
Japan’s standard-bearer, Marvin, testing new space cannon
The 3Yen’s previous reports of Japan’s Hayabusa robotic space probes and Marvin the Martian’s spacey plans include:
• Marvin the Martian’s sushi business? (3Yen / 2010-04-07)
• Japan’s robot probe samples tasty asteroid (3Yen / 2005-11-27)
• Race to Mars! (3Yen / 2006-09-01) ↓
The continuing jellyfish invasion has been causing a havoc at nuclear power plants clogging them and shutting them down in Japan (3Yen / 2012-10-27) and throughout the world (tomonews.net / 2013-10-03).
KILLER ROBOTS!…the JEROS—Jellyfish Elimination Robotic Swarm.
Robot meant to remove jellyfish might just be making more jellyfish
October 7, 2013, 1:34 p.m.
…Developed by a team of engineers in Korea, JEROS is a robot designed for destroying jellyfish swarms, like the one that recently clogged the cooling pipes at a nuclear power plant…
Animated GIFs via nmatv.tumblr.com
Previous 3Yen reports over the years about these mad jellies include:
—PANIC! Killer jellyfish invading Japan! (3Yen / 2008-02-09)
—INVASION OF THE NUCLEAR JELLYFISH! (3Yen / 2006-07-20)
—The Attack of the Killer Jellyfish! (3Yen / 2007-02-20)
—Attack of the giant jellyfish! (3Yen / 2005-12-08)
Way, way, waaay back in 2006, the 3yen reported on the amusingly named ‘Aquafairy’ fuel cell for auxiliary power for Docomo cell phones (3Yen 2006-07-18). Now seven years later, Aquafairy Corp. has dumped Docomo—Japan’s largest cell phone provider—and has hooked up with Rohm Co. for mass-marketing a miniaturized Hydrogen fuel cell.
Japanese start-up plans hydrogen fuel cell for 2014
Computerworld | 2013-Oct-02.
A Japanese start-up says it has finessed a technology that could finally make consumer-grade fuel cells a reality. If successful, the company, Aquafairy, would create a business where many much larger companies have failed.
Prototypes of the company’s hydrogen fuel cell technology are on show this week at the Ceatec exhibition in Japan where the company’s president, Mike Aizawa, said he hopes the first products will be on sale next year…
For more details, visit the official fairy website at: www.aquafairy.co.jp/en/
The real Aquafairy Maika…
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At the annual CEATEC, Japan’s largest IT and electronics exhibition and conference Honda Motor Company is exhibiting their products for the first time. Poor old president Ito was relegated to making tea at the trade show with the rest of the booth bimbos.
Driving systems in spotlight at high-tech fair
The Japan Times | 2013oct02
…At the Honda Motor booth, President Shinichiro Ito pitched the automaker’s energy management system for homes and its household gas engine cogeneration system. The company’s demonstration of a system using electricity generated by a motorcycle to heat water in a giant kettle…more…
Learn more about “Cogeneration”—combined heat and electrical power created from a heat engine or power station to simultaneously generate electricity and useful heat at: wikipedia.org/wiki/Cogeneration
Mount Fuji habitats threatened by foreign flora
The Japan Times | Sept. 15, 2013
Alien plants believed to have been unwittingly transported by tourists to Mount Fuji are threatening to destroy or damage the ecosystem of the nation’s newest World Heritage site and even its landscape, researchers say.
In a recent study of plants along the Fuji Subaru Line toll road, which winds 2,300 meters up to the fifth station and nearby trekking trails, researchers found 56 foreign species likely brought in from elsewhere…
… a nonprofit organization called Fujisan Club — working with the governments of Yamanashi Prefecture and the town of Fujikawaguchiko — has been extricating bur cucumbers from Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes.
Bur cucumbers, which are native to North America, are fast growers that climb and engulf plants around them, often strangling them…more...
Below are some mug shots of the evil alien menace, the dread Bur Cucumber aka Sicyos angulatus (cabi.org).
Previous 3Yen reports of the eco-disaster and symbol of Japan, Mount Fuji include:
• Mount Fuji Trash Pile officially opens (3Yen / 2010-07-01)
• Fuji mountain of trash — World Heritage site? (3Yen / 2007-01-25)
• Mount Fuji — Just say no. (3Yen / 2005-07-29)
Some dingdong who refuses to leave the 20 km dead zone around the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdowns, has found that his pet cows (the cattle cannot be sold and he has collected compensation already) have spots. Oh noes! Cows with spots!
“White spots” on Fukushima cattle ignored by Japanese officials
Channel NewsAsia — 29 Aug 2013
…Following the Fukushima nuclear disaster, farmer Masami Yoshizawa kept his cattle alive to monitor changes due to prolonged radiation exposure. Now, mysterious white spots on the fur and skin are appearing on 10 of his Japanese black cattle.
As revelations about continued problems around the nuclear plant emerged, it should be a major concern for Japan’s agricultural business. But so far, nothing has been said about the issue.
Kazuo Suzuki, the Ministry of Agriculture official responsible for livestock within the 20 kilometre exclusion zone, was informed of the white spots by Mr Yoshizawa when he visited Mr Yoshizawa’s farm in December 2012.
Meanwhile with this week’s revelation that 300 tons of water contaminated with radioactive material has gushed out of Fukushima, the real concern is how much is the Japanese government lying about the fallout from Fukushima (Newstalk / 2013Aug29).