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…

Surprising Side Effects

“I didn’t think I could get food poisoning from fish I caught myself,” a victim of ciguatera food poisoning said. Hideo Kadobayashi, who runs a painting and varnishing business in Osaka, took home a Spotted Knifejaw he landed off the shore of Wakayama, Japan. Nine people, including family members and some of his employees, ate…

Death Notebooks in Japan

Activities in preparation for the final stage of life are enjoying a quiet boom. These activities include taking photo portraits to leave behind, writing final thoughts and wishes in a special notebook and attending a workshop on how to write a will. Experts believe that the recent rise in these activities reflects an uncertainty over…