Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe returns its asteroid sample to Earth

  • December 5, 2020
Japan’s Hayabusa2 probe has successfully returned an asteroid sample to Earth more than a year after first touching down on Ryugu. JAXA has confirmed that the sample capsule touched down in Australia in the early morning of December 6th local time. T…

Square Enix will allow most employees to work from home permanently

  • November 25, 2020
Game developer and publisher Square Enix says it will allow the majority of its employees to work from home on a permanent basis. Starting on December 1st, the company will designate each individual worker as either home- or office-based. In both cas…

Japan will send an 8K camera to Mars and its moons

  • September 13, 2020
It’s difficult to justify 8K video here on Earth, but that isn’t stopping Japan from capturing ultra-high resolution imagery elsewhere in the Solar System. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and broadcaster NHK are developing 4K and 8K cameras (v…

Uber is finally available in Tokyo as a taxi service

  • July 5, 2020
Uber is a mainstay in numerous giant cities, but it hasn’t had a foothold in Tokyo — a combination of strict limits on ridesharing and public wariness has kept it out of Japan’s best-known metropolis. Now, however, it’s part of the landscape. Bloombe…

ARM chips are inside the world’s most powerful supercomputer

  • June 23, 2020
On the same day that Apple announced its plan to transition to its own silicon on Mac, the Top500 crowned an ARM-based build as the world’s most powerful supercomputer. The announcement marks the first time a system with ARM processors has debuted on…

Interstellar is still struggling to put private rockets in space

  • June 14, 2020
Japan’s budding private spaceflight industry is still struggling, even with some early signs of success. Interstellar Technologies’ MOMO-5 sounding rocket failed to reach space after its launch from Hokkaido early on June 14th. The engine was “manual…