Brrrr Winter 2018

So what is winter like in your area?  We are just about 15 minutes south of the 45th parallel on the Japan Sea side of Hokkaido.  That means winds and systems come across from Siberia and pick up moisture and the sky falls out here, sometimes several days in a row.  This year’s amount of…

Man-made Meteorites

For years, the Olympic opening ceremonies have been spectacles on a grand scale and for some it’s never too early to start planning. One startup company has a proposal for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo that is literally out of this world: launch fireworks from orbiting satellites to create a man-made meteor shower. This might sound a bit…

Seven Minutes of Speed and Clean

TOKYO —                                                                                                                                  Japan’s shinkansen, or bullet train, was the world’s first high-speed train running at 200 km per hour, and today the Tokaido Shinkansen is the world’s most used high-speed rail line. Impressively, even with over 120,000 trains running on the line each year, the average delay…